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Foundation of the Lorain Public Library System

  • N Ridgeville, OH
  • http://www.lplsfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The Foundation of the Lorain Public Library System, Inc. is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in each community it serves by supporting and strengthening the activities of the Lorain Public Library System. The Foundation funds initiatives and programs that support the library's role as a community resource for education, recreation, and information.

Main Programs

  1. Lorain Public Library Summer Reading Program
  2. Program 2
  3. Program 3
  4. Lorain Public Library System, INC Fall Family Read A-Loud

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

Lorain County, OH.

Library service is provided by the Main Library in Lorain, branch libraries in South Lorain, Avon, Columbia Station, North Ridgeville and Sheffield Lake. This includes outreach services as well such as bookmobile services and book-by-mail services.

The Lorain Public Library System (LPLS) serves a metropolitan community with many groups of varying economic, ethnic and educational backgrounds. The estimated population in the library system’s district is over 135,000.

ruling year

2005

Treasurer

Self-reported

Ms. Garalynn V Tomas

Ex-Officio CFO Lorain Public Library System, INC

Self-reported

Mr. James Wilson

Keywords

Self-reported

Lorain Public Library System, INC

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EIN

33-1036935

 Number

6612753336

Physical Address

351 W. Sixth Street

Lorain, OH 44052

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Private Operating Foundations (T23)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Foundation of the Lorain Public Library System, Inc. was created in 2002 in response to the growing funding crisis affecting public libraries in Ohio and nationwide. The Foundation's mission is to fund initiatives and programs to support the library system's role as a resource for education, recreation, and information available without charge to some 135,000 people.

The Foundation does not replace existing monetary sources; rather it provides supplemental funds to be available as needed. This helps cushion the library system against service cutbacks when government funding is affected by shifting political priorities and unpredictable tax levies. The Foundation is administered by a Board of Directors representing the various communities served by the LPLS.

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

Lorain Public Library Summer Reading Program

The Foundation raises funds from individuals, businesses, and local foundations within the community to support specific reading outreach programs which would otherwise be restricted or curtailed. This grant allows the Summer Reading Program to continue by providing funds for awards for the children who achieve the goals of the program.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

45000.00

Program 2

The Beth K. Stocker Trust awarded two $25,000 distributions to the Library Foundation stipulating $25,000 of the funds for distributions to the Library as unrestricted funds.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

25000.00

Program 3

This grant provided a branch library funs to celebrate it's fiftieth year. The grant required the library to raise a matching amounts locally.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

250.00

Program 4

Lorain Public Library System, INC Fall Family Read A-Loud

The Lorain Public Library System, INC Fall Family Read A-Loud Program. Promotes family reading and includes all ages.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

$14,000.00

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Foundation of the Lorain Public Library System, Inc. is:
    --Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in each community it serves by supporting and strengthening the activities of the Lorain Public Library System.

    --Funds initiatives and programs that support the library's role as a community resource for education, recreation, and information.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Recruitment of active board members.

    Continue the Annual Appeal to private donors and library supporters.

    Build corporate sponsorships.

    Grant applications.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

Lorain County, OH.

Library service is provided by the Main Library in Lorain, branch libraries in South Lorain, Avon, Columbia Station, North Ridgeville and Sheffield Lake. This includes outreach services as well such as bookmobile services and book-by-mail services.

The Lorain Public Library System (LPLS) serves a metropolitan community with many groups of varying economic, ethnic and educational backgrounds. The estimated population in the library system’s district is over 135,000.

Funding Needs

Monetary donations in any amount.

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Financials

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Operations

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

Foundation of the Lorain Public Library System

Leadership

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Treasurer

Ms. Garalynn V Tomas

Ex-Officio CFO Lorain Public Library System, INC

Mr. James Wilson

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Tom Dake II

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?

No

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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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
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
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
The service area of the Lorain Public Library System is diverse and multi-ethnic. The Foundation is welcoming to all who wish to volunteer in any manner.