A New Deal for a New Generation - Fundraising FAQs

  1. Aren't presidential libraries supported by the government? Why do you need more money?
  2. I live in the Hyde Park area. What is the Library's role in the community?
  3. What is the role of the Library internationally?
  4. Who will benefit from the Library's Campaign?
  5. How will the Library be supported after this Campaign?
  6. Are there naming opportunities?
  7. We would like to include the Library in our estate planning. Can that count toward the Campaign?

Aren’t presidential libraries supported by the government?  Why do you need more funds?

The Roosevelt Library and twelve other presidential libraries covering the administrations of Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush are part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), a small independent agency of United States government.

Presidential libraries are built through private funds raised by their support foundations and then turned over to the government.  The Roosevelt Library was built with privately donated funds at a cost of $376,000 and then transferred to the federal government on July 4, 1940.

Today, the Roosevelt Library’s operations are funded through three sources:

  • Appropriated funds come to the Library through NARA for core program costs and for salaries and facility costs. Core programs include archival operations and museum curatorial operations.  They do not include education and public programming. 
  • Revenue from admission fees, museum store sales, photo/document reproductions, and facility rentals generally support the personnel and upkeep of those services. 
  • The Roosevelt Institute is the Library’s third funding source.  Private funds support museum exhibits, special projects, public programs, additional education personnel, teacher workshops—essentially all of the things the Library needs and wants to do to expand its reach to a broader audience, but for which the government does not provide funding.

I live in the Hyde Park area.  What is the Library’s role in the community?

The Roosevelt Library strives to be a reliable partner and resource in the greater Hudson Valley community. Through innovative education programs, diverse and engaging public programs, and the facility use of the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center the Library grows and maintains strong relationships with our neighbors. Programmatic partnerships with local companies and organizations such as Marist College and IBM strengthen the Roosevelt Library's connection with the community and keep the Roosevelt Library -- and its mission -- in the public eye. The Library works directly with the community through committee representation and memberships with local chambers, tourism organizations, and museum and library consortiums to share ideas and cultivate new partnerships in the Hudson Valley.

What is the role of the Library internationally?

The Roosevelt Library is the premier research facility for studying the lives, times, and legacies of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Library has a long history of engaging with the world.   The Library’s research archives provides assistance to hundreds of researchers from around the world each year, and visitors from all parts of the globe annually visit our museum galleries to learn more about the Roosevelt legacy.  The Library also partners with other international institutions.  For example, in June 2012 the Roosevelt Library is co-sponsoring with the Churchill Archive Centre a symposium on the special relationship between Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt.  Roosevelt Library staff members have also participated in a series of Franklin Roosevelt symposia in the Azores. 

Because the Library is seen as a leader in the presidential library system, officials from other governments, including South Korea and the Philippines, have visited the Library and met with our staff to learn more about how our system operates and to obtain guidance as they create their own unique libraries.  The Library’s Museum often loans objects for exhibition to museums and cultural institutions in other countries. The development of digital teleconferencing capabilities at the Library also now enables the Library’s education staff to reach students anywhere in the world.

Who will benefit from the Library’s Campaign?

The outcomes of this campaign will include a significant increase in visitors to the Library, both online and in person. Our supporters range from Roosevelt Era survivors, to historians, to local residents. The Roosevelt Institute’s membership program is available to all on an annual basis, and benefits include admission to the Library and its events, discounts at the Museum gift shop, and much more. Our campaign also stands to increase tourism in the Hyde Park area as we re-launch after the renovation, introduce new exhibitions, and work to highlight the relevance of the Library to America today.

How will the Library be supported after this Campaign?

As the nonprofit partner to the Library, it is the Roosevelt Institute’s responsibility to support its ongoing operations to supplement government and earned revenues.  While this Campaign is focused on the launch and dedication, we expect to raise enough visibility to increase memberships, which are renewed annually, and to secure major grants from foundation and corporations to help maintain operations.  Sustaining funds will be an ongoing long-term project for both Library and Roosevelt Institute staff.

Are there naming opportunities?

Yes! We are able to offer the following naming opportunities to major donors: conference rooms, benches, theaters, exhibitions, printed materials, lectures series, and fellowships.

We would like to include the Library in our estate planning.  Can that count toward the Campaign?

We cannot count a bequest intention toward the Campaign, but many individuals want to recognize the impact of the Roosevelts on their lives through a bequest.  You can contact us for more information.


Please consider a generous donation. If you would like further information on making a gift, or have any questions not addressed in FAQs above, please get in touch with us at (212) 444-9130.