Educational Institutions

San Diego Public Library Foundation

  • San Diego, CA
  • www.supportmylibrary.org

Mission Statement

By generating public and private sector support, the San Diego Public Library Foundation helps foster excellence in a free public library system that inspires lifelong learning through connections to knowledge and each other.

Main Programs

  1. Summer Reading Program
  2. One Book, One San Diego
  3. Visual Arts and Cultural Programming
  4. READ/San Diego
  5. Technology and Online Resources
  6. Career Online High School
Service Areas

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California

In addition, the Library serves Allied Gardens, Carmel Mountain, Carmel Valley, Rolando, Kensington, Normal Heights, Logan Heights, Mission Valley, Mountain View, Paradise Hills, Point Loma, Rancho Penasquitos, San Carlos, Miramar, Scripps Ranch, Serra Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Skyline Hills, Tierrasanta, University Heights, Valencia Park, City Heights, Sherman Heights and Oak Park.

ruling year

2001

CEO since 2004

Self-reported

Jay Hill

Keywords

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SDPLF, library, education, New Central Library, literature, literacy

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EIN

33-0959608

 Number

1375786932

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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

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The San Diego Public Library Foundation's mission is to support excellence in the San Diego Public Library. The Library Foundation raises support that helps the Library invest in new readers, create vibrant cultural and civic centers, ensure academic and career success and develop the virtual library. Toward these goals, the Library Foundation successfully completed a $75 million capital campaign that allowed completion of the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Irwin Jacobs Common. Additionally, the Foundation supports many Library programs that help San Diegans learn throughout their lifetimes, including the Summer Reading Program, Career Online High School and health education seminars for seniors.

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 Program

Celebrating its 93rd year during the summer of 2016, the Library's popular Summer Reading Program has encouraged more than one million children and teens to discover reading as a recreational activity. Readers let their imaginations soar during the 2014 program, ""Paw to Read."" This year there was a 30% increase in participation! Hands-on educational activities, cultural performances and special story times were held at all 36 City libraries. Participants who read ten or more books (en hours for teens) received a variety of prizes, including tickets to San Diego Padres games and the San Diego Zoo.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$135,000.00

Program 2

One Book, One San Diego

One Book, One San Diego is a partnership between the San Diego Public Library, KPBS and the San Diego County Library to bring together the community and encourage residents to join others in the shared experience of reading the same book. The community can choose any of the 82 city, county or college library locations to check out the book. One Book, One San Diego encourages participation in related events, discussions of the ideas raised by the annual One Book selection and examination of how these ideas connect with our daily lives. Lysley Tenorio's novel Monstress was selected for One Book One San Diego 2014. The accompanying young adult (middle school) title is American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang and the children's companion title is Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$75,000.00

Program 3

Visual Arts and Cultural Programming

The Library's Visual Arts Program is a nationally recognized series of exhibitions, lectures, a television program, and other art-related activities. The mission of the program is to demonstrate the Library's role as a cultural institution embracing a broad range of disciplines, while assisting San Diego's mid-career and older professional artists in achieving wider local, regional, and national attention. Visual Arts Program exhibitions are made possible, in part, by contributions from individuals, volunteer efforts, and the Friends of Central Library. To see the latest information on exhibitions and other visual arts' activities, please consult the Library's Displays and Exhibits page on the Calendar of Events.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$1.00

Program 4

READ/San Diego

There are over 450,000 adults in San Diego who cannot read and write well enough to manage everyday tasks. This translates to not being able to read medicine labels, recipes, or even a TV guide. Many adults cannot read to their small children, which put their children at a disadvantage when they begin school. READ/San Diego makes a difference in those people's lives by empowering them to read. The Library's staff of literacy experts coordinates the efforts of volunteer reading tutors and cooperates with local adult schools, community colleges and other literacy education providers in making and receiving student referrals. READ also offers Families for Literacy. This program is designed to break the cycle of intergenerational low-literacy by teaching low-literate parents/caregivers with pre-school children the skills to be their children's most important teacher. Age-appropriate books are also provided to help families build home libraries, a critical component for improving literacy.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$1.00

Program 5

Technology and Online Resources

The San Diego Public Libraries are recognized national leaders in opening technology access to all San Diegans. The Library was among the first in the nation to offer free Wi-Fi connectivity at all branches and now provides thousands of free eBooks for check out. Technology services are well used and remain a priority. The Library offers complete online catalogs and more than 60 online databases. Additionally, patrons can use their library card to access live, online tutoring help and download audio books for play on iPods and other media players. Each Library branch provides a public computer lab. Computers are used to look for work, complete online training, research family health issues, and/or to complete school projects.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$200,000.00

Program 6

Career Online High School

Career Online High School allows adult learners a second opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma by taking classes online with support from Library staff and using free Library resources. San Diego Public Library Foundation donors fund scholarships that make adult learners participation in the program possible.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The San Diego Public Library Foundation seeks to:
    Maximize opportunities for all to access information, literacy, learning and technology.
    Promote lifelong learning, personal discovery and opportunities for all.
    Be responsible stewards of the public trust and the resources that are provided to us.
    Expand literacy. Literacy is essential: it empowers people to thrive.
    Engage in relationship building with the community as participants, advocates and partners in philanthropy.
    Encourage innovation. Libraries are evolving, growing entities. We are leaders in creative, collaborative thinking and action.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The San Diego Public Library Foundation seeks to:
    Develop strong and secure financial stability to ensure the long-term success of the Foundation and its mission of supporting the San Diego Public Library. Toward that goal, the Foundation is implementing a comprehensive fundraising program to support excellence throughout the entire San Diego Public Library system.
    Value all relationships of the Library Foundation through ongoing outreach, involvement, education, collaboration and advocacy. The Foundation seeks to create strong relationships with donors and prospects through engagement and stewardship ensuring successful upgrade, renewal and acquisition rates. We create close and effective working relationships with library staff through engagement and stewardship. We create strong relationships with elected officials and Library Commission through engagement and stewardship, ensuring a close and effective working partnership. We strengthen the on-going partnership between the Friends of the Library and the Foundation through engagement and stewardship. We provide ongoing effective marketing to promote awareness, support and advocacy for the Library system.
    Ensure Library Foundation board and staff leadership demonstrate necessary skills and competencies to guarantee the Foundation's long term sustainability. The Foundation seeks to build the leadership skills and competencies to ensure the Foundation is led by innovative and committed board and staff to safeguard long-term sustainability.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The San Diego Public Library Foundation is led by a strong team of engaged Board of Trustee members who are committed to the organization's long-term strategic plan. Board members keep Library Foundation staff and volunteer leadership focused on the larger goals and provide periodic support to ensure short-term strategies are on track toward these longer term goals.

    The Foundation relies on ongoing support from more than 3,000 individuals and hundreds of corporations and foundations who provide annual support to the Library and Foundation. The Foundation staff team includes members with experience and training in development, non-profit management, financial management and communications and marketing. With donor support, Library Foundation staff and volunteer leadership work closely with Library staff and other public partners (including the Friends of the San Diego Public Library and the Library Commission) to achieve these goals.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Library Foundation's strategic plan includes desired outcomes with qualitative and quantitative measures of success in strategic areas, including financial stability, stakeholder relations and institutional development. The Foundation regularly measures its progress toward these outcomes. Measures focus on Library funding, grant applications, planned gifts, endowment funding, attendance and giving at fundraising events, maintaining best accounting practices, number of donors, retention of donors and working relationships with Library staff and partner organizations.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since then, the Foundation has raised more than $120 million in private funds to augment and support library programs, collections, expansion and services. Foundation support has been central to:

    Completing the Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common.
    Building seven new library branches and improving existing branches.
    Expanding collections throughout the system.
    Providing Sunday hours at certain locations.
    Enhancing crucial programs such as the Summer Reading Program and establishing new programs, such as Live Homework Help and Career Online High School and services such as the Library's new online catalog.
    Working with the Friends of the Library to meet City Matching Fund goals for 11 consecutive years, providing millions of additional dollars in funding for books and resources.

    The Library Foundation would like to see a more consistent source of long-term public Library funding and seeks to build an endowment fund that would help ensure Library programs and services can continue when public funds are impacted.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

In addition, the Library serves Allied Gardens, Carmel Mountain, Carmel Valley, Rolando, Kensington, Normal Heights, Logan Heights, Mission Valley, Mountain View, Paradise Hills, Point Loma, Rancho Penasquitos, San Carlos, Miramar, Scripps Ranch, Serra Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Skyline Hills, Tierrasanta, University Heights, Valencia Park, City Heights, Sherman Heights and Oak Park.

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Funding Needs

Funding is needed for: New Learners—READ/San Diego, Summer Reading Program, Career Online High School, Do Your Homework Tutoring, Brilliant Babies, and Admit One College PrepAccess to Technology—FabLab expansion, IDEA Lab expansion, eBookmobile, computer classes, FabLab camp scholarships)An Enhanced Online Library—Bibliocommons, eBook collections, digital archives, Online Homework Help, and online databasesExpanded Community Centers—One Book One San Diego, Clara Breed Master Series, and a variety of performing arts, including music and author series'

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SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Operations

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San Diego Public Library Foundation

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CEO

Jay Hill

BIO

Jay Hill, Chief Executive Officer, brings over two decades of sales and marketing experience to his position and has implemented several record-breaking donor campaigns during his eight years supporting the library. Prior to San Diego, Jay held a variety of sales, marketing and editorial positions for major media companies in New York City including ABC-TV and Newsweek magazine, which honored him as Employee of the Year in 1992. For his charity work, Hill was recognized as ""New Yorker of the Week"" by New York 1 News and named one of the ""50 People to Watch"" by San Diego magazine. Hill lives in University Heights and is an avid biker and a budding tennis player. He is a member of the RedCoat Committee which helps support the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowl college football games and related festivities and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Estate Planning Council of San Diego.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Amy Valeiras

Community Volunteer

Term: June 2015 - July 2017

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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