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 Heidi Port
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 http://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, our annual Booksale, how to volunteer, and much, much more!
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $321,427.00
Projected Expenses $206,158.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
NA
Supported Organization Metropolitan Library System
Year Founded 1978
IRS Ruling Year 1979
State Registration Expiration Jan 2015
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 600,000+ books for sale (most for $1.00 or less).
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma County
Central Oklahoma
The Metropolitan Library System is composed of 14 large, full-service libraries located conveniently throughout Oklahoma County, and five smaller community libraries, four of which are located in the eastern part of the county in the cities of Harrah, Jones, Luther, and Nicoma Park.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Tertiary Organizational Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building/Single Organization Support
Programs
Description The Friends Annual Book Sale is held at the Oklahoma Expo Hall located on the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.  The Sale takes place during last full weekend of February each year and begins on Friday with a Members-Only pre-sale event and is open to the General Public on Saturday and Sunday.  Hundreds of thousands of books, magazines, audio and videos are sold over a three-day span with prices ranging $0.50-$1.00 in the General Area and $2.00+ in the Collector’s Choice Area.  On average, the Friends net between $225,000-$250,000 during Book Sale weekend, making this their largest fundraiser of the year.
Strategy
Population Served Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Other Economic Level
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 57
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? N/A
Management reports to board? N/A
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 1
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
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. Paul Thiel
Company Affiliation Retired
Term May 2016 to Apr 2017
Email pthielok@gmail.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of June 01, 2016
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Sandra Austin Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Harry Ayers USE Federal Credit UnionVoting
Mr. Chris Carroll Oklahoma Humanities CouncilVoting
Mrs. JJ Compton Oklahoma Christian UniversityVoting
Mrs. Amanda Cornmesser State of Oklahoma
Ms. Naomi Culbreath Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Ellen DeFehr Putnam City Public SchoolsVoting
Mr. Don Dobry RetiredVoting
Ms. Anna Favor Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Veleasha Johnson Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Joe McReynolds Retired, Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. David Murrell Devon EnergyVoting
Mrs. Janet Rowland RetiredVoting
Ms. Kay Samaripa RetiredVoting
Mrs. Susan Stephan Bridgestone Firestone Dayton TireVoting
Mr. AJ Stewart US District Court for the Western District of OklahomaVoting
Mr. Bruce Stone City of the VillageVoting
Ms. Sara Suthers Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Paul Thiel Retired, P&C Insurance ITVoting
Ms. Terry Weaver Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Jason Wiggins Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Merrill Williamson Voting
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Harry Ayers USE Credit Union
Kim Bishop
Enda Burroughs Retired
Amelia Davis
Larry Eberhardt
Sara Hines
Jo Johnson
Marian LeCrone
Judy Long Retired
Carol McReynolds
Clarence Powers
Kay Samaripa Community Volunteer
Jerry Toland
Teresa Walker Oklahoma Heart Hospital
Larry Willrath
Bonnie Wood
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year May 01, 2015-Apr 30, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $321,427
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $206,158
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 Year201420132012
Contributions------
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$27,824$12,045$15,240
------
$236,151$244,109$250,625
Investment Income, Net of Losses$701$90$1,461
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues$26,122$19,995$17,422
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$190,865$200,324$172,290
Administration Expense$34,723$41,331$42,783
Fundraising Expense$60,425$57,539$55,117
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.921.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses67%67%64%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue217%478%362%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$600,643$588,847$611,387
Current Assets$595,883$582,486$602,948
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$7,426$415--
Total Net Assets$593,217$588,432$611,387
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities80.241403.58--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $236,151Earned Revenue $244,109Earned Revenue $250,625
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $27,824Memberships $19,995Memberships $17,422
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMemberships $26,122Individuals $12,045Individuals $15,240
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from IRS Form 990s. 
Address 300 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Primary Phone 405 606-3763
Contact Email friends@metrolibrary.org
Give with Credit Card http://www.supportmls.org/friends
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/fml/
CEO/Executive Director Not Applicable
Board Chair Mr. Paul Thiel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired