Framework for 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

NEW: Memorandum of Understanding

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

Webinar: Leaving a Legacy Through Planned Giving

Liz Boyd, Director of Individual and Planned Giving for The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, leads this informative webinar that covers what is a planned gift, the benefits to donors, best prospects, creating and growing a planned giving program, 10 steps to a successful planned giving program, most popular methods, and additional resources.

Liz Boyd is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law. She spent several years in practice specializing in probate and estate planning.  Liz was hired by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library in 2007 as Planned Giving Officer. She now serves as Director of Individual and Planned Giving for The Friends and is in charge of all individual fundraising and donor relations.

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: Separate or Merged?

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

Making “the Ask”

This three part series was featured in News Update, the newsletter of Friends of Libraries U.S.A.