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FOUNDATION OF THE LORAIN PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

Thriving communities have flourishing libraries.

N Ridgeville, OH   |  https://foundationlpls.org/

Mission

To further the educational objectives of the Lorain Public Library System, INC on behalf of the communities. To help provide support for capital projects, library expansion, new books, technology, and other items. To sponsor special services such as literacy, tutoring, and reading programs. To advance all Library goals objectives, goals, and priorities.

Ruling year info

2005

President

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 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Blog

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 such as financial and legal expertise. The Foundation's board members are 100% volunteers-- dedicating their time, talent, and financial donations to the Foundation. The Foundation does not employ any additional staff. The Foundation utilizes Little Green Light (LGL) donor databases for nonprofits. The Foundation has upgraded its software and is utilizing the many tools within (LGL) to improve its fundraising objectives and plans. Currently, there are four annual fundraising projects. The Foundation is creating a new website and more opportunities for donors to donate conveniently and efficiently. A Legacy gift estate planning program is being developed to encourage those who may benefit from donations of IRA rollovers, beneficiary designations, and cash donations.

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?

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). It is designed to engage readers with informational text--a goal of the Common Core Standards. 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 kindergarteners 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.


Population(s) Served
Families
Parents

Fishing allows caregivers to model patience, communication, problem-solving, and healthy life choices. It is a sport that provides an opportunity to have conversation about the importance of getting outdoors, actively communicating, and understanding the importance of taking care of the environment.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Parents
Families
Parents
Widows and widowers

The free fridge "Freedge" is stocked with fresh produce, milk, and other kitchen staples for residents to pick up 24-hours per day. Free community fridges are a part of an international project to combat food insecurity. The South Branch Library Freedge is only the second one in Lorain County.

Population(s) Served
Families
Families

In 2017, the Lorain Public Library System participated in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The Foundation of the LPLS provided the initial financial monies for the program at the local level, and to provide books for all children throughout the LPLS's service district in Lorain County. Sixty-one percent of Lorain County children and families benefited from the program which enhances reading within the home and provided children with their own books.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families
Infants and toddlers
Families

Circulating fishing poles for various ages including two Bass Pro Shops Fish Stiks Spincast Rod and Reel Combos for preschool-age children, two ProFISHiency Splattered Micro Spincast Combos for young school-age children, two Zebco 33 Spincast Combos for tweens and four Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod and Reel Combo for teens and adults. In addition, families can also check out life jackets, tackles boxes, and lures. Adults ages 18 and older can check out a family set of fishing poles for the day.

Population(s) Served

Featured at the North Ridgeville Branch Library of the LPLS. A professional 10-foot long-arm quilting machine donated in 2023 by the Foundation of the LPLS for the Maker-in-Residence Program at the North Ridgeville Branch Library. This professional quilting machine is the only one in Lorain County and provides opportunities through ongoing programming and individual instruction on its use to the public.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

The Lorain Public Library System, INC 2002

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 new advocates recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Foundation has added an experienced board member in business and fundraising expertise. She has served on other boards in various capacities.

Number of donations made by board members

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

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

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The board is made up of 100% volunteers and each board member supports the Foundation annually through financial donations an annual donation, and additonally with various fundraising campaigns.

Number of endowments

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Foundation of the LPLS has two endowments through the Community Foundation of Lorain County. One is the Beth K. Stocker Fund and the Endowment for the Foundation of the LPLS.

Number of staff members certified in subject area training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In February 2024, two board members completed the Ohio Attorney General's Charitable University certification. It is the goal to have 100% compliance for the full board to complete by the end of 2024.

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 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.

__Grow the Legacy estate gift planning option for donors.

Recruitment of active board members whose skills and expertise are desired for continual improvement.

Continue and evaluate the four annual fundraising opportunities for 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.

Continue the 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 Board has undertaken a review of all board committees, goals and opportunities, governance documents and strategic planning.

The Foundation has increased its opportunities in soliciting direct public support in revenues to support programming and library activities throughout the LPLS's service areas and communities.

The number of board members (100% volunteers) has increased by two members in 2023.

The Foundation actively works 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.


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 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 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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FOUNDATION OF THE LORAIN PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

Board of directors
as of 02/11/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Becky Whittington

The Foundation of the LPLS INC

Term: 2018 - 2025

Virginia Waratinsky

Dr. Garalynn V Tomas

GVT Medical Service Consultants, INC

Becky Whittington

Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz

Lorain Public Library System, INC

Dr. Craig Koehler

Joanne N Eldridge Tucker

Homer Virden

Chad Agney

Christine Redovan

Partners in Medical Education

Melissa Perez Ramirez

LPLS Board of Trustee Liaison

Jasmine Hamilton

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/3/2024

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:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/24/2023

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 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.