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Council Bluffs Library Foundation

FOUNDATION MISSION

The foundation’s mission is to provide support to the Council Bluffs Public Library so it can enhance and enrich library facilities, services, and programs for the citizens it serves. The Foundation compliments but does not supplant the City’s responsibility for funding library services.

Foundation History

The Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation was organized in 1983 by dedicated members of the community who sought to create a tax-exempt organization that could seek private donations and grants for the support of the Library. In 1984 The Internal Revenue Service determined that the Foundation was exempt from Federal Income Taxes under section 501-C-3 of the Internal Revenue Service code.

The Foundations earliest goal was the raising of funds to design, construct and equip a new Council Bluffs Library facility that would replace the existing facility. This goal was achieved when over $12,500,000 was raised and a new Library was dedicated in 1998.

The Foundation is led by an independent Board of Directors and operates independently from the City of Council Bluffs. It exists solely to support the library in its provision of outstanding library facilities, services, and programs for the people of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County and surrounding areas. It supplements but does not substitute for the traditional governmental funding of the library.

Board of Directors

Donna Schoeppner, Executive Secretary

John P. Nelson, President

Kathleen Pyper, Vice President

Brian Cady, Secretary

Francis Clark, Treasurer

James Campbell

Steven Krohn

Kathleen Tisher

Jessica Rosenberg

Edward Lynn

Projects

The Foundations earliest goal was raising funds to design, construct and equip a new Council Bluffs Library facility that would replace the existing facility. This goal was achieved when over $12,500,000 was raised and a new Library was dedicated in 1998.

Since 1998, the Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation has supported facility enhancements and technology upgrades like the creation of Teen Central in 2010, the opening of the Council Bluffs MakerSpace in 2015, and the purchase of new computer equipment on a regular basis.

The Foundation also funds security for the Library, supports new features to enhance existing spaces (like desks, magazine display and digital search tools) and sponsors programming like author visits, concerts and special events.

 

Additional Projects Supported by the Foundation and Contributors to Date:

Building and Grounds improvements – $25,000
Additions to Library collections – $158,500
Microfilming documents – $2,000
Programming – $37,750
Security System – $43,880
Staff education – $22,228
Summer Reading Program – $6,014
Technology updating and additions – $323,320
Teen Center – $161,731

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How is the Foundation different from the Friends of the Library?

While both work together to support the Library, they are separate non-profit organizations who support the library in different ways. The Friends of the Library is a membership organization dedicated to providing volunteer service and promoting our library through well-organized advocacy efforts. The members pay annual dues and raise money for the library through book sales and the Book Store. The Foundation focuses on fundraising and the management of library endowment funds. It works with the library to identify the best ways donations and gifts can be used to enhance the library’s service to the community.

Who runs the Library Foundation?

The Foundation is led by an independent Board of Directors and operates independently from the City of Council Bluffs. It exists solely to support the library in its provision of outstanding library facilities, services and programs for the people of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County and surrounding areas. It supplements but does not substitute for the traditional governmental funding of the library.

What is the Foundation’s tax status?

The Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation is exempt from Federal Income Taxes under section 501-C-3 of the Internal Revenue Service code.

How can I support the Foundation?

There are several ways to support the Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation:

  • Make a tax-deductible annual or recurring git at the website
  • Create a legacy gift to the library with a trust or will. For more information on creating a legacy gift, contact your financial planner.
  • Host a fundraiser on Facebook
  • Designate the Council Bluffs Library Foundation on Amazon Smile and earn money for the Foundation every time you shop!

Contact the Foundation

Call Donna at 402 515 1200

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