Educational Institutions


Minneapolis, MN


Friends of the Hennepin County Library is the fundraising partner of Hennepin County Library and builds awareness, appreciation and support for our world-class library.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Kristi Pearson

Main Address

300 Nicollet Mall, N-290

Minneapolis, MN 55401 USA


Library, Hennepin





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (B11)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Together, Friends of the Hennepin County Lbirary and Hennepin County Library envision a library that ensures every person has the opportunity and resources to read, engage, graduate, work, and learn.

Our programs

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

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Library Support

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Friends of the Hennepin County Library is operating under its 2017-19 strategic plan. This plan includes four primary goals which guide the organization's annual work. GOAL #1: Increase awareness of Hennepin County Library programs and services. GOAL #2: Grow appreciation of Hennepin County Library as the institution offering free and open access to resources, programming and support in all communities across the county. GOAL #3: Increase financial resources to support Hennepin County Library. GOAL #4: Invest in Friends of the Hennepin County Library's internal structure for maximum external impact.

Key strategies for goal #1 include partnering with the library to create a strategic framework to support audience development goals; expand awareness and understanding of the benefits available to library patrons; empower champions of the library with the tools and messages to be effective ambassadors of the library. Key strategies for goal #2 include champion the benefits of a robust library system; inform and engage stakeholders/ elevate the profile of the library as a vital player in economic and community development and in addressing dynamic civic challenges; enrich communications with powerful and inspirational storytelling that celebrates the impact of the library on lives in Hennepin County. Key strategies for goal #3 include identifying priority initiatives/areas requiring private investment; crate innovative funding opportunities that align with donor investment preferences; build and grow a dynamic membership program, and highlight the impact of donor support on vital library services & programming. Key strategies for goal #4 include align staff development with strategic plan goals; invest in systems and resources to enhance organizational capacity; align board composition to support the new strategic plan, assure a diverse and inclusive board.

We maintain organizational sustainability by building a robust, diverse funding pipeline of individuals, family foundations, corporate foundations and public grants to successfully increase long-term support to the Library while continuing to balance the annual operating budget.

Friends of the Hennepin County Library is committed to continuous and robust evaluation to ensure its supporters receive a high-value experience as well as a solid return on their community investment. Additionally, Friends of HCL partners with Hennepin County Library in their own independent evaluation of key programs and initiatives funded through donor and grant support.

Friends of HCL employs a variety of evaluation methods making adjustments each year to ensure alignment with the current programs and goals of the organization. Friends of HCL conducts an annual, in-depth member survey and a special survey for new members to better understand donors' motivations for giving and preferred means of communication. Further, Friends of HCL's Board of Directors regularly evaluates organizational and program effectiveness using a broad range of metrics.

Hennepin County Library sets measurable goals, uses rigorous forms of data collection, and analyzes data to improve performance and demonstrate results. Evaluation methods are adapted to specific program parameters and may include written, online and/or in-person surveys, tracking program participation and engagement and a variety of other methods. For example, Homework Help - one of our signature funded programs - measures success by tracking the number of students served, the frequency of attendance, and impact on their academic performance.

At the close of 2017 (year one of the 3-year plan), we surpassed the $1Million goal of library cash support by $275,000.

We have completed a plan and launch of a new website platform for featuring responsive design and a greater emphasis on Library storytelling and fiscal transparency.

Significant events scheduled for the year are three free Talk of the Stacks events and 10 Pen Pals Author Lectures.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?