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Library foundation seeks fundraising gurus

By asoglin
Monday, July 16th, 2007 at 4:38 pm in Lafayette.

Supporters of the new $43 million Lafayette library under construction are putting out a call for people to serve on a new board that will raise funds, set goals and help the new venture succeed.

The new Library Foundation Board of Trustees will be tasked with raising $100,000 a year to support library operations, such as expanded hours. The library is budgeted to be open 40 hours a week, but supporters hope to raise enough money to open the facility 56 to 58 hours a week. In addition, the new foundation board will manage finances, set program goals, hire an executive director and collaborate with local groups for quality programs.

Residents can apply through Sept. 14. The board will hold up to 11 members. Interviews will be conducted throughout the summer as applicants emerge. Board members will be named by Oct. 1.

About the board:
TERM: Two years, unpaid
DUTIES: Raise funds, oversee budget, set program goals and policies, collaborate with community partners, develop and manage a strategic plan, select and evaluate an executive director
APPLYING: Job description and application forms available online at under “Get Involved” or Forms can be picked up at the Lafayette Library, city offices and Chamber of Commerce.
RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE: The 12-member committee consists of people representing different groups, genders, ages, backgrounds and parts of the city. They are Mary McCosker (Friends of the Lafayette Library/Historical Society), Mary Ann Hoisington (FLL/county library commissioner), Lois Laine (Lafayette Community Foundation/FLL), Cheryl Noll (LCF), Lafayette school board member Stephenie Teichman, Acalanes school board member Richard Whitmore, Councilman Brandt Andersson, Dennis Garrison (businessman and donor), Kathy Merchant (Library Foundation), Ann Grodin (LF/LCF), Jim Cunha (LF) and Ann Appert (at-large member, also on Lafayette school board).
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 925-284-8214

Katherine Tam

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