Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library, Inc.

Boca Raton, FL   |  https://www.bocalibraryfriends.org

Mission

We support and enhance the value of the Boca Raton Public Library as it serves our community.

Notes from the nonprofit

Library funding for 2020 and 2021 were decreased as the library had limited funding requests as a result of closures and reduction in programming due to Covid.

Ruling year info

2006

Board President

Ms. Tracy Wasserman

Main address

400 NW Boca Raton Blvd.

Boca Raton, FL 33432 USA

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EIN

59-2004980

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We aim to increase the awareness and growth of the Boca Raton Public Library, raise funds for new library technology and programming, and develop educational programs of community interest.

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?

Sunday speaker series

We fund speaker presentations by local authors, artists and university professors at the Boca Raton Public Library from September through May.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We sponsor a Sunday music matinee at the Boca Raton Public Library put on by a local band or orchestra group each month from September through April.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We sponsor two book clubs, one at each library in our two-library public library system, each month year round.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We host year-round monthly exhibits from local artists at our Spanish River Library art gallery. Each year we have at least one artist reception for members only.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We host receptions for our members, centered around a special speaker, usually an historical re-enactor (e.g., Thomas Jefferson, Abigail Adams, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton) or local popular and well-known artist/ authors (e.g, Clyde Butcher, Florida landscape photographer; "A Land Remembered" multimedia tour).

Population(s) Served
Adults

We host special children's programs at the library (e.g. Summer Reading Program, Teen Book Discussions) and special programs for the Florence Fuller Child Development Center pre-school and after school kids at the Boca Raton Public Library (e.g., puppet shows and musicians).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We provide financial support to library services and programs. In 2016, we funded the following library initiatives: Early literacy backpacks ($1,000); Author talk series ($12,500), Dialog Series ($1,200), ALA annual conference travel ($2,000) and Adult Summer Reading ($300.

In 2017, we funded laptops for the library ($15,000); the French Film Festival $850); Gale Legal Forms three-year subscription database ($3,800); library scholarships ($1,000), and the Holiday Parade Float ($750).

Population(s) Served
Adults

In 2016, we funded the library's Discover Studio to teach emerging technologies, including 3D printing, music production, audio podcasting, and photo and film editing as part of the library's role as a partner in education for the community. In 2017, we funded the expansion of the Discover Studio to include Little Makers and Youth Makers with technology designed for youth.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In 2016, we fund several online subscription services for library cardholders: Value Line Investment, Universal Class, and Lynda.com. In 2017, we funded Gale Legal Forms, an online three-year subscription legal form database. In 2018, we funded additional databases - Tumble Books Online (3 year subscription), Tutor.com and Kanopy Streaming

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each year we fund the library's summer reading program ($12,500 in 2018) which includes the community kick-off party, prizes and incentives for summer reading throughout the summer, and book bags and T-shirts gifts for all ages.

In 2016, we funded the following additional library youth services initiatives: Mother Daughter Tea ($1,750); Winter Friday Specials ($4,000), Books for book discussions ($5,500) and Read for the Record program ($750).

In 2017, in addition to the Discover Studio expansion for youth listed separately, we funded the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Graduation Party ($500); Mother Daughter Tea ($1,750); Books for Book Discussion ($5,500); Read for the Record ($750); Summer Reading Program, incentives and kick-off party ($6,400)

In 2018, we funded youth databases listed separately, 1000 books before Kindergarten ($3,500), Stem backpacks ($1,550), author talk and book groups ($9,000), Read for the Record ($750), Teen Advisory Board ($500), and the Annual Library Tea for Families ($2,150)

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Mayor's Proclamation re: National Friends of Libraries Week 2017

City of Boca Raton

Best Friends Website 2019

Florida Library Association

Outstanding Friends Board Member-Cyndi Bloom 2020

Florida Library Association

2020 Special Projects Award (for online bookstore) 2021

Florida Library Association

Affiliations & memberships

Florida Library Association 2019

Florida Library Association 2020

Florida Library Association 2019

Florida Library Association 2021

American Library Association 2019

American Library Association 2020

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

Tracked donations include member donations reported on our website by dollar amount under Our Supporters. Other cash donations received at our events are not tracked.

Number of list subscribers

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

Adults, Parents, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes number of subscribers to our monthly newsletter, and beginning in 2017, also includes subscribers to our bookstore newsletter.

Number of volunteers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our volunteers include the Board members, the people who run our programming (speakers, musicians, and special events), volunteers who run our bookstore and local college interns.

Total number of organization members

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total number of Friends members who pay membership dues by year.

Total dollars in funding provided yearly to the library

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

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Each year the Boca Raton Public library presents us with a funding request for specific programs. In 2019, we also started funding major projects, such as the library's mobile van.

Number of Facebook followers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We started posting our programming events on Facebook in late 2014, and in 2018, increased engagement with boosted posts and ads to encourage membership and donations.

Total number of major library projects funded

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2019, in addition to funding library events and programming, we started funding special projects, such as the bookmobile in 2019 and the Storywalk nature walks in 2020 and 2021.

Number of high-profile speakers or participants participating

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

Adults

Related Program

Sunday speaker series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We have approximately 12 author/professor/professional speakers per season (from Fall of one year through the Spring of the next) and 2 -3 historical re-enactor speakers.

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.

To continue to provide support for new library initiatives and programming not funded by the City of Boca Raton. Our funding enables the Boca Raton Public Library to provide new technologies to the community, such as the Discover Studio which is completed funded by the Friends. Our own programming (speakers, musicians and historical re-enactors) which are all presented at one of the two libraries in the Boca Raton Public Library system, bring people into the library and align with our mission to support and enhance the Boca Raton Public Library as it serves our community.

To raise funds through membership dues, bookstore sales, fundraising special events, community grants and donations.

We run an independent used bookstore. All books are donated by the community, the bookstore is run by an all volunteer-staff, and the bookstore itself is located in the lobby of the Boca Raton Public Library in rent-free space. In 2017, bookstore sales were over $98,000.

We also actively pursue grants and sponsorships. In 2018, we were awarded a $1,000 Walmart community grant for our Florence Fuller Development Center programs at the library, and a $500 grant from the Junior League of Boca Raton and a $1,000 sponsorship from the law firm of Boyd, Richards, Parker & Colonnelli, PL for the library's summer reading program. In 2016, the Junior League of Boca Raton awarded us a $2,000 grant to help fund the library's summer reading program. In 2015, retired IBM employee/Board member, Krista Maki, secured a $2,000 grant from IBM for the new Discover Studio at the library.

We receive donations for community organizations and individual donors. All our supporters since 2018 are listed on our a website. We also raise funds through yearly membership dues.

Each year we continue to meet the library's funding requests. We have developed a strategic business plan for the bookstore, including marketing sales through separate email newsletter dedicated to the bookstore. We have expanded our reach through our own programming, which now includes an historical re-enactment series.

We developed a regular social media marketing campaign in conjunction with a professional digital marketing company, to expand our reach, and increase sales and engagement with and awareness of our used bookstore, our programming and our contributions to the library. In 2018 we gifted $50,000 to the Spanish River Library branch for capital improvements (this is in addition to the over $50,000 we budget each year for library support).

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    At our 2017 annual luncheon meeting, we collected written feedback based on interviews at each table with Friends Board members regarding additional programming we could introduce, and ways to improve our fundraising. As a result, we conducted a Brown Bag Luncheon series in 2018, and in 2019, introduced a fundraising model for our historical interpreter series.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Tracy Wasserman

Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library, Inc.

Term: 2020 -

Tracy Wasserman

Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library, Inc.

Krista Maki

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Joy Fishkind

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Victor Martinez

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Joanne Toulantis

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Marilyn Spechler

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Manjunath Pendakur

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Cyndi Bloom

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Pat Moran

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Alexis Johnson

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Ilena Alvarez

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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 12/19/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/19/2020

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Data
  • 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 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 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.