Friends of the Public Library of Nashville and Davidson County, 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. Leslie A. Newman
Board Chair Ms. Leslie A. Newman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Parallon Business Solutions
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1983
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Projected Expenses $97,500.00
Projected Annual Revenue $129,500.00 (2014)
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
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 Reading and other systemwide programs.
Budget 20000
Population Served , ,
Description Friends of the Library supports the Library's formal volunteer program by providing parking for downtown Library volunteers; through supplemental funding for volunteer recognition events and awards; and by participation in local volunteer networks.
Budget 7500
Population Served Adults, ,
Description The Friends annually supports summer reading 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. Approximately 10,000 children and teens participate countywide. The addition of the adult program was enthusiastically received, and over 1,000 adults participate each year.
Budget 5000
Population Served , Adults,
Description Friends of the Library administers this valuable program for the library. Donors may send gift checks 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.
Population Served , ,
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.
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other
Population Served General Public/Unspecified, ,
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Leslie A. Newman
Company Affiliation Parallon Business Solutions
Term Oct 2013 to Oct 2014
Board Members
Ms. Susan P. Chambers Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Ramsey Doran Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Leslie A. Newman Tennessee Commissioner of Commerce & InsuranceVoting
Ms. Mary Carver Patrick Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
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. Leslie A. Newman
Term Start Mar 2005
Experience President - Friends of the Public Library, 2005-present; TN Commissioner of Insurance & Commerce, 2006-2010; Attorney in private practice, prior to appointment as Commissioner.  Currently, Senior Counsel, Business Performance Group, Parallon Business Solutions, May 2011-present.
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 the Public Library, 1996-present; President - Friends of Tennessee Libraries, 2006-2008
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 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $129,500.00
Projected Expenses $97,500.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$76,302$113,229$76,206
Administration Expense$26,684$3,394$3,281
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.360.831.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%97%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$318,962$281,443$300,817
Current Assets$318,962$281,443$300,817
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$318,962$281,443$300,817
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts & Grants $75,406Contributions, Gifts & Grants $49,951Program Service Revenue $49,022
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Income (Book Sale) $40,699Program Service Revenue $46,728Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $39,035
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events & Fundraisers $20,359Interest/Investment Income $570Investment Income $1,052
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 2015 Financial Comments
Financials taken from the 990ez and financial review, which reconcile.
Financial documents completed by Kraft and Company.
Comment provided by Beth Groves 7/14/14
Nonprofit Friends of the Public Library of Nashville and Davidson County, Inc.
Address 615 Church Street
Nashville, TN 372192314
Primary Phone (615) 862-5804 6044
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Leslie A. Newman
Board Chair Ms. Leslie A. Newman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Parallon Business Solutions
Year of Incorporation 1983

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