Educational Institutions

San Antonio Public Library Foundation

  • San Antonio, TX
  • saplf.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation is to strengthen the library in service to our community.

Main Programs

  1. San Antonio Book Festival
  2. Born to Read
  3. Literacy Caravan
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

San Antonio, Texas; Bexar County

ruling year

1983

President

Self-reported

Ms. Tracey Bennett

Director of Development

Self-reported

Ms. Lacey Fischer

Keywords

Self-reported

San Antonio Public Library; library; literacy; education; arts; culture; community development; community outreach; children and youth

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EIN

74-2283582

 Number

7788826988

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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

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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To date, the SAPLF has contributed more than $35 million to improve our public libraries. The Foundation's constant advocacy and public-awareness efforts have played a role in increases to the Library's city-funded budgets - resulting in branch expansions, extended operational hours, and a boost in materials budgets. The Library Foundation supports a wide range of the Public Library programs targeted to all ages, with programming introduced regularly to meet the needs of the community. In addition to its fundraising and public awareness efforts on behalf of the Library, the SAPLF runs three programs in-house that strive to achieve an educated, healthy and self-reliant Bexar County populace: Born to Read, a literacy program that provides all babies born in Bexar County with a literacy bag containing a bilingual book, library information and a pamphlet with reading strategies; Literacy Caravan, a mobile “classroom" that provides research-based literacy activities to children and their caretakers; and the San Antonio Book Festival, a free, daylong event that unites readers and writers in a celebration of ideas, books, libraries and literary culture.

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

San Antonio Book Festival

This signature program of the Library Foundation unites readers & writers through books, libraries and literary culture.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 2

Born to Read

As a part of the Public Library’s 100th birthday (2003), the Foundation’s present was simply to give a “birthday gift book” to every baby born during the centennial year. Years later, we continue to provide our San Antonio babies with a literacy bag, a bilingual book (Arte Kids), library information, and a pamphlet with reading strategies.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 3

Literacy Caravan

The Literacy Caravan works to:
--Promote family literacy and its role in a child’s future success.
--Foster a love of reading;
--Increase the number of library card holders in the San Antonio community; and
--Create a connection between families and the library.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

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?
    By 2020, SAPLF will be recognized as the leading private advocate for SAPL by leveraging our strategic relationships to drive public and private resources to the library. We will partner with the library to strategically identify and promote innovative programs and services that benefit the community.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    SAPLF will use these as Guiding Principles for helping us achieve our 2020 goal:

    It is the San Antonio Public Library's (SAPL) responsibility is to promote literacy and education and the responsibility of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation (SAPLF) to strengthen the SAPL.

    The SAPLF first and foremost exists to strengthen the SAPL and to serve as a conduit between it and donors in the community that wish to support its efforts.

    The strength of the SAPLF is in its ability to engage its board members to create a strong network of influential SAPL supporters and advocates.

    SAPLF dollars will never replace public funding but rather offer complementary support to mutually-determined programs and services.

    It is the job of the SAPL to educate the SAPLF on its priorities and needs and it is the job of the SAPLF to educate its donors on the needs of the SAPL. The SAPLF will work to match SAPL needs and donor interests and passions, but will not commit to funding every SAPL request.

    SAPLF donors will support the SAPLF as long as their funds go to programs and services with which they have an emotional connection or personal passion and as long as the SAPLF and the SAPL operate with transparency and accountability as good stewards of those funds.

    Innovative programs sponsored by the SAPLF will measurably raise funds, increase awareness and utilization of the SAPL and foster SAPL supporters.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Foundation relies heavily on feedback from our stakeholders to determine the success and overall benefit of our outreach. Whether it is event attendance, gift reporting generated by the Library, word-of-mouth, or data collection through our programs, we are able to best determine relevance of this outreach and if we are “moving the needle" toward our overall goals. This year, the Foundation showed its impact and relevance by gifting more the $1M in financial support, and we have fully implemented our 2015 strategic plan that created a new mission statement, a vision statement and a solid set of guiding principles for the organization.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Library Foundation and the Library meet frequently to discuss needs of the system and make adjustments to fundraising based on those discussions. If new projects arise, we prioritize and move forward accordingly. Likewise with operating dollars, the Foundation keeps doors open for every opportunity to partner with other like-minded organizations to grow our network and increase operating revenue through events and gifts. We have a strong organizational history, a solid team of advocates and best practices to build from as we move the Library Foundation into the next chapter in our organizational journey.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We continue to be mindful of our stakeholders (the Library and our donor base) and work diligently to ensure we regularly revisit our efforts and outreach to determine overall effectiveness and how these are helping the Foundation "move the needle" in advocating and raising money (and awareness) for our Library system.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

San Antonio, Texas; Bexar County

Funding Needs

In 2017, we will focus on six initiatives that support the San Antonio Public Library in its efforts to better serve the community. Note that that Library Foundation will work to fulfill each budget goal in its entirety but welcomes support at any level. Texana/Genealogy Department: work with SAPL staff to make the Library's most important cultural heritage resource a foundation of civic pride for the community ($2M - masterplan plus construction); Renovation and Enhancements of Children's Area on the 3rd Floor of Central to include new furniture, technology, etc. ($200,000); Technology Enhancements: first-for-the-system technology items (DVD dispensers, mondopads, etc.), laptop computers for check out and self-service hold lockers ($200,000); Collection Enhancements that include physical and audio books, and other resources and materials ($100,000); SAPL System-wide Programming for adults, teens & children ($25,000); and Human capital system-wide training and professional development for front-line Library staff ($25,000).

Affiliations + Memberships

American Library Association

American Library Association

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SAN ANTONIO 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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San Antonio Public Library Foundation

Leadership

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President

Ms. Tracey Bennett

Director of Development

Ms. Lacey Fischer

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Jordan Vexler Shannon

Monterrey Iron and Metal

Term: Jan 2017 - Dec 2018

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