Educational Institutions

FRIENDS OF THE HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • www.supporthclib.org

Mission Statement

TO ENRICH THE SERVICES, RESOURCES AND CAPABILITIES OF THE HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY

Main Programs

  1. Library Support
Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

Hennepin County Library is a national leader of library service, innovation and excellence. Our 41 libraries, website and outreach services serve 1.2 million county residents over 611 square miles.

ruling year

1989

Executive Director since 2014

Self-reported

Kristi Pearson

Keywords

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Library, Hennepin

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EIN

36-3579536

 Number

8156701729

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

During 2015, Friends of the Hennepin County Library organizational impact included: 1st - Friends of HCL contributed $826,413 in cash support to the Library to make the wonder of learning and discovery more accessible to all. 2nd - through community engagement, over 1,580 people attended the highly-regarded and award-winning Pen Pals Author Lecture series & Talk of the Stacks author events. 3rd - Increased public support and awareness for the Library through a substantial growth to 8000 household members with Friends of HCL.

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

Library Support

The purpose of Friends of the Hennepin County Library is to promote public support and appreciation for the Hennepin County Library system, to encourage the use of the libraries, to inform its members and the public of some issues affecting the libraries, and to provide assistance for the further enrichment of the library's collections and programs. To accomplish these goals, Friends of Hennepin County Library initiates projects and programs, and provides selective financial assistance where library needs cannot be met through normal revenue sources.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

1,983,000

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?
    Friends of the Hennepin County Library is operating under its 2014-16 strategic plan. This plan includes four primary goals which guide the organization's annual work. GOAL #1: Increase annual financial investment to support Hennepin County Library key program priorities. GOAL #2: Support local volunteer Friends chapters in their community-focused efforts. GOAL #3: Clarify, strengthen and grow Friends of HCL's brand in the community. GOAL #4: Build organizational capacity.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Key strategies for goal #1 include growing individual household membership and increasing corporate and foundation support. Key strategies for goal #2 include expanding individual joint memberships and further developing local Friends chapter's involvement in system-wide fundraising initiatives. Key strategies for goal #3 include identifying and growing key new audiences and developing strong cases for supporting the Library in general as well as for specific programs. Key strategies for goal #4 include strengthening organizational systems and building a robust pipeline of leadership for the Board of Directors.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We maintain organizational sustainability by building a robust, diverse funding pipeline of individuals, family foundations, corporate foundations and public grants to successfully increase long-term support to the Library while continuing to balance the annual operating budget.

    Currently, staff, board of directors, and Library leaders are working together to create our 2017 - 2019 strategic plan. The plan will link our mission, vision, key goals and strategies to enhanced outcomes benefitting our 41-library community.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Friends of the Hennepin County Library is committed to continuous and robust evaluation to ensure its supporters receive a high-value experience as well as a solid return on their community investment. Additionally, Friends of HCL partners with Hennepin County Library in their own independent evaluation of key programs and initiatives funded through donor and grant support.

    Friends of HCL employs a variety of evaluation methods making adjustments each year to ensure alignment with the current programs and goals of the organization. Friends of HCL conducts an annual, in-depth member survey and a special survey for new members to better understand donors' motivations for giving and preferred means of communication. Further, Friends of HCL's Board of Directors regularly evaluates organizational and program effectiveness using a broad range of metrics.

    Hennepin County Library sets measurable goals, uses rigorous forms of data collection, and analyzes data to improve performance and demonstrate results. Evaluation methods are adapted to specific program parameters and may include written, online and/or in-person surveys, tracking program participation and engagement and a variety of other methods. For example, Homework Help - one of our signature funded programs - measures success by tracking the number of students served, the frequency of attendance, and impact on their academic performance.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    At the mid-point of the year, we are at 122% of the goal to provide at minimum $870,000 in cash support to help fund key Library programs and priorities.

    The work has begun to define a new board-led 2017-2019 strategic plan to guide the organization's work going forward. The final plan will be complete by in late fall 2016.

    We have completed a plan and launch of a new website platform for supportHCLIB.org featuring responsive design and a greater emphasis on Library storytelling and fiscal transparency.

    Significant events scheduled for the year are three free Talk of the Stacks events and 10 Pen Pals Author Lectures including the kick-off of its 20th anniversary season (fall 2016). Additionally, we will organize a 10th anniversary community celebration of the new Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

Hennepin County Library is a national leader of library service, innovation and excellence. Our 41 libraries, website and outreach services serve 1.2 million county residents over 611 square miles.

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Financials

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FRIENDS OF THE HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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

FRIENDS OF THE HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY

Leadership

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Executive Director

Kristi Pearson

BIO

An avid hiker and year-round runner as well as a mother of two teens and a tween, our driven and enthusiastic Executive Director only seems to slow down when she's absorbed in a great book. She counts among her favorites Jhumpa Lahiri's collection of short stories Interpreter of Maladies.

Growing up in Jasper, Indiana, she visited the public library nearly every week, checking out Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, swapping them with her twin sister. She says, “It's an honor to be leading an organization dedicated to supporting one of our greatest assets for lifelong learning throughout the community."

Kristi brings extensive nonprofit fundraising, marketing and management experience to the organization and a passion for libraries. Most recently she was the Development Director at AchieveMpls where she led a five-person development team through a transformative, multi-million dollar fundraising effort. Earlier in her career, she spent over a decade in business development, sales and marketing roles for Siemens, British Petroleum and Eastman Kodak.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mary Pat Ladner

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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?