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
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
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 providing much-needed parking.  The Library Foundation is actively fundraising for the project to help the Library continue to transform our community. 
In Summer 2016, Lexington Public Library re-vamped its traditional summer reading program into "Discover Summer," supported by PNC. Discover Summer encouraged community engagement, reading, and many other learning opportunities for Lexingtonians of all ages for a variety of programs, performances, and games.
We are currently working with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as a winner of the 2016 Knight Cities Challenge.  Our project, Phoenix Forward, seeks to increase public usage of Central Library and the adjacent Phoenix Park.  Look for a temporary pilot program in 2017! 
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 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 also offer a great collection "downloadable" e-books, e-magazines, movies, and music.  Check it out at www.lexpublib.org/catalog. 
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. Jim Elliott
Company Affiliation Kentucky Bank
Term July 2016 to June 2017
Board Members
Mr. Buzz Carmichael CBA PharmaceuticalsVoting
Ms. Jeanne Clark Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Missy Clifton Architectural Kitchens & BathsVoting
Ms. Meredith English White Greer MaggardVoting
Mr. David B. Fisher TreasurerLexington Mortgage CompanyVoting
Ms. Cathryn Gibson LM CommunicationsVoting
Mrs. Ann Hammond Executive Director-LPLLexington Public LibraryExofficio
Mr. Larry Jones Community Trust BankVoting
Ms. Lori Meister President, Friends of LPLVoting
Mr. Adrian Mendiondo Morgan & MorganVoting
Mr. David Porter Stites & HarbisonVoting
Mr. Seth A. Salomon Salomon & CompanyVoting
Mr. Dhaval "Coke" Shukla Stephens InstrumentsVoting
Mr. Larry Smith LPL Board ChairChair, Lex Public Library BoardVoting
Ms. Stephanie Spires LPL Vice ChairVoting
Ms. Katie Tibbitts UK HealthcareVoting
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 16
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Indian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 9
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 6
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
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $444,836.00
Projected Expenses $108,538.00
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$60,179$48,294$31,396
Investment Income, Net of Losses$84--$3,548
Membership Dues------
Special Events$14,077$3,675$5,746
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$36,255$31,321$96,050
Administration Expense$317$105$3,942
Fundraising Expense$9,216$5,085--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.621.520.47
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%86%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%10%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$212,015$181,611$146,720
Current Assets$211,962$37,402$22,897
Long-Term Liabilities--$10$940
Current Liabilities$10$10--
Total Net Assets$212,005$181,601$145,780
Form 990s
2015 LPL Foundation 990 FY15
2014 2014 Form 990
2013 990
2012 FY12 Form 990
2011 990
2010 990
2009 990
2008 Form 990
Audit Documents
2016 LPL/Foundation audit
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
Amount Raised To Date 400000 as of Aug 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
As a supporting organization for 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. Jim Elliott
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kentucky Bank