All public libraries rely on a combination of public and private funding to ensure excellence. This is why the Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation was established in 1997 to support and enrich the capabilities, resources, and services of the Chapel Hill Public Library. The Foundation does this by fundraising and advocacy that benefits our diverse community and promotes greater awareness of the Library’s valuable resources.
The Foundation’s leadership has been impressive from its start to the present day. Robert Woodruff, Michelle Lewis, Gene Pease, and George Cianciolo have all served as President of the Board of Directors. Currently, Rob Maitland is the President.
The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Directors conform to organizational bylaws that are filed with the State of North Carolina. Independent contractors provide executive leadership and bookkeeping services. Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible. (The Foundation’s Employment Identification Number is 56-1984338.) The Foundation maintains an annual Charitable Solicitation License through the NC Department of the Secretary of State.
The Foundation is audited on an annual basis. Audits are performed by Blackman & Sloop, Certified Public Accountants. The Foundation’s current assets (reported in 2014) are $1,542,775.00. An Investment Committee comprised of experienced financial industry volunteers oversees the management of funds.
Original assets of the Foundation came from the Cornelia Spencer Love Trust, which was established in 1982 and managed by the Town before the Foundation was given management responsibility in 1999. The Library has received over $3 million from the Trust since 1982, with $2.3 million of that distributed by the Foundation.
In 2006, the Foundation launched Ensuring Excellence– a capital campaign designed to increase private support to give our Library a margin of excellence. The campaign is divided into three phases. The first was 9300 Books Now! – an initiative to grow the Library collection by 9300 new items. The second phase added new collection materials such as more print books, audio-books, CD’s, DVD’s, electronic reference databases, children’s literacy stations, and e-books and e-readers.
The third and final phase began in 2012 with the construction of the newly expanded Library. It targets funding for enhancements in the expanded Library. These include an Opening Day Collection, ongoing support for collections, more interactive resources for teens and children, innovative digital initiatives, the addition of mobile technologies, and other elements that help define the “Library of the Future.” The campaign concludes in 2015.
Below, George Cianciolo, former Foundation President, and Melissa Cain, former Foundation Executive Director, talk about the mission of the Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation in this WCHL audio interview.