Friends of the Library of North Port Area Inc
NORTH PORT FL 34287-2055
Provide quality programs that inspire, educate and create a world of imagination for our children and community. 
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Charlotte A. Leonard-Braun
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
Friends of the North Port Library
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1991
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2017
State Registration Yes May 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $45,390.00
Projected Expenses $45,390.00
Impact Statement
In the past year, we have funded the summer reading programs for all ages, began developing of a discovery lab, and increased the ebook collection for both adults and children.
Our goals for this year are to increase volunteer management and to work with other organizations as partners. Financially we need to raise $28,500 to fund the library needs for the year and an additional $15,000 to replace the education computer in 2017 that we purchased in 2011.  
Needs Statement
1. Summer reading programs $5,000.00
2. Discovery Lab $5,600.00
3. Children Services $5,050.00
4. Teen Services $2,750.00
5. Volunteers  
Background Statement
Friends of the Library of North Port Area was founded by the North Port Women's Club in 1973. Friends raised funds to purchase a two bedroom house to start a library with 5,000 donated books and volunteers. We applied to become part of the Sarasota County Library System and it was granted. It soon became apparent that the original house would need to be expanded, so the Friends then raised funds for the addition to the original facility. In 1992, the one-cent sales tax for capital improvement was used to create a new library building on the site of the small original house. At that time, Friends of the Library Enhancement Fund Task Force raised nearly $200,000 to acquire extra equipment and furniture not covered by the county. In 2004, there was an obvious demand to expand. Friends once again raised funds to provided the Studio Visual Equipment and many more enhancements in the children's area. Our library has grown from a small house to 19,700 square feet as it stands today.
Friends have been in existence for 43 years. A 501 (c) (3) organization with a Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services Registration No. CH36612. We have one hundred eighty-four (184) members and  ten (10) Board of Directors who manage the operations and fundraising events. Financially we are strong and keep a yearly reserve. Records are audited by an audit committee annually. Day to day we are out building community relationships and partnerships.  
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Our organization will serve primarily North Port with a population of 62,000, and then Port Charlotte, Englewood, and Venice.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Secondary Org Type Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Tertiary Org Type Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
It is my honor and privilege to be President of this wonderful organization that I have been a part of since April 2010. I truly can say that I have the same passion today as I did 6 years ago. You only need to walk into a library and just look around at all the children, families, teens and seniors that want to connect, learn, dream and be inspired. It's a safe place and the hub of a health community.
The successes are many and daily as we fund programs throughout the year. We want to create children who want to become lifelong readers and learners. That is a daily mission and can't be measured so easily. One of our successes that we can put numbers to is the four AWE educational computer we purchased in 2011 that are for children 2-10. Since that time we have had 30,702 sessions for a total of 9,386 hours and are looking to fund the replacement of the computer in 2017. One of our greatest challenges is finding volunteers that want to commit to the daily work of fundraising and running our used bookstore. In order to overcome this issue in the past year we have done more networking with other organizations and have added a teen as a board member. We have also connected with the police and fire department who do outreach programs with the different organizations. We recently sponsored a volunteer fair for all organizations that need volunteers. We had 19 organizations participate and are planning another in October. It's people helping each other that will make a difference.  
Description This program is designed by our librarians every summer with a different theme for children up to adults. This consist of a series of programs, presenters, supplies and books so we can foster the desire to read, learn, dream and inspire a world of learning. Over thousands of children register to read and attend each session throughout the summer. 
Budget $5,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Families
Short Term Success Continue the learning curve of reading and education through the summer for children that are out of school. Provides a bonding time between working parents and their children. Adults receive the interaction of people and the joy of reading. 
Long Term Success Children are reading to go back to school and are not behind the learning curve as they have continued their reading skills throughout the summer.
Program Success Monitoring The Sarasota County Library System monitors each program or presenter by the  participation numbers, interest and through comment cards. 
Program Success Examples The actual statistics are kept by the Sarasota County Library System. Their programs are monitored, graded and developed annually to meet the needs of our patrons. 
Description A family program that is funded by Friends of the Library of North Port Area and designed by the librarians. A Christmas in simpler times with crafts from the 1800's, displays, music and hot cider with cookies. 
Budget $5,000
Category Education, General/Other Library
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success Gives the community a feel for simpler times and enjoyment of friendship, music and being creative.
Long Term Success This Sunday of family fun and relaxation with a sense of what simpler times were like in the earlier years, fosters instilling much needed family values.
Program Success Monitoring The program is attended by hundreds, crafts kits are counted, and comment cards are gathered for results.
Program Success Examples This program has been a huge success for several years with hundreds of people attending.
Description The Discovery Lab, sometimes refer to as a maker space, provides a unique space that children, teens and adult come to be creative. They can utilize a 3D printer, put components to together to make items that actual run, listen to sounds through connecting to a person, paint, sew and so much more. 
Budget $5,600
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
Short Term Success
To create a safe environment for learning and using one's imagination.
Long Term Success Provide an experience that encourages everyone to try something new and to think outside the box.
Program Success Monitoring Program is monitored by the Sarasota County Library System and changes are made as to components as needed. 
Program Success Examples One of our board members took her five- year-old grandson in to make a car by putting the components together and found it to be a challenge, exciting and rewarding when completed. What a great bonding time!  
Description Volunteer expo for all nonprofit organizations who are seeking volunteers to help provide services that will improve the quality of lives in our community.
Budget $50
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families
Short Term Success To work with other nonprofit organizations in meeting the needs of volunteers and the organizations.
Long Term Success To assist citizens who have the time to give back to their community to find the perfect fit for a volunteer position.
Program Success Monitoring The recruitment of a bookkeeper, seven volunteers, and three literacy tutors at our last volunteer expo event.
Program Success Examples Our last volunteer expo was attended by 19 different nonprofit organizations.
Program Comments by Organization
All the programs that Friends fund must meet our mission of being educational and inspiring.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
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 40
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Our collaborations are with Back Pack Angels, Kiwanis of North Port, and the City of North Port.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Years 1
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2016
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Continuity of Operations Plan Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization Our policies and planning are done every year during the months of March and April for the start of our fiscal year in May.
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Charlotte A. Leonard-Braun
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term June 2016 to May 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Vicki Bailey Community Volunteer
Ms. Sherry Berry Community Volunteer
Ms. Elaine Berryhill Community Volunteer
Mr. Steven Coloma Teen representative
Mr. Richard Gibson Community Volunteer
Ms. Matilda Lang Community Volunteer
Ms. Charlotte A. Leonard-Braun Community Volunteer
Ms. Kimberly Matthews Substitute teacher - Sarasota County
Ms. Lyn Runfeldt Community Volunteer
Ms. Pati Tantum Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 80
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 90
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Governance Comments by Organization Living in Florida we get a lot of seasonal members and possible good candidates for board members but they could not meet the meeting rule. So we have added to our bylaws that by approval they can attend a meeting by any form of electronics. Most of our events are during Florida season so we are using seasonal volunteers so it was just a concern for year-round meetings.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $45,390.00
Projected Expenses $45,390.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $27,708.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 5
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Form 9902010
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$19,606$30,200$28,023
Administration Expense$7,118$8,212$7,330
Fundraising Expense$7,264$6,703$6,587
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.201.030.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses58%67%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue33%24%34%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$66,543$59,508$55,763
Current Assets$66,543$59,508$55,763
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$643$475$450
Total Net Assets$65,900$59,033$55,313
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountBookstore Sales $14,819Fundraising $26,016Fundraising $16,014
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $14,621Bookstore Sales $14,547Bookstore Sales $15,534
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $7,636Membership Dues $4,565Contributions, gifts, grants $3,236
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities103.49125.28123.92
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization The largest challenge that a small organization has is to fundraise in a community that is saturated with 501 (c)(3) organization. Small in business size and a population of 62,000. We are reaching out to foundations, corporations, and private donors.  
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's unaudited compilations. Financial information for 2010 taken from Federal 990-EZ.
Nonprofit Friends of the Library of North Port Area Inc
Address 13624 TAMIAMI TRAIL BOX 243
NORTH PORT , FL 34287 2055
Phone 941 861-1315