Merging Friends and Foundations: Is it Right for Your Library?
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 202 AB
This program will examine the trending topic of whether and how to merge Friends groups with the library’s Foundation. Speakers will discuss what works well with separate organizations including how having neighborhood Friends groups often reflect a community’s diversity; when a merger might make sense and how to retain diversity; and how to get all parties on board if the decision to merge is made.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Learn the key issues to consider in making a decision about merging Friends and Foundations 2: Learn how to bring Friends groups and the Foundation to agree to change 3: Understand the key elements needed to make a merger a success
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.
This session will have: Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program)
Tags: Administration/Management, Administration and Management, Foundations and Friends Groups, Fundraising, Hot Topics
Marcellus Turner, City Librarian
Seattle Public Library , Seattle , WA
Marcellus Turner oversees The Seattle Public Library, which includes the world-renowned Central Library and 26 neighborhood branches. The Library operates on a $67.2 million budget and has nearly 700 staff members. Turner serves on the University of Washington Information School's MLIS Advisory Board and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville College of Communication and Information's Board of Visitors.
Deborah Doyle, Board Member
United for Libraries , San Franciso , CA
Deborah Doyle (MLIS) is an active library advocate at local, state and national levels. She served in board and staff roles at Friends of the San Francisco PL and was actively involved in creating SF's well-funded modern library system. She has served as President of California Library Association and California Public Library Advocates, currently serves as California Coordinator for ALA's National Library Legislative Day and is on the board of United For Libraries.
Peter Pearson, Principal
Library Strategies Consulting Group , St. Paul , MN
Peter Pearson spent 25 years as the executive director of the St. Paul Public Library Friends and Foundation. In that capacity, he created and founded Library Strategies, a consulting group which works extensively with libraries, their Friends and Foundations. He has worked extensively for libraries and library related organizations to strengthen libraries and their communities. He is a frequent speaker at national and state conferences.