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South Dakota State Library Services
A list of services provided by the South Dakota State Library.
What is a Friends group? Group of people who support the work of the library:
with financial contributions and small fundraising efforts
with volunteer service
act as bridge between the library and the community
advocate for the library
support current ongoing activities and one-time events
Form a steering committee with a few existing volunteers or some of your most committed and enthusiastic patrons
Determine the purpose & mission
Obtain tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) status
Official or Informal?
Length of membership commitment?
Board – separate from Library Trustees and Foundation
Consult librarian’s wish list
Consult with other boards before spending money
Liaison to meet with other boards
Communication – needs, wishes, issues
Keep all boards somewhat separate, particularly the membership of boards
A Foundation is an institution supported by an endowment. A Library Foundation is separate from the library board, Friends group, or funding authority.
Benefits of a Foundation ●Ensures money stays with library for library purposes ●Allows donations to grow by earning interest
Purposes of a Foundation ●Endow large library projects ●Enhance library’s mission ●Ensure library’s future
Foundation relationships with other groups: Library Foundation and Library Boards Foundation & Library boards may align with same goals & projects, or may work on separate issues. ●Development ●Long-term ●Sustainability ●Support
Library Board provides the day-to-day operational guidance ●Policies & planning ●Public funds ●Facilities ●Personnel ●Contracts ●Follows state statutes
Library Foundation Seeks
Library Foundation Structures
Library Foundation and Library board are the same
Library Foundation board and Library board are separate
Library Foundation and Library board are the same + there are 2-4 individuals who serve on Foundation only
●Much more work for library director
●Foundation Board has liaison member from Library Board
●Those individuals’ terms may be different from board members’ terms