Bozeman Public Library Foundation

Building Beyond Books

aka Bozeman Library Foundation   |   Bozeman, MT   |
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Bozeman Public Library Foundation

EIN: 81-0405940


The Foundation raises funds to increase and enhance the quality of services, programs, and community events offered by the Bozeman Public Library in order to create opportunities that inspire curiosity, exploration, and connection.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Janay Johnson

Main address

626 E. Main St.

Bozeman, MT 59715 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture



Public libraries

Community and economic development

Population served info

Children and youth



Economically disadvantaged people

Unemployed people

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (A11)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe strong libraries contribute to strong communities by providing a welcoming civic space, free of charge, used by all facets of the population—young and old, rich and poor, conservative and liberal. Public libraries reduce social and economic inequalities. They champion free speech and propel our democratic society. When adequately funded, libraries lay the foundation for literacy and lifelong learning that helps create avenues for safety, health, and economic well-being. We believe communities that invest in social infrastructure (the physical spaces that facilitate interaction) are healthier, safer, more equitable, and less polarized. Libraries serve as important neutral spaces where people can learn, work, and create alongside others outside their usual networks. The Library Foundation’s role is to provide funding to improve library spaces and for a wide range of programs and services, including early literacy, digital equity, wellness, outreach, art, and civil discourse.

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?

Children's Festival of the Book

Our annual book festival where we bring in popular children's book authors, illustrators and animators for school visits and a full day of programming at the Bozeman Public Library. Free and open to all.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

One Book - One Bozeman is a collaboration of Bozeman Public Library, Country Bookshelf and Montana State University, and designed to promote literacy and community building. We encourage all to read the book selection and then join us at various programs and discussions.

Population(s) Served

Regional artists exhibit in the Bozeman Public Library's Atrium Gallery. Exhibits are one or two months and the general public is invited to an opening reception for the artist. All art is for sale and a percentage of the proceeds go to the artist and to the Library Foundation to support this program.

Population(s) Served

A civil discourse series of moderated forums that encourage the community to examine controversial topics with an open mind while engaging in respectful conversations.

Population(s) Served

We offer a variety of ways for community members to come together to improve their health for free, including yoga classes, meditation practice, and exercise groups.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 unique donors

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success


Number of Library visitors

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of new Library cards issued

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Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Bozeman Public Library Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 19.95 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Bozeman Public Library Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Bozeman Public Library Foundation

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Bozeman Public Library Foundation

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Bozeman Public Library Foundation’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $93,413 -$263,814 $736,133 $659,977 $824,153
As % of expenses 16.5% -53.7% 161.4% 135.8% 86.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $93,413 -$264,308 $734,158 $658,003 $822,178
As % of expenses 16.5% -53.7% 160.3% 134.9% 86.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $832,415 $943,314 $504,286 $1,000,025 $3,313,935
Total revenue, % change over prior year 127.1% 13.3% -46.5% 98.3% 231.4%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 21.8% 13.5% 29.4% 11.6% 5.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.2%
All other grants and contributions 41.9% 63.2% 66.7% 68.9% 87.0%
Other revenue 36.2% 23.3% 3.9% 19.5% 6.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $566,488 $491,525 $455,993 $485,891 $950,959
Total expenses, % change over prior year 42.9% -13.2% -7.2% 6.6% 95.7%
Personnel 29.7% 40.6% 45.9% 45.3% 26.0%
Professional fees 6.9% 2.5% 4.8% 4.3% 0.7%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 33.5% 3.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 29.9% 53.2% 49.3% 50.4% 73.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $566,488 $492,019 $457,968 $487,865 $952,934
One month of savings $47,207 $40,960 $37,999 $40,491 $79,247
Debt principal payment $0 $30,000 $30,000 $15,000 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $613,695 $562,979 $525,967 $543,356 $1,032,181

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 3.5 1.5 2.9 14.1 6.9
Months of cash and investments 89.9 97.0 116.5 126.6 81.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 79.0 84.6 110.5 120.0 71.7
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $167,150 $59,628 $109,363 $569,010 $549,091
Investments $4,076,977 $3,915,198 $4,318,799 $4,555,987 $5,936,907
Receivables $0 $14,931 $15,288 $15,502 $1,051,518
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,453 $2,453 $2,453 $2,453 $2,453
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.3% 1.9% 0.6% 0.9% 0.3%
Unrestricted net assets $3,730,178 $3,465,870 $4,200,028 $4,858,031 $5,680,209
Temporarily restricted net assets $284,335 $206,602 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $163,654 $464,151 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $447,989 $670,753 $462,377 $494,872 $2,122,482
Total net assets $4,178,167 $4,136,623 $4,662,405 $5,352,903 $7,802,691

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Janay Johnson

Janay grew up in the Midwest, but has called Bozeman home since 1992. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Kansas. Most of her professional life has been spent in development and leadership roles for local nonprofit organizations, including the Yellowstone Park Foundation and American Prairie Reserve. Janay became Director of the Library Foundation in January of 2017. She is thrilled to spend her days raising funds to support the community’s top-notch library and its programs. She enjoys spending time outdoors skiing, hiking and camping with her husband and daughter.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Bozeman Public Library Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Bozeman Public Library Foundation

Board of directors
as of 04/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Tom Stonecipher

Laura Cunningham

Nicholas Wickes

Kit Heffner

Diana Blank

Tom Stonecipher

Tom Whyel

Cindy Christin

Marley McKenna

Connie Ostrovsky

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? 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 4/12/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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No data

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