Welcome to the Friends & Foundations Zone

Webinar: Responding to a Budget Crisis

Learn how to develop a campaign for your library in a budget crisis from a group that fought for an additional $3.8 million for their library system. Find out how to work with the media, get publicity, find creative ways to campaign, and more. Watch the free recording (50 minutes).

Speakers include Kate Park, executive director of the Friends of the Dallas (Texas) Public Library; Patti Clapp, advocacy chair of the Friends, and Sally Reed, executive director of United for Libraries. 

Friends of the Dallas (Texas) Public Library was one of 20 recipients of the Neal-Schuman Citizens-Save-Libraries grants. The library had experienced budget cuts of 40%, leaving it the worst funded urban library system in the country. The Friends used their training to develop an advocacy plan that resulted in the library receiving an additional $3.8 million to hire 92 full-time employees, allowing the library to open 12 branches for 50 hours a week.

Webinar: Library Advocacy at the State Level - 12 Steps to Success

Jeffrey Smith, director of public affairs for Humanim and president of the Foundation for Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library (BCPL) shares the basics of government/legislative advocacy and 12 steps necessary to be an effective advocate for library issues when meeting with key decision makers. Additionally, a case study in successful advocacy for library related funding is presented. The webcast is geared toward Trustees, Friends, Foundation staff members, and library staff members, and is co-sponsored by ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy. Access the webinar.

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.

Friend Your Library

Purchase Friend Your Library bookmarks and posters! United for Libraries personal and group members save 10% through the ALA Online Store and can also download a "Friend Your Library" button to use on your library and/or Friends group website. Check our the newly released "Friend Your Library" buttons and a downloadable graphics set that includes three flyer layouts and a brochure template. Buttons are available in a packs of 6, 12, or 18.

Explore the Friends & Foundations Zone

Use the links at the left or below to explore the resources available in the Friends & Foundations Zone.