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FRIENDS OF THE ALAMEDA FREE LIBRARY INC

Alameda, CA   |  https://alamedafriends.com/

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Mission

The Mission of the Friends of the Alameda Free Library is to: Friends of the Alameda Free Library helps support the library and its programs through volunteer activities and fundraising. Founded in 1974- Milestones in the groups history: -The opening of a new Main Library in 2006, something the Friends worked toward for many years -Merger with the Alameda Free Library Foundation in 2016; the Foundation was created in 1998 to raise money for long-term support of Alamedas libraries

Ruling year info

1975

Board President

Karen Butter

Main address

P.O. Box 1024

Alameda, CA 94501 USA

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Formerly known as

Alameda Free Library Foundation

EIN

23-7437087

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

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Programs and results

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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?

Friends @ Home, Art Docent Talks

Friends of the Alameda Free Library offers free art docent lectures.

These popular events feature knowledgeable speakers, usually docents affiliated with the Bay Area museums that are holding current exhibits. They show slide presentations of the art and provide history and background about the exhibit.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Military personnel
Retired people
Academics
Veterans

Friends of the Alameda Free Library offers free Author Talks to discuss current and prior publications.

Since transferring the programing online the access to Authors have expanded beyond the San Francisco Bay Area to include a national and global prospective.

Recent Authors:
George Takei
Caroline Kim
Susan Cox
Deepa Anappara
Jung Chang
Robin Sloan
Elsa Hart
Georgia Hunter



Population(s) Served

This three-concert series brings nationally recognized musicians to Alameda while supporting
library services at all three branches of the Alameda Free Library. These fall concerts draw capacity
audiences and are held in the acoustically vibrant Regina Stafford Rooms at our beautiful LEED Gold
Certified Alameda Main Library. Our concerts sell out each year. The concerts support both the
immediate and long-term needs of the library.

Live @ The Library last held concerts in Spring 2023. Future concerts TBD

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups

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.

Total number of audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Children and youth, Older adults, Seniors, Young adults

Related Program

Friends @ Home, Art Docent Talks

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Art and Author Programs now permanently online. 2504 participants to date. 290 Volunteers currently in multiple programs. Cafe, Books For Friends, Book Sales, Live @ the Library and Board.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Fal has implemented a strategy to increase and diversify board membership.
Reviewed the structure and purpose of all board committees.
In process of creating descriptions of all board committees.
Increased number of volunteers to support programs and services.
Increased volunteer, donor and sponsor acknolegement

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 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 act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, 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, Limited Staff

Financials

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Operations

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

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FRIENDS OF THE ALAMEDA FREE LIBRARY INC

Board of directors
as of 05/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karen Butter

Kumar Fanse

Karen Manuel

Secretary

Carole Robie

Josephine Sam

Treasurer

Eileen Savel

Michael Eitner

Ex Officio

Serena Hom

Vice-President

Renesha Robinson

Lydia Kim

Bharat Parikh

Joanne Schneider

Cindy Silva

Marcie Soslau

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/8/2024

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:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data