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.  We support and further LPL's mission 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/foundation.  We also host fundraising events on a regular basis, including our annual Bluegrass & Bourbon event and our inaugural BOOk-tacular Halloween Party on Saturday, November 1, 2014.
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
The 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 FY15, the Library will partner with Fayette County Public Schools to issue a joint 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! 
The Library Foundation is seeking a new sponsor for LPL's popular Summer Reading Program in 2015.  The Summer Reading Program encourages students to read and learn throughout the summer months in order to prevent "Summer Slide."  In 2014, 14,588 children participated with reading logs and wonderful educational programming, free to anyone in the community.
The Lexington Public Library Foundation has successfully raised funds for many popular projects at the Lexington Public Library.  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.  We are really excited to issue a Library card to all Fayette County Public School students during the 2014-15 school year!  All of our children will have access to the educational resources (print and online) they need to succeed in school through their library card.  With that in mind, LPL is faced with the financial strain of printing 40,000 new library cards!  At 50c apiece, the Library Foundation needs to raise $20,000 to pay for this monumental program!
2.  In 2015, LPL will open a new branch library to replace the existing Eagle Creek Branch.  The Library Foundation seeks private funds to purchase and renovate the new facility, located at 3000 Blake James Drive, at the corner of Palumbo & Man o' War.  
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. 
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, Library Director 
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. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Larry Jones
Company Affiliation Community Trust Bank, Inc.
Term July 2014 to June 2015
Board Members
Mr. William "Bill" Ambrose RetiredVoting
Ms. Jeanne Clark Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. James Elliott Kentucky BankVoting
Mr. David B. Fisher TreasurerLexington Mortgage CompanyVoting
Ms. Cathryn Gibson LM CommunicationsVoting
Mr. Chris Hall President, Friends of LPLCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Ann Hammond Executive Director-LPLLexington Public LibraryNonVoting
Mr. Adrian Mendiondo SecretaryKinkead & StilzVoting
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
Mr. J. David Smith, Jr. Stoll, Keenon, OgdonVoting
Ms. Stephanie Spires LPL Vice ChairVoting
Ms. Yajaira Aich West PNC Financial ServicesVoting
Mr. Brendan Yates Vice ChairMcBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & KirklandVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Indian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 88%
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 0
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 Donations support the Library in a wide variety of ways, according to the donor's wishes.  Donations may be designated to support a specific branch or program, or they may be used at the discretion of the Library Foundation board. 
Category Education, General/Other Library
Population Served , ,
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, 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2015
Projected Revenue $125,000.00
Projected Expenses $50,000.00
Endowment Value $100,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$96,050$18,850$394,277
Administration Expense$3,942$47,920$33,171
Fundraising Expense--$139,702$133,877
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.471.100.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%9%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%62%28%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$146,720$184,615$206,712
Current Assets$22,897$22,289$206,712
Long-Term Liabilities$940--$35,304
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$145,780$184,615$171,408
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%0%17%
Form 990s
2013 990
2012 FY12 Form 990
2011 990
2010 990
2009 990
Audit Documents
2012 Audit
2011 Audit
2010 Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose To fund the purchase and renovation of a new library location
Goal $3,000,000.00
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.
For fiscal years 2009 and 2010, expense breakdowns were provided by the organization since it filed the 990EZ those years.