Fundraising

Development Committee Responsibilities

The Development Committee will plan and implement the fundraising program for the library.

The Development Committee will plan and implement the fundraising program for the library.

The Committee will:

  • Review the mission and goals of the Library Board of Trustees;
  • Develop a comprehensive development plan and strategy;
  • Submit the development plan to the Library Board of Trustees for annual review;
  • Participate actively in the selection of prospects, preparation for solicitations, cultivation and actual asking;
  • Develop plans and procedures to involve the entire Library Board of Trustees in fundraising;
  • Develop strategies for involvement and cultivation of major gift prospects;
  • Evaluate potential prospects for increased levels of contributions;
  • Solicit gifts at the various levels required for annual, special and planned giving programs;
  • Involve other Library Board members and volunteers in the cultivation and solicitation processes;
  • Develop a process to involve library staff in important aspects of fundraising.

Appropriate skills and characteristics for Development Committee

  • At least two members from the Library Board of Trustees, others from the community as needed
  • Library Director or designee will serve as staff liaison to the Committee
  • Members who are knowledgeable about the community
  • Those who are interested in financial matters and are comfortable discussing finances
  • Skills and experience needed within the committee:
    • Writing skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Successful experience raising money
    • Knowledge of tax and estate law
    • Interpersonal and listening skills
    • Planning
    • Financial planning
    • Fundraising management
    • Computer systems and data bases
    • Knowledge of and access to grant resources

 

April 10, 2003

Policy on Solicitations and Fundraising

The Library Board shall approve all solicitations and fundraising appeals to individuals, businesses, or community organizations for gifts and/or financial support in excess of $3,000 per request or project.

The Friends of the Library will submit to the Library Board for prior approval, information regarding any activities requiring solicitation of gifts and/or financial support.

Library staff will submit to the Library Director for prior approval, information regarding any activities requiring solicitation of gifts and/or financial support. Amounts in excess of $3,000 must be approved by the Director before submittal to the Library Board for final approval.

Library employees are prohibited from soliciting members of the public for purposes unrelated to library business while on library property.

Members of the public are prohibited from soliciting staff or the public for any purpose without prior approval of the Library Director.

 

Adopted April 20, 2000; Revised July 18, 2002