Friends of the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma County
300 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City OK 73102
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Friends of the Metropolitan Library System
Friends of the Library
Friends of the MLS
Mission Statement The Mission of the Friends is to support the Metropolitan Library System’s efforts to provide the highest level of library services to the people of Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.  The Objectives and Purposes of the Friends are to maintain an association of persons interested in books and libraries, to focus public attention on library services, facilities, and the needs of the Metropolitan Library System, and to stimulate gifts of materials to the Metropolitan Library System including books, magazines, desirable collections, endowments, grant bequests, and other support as prescribed by the association.
Contact Information
Contact Name Heather Zeoli
Contact email friends@metrolibrary.org
Address 300 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone (405) 606-3763
Fax 405-606-3735
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card https://www.supportmls.org/friends
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/fml/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Please visit our direct link at www.supportmls.org/friends -- you will find information on becoming a member of the Friends, attending our annual 'Booksale', how to volunteer, and much, much more!
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $392,975.00
Projected Expenses $386,600.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
NA
Supported Organization Metropolitan Library System
Year Founded 1978
IRS Ruling Year 1979
State Registration Expiration Oct 2020
Statements
Mission The Mission of the Friends is to support the Metropolitan Library System’s efforts to provide the highest level of library services to the people of Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.  The Objectives and Purposes of the Friends are to maintain an association of persons interested in books and libraries, to focus public attention on library services, facilities, and the needs of the Metropolitan Library System, and to stimulate gifts of materials to the Metropolitan Library System including books, magazines, desirable collections, endowments, grant bequests, and other support as prescribed by the association.
Background The Friends of the Metropolitan Library System was formed in 1978 as a non-profit corporation for the purpose of focusing public attention on library services and needs.  In order to raise money for Library projects and initiatives, the Friends Board of Directors decided to host an annual Book Sale. The funds raised at the Book Sale would be granted back to the Library System to underwrite programming and services not included in the yearly budget. The first Book Sale was held in 1981 and has grown to become one of the largest in the nation with over 800,000 + books for sale (most for $1.00 or less). The Friends of the Metropolitan Library System have been able to grant $4.9 million to the Metropolitan Library system since 1978. 
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma County
Central Oklahoma
The Metropolitan Library System is composed of 19 library locations located conveniently throughout Oklahoma County.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building/Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Programs
Description Our annual used book sale is the largest in the region both in the items available and in the number of attendees. Funds raised at the annual large Booksale event support the Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County. Materials remaining at the end of the sale are given to local teachers and nonprofits. Items sold in the sale are items donated and recycled through the local community or discarded from the library system.
Strategy
Population Served US Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Our annual sale has been a community staple for 40 years and has allowed us to raise and grant $4.9 million to the Metropolitan Library System.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Not Applicable
Start Date Jan 2013
Email friends@metrolibrary.org
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 0
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 1100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? N/A
Management reports to board? N/A
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO)2019
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
National Philanthropy Day Award - Outstanding Fundraising OrganizationAssociation of Fundraising Professionals - OK Chapter2010
Resolution of AppreciationMetropolitan Library Commission of Oklahoma County2010
Lee B. Brawner Lifetime Achievement AwardLibrary Endowment Trust2013
Best Friends AwardFOLIO - Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma2014
Board Chair
Name Mr. AJ Stewart
Company Affiliation US District Court
Term June 2018 to May 2020
Email ajstewmail@gmail.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of June 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Mr. Harry AyersUSE Federal Credit UnionVoting
Ms. Tatianna CannonVoting
Mr. Chris CarrollOklahoma Humanities CouncilVoting
Ms. J.J. ComptonOCUVoting
Mrs. Marek CornettVoting
Mrs. Amanda CornmesserState of Oklahoma
Mr. Don DobryRetiredVoting
Ms. Kristine EasterVoting
Mrs. Katy FabrieGooden GroupVoting
Ms. Anna FavorCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Elizabeth GarrisonKeller WilliamsVoting
Ms. Sandy HittRetired, Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Rocky JamesVoting
Ms. Doli JonesQuail Springs OMCVoting
Mr. Chris LarwigAlotta Action AdvertisingVoting
Mrs. Sarah McMurrayVoting
Mrs. Carol McReynoldsRetired, Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Janet RowlandRetiredVoting
Ms. Kay SamaripaRetiredVoting
Dr. David SchroederRetired, Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Jordan SpencerVoting
Mr. AJ StewartUS District Court for the Western District of OklahomaVoting
Ms. Sara SuthersCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. Richard TaplinVoting
Ms. Dara TiniusVoting
Mr. Larry WillrathRetiredVoting
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Standing Committees
Executive
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Larry Eberhardt
Joe McReynolds
Paul Thiel
Jason Wiggins
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year May 01, 2019-Apr 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $392,975
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $386,600
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Contributions$24,584$35,957$28,736
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
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$348,784$325,330$282,379
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,278$793$896
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues$29,030$29,272$26,792
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$458,388$306,692$298,643
Administration Expense$48,921$50,328$41,578
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates----$17,963
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.801.101.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%86%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$551,096$689,799$631,836
Current Assets$551,096$689,365$629,560
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$6,524$41,594$17,963
Total Net Assets$544,572$648,205$613,873
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities84.4716.5735.05
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $348,784Earned Revenue $325,330Earned Revenue $282,379
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMemberships $29,030Contributions $35,957Contributions $28,736
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $24,584Memberships $29,272Memberships $26,792
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address 300 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Primary Phone 405 606-3763
Contact Email friends@metrolibrary.org
Give with Credit Card https://www.supportmls.org/friends
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/fml/
CEO/Executive Director Not Applicable
Board Chair Mr. AJ Stewart
Board Chair Company Affiliation US District Court