Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Fairfax Library Foundation

  • Fairfax, VA
  • www.fairfaxlibraryfoundation.org

Mission Statement

Fairfax Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable and educational organization committed to providing supplementary support to the Fairfax County Public Library. The Foundation, while reinforcing the need for continued and increased public support for the Library, serves as a catalyst for attracting private funding from individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations to enhance library services for our community.

Main Programs

  1. Ready to Read Early Literacy Outreach
  2. Changing Lives Through Literature
  3. Scholarships
  4. Books and Materials
  5. Presentations
Service Areas

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Virginia

While Fairfax Library Foundation primarily serves the residents of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax, Virginia, we also serve myriad visitors to the library from other locations, nationally and internationally, who utilize Fairfax County Public Library branches while they are in the area.

ruling year

1995

Executive Director

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Ms. Susan Harman

Keywords

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Fairfax Library Foundation, FLF, FCPL, Library, Scholarships, Presentions and Programs, Early Literacy Outreach, Books and Materials, Fairfax County, Fairfax County Public Library, Libraries

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Also Known As

Fairfax Public Library Foundation, Inc.

EIN

54-1722709

 Number

4414736963

Physical Address

12000 Government Center Parkway Suite 329

Fairfax, VA 22035-0059

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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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For more than 20 years, Fairfax Library Foundation has made a substantial impact on those who live, work, and study in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. Through the gifts of generous donors, the Foundation helps fund library programs and services for people of all ages, making the library a valuable resource for our entire community.

In addition to reinforcing the need for continued and increased public support, the mission of the Fairfax Library Foundation includes serving as a catalyst for attracting private funding from individuals, businesses, foundations, and other organizations to enhance library services.

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

Ready to Read Early Literacy Outreach

Ready to Read brings the first essential skills of reading to preschool aged children (ages 3-5). Preschoolers in child care centers or Head Start classrooms are introduced to the joys of reading by a trained Outreach representative who visits the children for story time. Following the reading session, picture books are given to both the children and their caregivers to extend the benefits of early literacy by incorporating books into everyday life.

The program targets children who are unable or are not taken by their caregivers to visit the library. It fosters skills and emphasizes concepts needed for school readiness which they may otherwise lack when attending school for the first time.

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Program 2

Changing Lives Through Literature

Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL) is an alternative to formal court action for first time juvenile offenders and is used in conjunction with probation and parole. The program uses the power of literature to transform lives by helping participants learn about themselves, gaining insight about their own lives and behavior.

CLTL initiates the first steps of rehabilitation by building offenders’ self-esteem, encouraging critical thinking, fostering an understanding of how actions affect others, and teaching offenders that they are not alone with their troubles. Overall, participants learn acceptable practices for everyday life in society.

Through the Foundation’s funding, more than 510 offenders to date in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax, have successfully completed this program which greatly reduces the recidivism rates of participants. CLTL costs approximately $330 per probationer to complete the program as they learn the values of making more acceptable decisions in life. The Foundation is proud to fully fund this Partnership with the library, Courts, and Probation Officers.

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Program 3

Scholarships

The Fairfax Library Foundation established a Scholarship Program to award three different scholarships to enhance the skills and talents of current or future library staff and volunteers in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax, subsequently enhancing the level of service the library can provide.

Continuing Education
Awards are granted to library staff and volunteers to continue their education (through classes, conferences, and other professional development opportunities) to enhance their capabilities and deliver a higher quality of service to library customers. Since June 2002, 154 awards have been granted for a total of $46,775.55.

Undergraduate
The Foundation determines the number of awards to be granted each year dependent on the availability of highly qualified candidates and funds. They are merit-based scholarships and are available to current employees and volunteers of the Fairfax County Public Library. The first awards for this scholarship were granted in April 2013 and 13 awards have been granted since for a total of $16,500.00.

Graduate
Scholarships are granted for graduate-level programs in library-related career fields. Awards are available for persons who live, work, and volunteer or attend school within Fairfax County and City of Fairfax. These scholarships support the Fairfax County Public Library System to meet current and future needs for librarians and other library positions that require graduate credentials and to deliver high quality service to the County and City residents. Graduate scholarships were first awarded in July 2002 and 45 awards for a total of $114,000.00 have been granted.

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Program 4

Books and Materials

The Foundation expands the library’s collection by helping to supply the 23 library branches with books and materials, including e-books, to ensure that the largest possible selection is available to all community members.

Through direct donations, the Foundation can purchase needed books for the library. An Amazon.com Wish List also is maintained by the Foundation to inform donors of books that are in the highest demand at the library so that they may purchase them for the collection. Purchasing and donating a book through our Amazon.com Wish List can help shorten waiting lists for popular titles, and it offers the opportunity for the donor to be the first to check out the book (through our First Loan Program).

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Program 5

Presentations

Fairfax Library Foundation funds many events at the 23 library branches, including such programs as the library’s Summer Reading Program, author prizes and presentations at the annual Fall for the Book festival, and the Book Club Conference. Over the years, the Foundation also has hosted the Capital Book Festival, the Perspectives Series, All Fairfax Reads, and many author presentations.

These presentations encourage community members to seek enjoyment from great literature, while highlighting the importance of reading, literacy, and the library. The variety of presentations, for people of all ages, demonstrates the versatility of using the library as a gathering space while providing entertaining or informative activities.

Last year, more than 205,000 library visitors attended approximately 13,000 library programs held at the 23 library branches. The Foundation provided more than $60,000 in funding for presentations.

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

While Fairfax Library Foundation primarily serves the residents of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax, Virginia, we also serve myriad visitors to the library from other locations, nationally and internationally, who utilize Fairfax County Public Library branches while they are in the area.

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Funding Needs

Contributions;Grants

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Financials

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FAIRFAX LIBRARY FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Fairfax Library Foundation

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Susan Harman

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Brian Engler

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