FRIENDS AND FOUNDATION OF THE ROCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY

aka Rundel Library Foundation, Inc.   |   Rochester, NY   |  www.ffrpl.org

Mission

The Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library raises funds, presents programs, supports special projects, helps create specialized spaces, and purchases supplemental materials & equipment for the Rochester Public Library.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Donna Borgus

Main address

115 South Ave

Rochester, NY 14604 USA

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EIN

16-1347453

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library supports the Rochester Public Library's collective impact as a community partner addressing literacy, education, employment, poverty, health care, arts and leisure, and the digital divide.

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?

Books Sandwiched In

Free lunchtime book reviews by local experts, offered in the spring and fall

Population(s) Served
Adults

free lunchtime talks by local experts on timely issues, offered in the winter

Population(s) Served
Adults

Annual writing contest for Monroe County students in grades 9 - 12, offering cash prizes for original written and performed poetry and prose, as judged by published authors

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library raises funds, presents programs, supports special projects and purchases supplemental materials and equipment for the Rochester Public Library.

The three strategies as identified in the FFRPL Strategic Plan are: Sustainable Funding (ensure continuous supplemental funding for the RPL); Library Partnership (strengthen our collaborative relationship with and support of the RPL); and Community Alliance (create a community alliance with strong support for the FFRPL and RPL).

Both FFRPL and the Library have decades of experience offering programs, services, spaces and resources to the community. As the Library’s 501(c)(3) since 1989, FFRPL frequently acts as its fiscal agent for large scale projects, most recently a multi-year renovation and restoration project inside both Central Library buildings downtown which updated and expanded spaces for greater community use.

Just a few other examples of FFRPL support to the Library include: funding a comprehensive branch library facilities improvement study; RPL website redesign; Local History digitized material; Library landscaping, furniture and murals; Late Night Library programs; author visits and toys for the Toy Library. And FFRPL has given an average of about $120,000/year to support Safe to be Smart since the program’s founding in 2000.

FFRPL has increased year-over-year funding through investments, grants and an annual campaign; offered timely and innovative programming with increased attendance through social media; worked with RPL to establish a marketing plan; and established meaningful and productive partnerships in the community.

Financials

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Operations

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

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FRIENDS AND FOUNDATION OF THE ROCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY

Board of directors
as of 9/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Donna Benjamin

Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Term: 2022 - 2021

Donna Benjamin

David Hou

Dan Ross

Diana Carter

Andrew Iserson

Brian McLaughlin

Sally Millick

Tiana Stephens

Justin Stevens

Patty Uttaro

Rochester Public Library & Monroe County Library System

Bill Yust

Kiah Nyame

Shiva Ramaswamy

Sheila Strong

Richard Hamilton

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/14/2021

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/27/2020

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Data
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • 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.