Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation

The Friends envision a Williamsburg Regional Library that has everything it needs to dream big.

aka F.W.R.L.F.   |   Williamsburg, VA   |  https://www.wrl.org/give/

Mission

The Friends invite everyone to support the Williamsburg Regional Library through fundraising and advocacy to ensure excellence in library programs and services both now and for generations to come.

Ruling year info

1993

Library Director

Ms. Betsy Fowler

Main address

7770 Croaker Rd

Williamsburg, VA 23188 USA

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EIN

54-1639135

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

FWRLF seeks to support the Williamsburg Regional Library's efforts to provide excellent collections, programs, services, and facilities that fulfill our community's need and expectations. The library informs, enriches, and strengthens the entire 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?

Bisland Legacy Society

In 1911, the Bisland family set up the first family fund called The Percival Bisland Memorial Collection. Today, the tradition continues with The Bisland Legacy Society, an honor roll of those who have named the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation (WRLF) as a beneficiary of their estate.

Population(s) Served
Adults

General Fund -This endowment is our Library Director’s favorite because it is used for the areas of greatest need.
Collections Fund - This endowment supports all aspects of our library collections.
The Next Generation Fund: Children and Teens - This endowment not only supports collections, programs, and services for children and teens, but also allows us to create new programs that support reading readiness for children, as well as discovery and experimental learning.
Community Engagement Fund - This endowment supports all aspects of our library programs and services, from funding traveling library exhibitions to educational programs and outreach into our community.
Technology Fund - This endowment allows us to meet the growing demand for digital content; to make investments in technology at the library; to expand our collection of audiobooks, e-books, DVD’s, and music; and to subsidize our technology classes and seminars.
Named Fund - For a minimum investment of $10,000 you can establish a named endowment fund for the purpose of your choice.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

• To maintain a Board of Directors that is motivated and qualified to carry out the Foundation's strategic plan.
• To raise funds to support the WRL through individual and corporate gifts, foundation grants, special fund raising events, planned giving and bequests, capital gifts, endowments and other sources.
• To invest and manage prudently all FWRLF endowments and gifts.
• To conduct capital campaigns, as needs arise.
• To distribute funds effectively to promote the vision of WRL.

To raise funds to support the WRL through individual and corporate gifts, foundation grants, special fund raising events, planned giving and bequests, capital gifts, endowments and other sources.
• The FWRLF will solicit donations through an annual appeal mailed to select community members.
• The FWRLF will work with WRL staff to identify and seek external grant opportunities that are consistent with WRL funding needs.
• The FWRLF will continue to promote and expand planned giving through the Bisland Legacy Society.
• The FWRLF will work with library staff to identify appropriate fundraising opportunities.

To invest and manage prudently all FWRLF endowments and gifts.
• The FWRLF will be the steward of all FWRLF investments including unrestricted, temporarily restricted, and permanently restricted funds.
• The FWRLF will recognize and honor the donor-specified designations and restrictions of contributions that are accepted by FWRLF.
• The FWRLF will act in accordance with current FWRLF Investment Policies and Procedures.

To conduct capital campaigns, as needs arise.
• The FWRLF will conduct periodic capital needs assessments in conjunction with WRL.
• The FWRLF will conduct capital campaign planning and identify and cultivate potential donors.
• The FWRLF will conduct capital campaigns to meet identified needs for library construction or facility-related projects.
• The FWRLF will conduct post-campaign evaluations to assist with future campaign planning.

To distribute funds effectively to promote the vision of WRL.
• The FWRLF will distribute funds in accordance with all current FWRLF policies and procedures.

The FWRLF has a well balanced board of volunteers, who are engaged throughout the community, dedicated to the support of the library, and knowledgeable with respect to local issues. For more than two decades FWRLF financial and skill resources have been toward the ongoing effort to help enhance the Williamsburg Regional Library ability to offer excellent collections, programs and resources that inform, enrich and strengthen our community.

The capital Campaign to support the Stryker Center is complete and has been recognized by the American Library Association as among the best public library fundraising efforts in 2015-2016. The Friends and Foundation are merged as of 12/31/17. The capital campaign to support the Kiwanis Kids Idea Studio (anticipated opening March 21, 2020 delayed due to COVID-19) is essentially complete.

Committees to move forward on membership, marketing, finance, governance, book sales, and major donor efforts are in place and working. The Bisland Legacy Society is being promoted throughout the community to offer people the opportunity to support their library through an estate gift.

When funded phase II of the Kids Idea Studio will include a natural playground on the James City County Library grounds.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation

Board of directors
as of 9/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Sam Sadler

No Affiliation

Term: 2016 - 2023

Susan Gordon

Board Member

Tonya Boone

Board Member

Louis Weeks

Board Member

Betsy Fowler

Library employee

Wilhelmina White

Board Member

Sam Sadler

Board Member

Peter Mellette

Board Member

Thomas Phelps

Board Member

Ransom Casey-Rutland

Board Member

Margaret Krull

Board Member

Michael Westfall

Board Member

Carl Lounsbury

Board Member

Natalie Miller-Moore

Ex-officio

Marie Haynes

Board Member

Sandra Stephan

Board Member

Sarah Houghland

Board Member

Rex Ellis

Board Member

Joan Alsop

Board Member

Nancy Sullivan

Board Member

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 1/28/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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