Sacramento Public Library Foundation
P.O. Box 1168
Sacramento CA 95812-1168
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 1168
Sacramento, CA 958121168
Telephone (916) 264-2990
E-mail abutcher@saclibrary.org
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Mission
Mission Statement

Mission: To enhance the Library’s ability to serve the community by raising private funds.

Vision: The Foundation will increase endowments and total revenues to fund programs that promote children’s literacy.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. April Butcher
Board Chair Ms. Mary Ellen Shay
Board Chair Company Affiliation M.E. Shay & Company
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1984
Financial Summary
 
 
Mission Statement

Mission: To enhance the Library’s ability to serve the community by raising private funds.

Vision: The Foundation will increase endowments and total revenues to fund programs that promote children’s literacy.

Background Statement

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.

The Sacramento Public Library Foundation’s first project was to fund the creation of the Sacramento Room when the new Central Library was greatly expanded in 1992. The Sacramento Room is now seen as the 'Jewel in the Crown' of Sacramento's Central Library. The Sacramento Room is dedicated to promoting an appreciation and understanding of the history of Sacramento by collecting, preserving, and providing access to special collections relating to the diverse history of the area.

Upon completion of the archive, the Foundation established an endowment strategy and began to fund Library programs and projects. Leaving a bequest or planned endowment gift with the Sacramento Public Library Foundation on behalf of the Library with last forever. We have three endowments where you can leave a lasting legacy: The Books and Material Endowment, The Sacramento Room Endowment and the newly established Children’s Literacy Endowment.

The Foundation is most concerned to fund programs and projects that will positively support children’s literacy. Our current focus is on supporting the Summer Reading Program, raising funds to put mobile vans into the community so that more children can access the Library’s resources and the Children’s Literacy Endowment.

The Foundation has raised more than $9 million of philanthropic support for the Sacramento Public Library. Revenue is generated by the Foundation through an annual giving program supported by donors; major gifts from individuals including donor-named and donor-advised funds; foundation grants and corporate sponsorships; direct mail; and many planned giving opportunities including bequests, Revocable Living Trusts, Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Remainder Trusts, and planned gifts of securities, retirement accounts, and life insurance plans.

Needs Statement

1. Increase total annual revenues with an emphasis on funding children’s literacy programs and creating a Children's Literacy Endowment without sacrificing traditional program funding.

2. Increase Summer Reading Program (SRP) funding to the Library, currently at $100,000 per year, so that the library can increase SRP participation from 7% to 20% of Sacramento County children who are 0-17 years old.

3. Collaborate with other literacy organizations to build a cohesive literacy coalition that can leverage one another's resources to better serve Sacramento County children.

4. Increase number of donors who give annually.

5. Increase the fundraising capacity of Foundation leadership, staff and volunteers.
Organizational Leadership Statement

Over the past six years the Sacramento Public Library has created an operationally sustainable organization that can be used to build a significant foundation for the preservation and continuation of the Sacramento Public Library as the go-to learning and literacy resource in Sacramento.

The board of directors is 100% invested and has established a clear and concise strategic plan. The Foundation has streamlined donor and financial systems to maximize fundraising capacity and financial oversight.

We are now passionately moving toward bringing literacy resources and literacy organizations into the Library community. We believe that through professional fundraising capacity and community partnerships we will be able to play a significant role in giving children in Sacramento County the literacy opportunities they need to learn and grow.

Areas of Service
Sacramento County
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Libraries
Programs
Description
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 stopping the 'summer slide' for school age children who experience a two month regression of reading skills during the out of school time summer. Right now, the library reaches approximately 7% of the 0-17 population and we would like to see the Library reach 20% of that population.
 
Last year, the Foundation gave the Library $100,512 for the Library’s Summer Reading Program 2013 and we want to increase that support next year to support the Library to increase the number of children it can reach, in particular, low income children. 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 kids, almost 80% experience summer learning loss which, over time, adds up.
  • According to Thirty Million Word project, a child from a low-income family will hear 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 the child turns four. Research suggests that this gap it 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 five books they read. Summer Reading participants often come back the next summer helps the gap created by the out of school summer. Our library is focused on reading being a fun thing to do and we all know kids like to have fun.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Over the last three years the Library has put into place outreach standards, programs that are proven to support young people to finish the program and a cohesive tracking mechanism to measure results. All of these pieces will now allow the library to grow this program with a systematic and measurable approach. 

With the Foundation’s contribution, the Library was able to expand its reach and its impact from the year before. The increased results in 2013 from 2012 are impressive and something the Foundation wants to continue to fund. A total of 24, 603 children 0-17 signed up, which is a 30% increase from 2012, and a total of 10,897 children 0-finished the program which is a 23% increase from 2012. Each of these kids erased a year of the summer slide in their education and is starting this school year where they left off last June, and in many cases, is starting a little ahead.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

The library tracks each individual who participates through an on-line self-reporting system that is available at the library or through the library's website. Data collected includes participant's age, school (if appropriate), library branch, books read, and returning participation.

Description
The Sacramento Public Library Foundation would like to support the Library’s Summer Reading program (see additional program description above) to reach a greater percent of Sacramento’s children with an emphasis on low income children. In addition to raising funds for the Summer Reading Program itself the Foundation is raising funds to expand summer reading through Ready-to-Read Literacy Vans that will travel to Sacramento’s lower income communities. 

Transportation to the library is one of the most significant barriers low income children face in accessing the public library and/or participating in Summer Reading.  While parents of low income families are likely to have some form of transportation, they are working to ‘survive’ and may not know what a great partner the library can be for their children. Ready-to-Read Literacy Vans will allow the library to do what it does best by encouraging kids to read for fun.
 
Ready-to-Read Literacy Vans will take the library to high-need communities, granting access to kids and their caregivers to exciting and relevant books and materials as well as engage the community to participate in summer reading programing. Volunteers, alongside the van driver, will help children obtain library cards, look through the shelves of books and materials, select books of interest and sign children up for summer reading. 

An initial $220K will put this program on the map with two vans. The Foundation has $50,000 earmarked for a mobile library venue and will use it for this project.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Success in the first year is getting the Vans on the street, bringing partners into the operation, and establishing routes for in-school time as well as our-of-school time.  Once fully operational, Ready-to-Read Vans will sign up 2000 or more children on their route and help at least 1000 of those children finish the program.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

The library tracks each individual who participates through an on-line self-reporting system that is available at the library or through the library's website. Data collected includes participant's age, school (if appropriate), library branch, books read, and returning participation.

Description
Making an endowment gift to one of the Sacramento Public Library Foundation’s endowments on behalf of the Library will make a lasting difference. We have three endowments where you can leave your support.
  • Books and Materials Endowment In 2004, a million dollar Books and Materials Endowment was established by the Foundation and was a joint effort between the Foundation and Friends of the Sacramento Public Library. As of June 30, 2013 the endowment was valued at $1,135,800 and has distributed $462,000 to the Library. The Books and Material Endowment makes an annual distribution to the library to increase its materials including books, e-books, magazines, databases, movies music and more.
  • Sacramento Room Endowment In 2007, the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Public Library Foundation voted to establish an endowment for The Sacramento Room. The Foundation will continue to increase the principal of the endowment in support of the archive. As of June 30, 2013 the endowment was valued at $1,200,100 and has distributed $92,500 to the Library. The Sacramento Room Endowment is currently focused on supporting the digitization of the Library’s archive so that research materials are easily available through the internet.
  • Children’s Literacy Endowment In 2013, the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Public Library Foundation voted to establish an endowment for Children’s Literacy.  Over the next several months you will be reading more about the importance of this fund. The newly established Children’s Literacy Endowment is designed to create sustainable programs for children’s literacy today, including Summer Reading and Ready-to-Read Literacy Vans, that last into the future. 

 

We are happy to provide you with our investment and spending policies as well as our audited financial statements and 990 tax filings.  Members of our Legacy League receive invitations to donor recognition events as well as our bi-monthly newsletter.

Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
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 would like to increase that significantly over the next several years.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

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

Description
The Junior League of Sacramento (JLS) and the Sacramento Public Library Foundation (SPLF) have partnered to create two Read & Feed Demonstration Gardens in our Farm to Fork capitol.'

 In early 2012 Junior League Sacramento and the Sacramento Public Library Foundation partnered up to create a garden at the Colonial Heights Branch which is located in a neighborhood identified by the California Endowment as a ‘food desert.*'  The second Read & Feed Demonstration Gardens broke ground on October 26, 2013 at the Rancho Cordova Branch Library, with dozens of AmeriCorps and community volunteers being supervised by Master Gardener Bill Maynard.
 
The JLS has committed money and hundreds of volunteer hours. With the creativity and commitment of the SPL Colonial Heights and Ranch Cordova branch staffs, monthly workshops have been established in collaboration with the Junior League. The Urban Libraries Council recognized the Sacramento Public Library in 2013 for its project innovation.
 
At the Rancho Cordova ground breaking, Assembly Member Ken Cooley noted that because Rancho Cordova has lost many of its grocery stores, there are concerns that the communities along Folsom Boulevard are experiencing a temporary ‘food desert’ of their own. In addition to numerous funding partners, several organizations are helping keep the gardens and the garden programming alive.
 
We are now talking to the Library about establishing a third garden site at the Arcade branch library.
 

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_desert. A food desert is an area where affordable healthy food is difficult to obtain, particularly for those without access to an automobile.[1]Food deserts are also noted in rural areas and are most likely to be found amid low-income communities.[2]Food deserts are sometimes associated with supermarket shortages and food security.

Population Served General/Unspecified
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Maintaining interest and financial support for the two current gardens and establishing the third garden will all be indicators of success. 

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Program success is monitored by volunteer hours and program participation which the Library measures. 
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. April Butcher
Staff
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 20
Contractors 0
Volunteer hours provided to the organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Mary Ellen Shay
Company Affiliation M.E. Shay & Company
Term July 2013 to June 2014
Email meshayco@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Clark Carter High School Teacher
Mrs. Patty Fairbanks Golden 1 Credit Union
Mr. H. Vince Jacobs Community Volunteer
Ms. Nancy Lawrence Community Volunteer
Mr. Daniel McVeigh Downey Brand Attornies LLP
Ms. Kristan Otto Community Volunteer
Mrs. Marilyn Park Doncaster
Ms. Beth Southorn LifeSTEPS
Ms. Nancy Stockman Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Governace
Board Meeting Attendance % 77 %
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100 %
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Fiscal Year July 01, 2013 - June 30, 2014
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$327,663$310,756$306,909
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$86,235--$314,824
Investment Income, Net of Losses$81,265$87,416$96,152
Membership Dues------
Special Events$89,890--$91,355
Revenue In-Kind$11,981$15,555$12,640
Other$11,835$6,569--
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$313,420$1,178,268$324,552
Administration Expense$76,528$148,459$144,043
Fundraising Expense$138,766$164,711$206,804
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.130.301.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses59%79%48%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue33%53%52%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$3,359,768$3,163,614$4,188,903
Total Liabilities$8,552$12,610$9,528
Total Net Assets$3,351,216$3,151,004$4,179,375
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts & Grants $327,663Contributions, Gifts & Grants $310,756Earned Revenue $314,824
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $89,890Investment Income $87,416Contributions, Gifts and Grants $306,909
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $86,235Revenue In Kind $15,555Investment Income $96,152
Comments
CEO Comments
In the last two years we have received an unqualified opinion on our financial statements.  We have a finance committee that meets monthly, a board that reviews the financial overview monthly and an independent audit committee that oversees our audit.
Nonprofit Sacramento Public Library Foundation
Address P.O. Box 1168
Sacramento, CA 958121168
Primary Phone (916) 264-2990
Contact Email abutcher@saclibrary.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. April Butcher
Board Chair Ms. Mary Ellen Shay
Board Chair Company Affiliation M.E. Shay & Company
Year of Incorporation 1984