Letter from the Foundation Board President and Executive Director
The Library Foundation was thrilled to watch our Library be one of 30 finalists for this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Our library is rated in the top 30, out of thousands of institutions nationwide. This is national recognition for the outstanding staff and programs such as the Rochester Reading Champions and the Hotspot Program. These two programs serve our youth and citizens with literacy programming and the ability to have internet connectivity which enables learning and workforce development. The Foundation Board agreed to be a major funder for the RPL Hotspot program to enable people to apply for jobs, do homework, and connect with family and world-wide opportunities. The Foundation is proud to be part of the funding streams to support these programs and many others during 2016 and 2017.
With your help, the Foundation will continue to raise funds for educational and informational resources and projects in a manner that does not diminish the need for strong public funding. We will also work alongside you, our supporters, to educate the community and policy makers about the Library’s role in meeting community needs, as the Library strengthens their vision to be a place where aspirations, ideas and knowledge converge.
Foundation Board, President
Corporate & Foundation Relations
Department of Development, Mayo Clinic
Rochester Public Library Foundation
RPL Foundation 2016 Annual Report
Rochester Public Library Foundation Statement of Financial Position
|US Bank Brokerage Account||-||$10,004|
|US Bank Checking||47,355||54,130|
|Total Current Assets||$47.335||$65,134|
|Furniture & Equipment||1,898||1,898|
|Total Fixed Assets||13,173||13,173|
|Less: Accumulated Depreciation||2,462||1,898|
|Total Fixed Assets||10,711||11,275|
|Total Other Assets||2,386,765||2,252,073|
|Perm. Restricted Net Assets||2,191,399||2,191,399|
|Unrestricted Net Assets||136,519||229,936|
2018 FOUNDATION FUNDRAISING PRIORITIES
The Foundation’s mission is to raise private funds for educational and informational resources and projects in a manner that does not diminish the need for strong public funding, and to educate the community about the Library’s vital role in meeting our community’s need.
• Building Fund
• Expansion of Wi-Fi Hotspot program
• Literacy: Rochester Reading Champions
• Materials: books, CDs, audiobooks, digital titles
• Wishlist items for library divisions
• Pilot programming
• Diversity and inclusion
• Innovation and creativity
The Foundation has played a key role in supporting RPL programs and initiatives that support community members through all stages of life.
Rochester Reading Champions
In early 2017, the Foundation partnered with the Rochester Valley of the Scottish Rite to lead a two-month matching donation drive supporting the Rochester Reading Champions (RRC) literacy program. RRC pairs highly trained volunteers with youth and adults in the community who struggle with reading. The Foundation’s goal of raising $5,000 (to be matched by the Scottish Rite Children’s Foundation) was surpassed, with over $6,000 raised in six weeks. The donations will help support the program as it expands to reach more struggling readers. Every RRC participant sees growth in reading and spelling after 80-100 lessons, all provided by volunteers who spend 120 hours in training. Without the financial support of the Foundation and other sponsors, the RRC program would not be able to offer the specialized training, greatly reducing the number of volunteers in the program.
In 2017, the RPL Foundation partnered with Olmsted County Community Services to launch the “Wi-Fi Hotspot” program to give community members greater access to the internet. Through the “Wi-Fi Hotspot program” the Foundation is able to support community members searching for jobs, filling out official forms, or completing school work. Having strong internet connectivity allows individuals to connect and contribute to our local economy. The program has been highly popular: at any given time all hotspots are checked out and over 100 people are waiting for access.
The Foundation supports local literacy efforts including the 2017 “Summer Playlist” program. This all-ages program encourages community members to spend part of their summer hours without technology and instead spend time reading, learning, creating, or connecting. Thousands of children, teens and adults participated in the 2017 program with many saying the Summer Playlist encouraged them to read after not doing so for many years. In all, over 4,000 kids, teens, and adults participated in Summer Playlist, a 52% increase over 2016.