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Cornelius hires library fundraisers

Pair of consultants looks for ways to raise $2.4 million


Fundraising for the $2.4 million Cornelius Library capital campaign will be headed by two partnering consultants, who were approved by the Cornelius City Council at its July 7 meeting.

The 13,000-square-foot library and the 2,900-square-foot community room will cost a total of $4.8 million. Half of that is being funded by state lottery bonds.

Jeri Alcock, former director of development and community relations at Community Action and now with On Course Consulting, and Sally Dadmun Bixby of Philanthropy Studio, who have nearly 45 combined years of fundraising experience, will look for ways to raise the other $2.4 million.

Their compensation will total $30,000 for one year and up to $12,000 for a second year, and is already included in the library construction costs.

Library Director Karen Hill said 60 to 80 percent of the funds will come from large donors and foundations during the silent phase of the campaign. After that, the public will be encouraged to join in fundraising, perhaps by purchasing a brick or similar personalized token.

The project's budget includes design, financing and construction costs, but not operating costs.



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