Keeping the San Francisco Public Library on the leading edge of innovation and response
Members of the Innovation Circle are the “angel investors” for the Library, empowering our Librarians to pilot and scale new service models that make the San Francisco Public Library one of the most recognized and awarded libraries worldwide. ​Private support, provided by Friends, jumpstarts research, planning, and testing of creative ideas beyond the limitations of government funding. Donations unleash the potential of the responsive public/private partnership between Friends and the Library.
"...the "angel investors" for the Library."
​Innovation Circle members making donations of $1,000 to $4,999 provide 22% of all support to Friends and the Library. There are many ways to join the Innovation Circle. We welcome a personal discussion to talk about your interests by contacting Barbara Alvarez, Director of Philanthropy, at 415.477.5231 or​.

“Sometimes you want to help but do not know where to begin. The Innovation Circle has allowed me to take a step towards contributing to my community in a meaningful way. Because of The Innovation Circle, The Library can respond to challenges, such as public health crises and wildfires, with lightening-speed reaction times and malleable programming. This adaptability has shown, not only to our local community, but to libraries around the world, that libraries are resilient in even the most challenging times.”
                                                                                                                              - Gabby Bozmarova
A Legacy of Innovation
Summer Stride
Originally a reading-tracker program for children, Summer Stride now welcomes adults, implements STEM programming, and has a groundbreaking partnership with the National Park Service. Friends funded the Beanstack application, allowing Summer Stride to go virtual.
​The Mix at Main
Designed by youth, the multimedia center at the Main Library boasts sound and film studios, a maker space, and a performance stage set among curated book collections, laptops, and homework.
One City One Book
The brainchild of Friends, One City One Book, unifying San Franciscans around a single book
every year, was quickly imitated across the country.
Librarian Lia Hillman’s food education program gives live demonstrations of simple, vegetarian recipes outdoors with a mobile kitchen. Bibliobistro won a Library Innovation Award from the American Library Association in 2016.
​​Members of the Innovation Circle
$1,000 - $4,999
Mary Ann Aronson
Laurence J. Bardoff and Lilli I. Alberga
Catherine and Frank Bator
Katherine Bella and Jay Harris
Jack and JoAnn Bertges
Michael Bien
Phyllis Blair
Helen and Roger Bohl
Jennifer Braun and Raymond Ryan
Steven and Ann Brooks
Jennifer Chaiken and Sam Hamilton
Ellen Champlin
Rebecca Charnas-Grant
Karen Chee
Eunice Chee
Nancy Traub Chirinos
Ruth Cowan
C. Dory Culver and Walter Nirenberg
Jonathan and Sheila Davies
Evette and Alexander Davis
Carole Deitrich
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Draper III
Ms. Rebecca S. Draper
Kim and Christopher Drew
Martha Ehrenfeld and Carla McKay
Janice Elvee
Elliot and Pascale Evers
John Evers
William and Britt Evers
Zach and Alice Ferguson
Leonard Fisher and Risa Teitelbaum
John and Laura Fisher
Maureen Flaherty
Sarah Flanagan
Catherine Foo and Aaron Bastian
Courtney Weaver and Simon J. Frankel and Courtney Weaver
Donald and Janie Friend
Anne Fung and Jeffrey Sternberg
Louella C. Fung
Lynne Gerber
Diane Gibson and Lawrence Bazel
John and Marcia Goldman
Keith Goldstein and Donna Warrington
Gene Graham
Ellen Heffelfinger
Marco W. Hellman
Anne Hitz
Jerome and Linda Hosken
Emily Johnston and Edward Pizzi
Campbell Judge and Kimberly Ellis
Elizabeth Kantor
Cathy Kearns
Jaclyn Kimball
Rachel E. Kish
Laura Kline
Paul Korntheuer and Linda Griffith
David Kremer and Marla Miller
Sharon Landwehr
Nancy Leavens
Stephanie Lim
Frances Lo
Dale Low
Peter Lungreen
Bradley W. Maring, M.D.
Barbara Maughan
Ann Maxwel
​William McDonagh
Yasmine Mehmet and Paul Scott
Andy Montgomery
Steven and Nina Moore
Eve Niquette and Charles Pohl
Lukas Pankau
Jenni Parrish and Gerard Clark
Tamin and Nikki Pechet
Margaret Quattrin
Ruth Quigley
Cherie Raciti
Allan Ridley and Helen McKenna Ridley
Christopher and Julie Ridley
Chester Roaman
Deborah Robbins and Henry Navas
Barbara Rosston
Kathleen Rydar
Christopher Sam
Catherine Sanger
Marcia and Murray Schneider
Rachel Seidman
Mikhail Seregine
Tina Shih and Edward Haddad
Liz Shipman
Joe N. Short
Leigh Silkunas
Mrs. Bickley Simpson
Kevin Smokler and Cariwyl Hebert
Claire Solot and Sinjin Bain
Cortney and Adam Spillane
Stephen and Carolyn Spitz
Laura and Greg Spivy
John Stedman
Mr. Larry Stein
Karen Strauss and Ruth Borenstein
Carol M. Swig
Thaddeus Taube
Lois Tilles
Barry and Marjorie Traub
Nikki Tureen
Soko Ushijima
Gene and Suzanne Valla
Mark Vogel and William Denebeim
Jeremy Wall
Katherine and Homer Wallin
Dick & CB Watts
Courtney Weaver and Simon Frankel
Sonia and Chris Weiss
Lisa and Greg Wendt
Kathryn Werhane and Debra Resnik
Brian and Jean Wheeler
Julie Williamson and Michael Whitcomb
Diane B. Wilsey
Dallas Wisehaupt
The Honorable Constance Wolf
Park Pictures LLC
Cole Hardware
FThree Foundation
Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
Donohue Family Foundation
Gaia Fund
Morrison & Foerster Foundation
San Francisco Foundation
Estate of Barbara Keville
Lesbians for Good of Horizons Foundation
Long Beach Community Foundation
Pacific Library Partnership​
Gifts made between January 2020 to October 2021. 
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