OLC to Present Library Foundations Workshops
Many public libraries in Ohio have or would like to form foundations to create funding opportunities to supplement their financial needs. In September, the Ohio Library Council (OLC) will present two one-day workshops for libraries that are either interested in forming a new foundation or wishing to sustain and enhance the work of an existing foundation.
On Wed., Sept. 12, the Starting a Foundation workshop agenda will include:
- The advantages of having a library foundation
- The legal aspects of setting up a foundation
- Forming a foundation board, foundation bylaws, gift policies, investment policies, etc.
- The foundation's relationship with the library
- Fundraising options and opportunities
- Maintaining momentum
On Thurs., Sept. 13, the Sustaining and Enhancing an Existing Foundation workshop agenda will include:
- Sustaining the momentum of an existing foundation
- The need to have vision, goals, strategies using GIVES (Growth, Involvement, Visibility, Efficiency, Stability)
- The pros and cons of annual funds, direct mail, special events, planned giving, and legacy societies
- A roundtable discussion during which attendees will have the opportunity to talk about their own foundations' successes and concerns
The format for both workshops will allow ample time for questions and discussion of these agenda items.
The instructor for both workshops will be William McFadden, Trustee, Elyria Public Library, and President, Elyria Public Library Foundation. In addition, Jon Iten, JD, OLC legal counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease, will present a review of legal issues at the Starting a Foundation workshop.
Cost for each workshop is $65 for Individual members or representatives of Institutional members of the OLC; $130 for non-members. Cost includes lunch. Attendance will be limited to the first 25 registrants at each workshop.
For more information and registration for Library Foundations Workshop I - Starting a Foundation or Library Foundations Workshop II - Sustaining and Enhancing an Existing Foundation visit the OLC website.