Educational Institutions

Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library

  • Williamsburg, VA

Mission Statement

Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library is an organization dedicated to making the library a better place for users. It is run by a volunteer Friends Board responsible for promoting interest in our libraries, sponsoring cultural programs for the community, and providing funds for special services and grants. The Williamsburg Regional Library serves the populations of James City County, the City of Williamburg, and York County.

Main Programs

  1. 2015 Summer Reading Program
  2. Supplement of Library Collections Budget

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

City of Williamsburg, James City County, Bruton district of York County

ruling year

1973

Principal Officer since 2016

Self-reported

Ms. Janet L. Crowther

Keywords

Self-reported

Library,Books,Book Sales,Friends,Williamsburg,Children,Reading,Genealogy,Bookmobile,Grants

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Also Known As

F.W.R.L.

EIN

23-7305274

 Number

1079747435

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Mutual/Membership Benefit Organizations, Other N.E.C. (Y99)

Single Organization Support (B11)

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?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

The purpose of this organization is to create public interest in and greater use of the Williamsburg Regional Library, to provide financial support to the Library, and to sponsor cultural and related programs. The intention is to work with and encourage the work of library staff as a library support organization.

For 2013 through 2015, Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library will focus on the following areas that will help us to achieve our purpose.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

2015 Summer Reading Program

Friends of WRL support the Williamsburg Regional Library's summer reading program each year.  In 2015 more than 3,000 children participated in programs that included reading incentive prizes, performances and arts and craft programs.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

$20,750.00

Program 2

Supplement of Library Collections Budget

During a challenging budget cycle the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library are supplementing the Collection budget for the library to help maintain the materials that library users most enjoy.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

42,000

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Friends will achieve their goals through Board Development, Public Relations and Marketing, Membership development, Volunteer Recruitment and Retention, and Fundraising to benefit the Williamsburg Regional Library.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Board Development
    >Recruit and develop well-informed, enthusiastic, and productive leaders to guide the direction of FWRL.
    >Establish a standing Board Development Committee to provide board training, develop a list of board needs, and develop and maintain an on-going program of board recruitment.
    >Provide educational opportunities and best practices related to non-profit boards for FWRL board members.

    Public Relations and Marketing
    >In conjunction with the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation Board of Directors, develop a plan that broadens the awareness and understanding of both organizations in the community.
    >Maintain a high level of communication with the Williamsburg Regional Library Board of Trustees and library staff.
    >Develop effective ways to communicate FWRL's purpose, activities, and goals to the community.
    >Develop board and membership awareness of public and staff requests for programming and materials.

    Membership
    >Review the benefits offered by FWRL, review the benefits offered by other Friends' groups, and evaluate their appropriateness for our membership.
    >Review membership dues.
    >Promote membership awareness in various community locations.
    >Ensure that membership materials are prominently available at all FWRL sponsored events.

    Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
    >Continuous recruitment and training of volunteers.
    >Assess volunteer and user satisfaction levels.
    >Develop and maintain standard operating procedures for management of FWRL's activities.

    Fundraising
    >Investigate new fundraising ventures to diversify the revenue base.
    >Develop plans that enhance Annual Book Sale and Book Nook operations.
    >Work in conjunction with the Foundation Board of Directors in the development of fundraising opportunities.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Friends have been supporting the public library in our community for more than 40 years. Whenever the Williamsburg Regional Library has needed special funding to enhance services or explore new resources the Friends have been able to help. With steady membership levels, strong annual and on-going book sales, prudent fiscal management and an informed board, the Friends are in an excellent position to continue to help the Williamsburg Regional Library now and into the future.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Enhanced resources and collection made possible through Friends support., is a key indicator of success. Continued success with membership and book sales also indicate that the Friends remain a vibrant library supporting organization.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Friends have supported the library through annual grants including the expansion and continuation of the Gab Bag collection, copies of Best Sellers, expansion of electronic resources (including ebooks, downloadable music, and audio books), and a specialized play area.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

City of Williamsburg, James City County, Bruton district of York County

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Financials

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Operations

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

Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Janet L. Crowther

BIO

Janet L. Crowther has served in numerous capacities at the Williamsburg Regional Library. She is currently the Interim Director of the library. In that roll, Ms. Crowther serves as liaison to the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jim Bowers

member

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2018

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?

No

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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity