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
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer


Lexington Public Library Foundation funds innovation within our public library system. The Library’s vision is for a community engaged in a lifetime of discovery, and private donations help Lexingtonians learn and play in dynamic new ways.

Donations do not fund day-to-day library operations, meaning that 100% of your gift is used to create change by adding new services, programs, facilities, or technology. Because the Library serves all people, businesses and organizations, your charitable donation to the Library Foundation is quite literally a gift to our entire community.

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 Booktacular Halloween Party event.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks, including as Homework Help volunteers and to assist our sister organization, Friends of the Library, with book sales.

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 Foundation funds innovation within our public library system. The Library’s vision is for a community engaged in a lifetime of discovery, and private donations help Lexingtonians learn and play in dynamic new ways.

Donations do not fund day-to-day library operations, meaning that 100% of your gift is used to create change by adding new services, programs, facilities, or technology. Because the Library serves all people, businesses and organizations, your charitable donation to the Library Foundation is quite literally a gift to our entire community.

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

"The Library gives people access to things that make their world a little bigger and a little brighter.”

–Jenny Lewis, Northside Branch Manager

Support from the Library Foundation empowers change within our public library system. Recent examples include:

· Phoenix Forward: Indoor/Outdoor programming and installations at Central Library and adjacent Phoenix Park to reinvigorate the downtown spaces through the Knight Cities Challenge. Highlights include the new Discovery and Play Lab at Central Library, two mobile book carts to bring materials into the Park, and a Charlie Cart, or portable teaching kitchen, to teach culinary literacy at Central Library, Phoenix Park, and throughout the city. Partners include Lexington Downtown Development Authority, Lexington Parks & Recreation, Downtown Lexington Corporation, Blue Grass Community Foundation, Knight Foundation, and many others.

· Tiny Library Project: Commissioned 50 book exchange units to be placed throughout the community in order to improve access to reading materials. Partners include Nomi Design, The Hope Center, Parks & Recreation, and many others.

· Homework Help: Provides an afterschool snack and assists students with school assignments and reading at two library locations four days each week throughout the school year. Partners include Fayette County Public Schools, Glean Kentucky, God’s Pantry Food Bank, and KentuckyOne Health.

Needs Statement
1. We are currently conducting a capital campaign to expand the library system to meet the needs of our growing community.  
2. In October 2017, Lexington Public Library announced the Tiny Library Project, an initiative to place 50 library-sponsored book exchange units throughout the city.  These Tiny Libraries will provide convenient access to books and reading materials in high-traffic areas not readily served by one of our six library locations.  The units were designed specifically for our community by the local team at Nomi Design and will be maintained through partnership with the Friends of the Library.  Donors may sponsor a unit for $250, and anyone may apply to host one of the units at their home or business.  More information is available at www.lexpublib.org/tinylibrary. 
3. Want to make a difference in a child's life?  Volunteer for the Homework Help program!  Monday-Thursday evenings from 4-7pm at the Northside and Village Branches.  You don't need a background in education, just the desire to help a child learn and grow.  
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 everyone who lives or works in Fayette County.  
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 201 to June 2018
Board Members
Ms. Ramsey BovaMoneywatch Advisors
Mr. Buzz CarmichaelCBA PharmaceuticalsVoting
Ms. Jeanne ClarkCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Missy CliftonArchitectural Kitchens & BathsVoting
Dr. Tiffany DanielsChiropractic Care of Lexington
Ms. Cathryn GibsonLM CommunicationsVoting
Mrs. Ann Hammond Executive Director-LPLLexington Public LibraryExofficio
Ms. Lori MeisterPresident, Friends of LPLVoting
Dr. Carolyn PurcellPhysician (retired)
Mr. Chris ReamesHilliard-Lyons
Ms. Erin SerrateCommunity Trust Bank and Investments
Mr. Larry SmithVice Chair, Lex Public Library BoardVoting
Ms. Katie TibbittsUK HealthcareVoting
Ms. Yajaira Aich West SecretaryPNC Financial ServicesVoting
Mr. Brendan YatesMcBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & KirklandVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 n/a
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 10
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
CEO Comments
The Library Foundation has worked to build a strong leadership team over the past few years. 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

Anne Donworth serves as Development Officer for Lexington Public Library Foundation, where she is part of the Library's senior leadership team in addition to orchestrating a comprehensive fundraising program on its behalf. She is committed to helping make her library system, and thus her community, a better place for everyone to learn, play, and grow. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Leadership Lexington, an active member of the Rotary Club of Lexington and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, and currently serves on the boards of the Downtown Lexington Corporation and Good Shepherd Day School. She and her husband, Richie, founded Scarteen Stud, an equine breeding and boarding operation, in 2014 while raising their two young daughters.

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 BennettOct 2012 - June 2013
Mr. William "Bill" WattsMay 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. 
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, special events and holiday celebrations for kids, and a new monthly program at Fayette Mall beginning in November 2017!
  • Discover Summer Program (formerly Summer Reading Program), specially designed to prevent Summer Reading Loss or "Summer Slide"
  • Camp Digital: learn new technologies through programs like Minecraft Mania, Podcast Maker, Video Game Maker, etc.
  • Free tax assistance with AARP
  • Homework Help program in partnership with KentuckyOne Health, plus an after school snack in partnership with God's Pantry
  • Job Training Skills - resume assistance, computer classes, etc.
  • Classes on a variety of interests for adults and youth
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! 
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. 
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. 
Don't have time for a book club?  Download our new podcast, "Checked Out," where Alexa and Jenny lead insightful discussions of popular titles, so you can enjoy reading on the go! 
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 2017
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. 
In 2017, the Library and Library Foundation initiated a significant partnership with Lexington Parks & Recreation, Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Lexington Corporation, Blue Grass Community Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and many others for the Phoenix Forward project to transform Central Library and Phoenix Park into a family-friendly destination in Downtown Lexington.   
Also in 2017, we worked with Blue Grass Community Foundation, Imagine Lexington/Lexington Division of Planning,  Fayette County Public Schools, Leadership Lexington and others to coordinate a series of community conversations on March 15, 2017 through On The Table Lex.  Over 11,000 people participated in conversations to inform the city's long-range plan, called the Comprehensive Plan.  
Top Innovator for Community and Civic Engagement: On The TableUrban Libraries Council2017
Perfect Partner Award: Phoenix ForwardDowntown Lexington Partnership2017
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, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $394,124.00
Projected Expenses $100,983.00
Endowment Value $105,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$459,992$103,289$60,179
Investment Income, Net of Losses$409$166$84
Membership Dues$0----
Special Events$23,207$12,150$14,077
Revenue In-Kind$35,360----
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$215,573$61,237$36,255
Administration Expense$81,264$8,055$317
Fundraising Expense$0$39,918$9,216
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.651.061.62
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%56%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$425,320$226,971$212,015
Current Assets$261,874$226,918$211,962
Long-Term Liabilities$216----
Current Liabilities$2,495$7,192$10
Total Net Assets$422,609$219,779$212,005
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 1150000 as of Oct 2017
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