Foundation Report to Library Board 11-19-09

1.   I’m delighted to report that we’ve just received a $25,000 gift from an anonymous donor. This loyal donor has a special interest in our youth services programs. Needless to say, we feel very fortunate to have such a generous friend.
2.   Yesterday we marked the official opening of the new Jobs and Careers Neighborhood. The ribbon cutting ceremony gave us the opportunity to thank our special donors, the Capitol Federal Foundation and James Van Sickle. As we look ahead to the launching of future neighborhoods, it is wonderful to see that this model is proving attractive to prospective donors.
3.   This year’s Veteran’s Recognition Program set attendance records on all fronts. Not only were the displays and exhibits well-attended but we had a nearly full house for General Myers’ address. We’d like to thank Red Carpet Services for co-hosting with us an event that has grown in stature every year. Kudos go to Leo Taylor and to Annette Thornburgh for the supporting roles they played. We’d also like to thank the library’s marketing and communications staff team members for their excellent work on advance publicity. 
4.   I hope that you’ve all received a letter co-signed by Gina and me inviting you to make an annual gift to the library. Our end-of-year appeal represents a significant investment by The Library Foundation, and I encourage you to consider making a personal gift if you’ve not already done so. This year there are a number of priority programs to choose from where a private gift can make a huge difference. Please join me by participating as your means permit.
5.   Every two years, The Library Foundation puts itself through a rigorous self-evaluation. In 2010, we will once again be examining our policies and procedures to make sure everything is up-to-date and ship shape. I’m pleased to announce that Judge Pat Brazil has agreed to chair our evaluation task force. He’ll be joined by trustees Larry Peters and Michelle Cuevas-Stubblefield. We know we work in a highly competitive environment, and we believe this close look at all facets of our operations helps to ensure that we are living up to our stewardship responsibilities.

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