Organizational Tools for Library Foundations

United for Libraries will be compiling and creating a variety of resources for library Foundations in the coming months. If your Foundation has a great policy, sample PR materials, or other items you would like to share, please email

Establishing a Library Foundation: Planning, Persistence, Progress

An edited version of this article by Jeanne Thorsen, Executive Director of the King County Library System Foundation (Issaquah, Wash.), was previously featured in News Update. Read the full article.

Friends and Foundations

This series focuses on the dynamic between library Friends and Foundations. Part One discusses the missions of the Tippecanoe County (Ind.) Library's separate Friends group and Foundation, and how the two organizations work cooperatively. Part Two explains the workings of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library's combined Friends and Foundation organization.

Friends and Foundations, Part One: Separate Organizations, Similar Goals
by Jane Rutledge, Friends of the Tippecanoe County (Ind.) Public Library

Friends and Foundations, Part Two: Is a Merged Friends and Foundation Right for Your Library?
by Peter Pearson, President, The Friends of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library

NEW: Memorandum of Understanding

The Johnson County Library has generously provided a copy of their memorandum of understanding (doc, 42 kb) between the library and the Foundation.