Friends of the Hennepin County Library

Mission Statement

Friends of the Hennepin County Library is the fundraising partner of Hennepin County Library and builds awareness, appreciation and support for our world-class library.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments As the library’s fundraising partner, Friends of the Hennepin County Library (FHCL) is an active community of 10,000 supporters whose mission is to build awareness, appreciation and support for our nationally-acclaimed library. Each year, FHCL raises significant private support to help Hennepin County Library (HCL) make the wonder of learning and discovery more accessible to all. HCL is comprised of 41 branches in urban and suburban neighborhoods throughout the county. Each library is a community hub, offering free resources, support and programming to connect people with vital information and education that would otherwise be inaccessible. Two out of three county residents— nearly 850,000 people—have a library card, and HCL hosted 5.5 million visits last year alone. FHCL’s annual funding supports HCL strategic priorities including programs like Teen Tech Squad and Homework Help; the Library’s new music streaming platform, MnSpin, which features Minnesota musicians; as well as innovative initiatives like Community Embedded Library Service that pairs librarians with local liaisons to extend library services into two underserved areas: the Native American community near Franklin Library in Minneapolis, and the Latinx community near Oxboro Library in Bloomington. Together, Friends of the Hennepin County Library and Hennepin County Library envision a library that ensures every person has the opportunity and resources to read, engage, graduate, work, and learn.
Current Goals Total 2019 planned Library funding: $1.27 million. Friends of the Hennepin County Library places special emphasis on supporting the Library’s annual strategic priorities including programs like Teen Tech Squad and Homework Help and key initiatives like expanding early learning, extending library services to the Native American community, and Latino and East African immigrant families, and providing outreach services to seniors. Additionally, Friends of the Hennepin County Library will fund expanding and preserving its world-class collections for all.
Community or Constituency Served As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Friends of the Hennepin County Library is an active community of 10,000 supporters whose mission is to build awareness, appreciation and support for our world-class library. Together, Friends of the Hennepin County Library and Hennepin County Library envision a library that ensures every person has the opportunity and resources to read, engage, graduate, work, and learn.
Geographic Area Served We support the library system of Hennepin County in Minnesota.

Reports & Finances

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Major Program Expenses
Library Support: Hundreds of thousands of dollars in private support are raised each year to help HCL make the wonder of learning and discover more accessible to all. Together, we envision a Hennepin County where library services ensure that every person has the opportunity and resources to read, graduate, engage, work and learn. Funds raised support programs like Teen Tech Squad and Homework Help and key initiatives like expanding early learning and increasing Kindergarten-readiness.:
$1,224,412
Pen Pals: An award-winning lecture series featuring authors from around the world. Readers are given the opportunity to become more familiar with both the authors' works and their day to day lives. When fully sponsored, this lecture series generates income supporting the organization's mission.:
$263,732
Public Awareness and Donor Engagement: Talk of the Stacks is a free reading series, which explores contemporary literature and culture; additional literary and cultural events which highlight exceptional library services or collections throughout the year; printed newsletters, social media and email communications to subscribers about library programs and services and opportunities to engage the public.:
$343,793
3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services
$1,704,519
75.4%
Management
$122,610
5.4%
Fundraising
$432,818
19.2%
Unrestricted Net Assets
End of Year:
Beginning of Year:
Difference:
2018
$1,655,876
$1,769,145
($113,269)
2017
$1,769,145
$1,624,265
$144,880
2016
$1,624,265
$1,370,931
$253,334

Organization Last Reviewed on 08/19/2019

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Address:
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 6125438100

General Information

Alternative Name: Friends of the Hennepin County Library, Friends of HCL, FHCL
EIN: 36-3579536
Principal Staff: Kristi Pearson
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 8
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 10,000 members
Ruling Year: 1989

Board

Board Chair: Kai Sakstrup
Number of Board Members: 16
Board Meetings with Quorum: 5
Average Member Attendance: 14.2

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