Educational Institutions

Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library

aka F.W.R.L.

Williamsburg, VA

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Mission

Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library is an organization dedicated to making the library a better place for users. It is run by a volunteer Friends Board responsible for promoting interest in our libraries, sponsoring cultural programs for the community, and providing funds for special services and grants. The Williamsburg Regional Library serves the populations of James City County, the City of Williamburg, and York County.

Ruling Year

1973

Principal Officer

Ms. Betsy Fowler

Main Address

7770 Croaker Rd

Williamsburg, VA 23188 USA

Keywords

Library,Books,Book Sales,Friends,Williamsburg,Children,Reading,Genealogy,Bookmobile,Grants

EIN

23-7305274

 Number

1079747435

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Mutual/Membership Benefit Organizations, Other N.E.C. (Y99)

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

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2017 Summer Reading Program

Where we work

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The Friends will achieve their goals through Board Development, Public Relations and Marketing, Membership development, Volunteer Recruitment and Retention, and Fundraising to benefit the Williamsburg Regional Library.

Board Development
>Recruit and develop well-informed, enthusiastic, and productive leaders to guide the direction of FWRL.
>Establish a standing Board Development Committee to provide board training, develop a list of board needs, and develop and maintain an on-going program of board recruitment.
>Provide educational opportunities and best practices related to non-profit boards for FWRL board members.

Public Relations and Marketing
>In conjunction with the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation Board of Directors, develop a plan that broadens the awareness and understanding of both organizations in the community.
>Maintain a high level of communication with the Williamsburg Regional Library Board of Trustees and library staff.
>Develop effective ways to communicate FWRL's purpose, activities, and goals to the community.
>Develop board and membership awareness of public and staff requests for programming and materials.

Membership
>Review the benefits offered by FWRL, review the benefits offered by other Friends' groups, and evaluate their appropriateness for our membership.
>Review membership dues.
>Promote membership awareness in various community locations.
>Ensure that membership materials are prominently available at all FWRL sponsored events.

Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
>Continuous recruitment and training of volunteers.
>Assess volunteer and user satisfaction levels.
>Develop and maintain standard operating procedures for management of FWRL's activities.

Fundraising
>Investigate new fundraising ventures to diversify the revenue base.
>Develop plans that enhance Annual Book Sale and Book Nook operations.
>Work in conjunction with the Foundation Board of Directors in the development of fundraising opportunities.

The Friends have been supporting the public library in our community for more than 40 years. Whenever the Williamsburg Regional Library has needed special funding to enhance services or explore new resources the Friends have been able to help. With steady membership levels, strong annual and on-going book sales, prudent fiscal management and an informed board, the Friends are in an excellent position to continue to help the Williamsburg Regional Library now and into the future.

Enhanced resources and collection made possible through Friends support., is a key indicator of success. Continued success with membership and book sales also indicate that the Friends remain a vibrant library supporting organization.

Friends have supported the library through annual grants including the expansion and continuation of the Gab Bag collection, copies of Best Sellers, expansion of electronic resources (including ebooks, downloadable music, and audio books), and a specialized play area.

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Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

ETHICS & 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

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