ilanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations

Nashville Public Library Foundation

  • Nashville, TN
  • www.nplf.org

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Nashville Public Library Foundation is to raise private funding for the purpose of enhancing the programs, facilities and collections of the Nashville Public Library. The goal of the Nashville Public Library Foundation is to build assets to fund current and future projects and to help secure the long-term future of the Nashville Public Library.

Main Programs

  1. Bringing Books to Life/Puppet Truck
  2. Teen Initiatives
  3. Computer Skills and Job Application Lab
  4. Concerts in the Courtyard Series
  5. Facility Enhancement Priorities
Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Middle Tennessee

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 2005

Self-reported

Ms. Tari P. Hughes

Keywords

Self-reported

DAVIDSON education, learning,puppets, marionettes, arts, children, youth and families, books, reading, literacy

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EIN

62-1681766

 Number

3294569978

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

le Organization Support (Pin)

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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Funds are raised for multiple purposes including programs, capital projects, collections and endowment. Funds are raised in advance of disbursement. Grants are made to the library annually. In June 2015 NPLF celebrated the successful conclusion of its $15 million Write the Next Chapter Campaign. In 2015/16 the Foundation will grant over $2.9 million to enhance the library. Important to the success of public libraries is the unique partnership between government support and private philanthropy. This tradition of working together to create civic excellence continues through the Nashville Public Library Foundation. Since its inception in 1997, the Foundation has raised more than $35 million for such purposes as enhancing the exquisite Grand Reading Room, the Bridgestone/Firestone Conference Center, the beautiful Robinson Courtyard, the Civil Rights Room and adding more than 150,000 items to the collections. Gifts were used to update the Teen Centers at the Main Library, Madison and East Branches, construct the Martin~Turner Oral History and Special Collections Center, provide preschool literacy initiatives, fund art exhibits in library galleries and present Nashville's International Puppet Festival. In 2015, we launched Studio NPL, a cutting edge, mentor-led teen learning initiative that will allow young people to create, write, make and imagine. The flagship Studio NPL is at Main with satellite studios at Green Hills, Madison, East, Southeast and Bellevue branch libraries. Additionally, mobile studios engage young people at after school sites, community centers and other branch libraries.

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

Bringing Books to Life/Puppet Truck

Bringing Books to Life is a free preschool literacy initiative. Built around the Library's famous marionette shows, the program features teacher training, story time & arts activities for children, and a performance by the Puppet Truck. Adult Education is addressed through "Family Literacy Celebrations" and "Loving and Learning" workshops where parents are introduced to library services for their children and for themselves, including: GED preparation materials, study rooms, English instruction materials, and books for all levels of readers, along with Adult Basic Education courses on computer literacy, discussion groups and job search assistance. After the initial program, BBTL staff continues to provide services for agencies through story times and marionette shows. Focus is on agencies that serve families with children (ages 3-5) who may attend low performing schools in Davidson County. Additionally, the Puppet Trucks perform at schools, branch libraries, museums, shopping malls, retirement homes and hospitals. BBTL began full-time program delivery in January 2005. The evaluation results have exceeded expectations. BBTL and the Puppet Truck have served more than 170,000 children and trained more than 1,300 teachers in over 790 classrooms during the course of the program. More than 7,000 adults have been served through Family Literacy Celebrations and the Loving and Learning programs.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$412,000.00

Program 2

Teen Initiatives

Studio NPL: Out-of-school learning experiences for middle and high school students are crucial for readying teens for college, the workforce and beyond. Through Studio NPL, the library is able to provide a nurturing space for teens to develop key talents and skills with support from friends and guidance from expert mentors. With access to sophisticated technology and media, teens are able to work outside the bounds of school curricula to develop their passions and turn them into educational, economic and life skills opportunities. Studio NPL's four areas of concentration are music, writing, gaming and making. Students use the space to immerse themselves in a variety of hands-on, problem-solving activities and develop web literacy, digital skills and 21st century competencies key to higher education, employment and life-long success. Studio NPL consists of fixed and mobile learning environments. The Main Library houses the satellite studio while five smaller studio spaces exist at select library branches. In addition, a mobile unit will extend the Studio's reach to public schools, community centers and other organizations with limited resources. ____ Limitless Libraries: Imagine students sitting in their school libraries with access to all the books and periodicals they could possibly need—from the latest fiction to today's New York Times. The Nashville Public Library, with the support of the Mayor and Metro Nashville Public Schools, has made this dream a reality. Through Limitless Libraries, all 84,000 K-12 students in 128 Metro public schools can access the more than 1.5 million books in the NPL collection and have them delivered to their school libraries. This once ambitious initiative, designed to transform underfunded and outdated public school libraries into world class collections, has become a sought after program that increases literacy levels, discourages aliteracy and even prevents students from dropping out of school.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$880,000.00

Program 3

Computer Skills and Job Application Lab

Applying for jobs in today's society is done almost exclusively online, making basic computer skills imperative. Thousands of unemployed individuals lack the necessary computer skills and equipment to build a resume, search for job openings, and create an online application. The Foundation-sponsored Nashville Public Library Job Lab is equipped with laptop computers and a career coach. It provides underemployed and unemployed job-seekers with computer and internet access, assistance navigating web forms and assessment tests and hands-on coaching on building quality resumes and cover letters. Patrons receive individual services addressing common barriers to applying for jobs such as gaps in employment, lacking an email address or insufficient computer skills.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$43,000.00

Program 4

Concerts in the Courtyard Series

The popular Concerts in the Courtyard Series in the Robinson Courtyard was designed to promote the Main Library to Nashvillians, many of whom were unaware of the scope of the library's community resources. Each season, several thousand people come to the library to enjoy spectacular music and library offerings. Each week, a different style of music enthralls hundreds of people providing a unique experience every week. This program provides diverse musical experiences to all demographics of the Middle Tennessee community, free of charge.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$35,000.00

Program 5

Facility Enhancement Priorities

Nashville Public Library Foundation works diligently to seek private support to enhance the buildings and spaces of the Library. The Foundation has helped provide for the Roscoe Bond Davis Nashville Room, the Civil Rights Room, the Mike Curb Children's Theatre, the Martin~Turner Oral History and Special Collection Center, the Bridgestone/Firestone Conference Center, Ingram Hall, the Robinson Courtyard, the Civil Rights Room, the Memorial Foundation Grand Reading Room, digital signage in the Main Library, a new Teen Center at Main, and Studio NPL spaces at Main, Green Hills, East and Madison Branches.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Middle Tennessee

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Gifts to NPLF help create a more literate and educated Nashville. Children: Award-winning programs like Bringing Books to Life open young eyes to the wonders of books. The Puppet Truck introduces them to literature-based puppet shows, serving 115,000 this year. NPLF FY16: $421,000. Teens: Each day, hundreds of teens come to NPL to study and explore their creativity at Studio NPL. NPLF FY16: $300,000. Limitless Libraries gives 84,000 MNPS students access to more than 1.5 million items in the NPL collection with delivery to their school libraries. NPLF FY16: $375,000. Lifelong Learning: The library makes it easy to challenge the mind and gain new knowledge at any age. With the help of NPL's Job Search Lab, more than 7,000 patrons have received assistance through a career coach, online resources and digital literacy programs. NPLF FY16: $157,000. Community. Throughout the year, NPL presentations entertain, instruct and inspire nearly 70,000 residents of all ages. With author appearances, Courtyard Concerts, dance, visual arts and summer reading events, our programs broaden minds and engage imaginations. NPLF FY16: $493,000. Collections. Books, movies and music—whether tangible or digital—are the true heart of the library. In 2014, NPL circulated over 4.3 million items. NPLF FY16: $231,000.

Affiliations + Memberships

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)

ANE (Association of Nonprofit Executives)

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network

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NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Nashville Public Library Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Tari P. Hughes

BIO

Tari Hughes is the president of the Nashville Public Library Foundation. Since January 2005, major accomplishments include raising more than $35 million to enhance the Nashville Public Library, developing the Nashville Public Library Literary Award Gala into a premier philanthropic event, leading the creative team for Nashville's International Puppet Festival and spearheading the successful Write the Next Chapter Campaign. Before joining NPLF, Hughes spent nearly 5 years as vice president of development for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center where she was responsible for raising approximately $2.5 million annually for TPAC Education and Tennessee Repertory Theatre. Hughes worked at Vanderbilt University for 12 years beginning in 1986. She served in several alumni and development capacities, most notably with the Owen Graduate School of Management and the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies. Early career experience included work with Ingram Book Company and ComWorld International.On a national level, Hughes took a leadership role through Urban Libraries Council in organizing annual conferences for Library Foundation executives to share best practices and learn from one another. She is often a featured speaker and panelist for groups interested in private funding for public library endeavors.Hughes is an active member of the Nashville Downtown Rotary Club and is a Leadership Nashville alumna. She served as chair of the ANE Council for the Center for Nonprofit Management and was on the CNM board and executive committee where she continues to serve on the council. She served three terms on the board of directors for Tennesseans for the Arts in various leadership positions. The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Nashville chapter, elected her to the board as secretary in 2010.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Over 100 years ago, Andrew Carnegie built four libraries in Nashville in partnership with the city creating a public/private partnership that continues today through the work of the Nashville Public Library Foundation. True to Carnegie's vision, the Nashville Public Library is designed for the 21st century and remains the heart and soul of civic space in Nashville. A community gathering place for learning and enlightenment, the Library is a leader in collaboration - creating diverse partnerships ranging from the public school system, private schools, pre-school and day care programs, colleges and universities, government agencies and non-profit organizations. The Library is a timeless educational resource for all ages, backgrounds and communities, dedicated to lifelong learning. It has a tremendous impact on life in our city. Visits and circulation are at an all-time high. More than 5,000 children and adults attend the children's programming at the Main Library in a single month. Last year, more than 4,500 programs were offered at the library with more than 200,000 people in attendance. With the help of many generous people, the Foundation provides free educational programs, visual art exhibits and significant collection enhancements for the children and adults who visit our city's libraries nearly four million times a year. Because of the library's value as a cultural center, supporting the Nashville Public Library Foundation is a meaningful way to foster lifelong learning in communities throughout Davidson County. Recognized by the Institute of Museum and Library Service with 2010 National Medal, the Nashville Public Library is one of a handful of the greatest American libraries. With private funding from the Nashville Public Library Foundation, our library helps make Nashville a great city. Become a part of our mission. Support the Nashville Public Library Foundation."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Jean Ann Banker

Community Volunteer

Term: July 2016 - June 2018

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