Educational Institutions

Johnson County Library Foundation

  • Overland Park, KS
  • www.jocolibraryfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Johnson County Library Foundation is to build an endowment for the Library's collection and secure private support for key life-long learning programs.

Main Programs

  1. Endowment of the Collections
  2. Early Childhood Literacy: 6 By 6 Ready to Read
  3. Youth Academic Support
  4. MakerSpce
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 2013

Self-reported

Ms. Susan Mong

Keywords

Self-reported

library, education, community, literacy, johnson county, technology

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EIN

74-2830491

 Number

7318835856

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Management Services for Small Business/Entrepreneurs (S43)

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 for newly expanded MakerSpace - work with external corporate and foundation partners to expand the MakerSpace to 6 times its current space encouraging interactive S.T.E.M. learning and collaboration. By expanding our partners, we will resource the space with program supplies and innovative technology and equipment to meet the needs of our community.6 by 6 Read to Read Space expansion - Identify funding support to expand 6 by 6 Early Literacy interactive spaces to allow for children and parents to enjoy a literacy rich environment that stimulates the 6 skills that every child needs to become a successful ready by kindergarten. By expanding the spaces in 4 of our libraries, we will create destinations for young families that encourage reading.Collection Endowment - An Endowment for Collections: The demand for materials in all media, print through electronic, and the ever-changing needs of the community make building collections a priority. This is coupled with the fact that there has never been a fully funded budget for the Library's collection of materials. We wish to strengthen the collection's breadth, depth, and availability.Identify funding for Audio/Visual Equipment upgrade at our newly renovated Central Resource Library to help maximize impact of programming in the event spaces in this branch which houses our largest meeting spaces. The approximate cost of this project is 120,000 to upgrade A/V Equipment for meeting, event, and training lab spaces.Finally, we are planning to plan for new library buildings, expansions, and renovations in western Shawnee, Lenexa, Blue Valley, and Corinth over the next 5 years. We look forward to building a community giving plan to engage donors around this exciting new time for our libraries which will add 4 new spaces over the next 5 years. Endowment Fund now stands at $1.66 million as of 2015 which is dedicated to supporting the library collection.

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

Endowment of the Collections

Annual circulation of library materials is more than 6 million a year - twice the national average. While the Library holds more than 1.5 million items in the collection, the demand for materials and ever-changing needs of the community make strengthening the collection a priority. Currently, the endowment sits at $1,654,133.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

Program 2

Early Childhood Literacy: 6 By 6 Ready to Read

The Johnson County Library is passionate about early literacy. Our 6 By 6 Read to Read program has been developed to include early literacy information about the 6 skills needed by age 6 with beautiful illustrations by local artist Brad Sneed. These materials are so effective that they have been adopted by the State of Kansas Library with other states inquiring. Four target audiences have been identified for distribution of the materials. 1. The Library works closely with Head Start of Shawnee Mission serveing 211 low-income families. Staff will with Head Start to serve the students at HS and invite the families to a literacy events the library. 2. Our outreach has most recently been expanded to reach Latino families for whom English is not the primary language. We have developed bilingual card sets and programming to reach these families with this important message.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Adults

Budget

$65,000.00

Program 3

Youth Academic Support

A Homework Help Center located at the Central Resourse Library provides tutoring, mentoring and positive role models. More than 600 students used the Homework Centers during the previous academic year. Staffed by trained tutors, this program provides access to caring adults who can guide students toward successful problem solving strategies. We also offer tutor.com, an online Homework Help providing virtual assistance by certified teachers in Math, English, Science and Social Studies.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

Budget

17,000

Program 4

MakerSpce

The JCL Foundation will continue to identify funding partners to expand the JCL MakerSpace and maximize programs and impact for our youth and encouraging S.T.E.M. development and learning. This space provides access to emerging technologies and collaborative learning so critical to problem solving. This space will also serve local entrepreneurs looking to design and build prototypes, websites, and utilize design software for branding.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

Funding Needs

Sufficient funds to maintain an excellent collection. Years of under funded collections budgets coupled with annual inflation rates of 8-10% and recent budget cuts have resulted in the loss of millions of dollars in purchasing capacity. The impact: many areas of the Library's collection lack depth, breadth and availability.Program funds for four key areas of life-long learning noted in Impact Statement.General operating for Library Foundation to do it's mission.

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

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Johnson County Library Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Susan Mong

BIO

Currently working as the Executive Director of the Library Foundation, working in collaboration with the board to secure funding for major programs, library initiatives, and long term endowment funding to secure a great library collection for future generations. Possess several years of volunteer management experience in the public sector and non-profit environment. Project Management and event management are integral to the work I have done over the last 15 years. Through many career experiences, I have developed strong inter-personal skills serving as an internal consultant to staff at many levels of the organization to maximize efficiencies with volunteer staffing. Currently seeking Masters in Public Administration to advance my opportunities to serve in the public sector.Specialties: Experience in academic environment, local government, and non-profit environment. Highly developed communication skills- both oral and written. Computer proficient in word, excel, powerpoint, and donor perfect. Experience working with boards, donor relations, and training staff and volunteers.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"A library says something about a community's values. In a community where 84.6 percent of the residents carry and use their Library card; where circulation is more than 7 million items annually; and where per capita circulation is 16.9 percent (there are only 9 or 10 libraries in the nation with circulation this high), the numbers reflect a community that deeply values education, culture, and the pursuit of knowledge. The Johnson County Library is the largest educational institution in the county and the only one that offers life-long learning opportunities to everyone in the community. The Johnson County Library received the 2005 IMLS Service award for extraordinary contributions to this community. It is the nation's highest honor for outstanding public service provided by a library or museum. This Library won because of its commitment to public service through exemplary, innovative programs and community partnerships. It is critical to secure sustaining private support for strong collections and programs in support of a community that continually seeks opportunities for personal and professional growth. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Ann Walter

Re/Max Real Estate

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

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