Sacramento Public Library Foundation
2411 Alhambra Blvd., Suite 120
Sacramento CA 95817
Contact Information
Address 2411 Alhambra Blvd., Suite 120
Sacramento, CA 95817
Telephone (916) 266-3103
E-mail info@saclibraryfoundation.org
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Mission
Mission Statement

The Sacramento Public Library Foundation’s mission is to enhance the Library's ability to serve the community by raising private funds.  Since 1984, the Foundation has provided professional fundraising services to donors and has given the Sacramento Public Library nearly $11 million dollars.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. April Butcher
Board Chair Ms. Mary Ellen Shay
Board Chair Company Affiliation M.E. Shay & Company
Financial Summary
 
 
Mission Statement

The Sacramento Public Library Foundation’s mission is to enhance the Library's ability to serve the community by raising private funds.  Since 1984, the Foundation has provided professional fundraising services to donors and has given the Sacramento Public Library nearly $11 million dollars.

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 funding the creation of the Sacramento Room during the Central Library's great expansion of 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 Sacramento's history 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 will last forever and impact future generations. There are three endowments where you can leave your 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 so that more children can access and benefit from the Library’s resources. Another focus area is that of the Children’s Literacy Endowment.

The Foundation has raised nearly $11 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 building the Children's Literacy Endowment without sacrificing traditional program funding.
  2. Increase Summer Reading Program (SRP) funding to the Library, currently at $125,000 per year, so that by 2020, the library can increase SRP participation from 7% to 20% of Sacramento County children who are between 0-17 years old .
  3. Continue to collaborate with other literacy organizations to build a cohesive literacy coalition that leverages one another's resources to better serve Sacramento County's children.
  4. Increase number of annual donors.
  5. Increase the fundraising capacity of Foundation leadership, staff and volunteers.
Organizational Leadership Statement
In its 31 years, the Foundation has raised more than $11 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.

Over the past eight years the Sacramento Public Library Foundation 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
Areas Served Narrative
Libraries are for everyone. That said, people who can't afford to buy books or attend enhancement workshops look to the Library to access free educational resources, and are frequenting the library in higher numbers. By supporting the Foundation and Library you support our entire community as its members seek out learning opportunities. Everyone has an equal chance at their public library to learn, to grow and to connect.
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 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 $125,000 for the Library’s Summer Reading Program 2015.  We seek to continue the same level of support in 2015, 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.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program SuccessesHelpOrganizations 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 5 years the Library has implemented outreach standards, programs 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 prior. The increased results in 2015 from 2014 are impressive and something the Foundation will continue funding. A total of 30,308 children 0-17 signed up, and a total of 15,682 children 0-17 finished the program each reading at least 5 books. The total number of books read was 194,977. Compared to the SRP 2014, the results are as follows for participating children (aged 0-17): 12% increase in sign-ups, 24% increase in finishers, and 30% increase in books read. Each child erased a year of the summer slide in their education and began the school year where they left off in June, and in many cases, a little ahead of where they left off.

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
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 2015 it was valued at $1,178,490 and has distributed a total of $578,305 to the Library.
  • Sacramento Room Endowment – established in 2007 for the Sacramento Room, it supports the digitization of the archive. As of July 1, 2015 the endowment was valued at $1,089,347 and has distributed a total of $193,493 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. It was seeded with a gift of $111,213. We are in the silent phase of the campaign .

Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Program SuccessesHelpOrganizations 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 $3.1 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.

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

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

Description

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.

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.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program SuccessesHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The Walk4Literacy is held each October, and includes a Literacy Festival which draws community agencies offering literacy resources as well as community members seeking literacy resources. Participants in the Walk4Literacy represent a true cross section of Sacramento's diversity and strength. In its short but strong history of 2 years, the event successfully reached its goal of (1)creating awareness and (2) increasing financial support for literacy programs. Because of the tremendous support, the coalition granted $10,000 to local nonprofit organizations in 2015 and will grant $15,000 to local nonprofit organizations in 2016.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The Walk4Literacy is a collaborative event. Success is monitored by members of the coalition, including the Sacramento Public Library Foundation Board of Directors.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. April Butcher
Staff
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 20
Contractors 0
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Mary Ellen Shay
Company Affiliation M.E. Shay & Company
Term July 2013 to June 2016
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Julius Austin Community Volunteer
Ms. Katy Boase Community Volunteer
Mr. Ahamadou Bocar CohnReznick
Ms. Ashley Boulton Community Volunteer
Mr. Clark Carter High School Teacher
Mr. H. Vince Jacobs Community Volunteer
Ms. Nancy Lawrence Community Volunteer
Ms. Kristan Otto Community Volunteer
Ms. Jeanne Peterson CohnReznick
Ms. Beth Southorn LifeSTEPS
Ms. Nancy Stockman Community Volunteer
Ms. Wendy Wood Ph.D.Resologics
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Governance
Board Meeting Attendance % 77 %
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100 %
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 - June 30, 2016
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$412,328$292,386$327,663
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----$86,235
Investment Income, Net of Losses$60,352$56,043$81,265
Membership Dues------
Special Events$107,052$126,224$89,890
Revenue In-Kind$4,217$6,250$11,981
Other$24,578$140,779$11,835
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$455,131$423,934$313,420
Administration Expense$66,089$61,383$76,528
Fundraising Expense$160,112$120,973$138,766
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.881.021.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses67%70%59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue31%29%33%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,756,582$3,689,711$3,359,768
Total Liabilities$205,520$79,625$8,552
Total Net Assets$3,551,062$3,610,086$3,351,216
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAll contributions, gifts, grants, and similar amounts not included above $412,328Contributions, Gifts & Grants $292,386Contributions, Gifts & Grants $327,663
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $107,052Other Revenue $140,779Fundraising Events $89,890
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $60,352Fundraising Events $126,224Earned Revenue $86,235
Comments
CEO Comments
For the fourth year in a row, 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 each month and an independent audit committee that oversees our audit.
Nonprofit Sacramento Public Library Foundation
Address 2411 Alhambra Blvd., Suite 120
Sacramento, CA 95817 - 0000
Primary Phone (916) 266-3103
CEO/Executive Director Ms. April Butcher
Board Chair Ms. Mary Ellen Shay
Board Chair Company Affiliation M.E. Shay & Company
Year of Incorporation 1984