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Louisville Free Public Library Foundation, Inc.

A stronger library for a stronger Louisville.

aka Library Foundation   |   Louisville, KY   |  www.lfplfoundation.org

Mission

The Library Foundation exists to advance the Louisville Free Public Library's mission of providing the people of Metro Louisville with the broadest possible access to knowledge, ideas and information, and to support them in their pursuit of learning. We raise funds to provide unusual and innovative programs and services at the Library not normally provided by appropriations from governmental agencies and provide a doorway for community members to engage with, advocate for, and dedicate time and treasure to their public library. Our vision is a strong, robust library system that is fully appreciated by, engaged with, and supported by the community.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Ms. Chandra Moore Gordon

Main address

301 York St

Louisville, KY 40203 USA

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EIN

61-0969361

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People sometimes mistakenly believe that libraries are fully funded by public dollars from the city or state. That may be true in some cities, but it is not true in Louisville. The Louisville Free Public Library has no separate tax base to generate income, and the Library cannot accomplish all it wants and needs to do for residents with its portion of the Louisville Metro Government budget. The Library Foundation attempts to fill the gaps by raising funds for books and furnishings for new library branches, new books in general, children's and adult programming, and special literary and cultural events. The Foundation does not provide salaries or operational support for the Library.

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?

Programs of the Louisville Free Public Library

The Library Foundation supports a changing roster of special services, programs, and cultural events at the Louisville Free Public Library. Current projects include: Author series (brings adult and children’s authors to the Library); New Books Endowment; Capital campaign for Northeast Regional Library, Annual events, such as thee How To Festival and STEAM Day; Children’s Summer Reading and Adult Winter Reading; Immigrant Services; 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge; Children’s story time; Neighborhood outreach; Master of Library Science scholarship program for Library staff; and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

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 Louisville Free Public Library Foundation provides funding to fill gaps left by public funding for the Library by raising funds for books and furnishings for new library branches, new books in general, children's and adult programming, and special literary and cultural events. The Foundation does not provide salaries or operational support for the Library.

The Library Foundation works with Library leadership to identify need and then searches for individuals, foundations, and corporations that want to support those needs. We operate an annual giving campaign, operate special capital campaigns as necessary, apply for grants and sponsorships, seek planned gifts and bequests, seek major gifts from individuals, and encourage businesses to join a giving society called Library Champions.

The Louisville Free Public Library Foundation, Inc., was established as a non-profit corporation in 1980 "for the purpose of benefiting, promoting, supporting, encouraging, and enhancing the programs and services of the Louisville Free Public Library." The Foundation is governed by a 26-member self-perpetuating volunteer board of directors. The Library Foundation has been instrumental in advocating for state and city funding for three new regional branches to be built and in raising additional funding to provide new books and furnishings for the regional libraries. The Foundation employs three full-time staff members (including an executive director, a director of development, and a development associate) and a part-time controller. Currently housed at the Main Branch of the library, the Foundation engages in advocacy and fundraising.

Some recent accomplishments of the Library Foundation include: Successfully rolling out 2 regional new branches since 2014; Raising $2.5 million for books, technology, and furnishings at the South Central Regional Library, which opened in 2017; and achieving a fuller level of engagement with elected officials (who have the ability to secure funding for public libraries) through a concerted advocacy effort, which includes conducting Café Louie (an open forum where legislators can interact with the public) in library branches.

We are currently working towards completing the campaign for the Northeast regional Library and helping to coordinate a Journalists in the Library program.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Louisville Free Public Library Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Wallace Dunbar

First Kentucky Trust Company


Board co-chair

Ms. Callie Wall

Sterling Thompson Company

Term: 2020 -

Frank Harshaw

Harshaw Trane

Florence Chang

Jefferson County Public Schools

Paul T. Costel

Chase

Lisa DeJaco Cructcher

Catholic Charities of Louisville, Inc.

Chris Garrett

LG&E and KU

Melanie McCoy

Frost Brown Todd LLC

Callie Wall

Sterling Thompson

Lee Burchfield

Louisville Free Public Library

Waleed Bahouth

Humana, Inc.

Fannie Cox

University of Louisville Libraries

Jennifer Glassner

Republic Bank

Virginia Lee

Balanced Solutions, LLC

Kathryn Luttner

Yum! Brands

Daro Mott

Farm Credit Mid-America

Lisa Pearce

Humana, Inc.

Brian Stivers

Commonwealth Bank and Trust Company

Ashley Anderson

Athena Health and Wellness

Board leadership practices

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  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/19/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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