MEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION INC

aka Mead Public Library   |   Sheboygan, WI   |  www.supportmeadpl.org

Mission

The Foundation supports the Library through financial assistance, raising community awareness of library services, and building relationships with community partners.

Ruling year info

1994

Library Director

Mr. Garrett Erickson

President of the Mead Public Library Foundation

Mrs. Kathie Norman

Main address

710 North 8TH St

Sheboygan, WI 53081 USA

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EIN

39-1670997

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (B11)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many important purchases, services, and programs are only possible through privately funded contributions which supplement but never supplant City of Sheboygan appropriations to provide life-long learning experiences in our community. The Mead Public Library Foundation develops, manages, and allocates private funds to provide an extra margin of excellence for the library, and promotes awareness of the library and its programs. Gifts to the Mead Public Library Foundation will help maintain the excellence of the library collections, diverse programs, and free access to technical and information resources.

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?

Sheboygan Children's Book Festival Financial Sponsor

The mission of the Sheboygan Children's Book Festival is to foster a love of reading and inspire young readers, writers, and artists by offering a wide array of dynamic, free public events featuring outstanding children's book creators.

The Mead Public Library Foundation is a sponsor of the Book Festival.

As Wisconsin's first children's book festival, the Sheboygan Children's Book Festival celebrates children's literature and provides the opportunity for kids, teens, families and children's book lovers of all ages to: meet outstanding children's book authors and illustrators; explore the art of children's book illustration; participate in workshops, discussions, and demonstrations; and be inspired as readers, writers, and artists.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Maas Teen Learning Center is a space within Mead Public Library. It was developed for use by teens as a spot to socialize, learn and have fun. Brainfuse is an online tutoring service available to Mead Library cardholders, used primarily by teens.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Acuity Cool Picks is a summer library program for teens (grades 6-12) based at Mead Public Library. It include incentives for reading, plus other activities including movie and gaming events.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

In 2012, the Mead Public Library Foundation funded improvements (sound system, carpeting) to the library's Rocca Meeting Room, used for youth services as well as adult programs. In 2013, the Foundation funded remodeling a space to create a children's activity center adjacent to the Henrietta A. Landwehr Children's Library Center.

These projects were funded by the income from a bequest intended for youth services from Dr. Jerome M. Maas.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Since the second biannual “Sheboygan Reads” in 2007, the Mead Public Library Foundation has provided funding for a “community reads” program based at Mead Public Library.

Foundation funds have purchased copies of books and paid for expenses related to author visits and many other programs that are part of “Sheboygan Reads.”

In 2007 author Michael Perry brought his band “The Long Beds,” for a concert, and followed up with a writers’ workshop and “An Evening with Michael Perry.” In 2009, the program featured the trend of self-publishing with “The Green Steed,” written by a local resident, Betsy Michael. The programs included one about cycling and another on memoir-writing. The popularity of the latter program led to the 2011 Sheboygan Reads program which featured Jerry Apps, a popular regional writer of fiction and non-fiction, particularly about rural life. In 2013, the program featured Carrie Bebris, who writes a popular Jane Austen mystery series. Events featured everything Austen, from letter-writing to dancing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Number of free participants in conferences

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

Sheboygan Children's Book Festival Financial Sponsor

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

COVID-19 changed our game plan in 2020 and 2021. The library was closed for a portion of the year. When we weren't closed, there was very little aggressive activity going on.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 Mead Public Library Foundation's three main goals are:

1. INCREASE VISIBILITY AND RECOGNITION OF THE FOUNDATION

2. MAXIMIZE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND SOURCES

3. COLLABORATE WITH MAJOR STAKEHOLDERS

Some of the strategies for reaching the goals are:

-Increase visibility and recognition of the Foundation's role in the success of the library to enhance advocacy, communication and fundraising efforts.
-Research, develop and implement a diversified fundraising effort that ensures the Foundation's long-term ability to enhance the excellence of the library.
-Foster collaborative relationships with major stakeholders to support the mission and work of the library and to enhance the library's outreach.

The organization has a very strong Board of Directors as well as support staff to encourage and facilitate the details of these strategies. They also have generous volunteers who are dedicated to reaching the goals of the organization.

Within the objectives of the Foundation's Strategic Plan, they have began the process of all three of their goals. They are working with multiple community organizations to foster change. They have maintained the highest level of fiscal responsibility and transparency with their funds. A new board member orientation process is in place and recognition for past and current donors is on-going.

The Foundation continues to work on raising awareness in the community, increasing Renaissance Society membership and developing relationships with other library and community organizations. These goals will, by their nature, always be on-going.

Financials

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Operations

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

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MEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Kathie Norman

William Holbrook

Carol Kolzow

Maeve Quinn

Konrad Testwuide

Garrett Erickson

Marilyn Montemayor

Thomas Peneski

Frederic Tyszka

Beth Bartelt

Karl Nelson

John Schroeder

Elizabeth Braden

John Donovan

Sandy Loth

John Perronne

Steven Stauber

Mary Liz Towne

Jim Williams

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 ? 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? 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 12/29/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/29/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.