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, voluntarism, 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
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $81,750.00
Projected Annual Revenue $102,750.00 (2016)
Mission To support the mission and goals of the Nashville Public Library system through advocacy, voluntarism, promotion of public awareness, and financial support.
Background Friends of Nashville Public Library is a grassroots organization that supports the work of the Nashville Public Library.  Founded in 1983, Friends of NPL has played a key role in educating the city about the importance of its libraries.  In addition to advocacy for libraries, Friends turns donation dollars into direct support for the library system by purchasing books and materials and other enhancements and by funding public programs for all ages.  The organization is staffed and managed solely by volunteers, none of whom receive compensation for their services.
• Annually supports programs and services available to children, teens        and adults at individual branch libraries
• Administers the memorial and honor gift book program
• Receives and administers gifts and grants to the Nashville Public Library system 
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.  Online donations may be made via or the Friends website,
Donations may be designated for use on behalf of a specific branch or location at the Main Library. Undesignated donations are used to fund general programs and services and operating expenses.
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 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 NPL provides funding to support library programs throughout the branch library system celebrating Nashville's diverse cultural and artistic heritage and numerous other programs for patrons of all ages.  Friends supports the annual Virtuoso Showcase classical guitar series which brings world-class artists from around the world to perform at Main; 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 NPL supports the Library's formal volunteer program by providing 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 2000
Population Served Adults, ,
Description Friends of NPL annually supports the Library's Summer Challenge programs for children, teens and adults with supplemental funding for programs presented at branch libraries. 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 7500
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults,
Description Friends of NPL 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 NPL will seek grants or gifts to meet a specific program or project need on behalf of the library system or a specific branch library project. Funds are then administered and managed by the Friends to meet the library's specific program goals.
Budget 7500
Population Served , ,
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Kristine LaLonde
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Oct 2015 to Oct 2017
Board Members
Ms. Katherine Blakely Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Michael Carnahan Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Elayne Crain Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Kathy Doss Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Marcia Drane Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Marilyn Falcone Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Debra Gentry Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Shelley Gotterer Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Lorraine Greathouse Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Roger Kanies Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Michael Kattman Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Anne Knauff Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Susan Kupish Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Kristine LaLonde Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. William McKee Cumberland UniversityVoting
Mr. Kent Oliver Director, Nashville Public LibraryExofficio
Mr. Larry Price Associate Director, Branch Services, NPLExofficio
Ms. Dorris Smith Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
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 75%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 50%
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
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 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $102,750.00
Projected Expenses $81,750.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$128,551$155,550$76,302
Administration Expense$0$3,539$26,684
Fundraising Expense$0$8,422$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.840.841.36
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%93%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%11%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$270,439$291,664$318,962
Current Assets$270,439$291,664$318,962
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$270,439$291,664$318,962
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $74,089Contributions, Gifts & Grants $62,328Contributions, Gifts & Grants $75,406
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $36,731Program Services $62,328Earned Income (Book Sale) $40,699
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $221Foundations $17,328Special Events & Fundraisers $20,359
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 2017 Financial Comments
Financials taken from the 990ez and financial review, which reconcile.
Financial documents completed by Kraft and Company.
Comment provided by Kathryn Bennett 6/16/16.
Nonprofit Friends of Nashville Public Library, Inc.
Address 615 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219 2314
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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