For immediate release (posted by the Empire Friends Roundtable):

Joint Offerings by the Empire Friends and the Library Trustees Association

Please come and support your fellow library trustees and friends as they share their ideas and best practices — ones that we know you’ll want to implement back home.

Friday, 11/7
LTA is co-sponsoring the following Empire Friends program, along with PLS:

Get by with a Little Legal Help for Your Friends
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

What legal issues most concern your Friends group? The Pro Bono Partnership, Inc., provides free legal service to nonprofit groups in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Their tag line is “Volunteer Attorneys Strengthening Nonprofits and Our Communities.” ( Bring your questions on general concerns for 501(c)(3) organizations such as sales tax, ballot initiatives, incorporation, fundraising, and fiscal reporting requirements.

Courtney Darts, Senior Staff Attorney
Judy Siegel, Staff Attorney
Pro Bono Partnership

Also . . .
Saturday, 11/8

There are two sessions on library finances being offered on Saturday morning, both hosted by Empire Friends and co-sponsored by LTA.

Fundraising with Annual Appeals
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Both volunteers for Friends of the Library groups and community members who serve on the library’s Board of Trustees have much in common in helping libraries survive and thrive.

Together Friends and trustees can become strong allies and advocates for our libraries as they work toward the common goals of financial stability and sustainability.

Yearly campaigns that directly solicit funds from the community are a vital part of a library’s financial plan to supplement public funding. Hear from one of the least funded libraries in New York State. Both the Crandall Public Library’s director and development director will share the success of their latest annual appeal that raised $32,000.

Leah LaFera, Library Director, Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum;
Kathy Naftaly, Director, Crandall Public Library
Lynn Shanks, Development Director, Crandall Public Library.

Library Foundations and Endowments
11 AM – 12:15 PM

Foundations can assist libraries in reaching their long-term goals and objectives with resources that can provide a constant funding stream over time. Foundations, separate organizations with their own boards of trustees, establish endowments and manage large contributions and bequests. Growing funds, managing investments, and marketing the endowment to donors are all crucial for long-term success.

The Fairport Library Foundation, established in 2007, is a 501(c)(3) that manages its own funds and has faced several challenges in its efforts to raise money to help renovate the library. The Troy Public Library Foundation is a nonprofit incorporated in 1991 to solicit bequests and gifts to support the library.

Troy has recently begun using the services of a regional Community Foundation to manage and grow their endowment.

Suzanne Stockman, Fairport Library Foundation; Trustee Fairport Public Library; former LTA Director representing the Monroe County Library System serving nine years.
Mary Muller, The Troy Public Library Foundation; President of Troy Public Library and Trustee Upper Hudson Library System

Registration Notes:
The registration rate is $25, available until Friday, October 10. After this date, the charge is $30. If you are planning to attend for more than two days, NYLA is offering its first-ever Package Plan registration rate for NYLA/EFR members. The rate is $215 in the advance period which ends this Friday, October 10. After October 10, the rate becomes $235.

By selecting EFR as your primary Section, you will save significantly on conference registration fees over other NYLA membership types.

EFR is hosting a luncheon on Friday, 11/7. Please attend — a great chance for networking!