Educational Institutions

Sacramento Public Library Foundation

  • Sacramento, CA
  • www.saclibraryfoundation.org

Mission Statement

To enhance the Library's ability to serve the community by raising private funds.

Main Programs

  1. Summer Reading Program
  2. Endowments
  3. Walk4Literacy
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

The Sacramento Public Library Foundation enhances the Library's ability to serve the community by raising private funds. The Sacramento Library operates 28 locations with nearly 450,000 square feet of public space throughout the County of Sacramento.
The vision of the Sacramento Public Library Foundation is to increase endowments and total revenues to fund programs that promote children's literacy.

ruling year

1992

Executive Director since 2007

Self-reported

April L. Butcher

Keywords

Self-reported

literacy, summer reading, summer slide, libraries, Sacramento

Notes from the Nonprofit

The Sacramento Public Library Foundation is an optimistic, forward-looking organization that both sees and creates a brighter future for our community. By enhancing our Library's programs and materials and partnering with others to delivery literacy opportunities for all children, we show our belief and commitment to the possibility of helping ALL CHILDREN achieve literacy.

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EIN

68-0029756

 Number

8543610902

Physical Address

2411 Alhambra Boulevard Suite 120

Sacramento, CA 95817

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (B11)

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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The mission of the Sacramento Public Library Foundation is to enhance the Library's ability to serve the community by raising private funds.

The Sacramento Public Library Foundation was created as a nonprofit corporation in 1984 to encourage support for the benefit of the Sacramento Public Library. Foundation funding complements, but does not supplant, the city and county responsibility for library operations. A contribution to the Library Foundation is an investment in the community.

To date, the Foundation has raised close to $11 million to help provide books and materials, technology, reading enrichment programs, bookmobiles, literacy classes, after school homework centers, college and career counseling services, cultural events, and select capital improvements. Many of these dynamic services simply would not have happened without the initial support of the Foundation.

Our vision is:
The Foundation will increase endowments and total revenues to fund programs that promote children's literacy.

In 2013, the Foundation's Board and Staff and the Sacramento Public Library Sacramento Public Library's Director and Deputy Director participated in strategic planning to develop a five year strategy that would result in measurable annual operating goals. Now at midpoint of that strategic plan, we are well on our way of accomplishing the goals we set out for the organization.

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

Summer Reading Program


The Sacramento Public Library's Summer Reading Program is positioned to be a significant part of Sacramento’s literacy solution by playing a crucial role in halting the 'summer slide' for school age children who experience a 2 month regression of reading skills during the summertime school break. Currently, the library reaches approximately 7% of the 0-17 population. We aim for the Library to reach 20% of that population.

Last year, the Foundation gave the Library $110,000 for the Library’s Summer Reading Program 2014. We seek to further augment that support in 2015, better enabling the Library to increase the number of children impacted, especially children growing up in low-income households. Here is why:
•A child’s ability to read by the third grade is a critical predictor of high school graduation and career success.
•Of low income children, almost 80% experience summer learning loss which adds up over time.
•According to Thirty Million Word project, a child from a low-income family hears an average of eight million fewer words per year than a child from a wealthier family. That’s more than 30 million fewer words by the time that child turns four. Research suggests that this gap is one of the key factors in the achievement gap between high- and low-income students.
•A recent study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services stated, “Parents of children enrolled in the public library’s summer reading program reported that they would enroll their children in a summer reading program at the library again, made more visits to the public library with their children, and read more books to/with their children over the summer."

Summer reading at the Sacramento Public Library offers fun activities that kids do alongside the 5 books they read. Summer Reading participants often return each summer, a pattern that helps address the gap created in the summertime break. Our library is focused on reading being fun, and we all know kids like to have fun.

Category

Literacy

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Budget

$150,000.00

Program 2

Endowments

Sacramento Public Library Foundation’s 3 endowments on behalf of the Library make a lasting difference in the community.
* Books and Materials Endowment – Established in 2004 as a joint effort between the Foundation and Friends of the Sacramento Public Library, it makes an annual distribution to the library to increase materials including books, e-books, databases, movies, music and more. As of July 1 2014 it was valued at $1,220,868 and has distributed a total of $520,226 to the Library.

* Sacramento Room Endowment – established in 2007 for the Sacramento Room, it supports the digitization of the archive. As of July 1, 2014 the endowment was valued at $1,200,868 and has distributed a total of $142,764 to the Library.

*Children’s Literacy Endowment – Established in 2013, the Children’s Literacy endowment is designed to create sustainable programs for children’s literacy. We have completed a feasibility study and expect the campaign to officially launch in July 2015.

Program Successes

The success of these endowments means growing the endowment pool of the Foundation through fundraising and good financial stewardship. Right now our endowment pool is $2.8 million and we seek to increase that significantly over the next several years.
Endowment building is part of our fiduciary duty, and requires a strong infrastructure. The building of endowments balances the urgency of funding current programming with the responsibility of preparing for the future.

An endowment provides funds to capitalize on opportunities or expand strategically. It provides resources to respond quickly to critical needs. As the population served by the Sacramento Public Library expands and requires additional resources, the endowments will allow us to respond with more flexibility to as-of-yet-determined future needs.


The library provides reports to the Foundation on how they used each endowment distribution.

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Population(s) Served

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Program 3

Walk4Literacy

There’s a literacy crisis in our community and across our nation! Two out of every three 3rd graders do NOT read at grade level.

The Sacramento Public Library Foundation has joined with community partners and created a mechanism to bring attention, energy and resources to address Sacramento’s literacy crisis. With a history of investing in programs that make a difference for the community of readers and readers-to-be, the Sacramento Public Library Foundation views the Walk4Literacy as an essential step in building lasting collaborations with the power to increase literacy rates for our community’s children. Net proceeds from the first annual Walk4Literacy were made available via grants to local nonprofit organizations impacting children’s literacy.

Our Goal? Help every child reach grade-level reading, raise a conversation around literacy, and involve a broad cross-section of our community in this effort.

The Walk4Literacy is a collaborative event. Success is monitored by members of the coalition, including the Sacramento Public Library Foundation Board of Directors.

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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?
    The goals of the Sacramento Public Library Foundation are to increase total annual revenues with an emphasis on funding children's literacy programs without sacrificing traditional funding; to develop approaches to increase funding for Foundation operations independent of funds raised for the library; and to enhance the capacities of leadership particularly in the area of fundraising.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Program Strategy:
    Increase total annual revenues with an emphasis on funding children's literacy programs and without sacrificing traditional program funding.
    Funding & Fiscal Management Strategy:
    Develop approaches to increase funding for Foundation operations independent of funds raised for the library.
    Leadership Strategy:
    Enhance the capacities of all three components of leadership – Board, Staff and Volunteers – particularly in the area of fundraising.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We are highly capable of achieving our goals. Please contact us at 916.266.3103 for more information about our capacity, capabilities and commitment.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The strategic plan described above serves as a measurement tool for the Sacramento Public Library Foundation and informs us on our progress.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    As described above, we are at midpoint in the strategic plan developed in 2013. We are on track with our workplan and thus are about midway through our goals. For more information, please message april@saclibraryfoundation.org for more details.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

The Sacramento Public Library Foundation enhances the Library's ability to serve the community by raising private funds. The Sacramento Library operates 28 locations with nearly 450,000 square feet of public space throughout the County of Sacramento.
The vision of the Sacramento Public Library Foundation is to increase endowments and total revenues to fund programs that promote children's literacy.

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Sacramento Public Library Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Sacramento Public Library Foundation

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Executive Director

April L. Butcher

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mary Ellen Shay

M.E. Shay and Company

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?


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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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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
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
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity