Educational Institutions

Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation

  • Williamsburg, VA
  • http://www.wrl.org/give-wrl/wrl-foundation

Mission Statement

The mission of the Foundation is to develop, administer, and allocate funds to provide the extra margin of excellence for the Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) by enhancing existing public support for the library. It is not the intention of the Foundation to support operating needs of the WRL that are the responsibility of local government.

Main Programs

  1. Bisland Legacy Society
  2. Our Lirbary - Our Future Endowments
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

City of Williamsburg, James City County, York County

ruling year

1993

Interim Library Director since 2016

Self-reported

Ms. Janet L. Crowther

Keywords

Self-reported

public library

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Also Known As

W.R.L.F.

EIN

54-1639135

 Number

2974110985

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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

The WRLF raises funds and distributes endowment income annually, benefiting the Williamsburg Regional Library's collections, programs, and services. WRLF has enhanced the library through the commission of public art and is currently engaged in a capital campaign to help the library remain the community center for the 21st century.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Bisland Legacy Society

In 1911, the Bisland family set up the first family fund called The Percival Bisland Memorial Collection. Today, the tradition continues with The Bisland Legacy Society, an honor roll of those who have named the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation (WRLF) as a beneficiary of their estate.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

$200.00

Program 2

Our Lirbary - Our Future Endowments

General Fund -This endowment is our Library Director’s favorite because it is used for the areas of greatest need.
Collections Fund - This endowment supports all aspects of our library collections.
The Next Generation Fund: Children and Teens - This endowment not only supports collections, programs, and services for children and teens, but also allows us to create new programs that support reading readiness for children, as well as discovery and experimental learning.
Community Engagement Fund - This endowment supports all aspects of our library programs and services, from funding traveling library exhibitions to educational programs and outreach into our community.
Technology Fund - This endowment allows us to meet the growing demand for digital content; to make investments in technology at the library; to expand our collection of audiobooks, e-books, DVD’s, and music; and to subsidize our technology classes and seminars.
Named Fund - For a minimum investment of $10,000 you can establish a named endowment fund for the purpose of your choice.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    • To maintain a Board of Directors that is motivated and qualified to carry out the Foundation's strategic plan.
    • To raise funds to support the WRL through individual and corporate gifts, foundation grants, special fund raising events, planned giving and bequests, capital gifts, endowments and other sources.
    • To invest and manage prudently all WRLF endowments and gifts.
    • To conduct capital campaigns, as needs arise.
    • To distribute funds effectively to promote the vision of WRL.
    • To review annually the WRLF strategic plan.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To raise funds to support the WRL through individual and corporate gifts, foundation grants, special fund raising events, planned giving and bequests, capital gifts, endowments and other sources.
    • The WRLF will solicit donations through an annual appeal mailed to select community members.
    • The WRLF will work with WRL staff to identify and seek external grant opportunities that are consistent with WRL funding needs.
    • The WRLF will continue to promote and expand planned giving through the Bisland Legacy Society.
    • The WRLF will work with library staff to identify appropriate fundraising opportunities.

    To invest and manage prudently all WRLF endowments and gifts.
    • The WRLF will be the steward of all WRLF investments including unrestricted, temporarily restricted, and permanently restricted funds.
    • The WRLF will recognize and honor the donor-specified designations and restrictions of contributions that are accepted by WRLF.
    • The WRLF will act in accordance with current WRLF Investment Policies and Procedures.

    To conduct capital campaigns, as needs arise.
    • The WRLF will conduct periodic capital needs assessments in conjunction with WRL.
    • The WRLF will conduct capital campaign planning and identify and cultivate potential donors.
    • The WRLF will conduct capital campaigns to meet identified needs for library construction or facility-related projects.
    • The WRLF will conduct post-campaign evaluations to assist with future campaign planning.

    To distribute funds effectively to promote the vision of WRL.
    • The WRLF will distribute funds in accordance with all current WRLF policies and procedures.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The WRLF has a well balanced board of volunteers, who are engaged throughout the community, dedicated to the support of the library, and knowledgeable with respect to local issues. For more than two decades WRLF financial and skill resources have been toward the ongoing effort to help enhance the Williamsburg Regional Library ability to offer excellent collections, programs and resources that inform, enrich and strengthen our community.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which our organization assesses our progress toward our intended impact includes increasing the number and size of gifts that result from an annual appeal, reinvesting and or supporting the Williamsburg Regional Library with unrestricted earned investment income, and a continuing a successful capital campaign to support the Stryker Center.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The capital Campaign to support the Stryker Center is underway. A campaign consultants works closely with the campaign committee and library staff to raise funds to meet obligations related to the Stryker Center.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

City of Williamsburg, James City County, York County

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Financials

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Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation
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.

Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation

Leadership

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Interim Library Director

Ms. Janet L. Crowther

BIO

Janet L. Crowther has served in numerous capacities at the Williamsburg Regional Library. She is currently the Interim Director of the library. In that roll, Ms. Crowther serves as liaison to the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Sam Sadler

No Affiliation

Term: July 2016 - June 2018

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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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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
No
We use other methods to support diversity