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.
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.
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.
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.
Libraries are for everyone. That said, people who can't afford to buy books or attend enhancement workshops look to the Library as an opportunity to access education resources for free and because of that frequent the library in higher numbers. By supporting the Foundation and Library you support our entire community to seek out learning opportunities. Everyone has an equal chance at their public library.
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.
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.
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.
The library provides reports to the Foundation on how they used each endowment distribution.
* 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.Food deserts are also noted in rural areas and are most likely to be found amid low-income communities.Food deserts are sometimes associated with supermarket shortages and food security.
Maintaining interest and financial support for the two current gardens and establishing the third garden will all be indicators of success.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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