American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. has donated $150,000 to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Capital Campaign. The gift will support new library spaces that encourage teens and young adults to use and enjoy the library's many resources.
The gift from the Pittsburgh-based retailer comes at a critical time, as the library continues to encourage businesses and individuals to help reach the $55 million milestone of its library's for LIFE capital campaign.
"We are very close to reaching the $55 million goal for this part of our campaign," says Dr. Barbara K. Mistick, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's president and director. "This leadership-level gift from American Eagle demonstrates the broad support for libraries among our corporate community. Corporate support is essential to the success of the Library's ongoing fundraising efforts."
American Eagle Outfitters made the gift as part of the state's Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). The NAP program provides tax credits to businesses who partner with community based organizations to improve distressed neighborhoods.
"AEO understands the importance of supporting our city's libraries, as they provide crucial services across a broad spectrum of the community," said Joan Hilson, chief financial officer, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. "In addition to supporting youth development, one of American Eagle's core company values, today's libraries are vibrant community anchors that drive economic and social advancement. We are very proud to be able to support such a valuable community resource."
All gifts from businesses and individuals are currently being matched by a $1 million challenge grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.