Educational Institutions

Des Moines Public Library Foundation

  • Des Moines, IA
  • www.dmpl.org/foundation

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Des Moines Public Library Foundation is to raise funds for and advocate for the Des Moines Public Library System.

Service Areas

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Iowa

The Des Moines Public Library system serves mainly the Greater Des Moines metropolitan area with the majority of patrons located in Polk, Dallas and Warren counties.

ruling year

1999

Executive Director since 2012

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Ms. Dory Briles

Board President since 2015

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Elvin McDonald

Keywords

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Des Moines Public Library Foundation, Technology Fund Campaign, building fund, annual campaign, capital campaign

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EIN

42-1484890

 Number

4264542858

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Single Organization Support (T11)

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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Support of the Foundation allows the Des Moines Public Library's six community locations to provide excellence in service, technology and programming. 
The Foundation has provided nearly $21 million to build a new central library and to renovate five of the branch library locations in Des Moines. 

The Foundation also funds the DMPL Summer Reading program serving 6,000 children & teens annually. In addition, we fund the Teen program.  The AViD visiting authors series is funded entirely through gifts to the Foundation .  This series is free to the public and runs from April throughout the summer.

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

The Des Moines Public Library Foundation supports the following programs: AViD : "Authors Visiting in Des Moines". This free author series is now in its 9th year. Nationally known authors present programs free to approximately 4000 each year. Summer Reading Program - In 2008 nearly 6000 children took a giant step to greater literacy through this eight-week program at all six Des Moines public library locations. This program helps children retain reading skills gained over the school year and stimulates an interest in reading, for both pleasure and learning. Participants read 42,000 hours during the 2008 sessions. 2008 saw our second year of programming for Teens. Programs ranging from social skills to animanga discussions were attended by hundreds of local teens. This program encourages teens to use the many services provided by the library as well as provides a safe and fun environment for socializing. Live Homework Help. This computer-based program partners students of any age with tutors for one-on-one help 7 days a week from 3pm to 10 pm at no cost to the student or family.

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Service Areas

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Iowa

The Des Moines Public Library system serves mainly the Greater Des Moines metropolitan area with the majority of patrons located in Polk, Dallas and Warren counties.

Accreditations

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

Chamber of Commerce

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Financials

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DES MOINES PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Des Moines Public Library Foundation

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Dory Briles

Board President

Elvin McDonald

BIO

Dory Briles has worked as the Executive Director of the Des Moines Public Library Foundation for two and a half years. Prior to this, she was the vice president of a technology start-up company focused on energy conservation and pollution reduction. Briles has spent sixteen years in higher education leadership positions and eleven years in economic development leadership positions. She brings over twenty-five years experience in fund raising and foundation management, marketing and public relations, public policy and government relations, and grant writing and administration. Briles was named one of sixty people to watch in 2015 by the Des Moines Register.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"The Des Moines Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit supporting and enriching the services, capabilities, and programs at all six locations of the Des Moines Public Library system. We accomplish our mission through fundraising and advocacy to benefit our diverse community with an outstanding public library. Foundation support enhances, but does not replace, public funding.

In 2014, thanks to the generosity of our committed donors, we have been able to fully fund the Library’s top six funding requests: Technical Maintenance, Summer Reading & School Readiness, Replacement of Public Use Computers, Teen Programming, Children’s Programming, and AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines). In addition, donor gifts have made it possible to enhance the collection of books, e-books, reference materials, databases, CDs, DVDs, periodicals and e-magazines.

In 2015, along with the ongoing support for the Library, the Foundation will be launching a Technology Fund campaign. The money raised will be used to replace the public use computers at all of the libraries."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Kent Herink

Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors and Roberts

Term: Jan 2010 - Jan 2011

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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