Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library, Inc.

Boca Raton, FL

Mission

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

Ruling Year

2006

Board President

Ms. Cynthia Bloom

Main Address

400 NW Boca Raton Blvd.

Boca Raton, FL 33432 USA

Keywords

fundraising organization to support library projects and programming

EIN

59-2004980

 Number

0718966504

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

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

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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Social Media

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sunday speaker series

Music series

Book discussions

Art gallery

Special programs

Programs for youths

Library Support - Adult Services

Library Support - Discover Studio

Library Support - Online subscriptions

Library Support - Youth Services

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of overall donors

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Our volunteers include the Board members, the people who run our programming (speakers, musicians, art gallery, special events) and the volunteers who run our bookstore

Total number of organization members

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Total number of Friends members who pay membership dues by year

Total dollars in funding provided yearly to the library

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Each year the Boca Raton Public library presents us with a funding request for specific programs and database subscriptions and the Board votes on what to fund. The amounts shown are what was paid.

Number of Facebook followers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 they accomplished so far and what's next?

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. Other income to meet our goals comes from membership dues, which in 2017 totaled $10,400.

1 - Total number of membership signups 2- Bookstore sales in store and online 3- Donations received 3- Number of grants and sponsorships 3 - Number of newsletter signups

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).

External Reviews

Awards

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

City of Boca Raton

Photos

Financials

Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library, Inc.

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

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

No

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?

No

Organizational Demographics

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SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/01/2019

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female

Race & Ethnicity

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

No data