El Progreso Memorial Library

El Progreso Memorial Library ... where Uvalde County’s Past, Present, Future come together for the Community Good.

Uvalde, TX   |  www.elprogreso.org

Mission

El Progreso Memorial Library was founded in 1903 to provide for the informational, reference, research and recreational reading needs of the local Uvalde City and County Area. It is a 501C3 organization with pubic funding to offer the full range of materials: books, magazines, audiovisual and electronic resources in a comprehensive facility which includes an eleven county archives, museum, bookstore and meeting rooms. El Progreso is accredited by the Texas State Library. It offers a full range of electronic databases, TexShare reciprocal cards and Interlibrary Loan through statewide programs. It has Internet and WiFi connection with computers for adult access. Children's computers are equipped with AWE software providing 70 educational programs. Serves all ages/demographic groups.

Notes from the nonprofit

El Progeso Memorial Library has been a touchstone for the humanities in Uvalde for over 117 years. It was 1903 that a group of 31 Uvalde women formed the El Progreso Club, whose first project was the organization of a public library. Uvalde is not only a rural city but a poor one, where 25% of the population lives in poverty and counts the library as an invaluable resource. It is here that they can find the computers and internet connection to conduct the necessities of life - keeping up with family, searching for employment or ordering services. The library opens doors for the entire community with story hours for children, entertainment for senior citizens, home tours and books that turn children into avid readers and ultimately empower them to dream larger dreams that suddenly become attainable. In short, El Progreso Memorial Library is a local treasure, a source of inspiration, of hope and guidance that transcends age and income. -- Craig Garnett, Publisher, Uvalde Leader News 4/20

Ruling year info

1955

Director

Mr Mendell Morgan Jr

Main address

301 W Main St

Uvalde, TX 78801 USA

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EIN

74-1238576

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

History Museums (A54)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Needs our organization is working to address: (not ranked in order of importance) 1 - Financial needs such as general operating funds and increasing our endowment. 2 - Expansion of Business Service Program to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs to recover from COVID-19 Pandemic. 3 - Increased annual usage of Library services: a. Number of books checked out, b. Amount of database use, c. Number of art/culture programs and number of people attending these special programs. 4 - Upgrade of facilities' infrastructure to be more green and energy efficient. 5 - Bibliotheca center to meet technology needs of our rural isolated community. 6 - Showcase and fund new Ranching Exhibit at Weisman Museum of SW Texas. 7 - Build new workroom/storage building for Archive and Museum item storage. 8 - Advertising Initiative to bring more visitors to the Library, Archives, and Museum, plus our local 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?

Summer Reading Program

All ages are encouraged to sign up and read during the month of June. "A Universe of Stories" is the 2019 theme. Special guest readers and activities are offered. A party with prizes celebrates the successful conclusion.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

A variety of local musicians are invited to perform throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Programs on a variety of educations areas are offered.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. we offer Facebook live streaming Story Hour programs to preschoolers, often featuring guest readers and various activities such as coloring, crafts or using computer learning stations during the time we cannot have groups utilizing library facilities.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Guide patrons to appropriate resources.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Patrons may use files from Thingyverse to make objects on library 3D printer in a variety of colors.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Texas State Library 2020

Awards

Philanthropist of the Year - Louis E. Capt 2004

Texas Library Association

Affiliations & memberships

Central Texas Library System 2020

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.

Our organization is aiming to accomplish the following: (not ranked in order of importance)

1 - Meet financial needs in the future by actively increasing our fundraising and grant writing and growing our Endowment Fund account (long-range goal of $2 million).

2 - Expanded our Business Service Program to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs' recovery from COVID-19 Pandemic by providing access to printing, black/white and color copying (even up to blueprint-size), faxing, laminating (IDs to poster-size), scanning, computer/laptop/iPad usage, 3-D printing, various-sized meeting rooms for civic engagements, study and network groups, conferences, and events.

3 - Increase the annual usage of Library services:
a. Number of books checked out (in print and online)
b. Amount of database use
c. Number of art/culture programs and number of people attending these special programs

4 - Upgrade our facilities' infrastructure for energy efficiency by replacing outdated HVAC System (boiler replacement, chilled water variable pumping conversion, and AHU variable air volume conversion), tinting of all exterior windows, and retrofitting of all light fixtures(indoor and outdoor) with LED lights (cost $388,000),

5 - Open a state-of-art Bibliotheca center for use by library patrons, students, and small business owners, as well as hold computer and software classes (i.e. Excel, QuickBooks, PowerPoint, etc.) for students, low-income underemployed individuals, and elderly patrons (cost $60,000).

6 - Showcase and fund new Southwest Texas Ranching Exhibit at Weisman Museum of Southwest Texas to recognize ranching heritage and traditions. This new exhibit will increase visitors to the Library and our community, and

7 - Build a new free-standing environmentally controlled building that will house a volunteer workroom and item storage for the Virginia Wood Davis Archives and the Weisman Museum of Southwest Texas. This building will be on site at 301 West Main adjoining the Library and designed to compliment the Library's architect.

Our strategies for accomplishing our organization goals is to design and implement a Marketing and Fundraising Strategic Plan. This plan incorporates all details of our events, programs, fundraising activities and links them to the annual budget and Library calendar. This enables the Board of Directors and staff to make appropriate decisions in regards to the viability of the event, program or fundraising activity (i.e. Will it be successful? Will it accomplish it's goal?) and to make the necessary adjustments with respect to time, budget, staffing requirements, facility, equipment, and supplies needed. The Board of Directors can use the plan to track cash flow during the fiscal year and see where there are gaps in funding. Consequently, this plan is very beneficial to making strategic and intentional financial decisions for the Library.

Our organizations capabilities for meeting our goals are threefold:

1 - Dedicated Board of Directors who represent the diversity of our rural community
2 - Strong historical community support (since 1903!)
3 - $5.7 million, 36,000 sf, state-of-the-art facility that is well maintained and strategically located in the community for easy access.

The Board of Directors have been proactive is reaching the Library's goals and has hired a Development Officer (DO) 25 years' experience in nonprofit. The DO in conjunction with the Library Director (LD) work together to submit grants and other funding requests as well as events and programs, in accordance with the Marketing Strategic Plan, to raise future funds for the following: (includes accomplishments to date (6/2020) of these goals)

1- General Operating Fund and Endowment - received payroll, relief, and other grant assistance from federal government and other entities because of the COVID-19 Pandemic
2 - Business Services Program - received a $1,250 grant from Medina Electric Coop for poster laminating machine,
3 - Library Services - meeting all objectives to keep and maintain accreditation with the State of Texas.
4 - Facilities Infrastructure - submitting grant requests for improvements/upgrades to various organizations.
5 - Bibliotheca - designing the computers and server specifications and arrangements in the Library before submitting grant applications.
6 - Southwest Texas Ranching Exhibit at the Weisman Museum of Southwest Texas - determining items and verbiage for the exhibit.
7 - New Workplace and Storage Building for the Virginia Wood Davis Archives and the Weisman Museum of Southwest Texas - researching building plans that incorporate the architectural design of the Library and meet archivist standards for storage.

Utilizing the Market and Fundraising Strategic Plan, the DO and LD are following a grant schedule to ask for funding from local and state foundations as well as other available sources (i.e. bequest, corporate donations, fundraising events, etc.) to fund the above list.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Concern was expressed over the cost and disposal of hand towels in bathroom facilities at the Library. We received a grant to help fund the purchase and installation of electronic hand dryers which will reduce the Library's environmental impact and supply costs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • 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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El Progreso Memorial Library

Board of directors
as of 6/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs Jill Nordwich

VJ McElroy

First State Bank of Uvalde

Laura Downing

Jill Nordwich

Dusty Routh

Dr. Eliana Teague

Hanna Case

First State Bank of Uvalde

Cal Lambert

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, 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: 06/18/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.