The Pioneer Library System Foundation was formed in 2010 to provide advocacy and financial support to enrich the present and enhance the future of the Pioneer Library System and is a 501c3 nonprofit entity. Members of the board of directors represent each of the three counties of the PLS service area – Cleveland, McClain and Potawatomie – and meets four times per calendar year.
Funds are raised through local, state and federal grants, as well as by individual and corporate donations, to assist with programming and other needs which fall outside those covered by the regular PLS operating budget. The PLS Foundation supports programs that are system-wide such as summer reading.
In 2011, the PLS Foundation helped raise funds to support the PLS Big Read featuring author Tim O’Brien and his book The Things They Carried. In 2012, funds brought Amy Tan, author of the 2012 PLS Big Read selection, The Joy Luck Club to Oklahoma and for the Big Read 2013 the Foundation helped bring Tobias Wolff, author of Old School, to Oklahoma. The PLS Foundation is actively working to secure funding for the state-wide celebration of the novel True Grit by Charles Portis for the 2014 Big Read.
A fundraising initiative currently underway is the PLS Foundation Founders Society – the first 100 donors, each of whom give, or pledge to give, at least $500 will be recognized annually as members of the PLS Founders Society.