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THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

Seattle, WA   |  https://supportspl.org

Mission

The Seattle Public Library Foundation helps the library build its collection and resources, offer programs for patrons of all ages, and better serve the needs of our community we do this by securing and managing donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to support the library above and beyond what public funding provides.

Ruling year info

1981

Chief Executive Officer

Jonna Ward

Main address

1000 4th Ave

Seattle, WA 98104 USA

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EIN

91-1140642

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Collections

Foundation funding allows The Seattle Public Library to expand the depth and breadth of its collection, as well as act more responsively to community needs, interests, and demands. By providing convenient access to a wide range of books, media, and informational materials, the Library fosters literacy, engagement, opportunity, and achievement. Last year, SPLF funds were used to acquire approximately one in four books purchased by the Library.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of endowments

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Collections

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Collections

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Collections

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, Privacy in a public library setting is fundamental value that we do not compromise.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 09/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Justo González

Stokes Lawrence, P.S.

Term: 2022 - 2024

Tyler Preston Mickey

Moss Adams

Catherine Irby Arnold

US Bank Private Wealth Management

Grace Nordhoff

Community Volunteer

Gene J. Chang

Himalaya Capital

Morgan Collins

Microsoft

Lauren Dudley

Trial and Error Productions

Sibyl Frankenburg

University of Washington

Sharon Hammel

Community Volunteer

Margaret Inouye

K&L Gates

Jon Jurich

Pacifica Law Group LLP

Sarah Kohut

Synergy One Lending

Ellen Look

Community Volunteer

Ruth Massigna

Community Volunteer

Courtney McKlveen

Convoy, Inc.

Nick Momyer

Whittier Trust

Brittney Moraski

Starbucks

Susan Potts

Community Volunteer

Anne Repass

Community Volunteer

Claudia Skelton

Community Volunteer

Jennifer Southwell

Karass Creative

Bill Stafford

Community Volunteer

Sarah Stanley

Community Volunteer

David Strauss

SHKS Architects

Michele Turner

Expedia Group

Julie Zunker

Microsoft

Stephanie Axelrod

Community Volunteer

Jeanette Flory

Cereus Asset Services LLC

Florence Larson

Deloitte

Andrés Paguaga

Union Bank

Raj Rakhra

Community Volunteer

Haeryung Shin

North Hill Law Advisory, LLC

Maria Valente

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Sam Howe Verhovek

Author/Reporter

Patricia Walker

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/1/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/01/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.