Friends of the Hilton Head Library
PO BOX 21268
HILTON HEAD SC 29925-1268
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address PO BOX 21268
HILTON HEAD , SC 299251268
Telephone (843) 681-4409
E-mail secretary@friendshhlibrary.org
Projected Annual Revenue $77,000.00 (2016)
Mission Statement  The Friends of the Hilton Head Library was organized in 1971 as a non-profit organization to promote literacy and encourage the pursuit of life long learning through use of the library’s resources. We raise funds to help our library be the first-rate public service our community values expect. The Friends buy books, equipment, and supplies that are not covered by county and state funding; we sponsor events and speakers that are interesting to our community; and we sponsor children’s reading programs, as well as many other learning and growth opportunities for both kids and adults. The bulk of our funding comes from membership contributions and the proceeds from our Friends’ Bookshop located to the left as you enter the lobby of the library.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director none none
Board Chair Mrs Stefanie Cahn
Board Chair Company Affiliation Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1972
Financial Summary
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Source: IRS Form 990

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Statements
Mission  The Friends of the Hilton Head Library was organized in 1971 as a non-profit organization to promote literacy and encourage the pursuit of life long learning through use of the library’s resources. We raise funds to help our library be the first-rate public service our community values expect. The Friends buy books, equipment, and supplies that are not covered by county and state funding; we sponsor events and speakers that are interesting to our community; and we sponsor children’s reading programs, as well as many other learning and growth opportunities for both kids and adults. The bulk of our funding comes from membership contributions and the proceeds from our Friends’ Bookshop located to the left as you enter the lobby of the library.
Background

The Friends of the Hilton Head library pick up where the county funding ends. In these days of shrinking budgets, the library is under funded, resulting in fewer people on staff, fewer hours open, limited acquisitions, and limited programs. To offset some of those constraints, a group of dedicated volunteers raises money for library operations in myriad ways including operating the used book store in the library lobby.

The Friends of the Hilton Head Library was organized in 1971 as a non-profit organization to promote literacy and encourage the pursuit of life-long learning through use of the library’s resources. We raise funds to help our library be the first-rate public service our community and visitors value and expect. Because of the revenue acquired from the above-mentioned activities, the Friends buy books, equipment, and supplies that are not covered by county and state funding; we sponsor events and speakers that are interesting to our community and children’s reading programs, as well as many other learning and growth opportunities for both kids and adults. The bulk of our funding comes from membership contributions and the proceeds from our Friends’ Bookshop located to the left of library lobby.

 

The Friends of the Hilton Head Library also conducts two special series that are immensely popular with both permanent and winter residents. The Film Seminar Series has been directed by Bill Garton for more than a decade. The events are on Thursday for eight weeks, January through March.  Each starts at 1:30 with a half-hour travel log and refreshments. The movie begins at 2 p.m. and is followed by a discussion. Book Break Wednesdays at noon in the Library is an exceptionally  popular series where a talented and diverse group of speakers review books of their choosing.  Each review is on Wednesday from 12 to 1 pm in the Hilton Head Library, preceded by coffee and cookies at 11:30 a.m.  The Friends also sponsor programs for our youngest audience from the Children’s Library.

Impact  The Friends support the library by subscribing to newspapers from larger cities, a lease program that keeps the latest popular literature on the shelves, recorded books and play-a-ways (MP3’s for books). We have purchased computer learning stations for children, prizes for the children’s summer reading programs, projectors, equipment, and even furniture. We also purchase Reference USA, which is an invaluable tool for businesses in the community and job seekers, computers and just about anything else that our librarians need.

Another function of Friends is to provide programs for children and adults. Our Board members find educational programming for Super Saturdays, interesting films for our Film Seminar Series, and knowledgeable reviewers for Book Break, and local authors for Living Words.

Needs
1: games, manipulatives, puzzles and toys for early literacy programming for children 0 - 5 years.
 
2: Board and electronic games for family game program.  Cost $650.00
 
Any donations gratefully accepted.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Most libraries are fortunate to have Friends organizations. We all have similar goals: to promote literacy and to augment the library funding and programs. What makes the Friends of the Hilton Head Library unique is the fact that the Beaufort County funding has dropped dramatically – a reduction of 1.4 million dollars in the last 5 years – making the contributions of the Friends more important than ever. From the Board of Directors to the volunteers for staff the Book Store, we all have a common goal: to find a way to raise enough fund to keep our library functioning at the level our community expects. Hilton Head is a unique town in that it is a resort destination. Thus, the public we serve is not just our local residents, but people from all over the country. We want our library to impress them as being as good, or better, than the ones they use at home. This can only be done if we have the revenue to support our goal.

Board Chair Statement

The Hilton Head Library remains the information, knowledge, and resource center for the island’s 35,000 residents and many of its 2.5 million annual visitors. While the role remains unchanged the advances in technology present both challenges and opportunites changing at a much faster rate than the county can fund. Libraries, including ours, must move beyond the traditional role as a repository of ink on paper. Computers have become an integral component of life today, and not everyone is fortunate enough to have computers and internet connection. Thus the library’s public computer access and classes have become an important part of library services.

Literacy in the 21st century means more than reading and wrtiting. Even digital literacy is insufficient to keep pace. The library must provide a center of digital fluency. That would be a daunting challenge with a growing budget. The library faces a declining budget.

The Friends recently replaced the public-use computers in the Hilton Head Library, and one of the Friends who is tech-savy volunteers to help library patrons learn about computers and software, and to get the most from their personal computers. Yet users must sit on worn and broken chairs to use the equipment.

Research conducted b y the Pew Internet & American Life Project showed users want more comfortable reading areas. Teens, long a demographic missing from libraries, will use special teen-friendly spaces devoted to study groups, video games, and 3-D printers, according to an article the Chicago Tribune. The same article reported a Pew Internet and American Life Project study showed 9 out of 10 Americans over the age of 16 say public libraries are important to their communities. Some of the projects that make libraries vital and vibrant are opportunites to try the newest in technoloy, assistance converting older media to new electronic formats, technical training, tutoring, and more. The future of libraries is not on the shelves, but in the connections.

Opportunities abound for libraries to become more about connections within and between communities. The obstacle is funding—an obstacle the Friends of the Hilton Head Library wants to remove.

Areas of Service
Area
Beaufort County
The Friends of the Hilton Head Library serves all patrons of the Hilton Library including Hilton Head residents, part-year residents, and visitors.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs Stefanie Cahn
Company Affiliation Volunteer
Term June 2014 to May 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Diane Berman Community Volunteer
Jennifer Bigus Community volunteer
Nadine Bucheit Retired Librarian
Stefanie Cahn Retired
Michele Dallas Community Volunteer
Laura Hrubi Retired
Eve Peterson Self Employed
Robert Poveromo Retired
Rita Suntup Community Volunteer
Ceil Treiss Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 9
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Marketing
Technology
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO none none
Experience n/a
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 9
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Diversity Policy
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Programs
Description Our most popular programs are the Film Seminar Series and Book Break which are held from January - March.  We also sponsor programs for children.
Budget 3000
Short Term Success Short term success may be measured by the number of people who either join the Friends with membership dollars, or, in the case of people who live in other areas, donations to our organization in support of our mission.
Long Term Success The Film and Book Break programs provide social and educational need within our community.  The fact that the number of those attending often fills our room to capacity is evidence of their importance to our audience.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY We are able to track our success by assessing the number of those attending, the positive comments we receive, and, at times, donations made to the Friends organization in thanks for providing the programs.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2016
Projected Revenue $77,000.00
Projected Expenses $74,600.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$92,178$73,671$159,573
Administration Expense$4,947$7,552$7,677
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.710.800.66
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%91%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$585,699$596,186$598,509
Current Assets$103,267$58,642$296,938
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$482,314$496,645$496,645
Total Net Assets$585,699$596,186$598,509
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.210.120.60
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Exempt May 2017
Nonprofit Friends of the Hilton Head Library
Address PO BOX 21268
HILTON HEAD , SC 299251268
Primary Phone (843) 681-4409
CEO/Executive Director none none
Board Chair Mrs Stefanie Cahn
Board Chair Company Affiliation Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1972