Educational Institutions

Boston Public Library Foundation, Inc.

  • Boston, MA
  • http://www.bplf.com

Mission Statement

The mission of the Boston Public Library is to preserve and provide access to the historical record of our society and to serve the cultural, educational and informational needs of the people of the City and the Commonwealth. The mission of the Boston Public Library Foundation is to raise public and private funds to support the revitalization and enhanced visibility of the Boston Public Library.

Main Programs

  1. Homework Help
  2. Read Your Way to Fenway
  3. Exhibits of Special Collections
  4. Lowell Lecture Series at the Boston Public Library
  5. Concerts in the Courtyard
  6. Youth Programming for Children and Teens
  7. Senior Programming
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Boston Public Library primarily serves residents of Boston and Greater Boston. All residents of Massachusetts are entitled to a free BPL card.  The Library provides services to users around the world through www.bpl.com(http://www.bpl.com)

ruling year

1992

Chairman since 2014

Self-reported

Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins

Keywords

Self-reported

Boston, library, reading, books, research, restoration, youth, culture, literacy, exhibits, historic landmark, homework, arts, culture, Copley, lectures, films, education, lifelong learning, free, public art, Sargent, McKim, out of school time, after school, early literacy

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EIN

04-3150560

Physical Address

700 Boylston St

Boston, MA 02116

Also Known As

Boston Public Library Foundation

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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

Program 1

Homework Help

Homework Help offers academic assistance to students in grades K-8 in the afternoon and on weekends in all  neighborhood branches and the Central Library. The Homework Help mentors, accomplished high school juniors and seniors, are as diverse as the neighborhoods they serve and speak 22 languages. In the current academic year, Homework Help will deliver more than 20,000 homework assistance sessions.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$250,000.00

Program 2

Read Your Way to Fenway

Read Your Way to Fenway (RYWTF) is a summer reading program created by the BPL Foundation in collaboration with the Boston Public Library and the Boston Red Sox to address the critical learning gap children experience while out of school during the summer months. RYWTF encourages and promotes summer reading for youth ages five to seventeen through the BPL’s neighborhood branches. More than 700 essay winners are selected to enjoy a day at Fenway. The program is sponsored annually by John Hancock.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$45,000.00

Program 3

Exhibits of Special Collections

Through regular exhibitions, the Boston Public Library celebrates over 160 years of collecting.  Featuring some of the most beautiful and unexpected holdings from the library's rich special collections, exhibits provide  unprecedented opportunities for visitors to view fine prints, maps, manuscripts, rare books, photographs, paintings, architectural drawings, posters, musical scores, and more.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$125,000.00

Program 4

Lowell Lecture Series at the Boston Public Library

The Lowell Lecture series is generously sponsored by the Lowell Institute, established in 1832 with the specific mission of making great ideas accessible to all people, free of charge.  During the series' long history, speakers have included Charles Dickens, William James, Margaret Mead, William Makepeace Thackeray and, more recently, Salman Rushdie, Howard Zinn, Gore Vidal, Dennis Lehane, Alexander Theroux, and Cokie Roberts.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 5

Concerts in the Courtyard

The courtyard of the Central Library in Copley Square, one of Boston's most beautiful spaces, is filled with music during free, one-hour concerts twice a week all summer long. The courtyard hosts music that ranges from jazz to classical and from world to folk. In 2015, the program was co-sponsored by Deloitte and the Boston Public Library Foundation.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

20,000

Program 6

Youth Programming for Children and Teens

The BPL Foundation supports a variety of programming at the Central Library and branch libraries for children and teens. From children's sing-a-longs to tech workshops, BPLF donors can have an impact on the lives of Boston's youth in dynamic ways by supporting these programs. Support comes from individual donors and organizations including Bank of America and the Highland Street Foundation.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 7

Senior Programming

The Never Too Late group at the Central Library in Copley square attracts seniors from across the city with live music, film screenings, and interesting lectures. In 2015, BPLF supported programming was expanded to the branch libraries. Senior programming is sponsored by the Saquish Foundation.

Category

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

12,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Boston Public Library primarily serves residents of Boston and Greater Boston. All residents of Massachusetts are entitled to a free BPL card.  The Library provides services to users around the world through www.bpl.com(http://www.bpl.com)

Social Media

Funding Needs

A front page Boston Globe article on February 17, 2010, noted that the Library is facing a budget gap and contemplating "the most drastic cost-saving measures in years." For example, state funding for next year is projected to be 73% lower than it was in 2009. Due to these unprecedented fiscal challenges, a range of significant cutbacks are on the table, including reductions of hours and branch closings.   This funding crisis is coming at just the time when our users need us most. Another recent Globe column about the BPL, "Treasure islands at risk(http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103229659647&s=4580&e=001zieT7y1lFw9Q5jrC2qAa8uRO495oh4OCKf4Ur2B5w84YNY29rmZ-vpCjd3YzINvOggpp-RtBzB_MApxOBvqA3OKYniXfYtCuJAdjqtsEZ7ORDha-Kl4ApWZ9rcgBhsGtdln2xOLmqhps3PTKFr8IlyC6XDD1N0XJll5iAkNDNb3UM5bsp-OMYYqe8wAuGpIBMUJ_mC327UkndgWQ7EfmLFWBW-JpXvcH) ," called libraries "the great equalizer" because "all that's required is personal desire, and whether you're 8 or 80, when you walk through the doors to the neighborhood library, problems give way to possibilities."    At recent public meetings of the BPL Board of Trustees, many members of the public spoke have spoken passionately about the importance of the BPL to their lives and communities. Many of them have offered to volunteer to help address the funding shortfall.   Families are using our resources and services more than ever before.  At a time when the BPL is facing drastic reductions, we urgently need help from donors.

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BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Boston Public Library Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Chairman

Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins

BIO

Jeff Hawkins has served on the BPLF Board since 2004. He is currently Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Sankaty Advisors in Boston, an independently managed affiliate of Bain Capital, LLC. Under Jeff's leadership, the BPLF will continue to fulfill its mission of supporting the Boston Public Library and its Compass: Strategic Plan. Jeff's experience and leadership will be vital to the BPLF and its Board as it works with the BPL during the ongoing Central Library renovations, and support programming and service needs at the Central Library and 24 branches.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins

Sankaty Advisors

Term: Dec 2014 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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

Yes

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?