Friends of Nashville Public Library, Inc.
615 Church Street
Nashville TN 37219-2314
Mission Statement
To support the mission and goals of the Nashville Public Library system through advocacy, volunteerism, promotion of public awareness, and financial support.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kristine LaLonde
Board Chair Ms. Kristine LaLonde
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1983
Former Names
Friends of the Public Library of Nashville and Davidson County, Inc.
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Projected Expenses $94,250.00
Projected Annual Revenue $121,750.00 (2015)
Mission To support the mission and goals of the Nashville Public Library system through advocacy, volunteerism, promotion of public awareness, and financial support.
Background Friends of the Library is a grassroots organization that supports the work of the Nashville Public Library.  Founded in 1983, Friends of the Library has played a key role in educating the city about the importance of its libraries.  In addition to advocacy for libraries, Friends of the Library turns donation dollars into direct support for the library system by purchasing books and materials and by funding public programs for all ages.  The organization is staffed and managed by volunteers.
• Annually supports the Summer Reading Program for children, teens and adults
• Administers the memorial and honor gift book program
• Annually funds Virtuoso Showcase classical guitar series
• Funds annual systemwide program activities
• Receives and administers gifts and grants to the Library
Please visit our website for information on how to help and volunteer!
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations by check may be made directly to Friends of Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street, Nashville, TN  37219.  Memorial and/or honor donations are used to purchase a book or books to be placed in the library's collection.  Donors may specify a branch or location at the Main Library to receive the book(s) and may designate a genre or author that was of particular interest to the deceased or honoree.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Libraries
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Citizen Participation
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
Friends of Nashville Public Library serves the Main Library and all 20 branches throughout Davidson County.  From north to south, east to west, wherever there is a branch library, Friends are there to provide support.  We are one strong tree with many branches, one community with many avenues for support and advocacy.
Description Friends of the Library provides funding to support systemwide library programs celebrating Nashville's diverse cultural and artistic heritage and numerous other programs held throughout the year.  Friends supports the annual Virtuoso Showcase classical guitar series which brings world-class artists from around the world to perform; funds literary enhancements for the library system; and provides supplemental funding for Summer Challenge and other systemwide programs.
Budget 12500
Population Served , ,
Description Friends of the Library supports the Library's formal volunteer program by providing parking for downtown Library volunteers and bus passes for volunteers who choose public transportation; through supplemental funding for volunteer recognition events and awards; and by participation in local volunteer networks.
Budget 7500
Population Served Adults, ,
Description Friends annually supports the Library's Summer Challenge programs for children, teens and adults with supplemental funding. This incentive-based program fosters a love of reading and retention of skills over the summer months for school children and teens, and provides entertaining programming for adults as well.
Budget 2500
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults,
Description Friends of the Library administers this valuable program for the library. Donors may send gifts by check or online in memory or honor of loved ones so that dedicated books may be placed on the library's shelves. The library chooses titles according to need, but the donor may specify the branch and the subject area for the memorial or honoree. 
Budget 5000
Population Served Adults, ,
Description From time to time, Friends of the Library will seek grants or gifts to meet a specific program or project need on behalf of the library system. Funds are then administered and managed by the Friends to meet the library's specific program goals.
Population Served , ,
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Kristine LaLonde
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Oct 2014 to Oct 2015
Board Members
Ms. Amy Ashida Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Susan P. Chambers Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Marilyn Falcone Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Kristine LaLonde Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 25%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 25%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Standing Committees
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Kristine LaLonde
Term Start Oct 2014
Experience President - Friends of Nashville Public Library, Oct. 2014-present.
Former CEOs
Ms. Leslie A. Newman Oct 2005 - Oct 2014
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Finalist, Team BuildingCNM Salute to Excellence1998
Senior Staff
Title Treasurer
Experience/Biography Treasurer - Friends of Nashville Public Library, 1996-present; President - Friends of Tennessee Libraries, 2006-2008; legal secretary/legal assistant 1965-1986.
CEO Comments Re CEO/Executive Director Compensation: All officers/directors/managers serve as volunteers and receive no compensation
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $121,750.00
Projected Expenses $94,250.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$155,550$76,302$113,229
Administration Expense$3,539$26,684$3,394
Fundraising Expense$8,422$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.841.360.83
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%74%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$291,664$318,962$281,443
Current Assets$291,664$318,962$281,443
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$291,664$318,962$281,443
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts & Grants $62,328Contributions, Gifts & Grants $75,406Contributions, Gifts & Grants $49,951
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Services $62,328Earned Income (Book Sale) $40,699Program Service Revenue $46,728
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations $17,328Special Events & Fundraisers $20,359Interest/Investment Income $570
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2016 Financial Comments
Financials taken from the 990ez and financial review, which reconcile.
Financial documents completed by Kraft and Company.
Comment provided by Elizabeth Madsen 6/8/15
Nonprofit Friends of Nashville Public Library, Inc.
Address 615 Church Street
Nashville, TN 372192314
Primary Phone (615) 862-5802
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kristine LaLonde
Board Chair Ms. Kristine LaLonde
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1983
Former Names
Friends of the Public Library of Nashville and Davidson County, Inc.

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