140 E Main St
Lexington KY 40507
Contact Information
Address 140 E Main St
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone (859) 231-5557
Fax 859 231-5598
Contact Name Anne Donworth
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Books aren't the only way to learn at the Lexington Pubic Library! These students are playing with worms during a Summer Program at LPL!
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
The Lexington Public Library Foundation provides private funding to advance the Lexington Public Library as it seeks to connect people, inspire ideas, and transform lives.
Supporting the Lexington Public Library Foundation makes Lexington a better place for all of us to live, work and play!  We accept cash, check, or credit card donations via mail, phone, or www.lexpublib.org/donate.  We also host fundraising events on a regular basis, including our annual Bluegrass & Bourbon and Booktacular Halloween Party events.
Please contact Anne Donworth at adonworth@lexpublib.org with any questions or for information about planned giving, gifts of stock or other assets, or to donate a good or service to the Library Foundation. 
Financial Summary
Mission Statement
Lexington Public Library strives to Connect People, Inspire Ideas, and Transform Lives.  As a sister organization, the Lexington Public Library Foundation seeks additional funding for the Library through private donations and grant-making organizations.  Foundation funds allow the Lexington Public Library to create innovative new programs, make capital improvements, and offer the latest - and ever-changing - technology to our community.  All LPL services and programs are free and open to everyone in Fayette County.
Background Statement

The Lexington Public Library has been serving the educational and entertainment needs of Fayette County since 1795.  Though it has changed a lot over the years, the library is a public resource for everyone to enjoy, regardless of what interests them.

In May 1997, the Lexington Public Library Foundation was established “to seek outside funds that would enhance the quality and range of Library services beyond the level that can be provided by county funding.” The Foundation helps the Library keep up with a rapidly-changing society and expand beyond traditional library services. 

Impact Statement
In March 2016, we opened our new Eastside Branch at the corner of Palumbo & Man O War in order to better serve the needs of our community.  The new facility replaced the Eagle Creek Branch, doubling the square footage available for programs and proving much-needed parking.
The Library is partnering with Fayette County Public Schools to issue a joint Student Success Library card to ALL FCPS students!  This project will ensure that all Fayette County students have access to the educational resources they need to succeed in school and beyond! We issued cards to three pilot schools during the Fall 2015 Semester and anticipate card distribution to all FCPS students during the Spring 2016 Semester. 
The Lexington Public Library Foundation has successfully raised funds for many popular projects at the Lexington Public Library. We are currently focusing our efforts toward the new Eastside Branch, undertaking a capital campaign to ensure that the Library does not carry long-term debt on the project.  We have provided additional support for the Library's Discover Summer Program (formerly Summer Reading) and funded many unique Library programs sponsored by our community partners and supporters.
In 2014, the Foundation funded a series of programs around Village Branch's Summer Reading Program with grant funds received from Partners for Youth and Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives.  These programs provided free educational opportunities to young residents of the Cardinal Valley area.  Over 4,000 children and teens participated in programs such as Cooking on a Coin and the Science of Sound (with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra). 
In April 2013, LPL launched the Storytime-To-Go RV.  Foundation funds were used to refurbish a donated RV so that LPL staff/volunteers can take Library-quality storytime to children in underserved areas.  Currently, the RV visits 11 daycare centers, serving approximately 500 children each month. 
In 2012, LPL reopened the Farish Theater at Central Library after a $600,000 renovation, funded with lead gifts from the William Stamps Farish fund and the Lucille Little Foundation.  The theater seats 138 people and is ideal for film, theatatrical productions, live music, presentations, meetings and more.  The theater hosts both LPL programs and those of community organizations and civic groups. 
Needs Statement
1. This spring, LPL opened the new Eastside Branch, which replaced the former Eagle Creek Branch. The Library Foundation seeks private funds to support the new facility, located at 3000 Blake James Drive, at the corner of Palumbo & Man o' War.
2. We currently working to issue a Library card to all Fayette County Public School students as explained above.  To encourage students to use their cards often, we are seeking discounts to local establishments to students who show the Student Success Card. 
3.  Our Storytime-To-Go RV uses specially-trained volunteers to provide quality educational opportunities to underserved child care facilities.  We are always looking for passionate people who want to make a difference in the lives of our young people and hold trainings biannually. 
4.  Do you have a special skill that others may enjoy?  Contact us if you would be willing to lead a program to share your talents with others!  We partner with a variety of individuals, professionals, and outside organizations to offer many of our adult and youth programs. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
At the Lexington Public Library, we strive to serve our entire community.  Our extensive collection of adult, children's, print and digital materials appeal to a broad range of readers, and we are now offering "downloadable" e-books, e-magazines, movies, and music! 
From our popular storytimes for children, to career-building skills for job-seekers, to mobile outreach services to those unable to come to the library, there truly is something for everyone at the Lexington Public Library.  We invite you to join us today!
-Ann Hammond, Executive Director of Lexington Public Library
Board Chair Statement "Libraries have been and will continue to be important learning and education facilities for communities.  A library's mission offers incredible intellectual growth to any size community.  They are an important lifestyle feature to any town.  To that end our Foundation will work to create funding for the growth and expansion of that mission in our town - Lexington."
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities /
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit /
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Lexington Public Library serves the entire Lexington, Kentucky community. 
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. We strive to be a community resource for education, entertainment, and civic engagement for everyone who lives or works in Fayette County.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Larry Jones
Company Affiliation Community Trust Bank, Inc.
Term July 2015 to June 2016
Board Members
Ms. Jeanne Clark Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Missy Clifton Architectural Kitchens & BathsVoting
Mr. James Elliott Vice ChairKentucky BankVoting
Mr. David B. Fisher TreasurerLexington Mortgage CompanyVoting
Ms. Cathryn Gibson LM CommunicationsVoting
Mrs. Ann Hammond Executive Director-LPLLexington Public LibraryNonVoting
Ms. Lori Meister President, Friends of LPLVoting
Mr. Adrian Mendiondo Morgan & MorganVoting
Mr. Bob Owen Learning Through LaughterVoting
Mr. David Porter Stites & HarbisonVoting
Mr. Seth A. Salomon Salomon & CompanyVoting
Ms. Meredith Schulz Lamar OutdoorVoting
Mr. Dhaval "Coke" Shukla Stephens InstrumentsVoting
Mr. Larry Smith LPL Board ChairChair, Lex Public Library BoardVoting
Ms. Stephanie Spires LPL Vice ChairVoting
Ms. Yajaira Aich West SecretaryPNC Financial ServicesVoting
Mr. Brendan Yates McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & KirklandVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Indian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 67%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments
The Library Foundation has worked to build a strong leadership team over the past year. We have implemented policies and regularly communicate with the Lexington Public Library Board of Trustees to understand the Library's needs. Our current team has a vast array of talents and expertise and is demonstrating strong leadership and commitment to LPL. 
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Anne Gay Donworth
Term Start Sept 2013
Email adonworth@lexpublib.org
Experience Ms. Donworth is a Lexington native who brings years of non-profit experience to the Lexington Public Library Foundation.  She has worked at Hospice of the Bluegrass and the Headley-Whitney Museum, as well as volunteering with numerous local organizations. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia resides in Fayette County with her husband and two children. 
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Kristen Bennett Oct 2012 - June 2013
Mr. William "Bill" Watts May 2004 - Aug 2012
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description Lexington Public Library maintains a quality collection of print materials, periodicals, and audiovisual materials.  In addition to these traditional items, we also offer subscription online databases (such as Ancestry.com or Tutor.com), eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, streaming movies/music, and more. 
Population Served , ,
Description These are the physical locations where customers get their books, go to a class, participate in storytime programs, or learn how to program their eReader.  We offer six convenient locations where you can get the information you need! 
Population Served , ,
Description The Outreach Department brings Library services to those who cannot physically get to the Library.  Special programs include the Storytime-To-Go Bus, Book Buddies, BookVan, Mobile Computer Lab, and more. 
Population Served , ,
Description Our world is increasingly digital, and the Library has adapted to meet your needs virtually!  In addition to eBooks, you can now chat or text with our reference librarians, learn how to speak a foreign language, get live homework help, or more through our Virtual Services Department. 
Population Served , ,
There are always exciting things happening at the library!  Here is a sample of what you can find:
  • Weekly storytime programs for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers
  • Discover Summer Program (formerly Summer Reading Program), specially designed to prevent Summer Reading Loss or "Summer Slide"
  • One Book, One Lexington: a community reading project
  • Free tax assistance
  • Job Training Skills - resume assistance, computer classes, etc.
  • Classes on a variety of interests for adults and youth
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments Donors to the Lexington Public Library Foundation may designate gifts to benefit any program, service, or library location.  Unrestricted donations will be used in accordance with the Library's overall needs as directed by the Library Foundation Board of Directors.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2011
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
The Lexington Public Library Foundation works with the Friends of the Lexington Public Library and the Lexington Public Library to facilitate private funding for Library use.  The Library partners with a wide variety of community organizations for one-time and ongoing partnerships. 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2016
Projected Revenue $125,000.00
Projected Expenses $50,000.00
Endowment Value $105,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 4.5%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$48,294$31,396$49,116
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$3,548--
Membership Dues------
Special Events$3,675$5,746$47,004
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$31,321$96,050$18,850
Administration Expense$105$3,942$47,920
Fundraising Expense$5,085--$139,702
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.520.471.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%96%9%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%0%62%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$181,611$146,720$184,615
Current Assets$37,402$22,897$22,289
Long-Term Liabilities$10$940--
Current Liabilities$10----
Total Net Assets$181,601$145,780$184,615
Form 990s
2014 2014 Form 990
2013 990
2012 FY12 Form 990
2011 990
2010 990
2009 990
2008 Form 990
Audit Documents
2015 LPL/Foundation audit
2014 Audit FY14
2013 Audit FY13
2012 Audit
2011 Audit
2010 Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To fund the purchase and renovation of a new library location
Goal $3,400,000.00
Dates Feb 2015 to Feb 2020
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
As a supporting organization for the Lexington Public Library, the Lexington Public Library Foundation transfers all designated funds to the Library.  Our "program expenses" reflect funds disbursed to the Library.
Address 140 E Main St
Lexington, KY 40507
Primary Phone 859 231-5557
Contact Email adonworth@lexpublib.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Anne Gay Donworth
Board Chair Mr. Larry Jones
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Trust Bank, Inc.