Educational Institutions

Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation

Our Library - Our Future

aka F.W.R.L.F.

Williamsburg, VA

Mission

The mission of the Foundation is to develop, administer, and allocate funds to provide the extra margin of excellence for the Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) by enhancing existing public support for the library. It is not the intention of the Foundation to support operating needs of the WRL that are the responsibility of local government.

Ruling Year

1993

Library Director

Ms. Betsy Fowler

Main Address

7770 Croaker Rd

Williamsburg, VA 23188 USA

Keywords

public library

EIN

54-1639135

 Number

2974110985

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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.

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Our programs

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Bisland Legacy Society

Our Library - Our Future Endowments

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

• 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.

Key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which our organization assesses our progress toward our intended impact includes increasing the number and size of gifts that result from an annual appeal, reinvesting and or supporting the Williamsburg Regional Library with unrestricted earned investment income, completion of a successful capital campaign to support the Stryker Center (2016) and merger with the Friends of WRL to create a single fund raising support organization for the library. In addition, the organization has consistently provided in excess of $150,000 annually to support of library programs including, but not limited to, children and adult summer reading, the Dewey Decibel Concert Series, the 2019-2020 One Book One Community read, and outreach STEAM programing at the Abram Frink, Jr. Community Center. Most recently the FWRLF has essentially completed a capital campaign in support of the Kiwanis Kids Idea Studio at the James City County Library.

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 (opening March 21, 2020) 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.

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Financials

Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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