Manatee County Public Library Foundation
1301 Barcarrota Blvd
Bradenton FL 34205-7522
We believe the Manatee County Public Libraries are vital to the success of our community.
 Our support strengthens the Libraries' ability to foster excellence today and tomorrow.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Sherry Oehler
Board Chair Affiliation Business Owner
General Info
Organization DBA
Manatee County Library Foundation
Supported Organization Manatee County Public Library System
Former Names
The Library Foundation, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Charity Type I Supporting Organization
Incorporation Year 1988
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes May 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
Accomplishments for 2016-2017:
     1.  Raised $72,632.41 in support of literacy position with the Manatee     
          County Library System.  The position is 'Lifelong Learner'
          focusing on increasing literacy throughout the county.  New position
          in place September 2016. 
      2. Participated in our second Giving Challenge in September 2016.
      3. Awarded Manatee County Library System grants to support
          programs and materials that the County Budget does not support.
      4. Participation in the Harwood Institute/Aspiration to Action community programs. 
      5. Developed new budget process and format.
Goals for 2017 - 2018:
   1.  Major fundraising event to continue the Library Foundation commitment
        for The Lifelong Learner position in support of literacy.
   2.  Board Development Retreat - Summer 2017.  Develop a strategic plan for
        fundraising, planned/legacy giving and board participation. 
   3.  Sponsor a 'friend raiser' event for The Library Foundation and Manatee
        County Library System. 
   4.  Raise awareness of The Library Foundation and Manatee County
        Library through community events and outreach, social media, special programs.
   5.  Refine and update procedures that govern The Library Foundation.
Needs Statement
Raise $80,000 in continued support of our commitment to the Lifelong Learning literacy position at the Manatee County Library system.  Support financially the materials necessary for this position and literacy. 
Expand community outreach and partners.
Grow our Board Directors and Volunteers with varied talents and interests.
Cost effective system of document storage and sharing for event, accounting, correspondence and informational purposes.

Background Statement

In 1985, a number of concerned Manatee County citizens gathered together to propose a County-wide library system and to provide financial support for that system to assure its ongoing operation.

The Foundation continues to support the Manatee County Library by funding programs and materials that the budget cannot support.  Our libraries have become the community center of the area.  They are more than just books!  Some services provided:  job fairs, resume writing, summer reading programs, food bags for children, business incubator, science and robotics, media development, line dancing, touch a truck, e books, movies - to name just a small few.

Ava Ehde, Library Services Manager, was awarded 2017 Florida Library Association Librarian of the Year. This adds to the 2016 Florida Library Association awards:   Florida Library Association of the Year, Lifetime Achievement - Kevin Beach, Youth Program of the Year - Recycled Fashion Show, Volunteer of the Year - Doris Pope.
Our library is an innovative, creative service that listens to community needs and does their best to meet them.  The Library Foundation Inc is pleased to support them. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments All of Manatee County, along with a cooperative exchange in Sarasota and adjacent counties as well as linkage with inter-library loan and cooperative cultural programming.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The Library Foundation continues as a working board sponsoring a major author fundraising event to support the September 2016 new Lifelong Learning Literacy position at the Manatee County Public Libraries.  The Library Foundation is committed to to this literacy position and program.  Additional funding is provided through grant requests the Library staff develops based on community conversations and needs.Some of the grant monies are for electronic resources, creative lab materials, telescopes, and many other innovative materials that the county budget is not able to support.
The Library Foundation Board will focus their efforts during a summer planning retreat on an action plan for future fundraising, planned/legacy giving and board participation.  The policies and by laws are in place with a 2017 review for updates. These procedures have been  a valuable tool.   
The new mission statement:  
        We believe the Manatee County Public Libraries are vital to the success of  our community.
            Our support strengthens the Libraries' ability to foster excellence today and tomorrow. 

Residents of all ages (including seniors) have the opportunity to use computers and other electronic devices at the library, and learn how to better use their own devices. The library provides basic to intermediate computer classes, convenient drop-in tech help tables (eReaders, Kindles, iPads, etc.), electronic social service assistance, access to free computer and free wifi, introductory classes on how to use the library’s online subscription databases, and tutorial videos on how to use the library’s catalog.

Budget $20,000
Category Education, General/Other Library
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Short Term Success

- Confidence instilled in new users of computers

- Ability for users to link to family, friends, and potential job opportunities

Long Term Success

- Proficiency in accessing social media, email, online resources

- Ability to create and edit word documents, transmit files, create presentations

- Development of employability and career skills for 21st century job market

- bridging the “digital divide” for those who have no access to computers at home

- Ability to fully utilize library’s eBook and online resources

- Ability of Spanish speakers to participate in computer self-improvement classes

Program Success Monitoring

- Examination of evaluation forms from classes,

- testimonials from participants,

- program attendance over time, students moving from basic to intermediate levels,

- increased usage of library’s online resources

Program Success Examples

Young Hispanic mother attended computer classes at branch and as a result gained the confidence and skill set to apply and secure employment that required computer skills.

An elderly patron who attends computer classes is now able to use email and communicate more with family online.

Residents of Freedom Village are more confident in downloading eBooks, after librarians visited their facility to teach a class.


The Library presently offers two large scale events that ‘take over’ normal library operations and provide a unique experience for youth. Mana-Con, a comic convention, draws over 1000 local youth to participate in demos, a vendor fair, dojo exhibitions, dance, comic creation contests, food, a cosplay competition, fantasy costumes, graphic novel programs, related crafts and more. Family activities for children and for teens are available. Recycled Fashion Show challenges youth to create clothing from recycled scraps and send the creation down a real runway in front of expert judges.

Budget $8,000
Category Education, General/Other Library
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success

- Increase in attendance of programs for youth

- Respect for the library as a contemporary resource for fun and education.

- Encouragement of teens to find interest in library and its resources.

Long Term Success

- Equating the library with fun as well as education.

- Matching youth with other youth and mentors in atypical fields of interest.

- Preparing our youth to be creative and enjoy competitions.

- Development of potential students for fashion-related internships in the region.

Program Success Monitoring

- Examination of evaluation forms,

- testimonials from participants,

- programs’ attendance year to year

Program Success Examples

For 2 years in a row close to 1000 youths attended Mana-Con. There have been no security issues, and it is a day of fun and camaraderie.

A student artist with Asperger’s feels more confident about displaying and selling her artwork after having participated in Mana-Con for three years. She has expanded to participating in other comics conventions throughout the year.

Participants in the Recycled fashion show were offered internships in the costuming department of the local theater.

Description  Campaign is a 2 year literacy enhancement endeavor, with the goal of reaching our youngest readers and their families in all areas of the community so that they may obtain library cards as early as first grade.  A focus on the harder to serve areas will be accomplished by bringing on a Lifelong Learner Coordinator to concentrate primarily on and deliver the goals of campaign to the community.  This position if designed to complement and build on other community wide literacy efforts to increase reading and STREAM success beyond current services provided by the Library.  This campaign aligns with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading Imitative and supports 4 of their goals - healthy readers, parent engagement, school readiness and summer reading.
Budget $278,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families Other Economic Level
Short Term Success The Lifelong Learning position will begin in August 2016 with the arrival of the new hire for this position.  At this time, an outcomes analysis will begin reporting quarterly on such items as number of library cards issued, use of literacy kits, pop-up literacy/library kits, attendance, and other programs which will be developed based upon community needs as they are assessed.
Long Term Success  Literacy has always been at the core of what public libraries are about.  Success will be measured through the expansion of contacts and connections with Library resources with hard to serve groups and schools.  Success will be measured through the ability to double programming at each library location in Manatee County with a focus on serving youth not traditionally attending programs and creating access to a full array of Library resources.  Success will be measured by providing parents and children with instructional programing by trained Library professionals on the use of educational devices and interactive kits. 
Program Success Monitoring Our outcome topics and analysis forms are in place and ready when the program begins in August 2016.
Program Success Examples Program will begin in August 2016.

Through partnerships with Goodwill Industries, Suncoast CareerSource, Boley Centers, and other community partners, the library offers a monthly program for job seekers. At this program, they are matched with mentors and training opportunities, and taught workshops to improve interview and resume writing skills. Participants are also taught how to conduct job searches using online resources and other tools. The library has begun coordinating Job Fairs to match employers with job seekers as well.

Budget $3,000
Category Education, General/Other Library
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short Term Success

- Increase in use of library’s career-related online resources,

- Exposure of job seekers to simple resume creation tools,

- Encouraging underserved populations (homeless, minorities, foreign language speakers) to use job search tools.

Long Term Success

- Employment success for participants,

- Improved interview and resume skills for participants,

- Preparing job seekers for 21st century job market,

- Drawing social service agencies in community together for common goal,

- Expansion of program to other branch locations

Program Success Monitoring

- Examination of program evaluation forms,

- testimonials from participants,

- program attendance over time,

- survey results from online sessions on long-term use computers at library

Program Success Examples

Young man with limited computer and writing skills created a resume in the library, went over it with a career counselor, and later secured employment in a local restaurant.

Two women met a representative of the Bridges to Careers skilled training program by attending a monthly job resources open house at the Central Library. They applied to the program, and both were accepted.


The STEAM initiative introduces and exposes youth to the world of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Through expert guest speakers, hands-on teaching, experiments, and mobile classrooms children get an opportunity to appreciate these fields of endeavor. The US is ranked 25th in the world in math competencies and 17th in science. Studies show that as students age their proficiency in the sciences diminish.


Budget $5,000
Category Education, General/Other Library
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Short Term Success

- Increase in scientific literacy in county’s youth

- Supplementing the work of the school board in educating youth in the sciences by providing interactive opportunities and hands-on teaching that they presently cannot provide

- Preparing our students to be competitive in 21st century job market; Development of potential for students to acquire science-related internships in the region

Long Term Success

- Increase in scientific literacy in county’s youth

- Supplementing the work of the school board in educating youth in the sciences by providing interactive opportunities and hands-on teaching that they presently cannot provide

- Preparing our students to be competitive in 21st century job market; Development of potential for students to acquire science-related internships in the region

Program Success Monitoring

- Examination of evaluation forms,

- Testimonials from participants,

- Program attendance over time,

- Feedback from school board and participating experts.

Program Success Examples

A young girl, after attending a Mad Science workshop, tells her mother she is going to be a scientist when she grows up.

Program Comments by Organization

Our award winning library, staff and volunteers keep our Library System designation as an innovative library in Florida and changing people's lives. The Programs highlighted herein are an example of the fine effort put forth by the foundation's money and the Library system commitment to supporting the local community.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email N/A
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 12
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
to be changed soon
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Most Innovative LibraryFlorida State Association of Libraries2013
Library that Changes People's LivesFlorida State Association of Libraries2014
Library of the YearFlorida Library Association2016
Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award - Teen Recycled Fashion ShowFlorida Library Association2016
Lifetime Achievement Award - Kevin Beach,Library Operations ManagerFlorida Library Association2016
Friends, Foundations and Boards Outstanding Member Award - Doris Pope, Friends at Rocky Bluff LibraryFlorida Library Association2016
Librarian of the Year - Ava EhdeFlorida Library Association2017
Nonprofit Small Business of the Year FinalistManatee Chamber of Commerece2017
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization

The Library Foundation has no paid staff.  We have volunteers and partner with Manatee County Public Library to support our mission and that of our library.  On an as needed basis, we contract with individuals/companies for work such as our website and social media. 

The Library Foundation Inc contracted with Shinn & Company LLC for a full financial audit completed August 28, 2015. Shin & Company LLC audited and prepared the financial statements completed May 31, 2016.   The financial statements and financial position were found to be in accordance with the accounting principles accepted in the United States.   

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Sherry Oehler
Company Affiliation Business Owner
Board Term June 2016 to May 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. George Barford Esq.Community volunteer
Ms. Jaymie Carter Community Volunteer
Ms. Toni Comito community volunteer
Ms. Suzie Dobbs Community Volunteer
Ms. Lisa Gonzalez-Moore Esq.Attorney
Mr. Darren Haimer Bradenton Herald
Ms. Jennifer Messal Community Volunteer
Ms. Sherry Oehler Community Volunteer
Mr. Chris Romine Northern Trust Bank
Ms. Heather Sniffen Clinical Compliance and Quality/Humana
Ms. Leah Stuart Community Volunteer
Ms. Susan Wilcox Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 81
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Governance Comments by Organization
We have updated our bylaws, established responsible governing policies, and engaged in a strategic manner to achieve our goals.  We will continue to use an annual retreat to meaningfully plan our path to success.  All board members have signed letters of agreement to obligations and responsibilities  .  All are contributors and intent on helping achieve our goals.  The Board is  evolving from an advisory role to an active working board.  It is also diversifying, by gender, age, geography and interest.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month June
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month May
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $80,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $2,047,057.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 3.5
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$250,281$164,599$8,103
Administration Expense$2,023$1,709$6,782
Fundraising Expense$427$1,820$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.211.943.64
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%98%54%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%1%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,137,366$2,287,656$2,149,568
Current Assets$2,137,366$2,287,656$14,747
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$2,137,366$2,287,656$2,149,568
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $215,551Investment Income $147,510Investment Income $40,135
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $46,384Fundraising $134,272Fundraising $13,709
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $37,157Contributions, gifts, grants $32,630Contributions, gifts, grants $383
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
We are targeting major community needs linked to the library and develop strategies to raise needed funds and simultaneously  raise community awareness and commitment to both the Library Foundation and the Library.  
Continuing with Year 2 of our commitment to fund the Lifelong Learning position, a major author fundraiser event is being planned for Winter 2017.  Our goal will be to raise $80,000. 
Donor cultivation and grant pursuit are all needed as we proceed. We are balancing and evaluating our obligation to offer community events versus fundraising ones .  
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal Form 990.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Manatee County Public Library Foundation
Address 1301 Barcarrota Blvd
Bradenton, FL 7522
Phone 941 216-8746