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
Mission Statement
The mission of the Memphis Library Foundation is to enhance the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, 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
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 Library & Information Center.
Contact Memphis Library Foundation Executive Director Diane Jalfon at 901-415-2831 or, or visit 3030 Poplar Avenue, 3rd Floor, Memphis, TN 38111.
Donations may also be made online at
CEO/Executive Director Diane Jalfon
Board Chair Mrs. Karen Matthews
Board Chair Company Affiliation Delta Health Alliance
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1994
Former Names
Foundation for the Memphis Shelby County Public Library2000
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $917,000.00
Projected Expenses $823,000.00
The mission of the Memphis Library Foundation is to enhance the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, 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.
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 Library & Information Center 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 $27 million in funds to support the important work of the Memphis Public Library.
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.
The Memphis Library Foundation understands libraries are more than books, and continues to generate support to enhance the Memphis Public Library & Information Center in ways that best serves its communities.

With 18 branches across the city and approximately 2.5 million visitors annually, the Memphis Public Library makes a huge impact on our community. The library 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.

The Memphis Public Library offers 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.
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, the new teen learning lab, small business mentoring, and JobLINC, a mobile job search assistance program.
Financial contributions for major initiatives such as CLOUD901, Explore Memphis, JobLinc Services, early childhood learning centers, and additional mobile services are always needed. On-going enhancements are needed for: social services; computer access for children and adults; a fun learning environment for children; job search assistance; and career advice and job fairs, the new teen learning lab CLOUD901; as well as volunteers, subject matter experts, and mentors in CLOUD901.
In 2017, an awareness campaign is being 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.
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 Library 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 library. 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 Library 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
TN - Memphis

The Memphis Public Library & Information Center serves Memphis, Bartlett and unincorporated Shelby County, Tennessee. The land area is 1,078 square miles with a population of approximately one million residents. Within the boundaries of Shelby County are the municipalities of Bartlett, Collierville and Germantown. Twenty-two percent of the adult population in these areas is classified as having “Below basic” literacy skills, which equates to problems following written directions, reading prescription instructions and performing simple mathematics.

The U.S. Census Bureau (2013) reported the average poverty rate for Tennessee was 16.9% and 14.35% for the U.S. overall. In 2012 Memphis had an overall poverty rate of 27% (2nd highest ranking in cities with one million in population) and a much larger child poverty rate of 42%. Within the boundaries of the city, a 2012 Tennessee Department of Education report indicated that 85% of children were economically disadvantaged. The Memphis and Shelby County Schools recently merged and are now known as Shelby County Schools. The dropout rate is 12.8%. The unemployment rate here is currently 6.8%.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Karen Matthews
Company Affiliation Delta Health Alliance
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2021
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Lawson Arney
Company Affiliation Raymond James
Board of Directors
Board Members
Dubar Abston Abston Management
Cynthia Allen Baptist Memorial Health Care
Vice Chairman Lawson Arney Raymond James
Jack Belz Belz Enterprises
Ron Coleman Owner, Competition Cams, Inc.
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
Herb O'Mell Herb O'Mell Productions
Juliette Paul Christian Brothers University
Pallas Pidgeon-Zanone Community Volunteer
Board Liaison Lemoyne Robinson Chairman, Memphis Public Libraries Board of Trustees
Honey Scheidt Scheidt Family Foundation
Stuart Thomas University of Memphis
Board Liaison Jacqueline Wallace President, Friends of the Library
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 12
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 Director
Executive Director Diane Jalfon

Diane Jalfon

694 Anderson St.

Memphis, TN 38104


Employment History

Executive Director, Memphis Library Foundation

September 2011 to present

- Established office, personnel, policies and procedures

- Oversee investments and expenditures

- Launched website, social media communication, and online giving

- Coordinated MLF’s most successful annual campaign

- Secured $400,000+ in grant funds first year

- Led $2 million fundraising campaign for Teen Learning Lab

- Created multiple new community partnerships

- Funded multiple new programs

- Board development including establishing board orientation and planning sessions

- Cultivate relationships with Library staff, Friends and donors


Director of Development, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

June 2007 to September 2011

- Responsible for achieving revenue goals of more than $2 million annually through sponsorships, grants, membership, and special events

- Directed and coordinated board and executive-level solicitation efforts

- Managed development staff and interns

- Developed and implemented on-line donation vehicles

- Secured more than $150,000 in new revenue sources during first year in role

- Increased scope, revenue and national prominence of Memphis Wine + Food Series

- Initiated year-end giving program

- Member of executive management team

- Helped successfully lead museum through director transition


Public Relations and Public Programs Manager, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

January 2004 – June 2007

- Created and organized ongoing public programs at the museum, including several sold

out performances and events

- Established successful Film Series program at the Brooks featuring first run films from

national distributors

- Garnered national publicity for the museum on several exhibitions and programs

- Established customer service training program for all museum personnel



June 1991 – June 1998, Gastrointestinal Specialists, Inc.

- Established new medical office practice including hiring and training staff, creating policies and procedures for patient care, billing and insurance, and standards compliance

- Oversaw the establishment of an endoscopic surgical center in 1996

- Successfully guided surgery center through Joint Commission on Healthcare

Accreditation, earning “Accreditation with Commendation” status



2004, University of Memphis, Master of Arts, Art History

▪ Received Outstanding Thesis award

1984, Ohio State University, Bachelor of Arts, Communications


Other Experience and Activities

▪ Leadership Memphis, Executive Class 2008

▪ Board Member, Temple Israel Museum, 2006 to 2015

▪ Chair, Exhibitions Committee, Temple Israel Museum, 2007 to 2011

▪ Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals, 2007 to 2009

▪ Board Member, Art Museum at University of Memphis, 1998 - 2004

▪ President, Friends of AMUM, 2002 - 2004

▪ Board Member, Arts in the Park, 2000 - 2003

▪ Co-chair, Art to Dine For, 2002, fundraiser for Arts in the Park

▪ Co-chair, Rock ‘n Soulabration, 2003, inaugural fundraiser for Rock ‘n Soul Museum

Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 50
Contractors 1
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
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

CLOUD901 is a state-of-the-art learning lab, free for teens, ages 13-18. CLOUD901 is a safe space that includes video and audio production labs, editing and mixing stations, formal and informal learning areas, digital and analog displays, a performance area, a Maker Space, and brainstorming, homework, and collaboration zones. Teens can make and edit video and audio, use hi-tech equipment such as 3D printers, perform and create art, practice entrepreneurial skills, brainstorm and collaborate on ideas, and much more! Teens may use self-guided learning or learn through expert-led workshops, and with other teens, mentors and volunteers.

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Budget $400,000.00
Short Term Success Short-term success will result in capacity building for the space, so that we can serve more teens, engage more mentors, and create more projects.
Long Term Success Long-term success will result in more teens being familiar and adept with hi-tech digital skills, increasing their likelihood of attending college and being prepared for job skills/placement.
Examples of Program Success New program, which just opened September, 2015.

Explore Memphis is an extension of the Library’s successful Summer Reading Club program and is designed to encourage and provide informal learning experiences during the summer to prevent “the summer slump” for children and to engage adults. This program is one of the Library’s most direct contributions to education. Throughout the summer, participants register at any one of the Library’s 18 branch locations and then track their “learning” progress to earn incentives in the form of books, tickets, gift cards, coupons and vouchers.

Strategy: to expand the program to reach more participants and include more community partners for increased learning opportunities.
This program serves 10,000# participants annually. 
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $21,500.00
The Library offered its first teen technology camp in 2005. Since then, we have greatly expanded our summer technology offerings for teens.
This past summer (2016), the Library hosted 11 free summer camps at 5 Library locations.
The week-long programs were produced by, in partner with the Memphis Public Library & Information Center: SIM (The Society for Information Management); AutoZone; the University of Memphis; and Memphis Music Initiative.
The camps focused on a variety of STEAM disciplines including: coding; robotics; music production; art; and science.
Strategy: To expand the annual one week camp to additional locations so that more teens across the city have an opportunity to learn technical skills.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Budget $20,000.00
Short Term Success Strategy was to expand the annual one week camp to additional locations so that more teens across the city have an opportunity to learn technical skills. This past year, that goal was completed, with 11 locations.
Long Term Success
To deepen the program and learning opportunities in additional under-served neighborhoods, in an effort to serve more teens.
To connect with those who have historically been disconnected youth, for a positive affect and exposure to career pathways.
Examples of Program Success
Surveys were conducted after one of the summer camps, with partner AutoZone, with these findings...
Parents who encouraged their teen to attend primarily wanted them to attend to keep them engaged in learning over the summer, and secondarily to learn about engineering and science related career opportunities.
When asked what influences students considering engineering or science related majors... primarily parents said it was "students interest" and "programs for career options" and "student's academic abilities," then "parents" and "teachers" and "guidance counselors" and lastly "friends."
Teens were informed and enjoyed the programs. 

Early and Family Literacy Programs are offered throughout MPLIC’s 18 branch locations and are designed to engage young learners and to encourage families to start early to prepare children for success as readers. These initiatives include: Babies and Books, Toddler Storytime, Pre-school Storytime, Family Tunes and Tales, Read with Me, Sign with Me, Spanish Storytime, International Storytime, Story and Craft Time, Real Men Read, Paws for Reading, Children and the Public Library and Early Smart Learning.

Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Budget $100,000.00

Strategy: The LINC 2-1-1 staff answers nearly 70,000 phone calls annually, providing callers with access to vital community information and making critical social service referrals.

Population Served Please select...
Budget $75,000.00
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$186,091$499,269$302,894
Membership Dues$0--$0
Special Events$4,080$29,264$76,436
Revenue In-Kind$6,328$222,100$10,874
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,378,295$482,147$508,045
Administration Expense$74,950$100,060$109,666
Fundraising Expense$61,734$89,402$91,866
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.273.691.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%72%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%5%20%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$7,566,460$7,020,279$5,174,688
Current Assets$1,149,543$1,763,189$1,578,355
Long-Term Liabilities$0--$0
Current Liabilities$388,689$44,975$4,400
Total Net Assets$7,177,771$6,975,304$5,170,288
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.9639.20358.72
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
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
MLF Solicitation Permit 2017View
Address 3030 Poplar Avenue
3rd Floor
Memphis, TN 38111
Primary Phone 901 4152831
CEO/Executive Director Diane Jalfon
Board Chair Mrs. Karen Matthews
Board Chair Company Affiliation Delta Health Alliance


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