Organizational Tools for Friends Groups
The most effective Boards have highly effective organizational structure. Whether starting a new Friends group or engaging in a strategic planning process to revitalize your Friends or Library, you can learn from others' mission statements, policies, and bylaws. You don't have to develop or improve your structure from scratch. United for Libraries has provided you with samples that you can modify or copy for your own use. Use the links in the menu at left to access these samples.
NEW: Fundraising by Friends of the Library Groups: Profitability Trends and Effectiveness of Recent Initiatives (PDF 1.26 MB), a report by Southern Connecticut State University student Sally Neale.
An operating agreement between the Friends and the library is useful when definining the role of the Friends, how the library director and staff will work with the Friends, and what type of support the library will provide the Friends. An example is provided for your group to edit for your specific needs.
The Model Friends Cooperative Network (PDF, 58 kb) will help you define the roles of the Friends, Trustees, and library staff in working together to support the library. United for Libraries personal and group members also have access to an annotated version of this resource, available in the Friends & Foundation Zone or the Trustee Zone with a login and password. If you are a member and need a login, please e-mail email@example.com. Once logged in, look for the toolkit called Model Friends Cooperative Network.
If your Friends groups would like to submit a sample of your bylaws, mission statement, or policies for inclusion here, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.