MONROE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION INC

Friends Make the Difference

aka Friends of Monroe County Public Library   |   Bloomington, IN   |  http://mcpl.info/friends

Mission

The Friends of Monroe County Public Library support the mission, vision, and values of the library. The Friends advocate for Monroe County Public Library and support library collections, services, programs, and staff development.

Notes from the nonprofit

In the spirit of friendship...

How do you define friendship?
A helping hand? A shoulder to lean on? A steadfast guide and teacher? A library embodies all this—and so much more—to the families and communities it serves.

We are the Friends of the Library (also known as the Monroe County Public Library Foundation). As a nonprofit corporation, we collect and administer the grants, gifts, bequests, and other monies (outside of local tax receipts) that help make the library's many programs such an integral part of our community.

These additional funds help the library buy more books, CDs, movies, and computers.

But that's not all.

We also support some of the community's most cherished programs, including guest authors, summer reading programs, adult reading workshops and tutoring, and more.

Ruling year info

1993

President

Emily Bedwell

Vice President

Patsy Rahn

Main address

303 E Kirkwood Ave

Bloomington, IN 47408 USA

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EIN

35-1892355

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Friends of Monroe County Public Library support the mission, vision, and values of Monroe County Public Library. The Friends advocate for the Library and support library collections, services, programs, and staff development. The Friends supply monetary and volunteer support to the Library, augmenting tax dollars to provide all of the extras that make our Library award-winning and an important resource for our community.

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?

Summer Reading Program

The Library's Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage children to stay engaged with learning and reading while having fun over the summer. Summer reading is essential to success in school and enhanced literacy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

The Friends funds fulfilling patron requests for materials to add to the Library's collection including books, music, and movies for all ages and in multiple formats.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Library Association

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 overall donors

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of unique families and businesses who made contributions in that year.

Estimated number of funding dollars secured for the sector

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Funds given to Library including our annual grant to the Library, Campaign for Excellence, restricted gifts, Anabel Newman Volunteer Award, and funds for staff recognition, as well as outside grants.

Number of new donors

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of items sold in our Bookstore.

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of items sold does not include the 3 annual Clearance Sales or our online sales.

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.

To raise funds to give to Monroe County Public Library for programs, collections, staff development, and more.

To operate a Bookstore to provide low-cost books to the community and as a resource to keep books in people's hands instead of the landfill.

To promote literacy and a visible community of readers in our county.

To be actively involved in advocacy efforts to increase access to and support for the Library.

To provide volunteer assistance to support Library programs and staff.

Encourage membership in the Friends of the Library.

Run an annual Campaign for Excellence to provide extra funds for special Library programs.

Organize a biennial Power of Words Author Event for the community.

Communicate with members and donors to raise awareness of Library issues and resources.

Organize Coffee with Friends and an Annual Meeting program with guest author speakers that are free and open to the public.

Expand Bookstore operations - now open 5 days per week plus online sales.

The Friends of the Library is directed by a working Board of Directors of 21 people who are all involved in various subcommittees directing the initiatives of the Friends. The Friends employs two full-time staff members who manage the Bookstore and the Friends office. The Friends are supported by a couple hundred volunteers who assist with various tasks. The Friends enjoys a well-connected working relationship with the Library and receives support from Library staff.

Proceeds from our Campaign for Excellence have more than doubled in the past 6 years. During 2 years we secured matching funds which provided even more than that. We need to improve our ability to secure matching funds on a regular basis.

Our endowments have more than doubled in the past 4 years, providing increased security and stable funding for the Library. We need to improve our ability to communicate the need for lasting and large gifts to the Library.

Attendance at our Coffee with Friends and Annual Meeting programs has grown. We need to expand our outreach to attract engaging speakers and make more people in the community aware of these programs.

Financials

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Operations

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

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MONROE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 5/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Emily Bedwell

Friends of Monroe County Public Library

Term: 2021 - 2022

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 ? 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? No
  • 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 05/14/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data