Friends & Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library

Friends & Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco, CA 94102
Tax ID94-6085452

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About this organization






Our mission is to strengthen, support and advocate for a premier public library system in San Francisco.


Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library (Friends) is a diverse community of individuals, families and institutions who love our San Francisco Public Library and work to make it exceptional. We champion free public access to information, resources and opportunities for all people. We envision the future of our libraries as robust centers of 21st Century literacy, economic opportunity, life-long learning, discovery and community life. As a community foundation, Friends awards grants that sponsor instructive, innovative and informative free programs and services and are open to everyone across San Francisco such as One City One Book, the Summer Reading Program, Tricycle Music Festival, and the publication of At the Library, a free newsletter of activities at the Main library and the 27 branches. These grants respond to a variety of community needs from educational programs for children, youth, and adults, to unique neighborhood projects at the branches and to museum-quality literary arts, exhibits both in the Main Library and branches. Grants also support library staff development and other library projects featured in The Mix teen space, The Bridge center for readers, the Stegner Environmental Center, the James C. Hormel LGBT Center, the Chinese, African-American and Hispanic/Latino Centers. Annual innovation grants are made to inspire the Library to pilot projects and/or programs that if successful, are often expanded system wide.

Interesting data from their 2017 990 filing

According to the filing, the non-profit's mission is “See schedule ofriends of the san francisco public library (friends) supports the free public libraries of san francisco. we provide funding and conduct advocacy and outreach to ensure that all people have equal access to the information, resources and support that our libraries provide. friends believes that libraries are anchors for thriving neighborhoods, and that an excellent library system is critical to the health of our city.”.

When referring to its actions, they were described as: “See schedule ofriends of the san francisco public library (friends) is dedicated to creating, stewarding, and supporting one of the best public library systems in the country. friends believes in free and equal access to information for all and is committed to raising the standard of excellence of our libraries by funding programs, services, furniture, fixtures, equipment and special collections beyond what is allocated in the city of san francisco's budget.”.

  • According to the law, the state of operation reported by the non-profit is CA.
  • As per the filing, the address of the non-profit for 2017 is 710 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94102.
  • According to their form, the non-profit as of 2017 has a total of 25 employees.
  • Is not a private foundation.
  • Expenses are greater than $1,000,000.
  • Revenue is greater than $1,000,000.
  • Revenue less expenses is -$382,166.
  • The organization has 19 independent voting members.
  • The organization was formed in 1961.
  • The organization pays $1,361,520 in salary, compensation, and benefits to its employees.
  • The organization pays $358,809 in fundraising expenses.