Memphis Library Foundation
3030 Poplar Avenue
3rd Floor
Memphis TN 38111
Contact Information
Address 3030 Poplar Avenue
3rd Floor
Memphis, TN 38111
Telephone 901 4152831
E-mail mfowlkes@memphislibraryfoundation.org
Mission Statement
The mission of the Memphis Library Foundation is to enhance the Memphis Public Libraries, through private support.
 
Libraries are more than books. Libraries are dynamic and evolving places to learn, connect and grow, for babies, children, teens, seniors, small business owners, job seekers, legal/health advice, social service seekers, researchers, music/movie lovers, internet/computer users, and more. ALL services are provided to the public for FREE.
Web and Social Media
Video
Teens learn robotics
Other ways to Donate, Support, or Volunteer
Donations of time, talent and funds are always welcome and accepted by the Memphis Library Foundation, to enhance the Memphis Public Libraries.
 
Contact Memphis Library Foundation Interim Executive Director Michelle Fowlkes at 901-415-2831 or mfowlkes@memphislibraryfoundation.org, or visit 3030 Poplar Avenue, 3rd Floor, Memphis, TN 38111.
Donations are accepted online at www.memphislibraryfoundation.org.
 
Donations may also be made online at www.memphislibraryfoundation.org.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Interim Michelle Fowlkes
Board Chair Mrs. Karen Matthews
Board Chair Company Affiliation Delta Health Alliance
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1994
Former Names
NameYear
Foundation for the Memphis Shelby County Public Library2000
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $917,000.00
Projected Expenses $823,000.00
Statements
Mission
The mission of the Memphis Library Foundation is to enhance the Memphis Public Libraries, through private support.
 
Libraries are more than books. Libraries are dynamic and evolving places to learn, connect and grow, for babies, children, teens, seniors, small business owners, job seekers, legal/health advice, social service seekers, researchers, music/movie lovers, internet/computer users, and more. ALL services are provided to the public for FREE.
Background
The Memphis Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in 1994, chartered as the Foundation for the Library. Our mission is to enhance the Memphis Public Libraries through private support.
 
The Foundation's first objective was to organize and conduct a capital campaign for the Central Library, for which it raised $21.5 million. To date, the Memphis Library Foundation has raised nearly $28 million in funds to support the important work of the Memphis Public Libraries.
 
The most recent project was to raise $1.9 million for construction of CLOUD901, a teen learning lab, which opened in September, 2015. CLOUD901 is now open 6-days a week, providing a broad range of free, STEAM-based programs. Not planned, but organically created, was the city's only community-based robotics team which is doing great things and which would otherwise not be available to these teens. We've also raised funds to provide 12 early-learning family centers, DiscoverREAD, in 12 branches, and exterior improvements to 2 branches.
 
The Memphis Library Foundation understands libraries are more than books, and continues to generate support to enhance the Memphis Public Libraries in ways that best serves its communities.
Impact

With 18 branches across the city and approximately 2.5 million visitors annually, the Memphis Public Libraries make a huge impact on our community every day. Libraries serves everyone, from babies to seniors, and all services are free of charge.

In a city with such stark economic disparity, the library levels the playing field. Many people with no access to broadband internet rely on the library for their communication needs. Many come to libraries because they are a safe place, a warm place, and a place to connect.
 
The Memphis Public Libraries offer more than 3,000 programs annually, nearly 1,000 of which are related to early literacy. Other programs range from workforce development to social services to small business and entrepreneurship, as well as others.
 
Explore Memphis, a summer reading and learning initiative, is among the library’s largest programs. Nearly 10,000 people across the city participate in Explore Memphis annually, where they earn books and incentives for reading and participating in informal learning experiences such as visiting parks or museums.
 
Other popular programs include BookStock, a local author fair, iPads for seniors, free legal clinics, health fairs, tax preparation assistance, CLOUD901 (a teen learning lab), small business mentoring, and JobLINC, a mobile job search assistance program. A recent addition is summer camps for teens, with camps for tweens added in 2017. Summer camps are a needed and welcomed addition, keeping teens safe and productive, and like all of our programs... are FREE.
Needs
Financial contributions for major initiatives such as CLOUD901, Explore Memphis, JobLinc Services, DiscoverREAD (early childhood learning centers), summer camps, and additional mobile services are always needed. On-going enhancements are always needed for these programs and more. Libraries also depend on volunteers, subject matter experts, and mentors.
 
In 2017, an awareness campaign was created and implemented, to share the value of what Libraries provide our community, with the goal of reaching new and more regular donors. Contributions toward this campaign are needed as well.
CEO/Executive DirectorComments

It is my honor to have served as Executive Director for the Memphis Library Foundation since 2011. I am the first employee of the Foundation since its inception in 1994 and I am deeply grateful to the many long time supporters of the Library as well as to our new donors.

The Memphis Public Libraries is one of the best in the country, having received numerous national awards. Contrary to popular belief, more people than ever are utilizing the vast resources of our libraries. A recent study noted that nearly 3 million people annually visit our eighteen branches across the city. That's more than attend all Grizzlies, Redbirds, U of M football and basketball games, the Southern Heritage Classic, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Graceland and the Zoo combined.

Libraries today are more than books. They are places for workforce development, social services, literacy, lifelong learning, access to technology, early childhood development and much more. It is only through the private support of generous donors that the Memphis Public Libraries can continue to evolve, grow, and thrive to keep pace with the changing needs of our community.

Thank you for supporting the Memphis Library Foundation.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
TN - Memphis

MPL serves Memphis, Bartlett and unincorporated Shelby Co., TN, with land area of 1,078 square miles with approx. 1 million residents. Within the city boundaries is 22% of the adult population classified as having “Below basic” literacy skills. The US Census Bureau (2013) reported TN's average poverty rate at 16.9% (14.35% for the US overall). In 2012 Memphis had an overall poverty rate of 27% (2nd highest ranking in cities of 1 million in population) and a much larger child poverty rate of 42%.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Karen Matthews
Company Affiliation Delta Health Alliance
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2021
Email kmatthews@deltahealthalliance.org
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Lawson Arney
Company Affiliation Raymond James
Email lawson.arney@raymondjames.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dubar Abston Abston Management
Cynthia Allen Baptist Memorial Health Care
Vice Chairman Lawson Arney Raymond James
Jack Belz Belz Enterprises
Lorri Cordelli Raymond James
Les Dale Retired, AT&T
Kate Duignan Designer and Community Volunteer
Reginald Eskridge Attorney at Law
Michelle Fowlkes Retired, Crime Commission Director
Heather Grosvenor Community Volunteer
John Paul Jones Retired
Chairman Karen Matthews Delta Health Alliance
Treasurer_Secretary Margaret Mclean Community Volunteer
Herman Morris Attorney at Law
Christine Munson Retired, First Tennessee Bank
Juliette Paul Christian Brothers University
Pallas Pidgeon-Zanone Community Volunteer
Lemoyne Robinson Chairman, Memphis Public Libraries Board of Trustees
Honey Scheidt Scheidt Family Foundation
Stuart Thomas University of Memphis
Jacqueline Wallace President, Friends of the Library
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 12
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Executive
By-laws
Executive Director
Executive Director Interim Michelle Fowlkes
Email mfowlkes@memphislibraryfoundation.org
Experience Mrs. Michelle Fowlkes served as Executive Director for the Memphis Crime Commission in the past.
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 50
Contractors 1
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description

MPL’s DiscoverREAD environments are hands-on learning spaces that aim to increase kindergarten readiness by providing caregivers, children’s first teachers, with the information they need to help their children develop vital social-emotional and literacy skills before beginning school.

DiscoverREAD environments are specifically designed to expose children and caregivers to at least three of the five Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) practices that support early literacy skill development (reading, talking, singing, playing, and writing) each time they visit a library branch. While interacting in the literacy rich environments, caregivers and children engage in activities together such as looking at books, doing puzzles, playing games, crafting, and singing, with caregivers learning methods for engaging children in easy, affordable learning activities at home.
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Budget $7,500.00
Short Term Success A survey was conducted in February of 2018 among the 5 library branches with DiscoverREAD sites. The initial survey results demonstrate that 86% of caretakers feel more likely to read or write more frequently with their children at home after visiting the DiscoverREAD space, and the same percentage of respondents feel more likely to spend time engaging in play with their children at home after visiting the learning environment at the Library. 92% of caretakers surveyed learn new things to do with their children while spending time together in MPL’s DiscoverREAD centers, and 96% believe DiscoverREAD helps better prepare their children for school.
Long Term Success MPL’s DiscoverREAD environments aim to increase kindergarten readiness by providing caregivers, children’s first teachers, with the information they need to help their children develop vital social-emotional and literacy skills before beginning school. The DiscoverREAD environments are specifically designed to expose children and caregivers to at least three of the five Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) practices that support early literacy skill development (reading, talking, singing, playing, and writing). The establishment of DiscoverREAD centers in all library branches aims to raise the Shelby County School kindergarten readiness percentage from 33% to 50% within 5 years.
Examples of Program Success Crenshaw, 2/14/18: “A grandmother arrived with 7 children on 2/14. There were 3 girls and 4 boys ranging from 2 to 8 years old. She placed the children in specific play areas within DiscoverREAD (boys at the lego table, girls at the touch screen computer, and the youngest boy and girl in the kitchen area). She observed them play for a while, later joining them in the store area. The grandmother later informed me that she brought the children to the library specifically to play in the center. There was a death in the family, and she wanted to get the children out of the house for a while. The children checked out books before leaving.”
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $917,000.00
Projected Expenses $823,000.00
Detailed Financials
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$593,148$1,665,359$1,693,898
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$0$0--
Individual Contributions------
$0$0--
$29,014$35,741$32,094
Investment Income, Net of Losses$220,505$186,091$499,269
Membership Dues$0$0--
Special Events$1,225$4,080$29,264
Revenue In-Kind$1,225$6,328$222,100
Other$0$0--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$733,046$1,378,295$482,147
Administration Expense$80,012$74,950$100,060
Fundraising Expense$59,710$61,734$89,402
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.273.69
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%91%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%4%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$6,971,051$7,566,460$7,020,279
Current Assets$828,664$1,149,543$1,763,189
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$46,643$388,689$44,975
Total Net Assets$6,924,408$7,177,771$6,975,304
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities17.772.9639.20
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit
2018 Solicitation Permit View
Address 3030 Poplar Avenue
3rd Floor
Memphis, TN 38111
Primary Phone 901 4152831
CEO/Executive Director Interim Michelle Fowlkes
Board Chair Mrs. Karen Matthews
Board Chair Company Affiliation Delta Health Alliance

 

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