Educational Institutions

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

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Service Areas

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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 other areas in Lorain County as well as the Firelands School District..

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

President since 2015

Self-reported

Mr. Anthony T. Campana

Ex-Officio CFO Lorain Public Library System, INC

Self-reported

Mr. James Wilson

Keywords

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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)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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 has been supporting and now totally funding the Summer Reading Program. The Program is growing throughout all of our communities with an increasing readership across the ages, more programs that promote family reading and literacy, and prizes of books and educational opportunities for those readers reaching their goals.

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

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

25000.00

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 and community partnerships.

    Grant applications.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Foundation has been steadily adding volunteer board members with skills and backgrounds such as grant-writing, banking and finance, library science and management experience. The Foundation continues to seek others with marketing, website and social media, and fundraising skills.

    The Foundation seeks support directly from donors via an annual appeal. This is conducted through directed mailing solicitation and "donate now" via the website.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Foundation is able to measure the success of the Summer Reading program throughout metrics as the number of participants in each community broken down into population. The number of programs and supported projects associated with the Summer Reading program has grown as well as the number of 'give-away' books to children and youth/teens completing their goals.

    A direct measure of how well the Summer Reading program is supported is via the overall direct public donations received. There is a small increase from year-to-year thus far. The Foundation uses 100% of the monies it raises to support the Summer Reading Program and pays the expense to underwrite the Program.

    As the Board seeks volunteers to serve, members with skill sets as grant-writing and banking have been added. The Board is currently interviewing two others.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Foundation has accomplished a small growth in direct public support in revenues to support programming as the Summer Reading Program throughout our service areas and communities. The number of board members (100% volunteers) is slowly increasing.

    The Foundation is a member of the greater Cleveland area's Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU). This program offers board educational seminars taught by BVU staff and retired business experts at a small price. The offerings of the educational topics have enhanced our knowledge in many areas of the non-profit world.

    There is a challenge of the changing landscape of corporate giving and partnerships. The Foundation would benefit from a part-time executive director or fundraising expert that could facilitate other types of fundraising opportunities.
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 other areas in Lorain County as well as the Firelands School District..

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 are appreciated. The Foundation of the LPLS, INC lost 40% of donations to support the The Summer Reading Program because the benefactor is supporting other community causes at this time. The Foundation of the LPLS, INC needs expert management via a part-time executive director and/or a fundraiser manager. All of the board members are 100% volunteer. We are searching for volunteers with strong talent in executive management, fundraising, marketing, and grant-writing.

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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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President

Mr. Anthony T. Campana

Ex-Officio CFO Lorain Public Library System, INC

Mr. James Wilson

BIO

Retired banker.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Anthony T. Campana

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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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff, Part-Time Staff and Volunteers.
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
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
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.