Over the past 5 years, the Whitby Public Library has received four donations totaling almost $400,000 from an anonymous donor through Durham Community Foundation. The latest donation was announced on 17 April 2013 (http://www.durhamregion.com/news/article/1606950–whitby-archives-receives-127-000-donation)
In 2007, a chartered accountant approached the community foundation to explain his clients’ interest in making significant gifts to support the local archives. The donors wanted to remain completely anonymous. Could Durham Community Foundation play a role in making this gift possible? The answer was a resounding yes. The donors were so pleased with how that first gift was handled, that three more gifts were made which has resulted in the library archives having received a total of almost $400,000 over the past 5 years to digitize photographs from and organize its collections. In addition, the donors have created a bequest through their will to ensure support forever.
Throughout this period, the Whitby Archives has established an online presence that reaches people around the world, teaching them about Whitby’s history and assisting in their genealogical pursuits. With a database of over 6000 photographs and over 150 years of newspapers, the Whitby Archives has entered the 21st century of information sharing and this would not have been possible without the Library’s partnership with Durham Community Foundation which has administered and facilitated this unprecedented donation through the Whitby Library Archives Fund.