FOUNDATION OF THE LORAIN PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

Mission

Thriving communities have flourishing libraries. Help your system thrive by donating to the Lorain Public Library System. Your donation will help cushion your local library against service cutbacks when government funding is affected by the economy and shifting political priorities

Ruling year info

2005

President

Mrs. Becky Whittington

Main address

PO Box 39194

N Ridgeville, OH 44039 USA

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EIN

33-1036935

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Foundation of the Lorain Public Library System, INC faces the challenge of engaging additional board members to enhance the skill set of the current board. The Foundation is small and all of its board members are 100% volunteers-- dedicating their time, talent, and financial donations to the Foundation. The Foundation is unable to employ a fundraising expert or paid staff at this time. The Foundation is seeking better use of its fund-raising donor listing tool, the Raiser's Edge (RE). The Foundation has upgraded the software and is utilizing the many tools within RE to improve our fundraising objectives.

Our programs

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

Discovery on the Go Children's Literacy Vehicle and STEAM Initiative

Discovery on the Go is the newest mobile learning vehicle for emerging literacy for preschoolers, who will be introduced to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). Children will gain background knowledge, vocabulary, and critical thinking skills and have the opportunity to check out STEAM-related books. The secondary focus will be reading skills for kindergardeners through third-graders. Discovery on the Go program enables students to choose and check out books ranging from science and technology to nonfiction and poems. Other tools such as take home activities to enhance learning will include LEGOs, Keva Planks, art supplies, Ozobots, and Snap Circuits in keeping with the STEAM theme. Parents are encouraged to continue their child's learning experience with take-home activity sheets.

The Discovery on the Go initiative is designed to engage readers with informational text--a goal of the Common Core Standards. The Common Core Standards Initiative details what K-12 students throughout the US should know in English language arts and mathematics at the conclusion of each grade.


The Lorain Public Library System will utilize the mobility of the vehicle to reach and impact as much of the Lorain community as possible in a variety of settings from day-care, preschools, schools, and areas more than one mile from a local library with high poverty and racial diversity. Discovery on the Go can travel as well to parks, festivals, and neighborhoods with specific STEAM learning goals for children and families.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

Where we work

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.

The Foundation of the Lorain Public Library System, Inc. is:
--Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in each community it serves by supporting and strengthening the activities of the Lorain Public Library System.

--Funds initiatives and programs that support the library's role as a community resource for education, recreation, and information.

__For FY 2018-2019, The Foundation is conducting its annual appeal to support the Lorain Public Library System's Discovery on the Go. This new program's primary area of focus is emerging literacy for preschoolers, who will be introduced to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). The Discovery on the Go van has been purchased and outfitted with books and materials to give children the opportunity to check out STEAM-related books from the vehicle and provide families activities to enhance learning.

Recruitment of active board members whose skills and expertise are needed to take the Foundation to its next level.

Continue the Annual Appeal to private donors and library supporters for programs or initiatives that will enhance services or programs in our Library's communities.

Build corporate sponsorships and community partnerships.

Build a partnership with The Community Foundation of Lorain County and utilize fundraising opportunities such as Connect-to-a-Cause.

Grant applications.

The Foundation has been steadily adding volunteer board members with skills and backgrounds such as grant-writing, banking and finance, library science and management experience. The Foundation continues to seek others with marketing, website and social media, and fundraising skills.

The Foundation seeks support directly from donors via an annual appeal or campaign. The appeal/campaign is conducted through directed mailing solicitation and "donate now" via the Lorain Public Library's website. In 2020, the Foundation participated in the Community Foundation's campaign called "Connect-to-a-Cause". The Foundation will actively participate in 2021.

The Foundation has accomplished a small growth in direct public support in revenues to support programming such as the previous Summer Reading Program throughout our service areas and communities.

The number of board members (100% volunteers) has increased by two members in 2020.

The Foundation is actively working with the Community Foundation of Lorain County and their expertise in planned and estate giving. The Community Foundation of Lorain County's offerings of multiple fundraising in the non-profit segment educational topics has enhanced our knowledge in many areas of the non-profit world. Board members actively attend educational offerings throughout the year.

There is a challenge of the changing landscape of corporate giving and partnerships. The Foundation would benefit from a part-time executive director or fundraising expert that could facilitate other types of fundraising opportunities.

Financials

FOUNDATION OF THE LORAIN PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

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Operations

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FOUNDATION OF THE LORAIN PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

Board of directors
as of 11/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Becky Whittington

The Foundation of the LPLS INC

Term: 2018 - 2023

Virginia Waratinsky

Dr. Garalynn Tomas

GVT Medical Service Consultants, INC

Becky Whittington

Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz

Lorain Public Library System, INC

Susan Hatch

Dr. Craig Koehler

Joanne Eldridge Tucker

Homer Virden

Christine Redovan

Maria Robinson

Lorain Public Library System, INC

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 ? 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