Educational Institutions

FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

  • Fort Worth, TX
  • www.fwplf.org

Mission Statement

The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation's mission is to benefit both the Fort Worth Library and the Fort Worth community by providing resources that support educational programming, buildings and infrastructure improvements.

Main Programs

  1. Launch Pad College Application Program
  2. Priority Literacy
  3. Children's Author Series
Service Areas

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Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

ruling year

1994

President & CEO since 2014

Self-reported

Leslie Oliver

Keywords

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Library Education Literacy Learning Fort Worth

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Also Known As

FWPLF

EIN

75-2486106

 Number

1159556211

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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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

Launch Pad College Application Program

The Launch Pad College Application program was initiated in 2009 as a free program to put the universe of college education within grasp through a broad array of college application services presented in public schools and seminars offered at the Library. In 2014-15, the program coordinator helped more than 1,600 students with various parts of the process and 152 students through the yearlong comprehensive process to gain college acceptance. In collaboration with senior English teachers in the Fort Worth Independent School District, counseling opportunities are arranged with nearly every senior and junior student in several high schools representing a wide variety of populations, including Arlington Heights, Eastern Hills, North Side, Paschal, Southwest, Trimble Tech High School and the Texas Academy of Biological Sciences, a specialty program of the Fort Worth Independent School District.

Category

Population(s) Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

$55,000.00

Program 2

Priority Literacy

Priority Literacy is a one-to one tutoring program offered in libraries at no charge for adults desiring to improve their English language skills.

Category

Adults

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

None

Budget

$45,000.00

Program 3

Children's Author Series

Children’s Author Series began in 1997 to expose children from across our city to working authors and how they create their stories, which inspires young minds to read and write. To date, more than 40,000 schoolchildren in all neighborhoods have enjoyed a free live author presentation in a library or school.

Category

Education & Technology

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

$30,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

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Funding Needs

Educational Programs for all citizens is the top funding need for the Library Foundation The need for educational resources will continue to be important as Fort Worth's population continues to grow. It is projected that population will be nearing 1,000,000 in 2030 and that 25% will be under 18 years old. In addition, the education attainment rate figures from 2010 indicate that nearly 45% hold GED equivalent or less. Providing access to and guidance on educational opportunities remain important to our future workforce and the success of our community. Many students whom we help will choose to remain or return to the North Texas area to enter professional life. Three programs produced by the Library Foundation address the need for educational programs in our community. Launch Pad College Application Program This college application program puts the universe of college education within grasp through a broad array of college application services presented in public schools and seminars offered at the Library. More than 1,500 students attended small group seminars provided by Dr. Paula Tyler and 155 received individualized guidance in essay writing which resulted in multiple college acceptances for each student. Learn more here: www.fwplf.org/launch-pad Children's Author Series Young children from across our city are introduced to working authors who share how they create their stories which inspires young minds. To date, more than 41,000 schoolchildren in all Fort Worth neighborhoods have enjoyed a free live author presentation in a library or school. www.fwplf.org/childrens-author-series Priority Literacy The free one-to-one tutoring program provides adult students with individualized assistance in learning four vital language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. This year, 30 pairs of volunteer tutors and students worked together in Library locations. In its seven years, seven students have been awarded U.S. citizenship. www.fwplf.org/priority-literacy

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The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

Leadership

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President & CEO

Leslie Oliver

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jacob D. Smith

Luther King Capital Management

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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