Arts, Culture, and Humanities

JEFFERSON COUNTY LIBRARY FOUNDATION INC

  • Wheat Ridge, CO
  • www.jeffcolibraryfoundation.org

Mission Statement

THE JEFFERSON COUNTY LIBRARY FOUNDATION (JCLF) is devoted to supporting the programs of Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) through fundraising, advocacy, and education.

With the help of JCLF and its dedicated volunteers (more than 300 in 2015), fundamental JCPL programs, like Summer Reading, Early Literacy, and Culture Pass can grow year over year. These programs not only provide educational opportunities to people of all ages, but build JCPL's capacity to serve the community and do what it does best--ensure the free and continuing access to information to all Jefferson County residents.

Main Programs

  1. Summer Reading
  2. Kids & Families
Service Areas

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Colorado

Bordered by the foothills to the west and towering buildings of Denver to the east, Jefferson County is a large area, which includes the cities of Lakewood, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Edgewater and parts of Westminster and Littleton. With more than 500,000 residents (and growing everyday), we're proud of our Colorado history and heritage--from Coors Brewery in Colorado to the historic Molly Brown Summer House in Lakewood.

ruling year

1969

Executive Director since 2015

Self-reported

Jo Schantz

Keywords

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education, nonprofit, reading, literacy, advocacy, library, kids, children, families, seniors, adults

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EIN

23-7029313

 Number

1778486330

Also Known As

Jefferson County Library Foundation

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

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

Summer Reading

The summer months are filled with fun and sun and… a little bit of learning loss. According to the National Summer Learning Association, all children experience learning loss over the summer when not engaged in educational activities and this phenomenon disproportionality effects low-income children. That’s why our Summer Reading is so important. This socially interactive program encourages parental engagement in reading, thereby creating solid literacy role-models while helping children and teens read throughout the summertime school gap without losing their skill level. Not only does Summer Reading reward participants with a fun, educational activity, but there are also tangible rewards, including free books. During the summer of 2015, the JCLF-funded Summer Reading program served more than 30,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors and distributed free books to teens and children. As a testimony to the program’s success, 93% of participants said they would recommend SR to other and enroll again.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

85,000

Program 2

Kids & Families

The Kids & Families program enhances the early reading experiences and skills of preschool children by delivering books and programs to Head Start, day care and early learning classrooms.

By providing a monthly bilingual Story time, delivered by a traveling Kids & Families librarian, and a gift of books -in both English and Spanish--the program has continued its inclusive approach and commitment to serving economically disadvantaged families.

In 2014, Kids & Families visited 18 Head Start and preschool classrooms, serving 270 at-risk children. There were 1,038 more Storytimes presented in Jeffco libraries, increasing Storytime attendance by 39%. With the addition of a full schedule of Spanish and ASL Story times, our audience of youngsters continues to grow more diverse.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$4,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Colorado

Bordered by the foothills to the west and towering buildings of Denver to the east, Jefferson County is a large area, which includes the cities of Lakewood, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Edgewater and parts of Westminster and Littleton. With more than 500,000 residents (and growing everyday), we're proud of our Colorado history and heritage--from Coors Brewery in Colorado to the historic Molly Brown Summer House in Lakewood.

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Financials

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JEFFERSON COUNTY LIBRARY FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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JEFFERSON COUNTY LIBRARY FOUNDATION INC

Leadership

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Executive Director

Jo Schantz

BIO

Jo has more than 20 years of nonprofit senior-level experience in management, fundraising and communications. Jo earned a Master's degree in Nonprofit Management (MNM) from Regis University, and is also recognized as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

Most recently, Jo was the development manager for Community Educational Outreach, a Jefferson-County-based nonprofit that assists low-income, at-risk adults in gaining access to education, career and life-training skills. Prior to that, she held leadership positions in a number of Denver-area nonprofits, including the following: executive director, Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance; chief development officer, Veterans Green Jobs; special projects manager, Colorado State University Extension; senior development officer, Griffith Centers for Children, Inc.; vice president of events and educational services, Apartment Association of Metro Denver; director of development, Colorado Humanities; vice president of development, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Inc.; and fund development director, Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver.

In addition, Jo is an active member of the West Chamber Serving Jefferson County, the Leadership Jeffco Alumni Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2013, she was appointed by Jefferson County Commissioners to serve on the Community Services Advisory Board.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Tami Bandimere-Shrader

Bandimere Speedway

Term: June 2010 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

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?