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Foundation Annual Report / Advocacy

Letter from the Foundation Board President

The last few months have been a period of transition for the Foundation. Our Executive Director, Vicki Allen resigned in February. Vicki is pursuing a great opportunity with another local non-profit that is near and dear to her heart. We wish Vicki the best in her new endeavor. Necessarily, this has left us looking for a new Executive Director. I am happy to say that after a wide search, and many qualified applicants, we have two excellent candidates that will meet with our full board at the end of May. I am confident that we will have a strong and capable Director leading us into the summer. In the meantime, our Executive Assistant, Malea Schoeder continues to do a superlative job maintaining the day-to-day operations of the Foundation.

While we are currently without a Director, that does not mean the work of the Foundation stops. We continue to partner with the Library and Friends of the Library, as well as solicit donations and advocate for the Library in the community. Just last month, the Foundation and Library presented to residents at Charter House about the amazing resources available to residents there. Kim Edson, Head of Readers Services at the Library even taught me about many new services available for free!

As we move forward with new leadership, it will remain our goal to continue the mission of advancing the interests of the Rochester Public Library, working alongside Library supporters, and financially assisting the Library to continue to be the outstanding, nationally recognized resource it is today. 

Justin Davis
Foundation Board, President

Market President, Associated Bank


RPL Foundation 2018 Annual Report

Rochester Public Library Foundation Statement of Financial Position

Current Assets      2018 2017
Bank Accounts    
 US Bank Checking $13,293 $77,875
Fixed Assets    
 Furniture & Equipment  1,898   1,898
 Leasehold Improvements   11,275   11,275
   Total Fixed Assets   13,173   13,173
 Less: Accumulated Depreciation 4,153   3,590
  Total Fixed Assets   $9,020  $9,583
Other Assets   
 Investment Portfolio  2,548,337  2,644,568
 Accrued Interest  2,163   5,065
   Total Other Assets  $2,550,500   $2,649,633
Total Assets       $2,572,813  $2,737,091
 Beginning of year net assets 2,572,813  2,445,097 
 Change in net assets (164,278)  291,994
Total Equity $2,572,813 $2,737,091 

*Unaudited numbers   
2017 Funding Graphic



The Foundation’s mission is to raise private funds for educational and informational resources and projects in a manner that does not diminish the need for strong public funding, and to educate the community about the Library’s vital role in meeting our community’s need.

• Building Fund
• Expansion of Wi-Fi Hotspot program
• Literacy: Rochester Reading Champions
• Materials: books, CDs, audiobooks, digital titles
• Wishlist items for library divisions
• Pilot programming
• Diversity and inclusion
• Innovation and creativity
• Youth


The Foundation has played a key role in supporting RPL programs and initiatives that support community members through all stages of life.

Rochester Reading Champions

In early 2017, the Foundation partnered with the Rochester Valley of the Scottish Rite to lead a two-month matching donation drive supporting the Rochester Reading Champions (RRC) literacy program. RRC pairs highly trained volunteers with youth and adults in the community who struggle with reading. The Foundation’s goal of raising $5,000 (to be matched by the Scottish Rite Children’s Foundation) was surpassed, with over $6,000 raised in six weeks. The donations will help support the program as it expands to reach more struggling readers. Every RRC participant sees growth in reading and spelling after 80-100 lessons, all provided by volunteers who spend 120 hours in training. Without the financial support of the Foundation and other sponsors, the RRC program would not be able to offer the specialized training, greatly reducing the number of volunteers in the program.

Wi-Fi Hotspots

In 2017, the RPL Foundation partnered with Olmsted County Community Services to launch the “Wi-Fi Hotspot” program to give community members greater access to the internet. Through the “Wi-Fi Hotspot program” the Foundation is able to support community members searching for jobs, filling out official forms, or completing school work. Having strong internet connectivity allows individuals to connect and contribute to our local economy. The program has been highly popular: at any given time all hotspots are checked out and over 100 people are waiting for access.

Summer Playlist



The Foundation supports local literacy efforts including the 2017 “Summer Playlist” program. This all-ages program encourages community members to spend part of their summer hours without technology and instead spend time reading, learning, creating, or connecting. Thousands of children, teens and adults participated in the 2017 program with many saying the Summer Playlist encouraged them to read after not doing so for many years. In all, over 4,000 kids, teens, and adults participated in Summer Playlist, a 52% increase over 2016.


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