Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation (Charlotte, NC)


  • Name:Ms. Jennifer Gaisbauer
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation
  • Address:310 N. Tryon Street
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(704)416-0800

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Direct phone:(704) 416-0801
  • Mobile phone:(704) 351-1721

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • To ensure that the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has the financial resources to fulfill the mission of creating a community of readers and empower individuals with free access to information and the universe of ideas.

    We aspire to be a welcoming place where reading, learning and imagination thrive; a recognized leader and respected voice in our community; and a model library in our industry.

    Core Values
    Learning — We connect children, teens and adults with reading and information to expand curiosity, explore interests and discover passions.

    Openness — We provide a friendly, helpful learning environment that supports free access to library resources and the exchange of information.

    Respect — We act with integrity, deliver exceptional service, and earn the public’s trust as responsible stewards of its resources.

    Inclusion —We celebrate diversity, invite multiple points of view and recognize the potential of every ind

  • Overview:
  • The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation was established as a supporting organization in partnership with Foundation For The Carolinas. The Library Foundation exists to help the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library create a community where reading, learning, and imagination thrive. Created in 2012, the Foundation supports the Library’s programs and services through advocacy, fundraising and building relationships with others who share a passion for the Library’s work. The Foundation believes that free and open access to information can change lives for the better, and build a brighter future for our community.

    The Library Foundation raises financial support from individuals, businesses, and foundations for general library services, books and materials, programming for all ages and to grow an unrestriced endowment for future needs.

    With 20 library locations, as well as online access, the Library Foundation impacts every corner of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community and brings hope to those who desire to change their lives for the better.

  • History:
  • The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system is more than 110 years old and one of Charlotte's true educational pillar. For decades, the Library system blossomed, garnered awards and accolades and added services and opened library branches at every end of Mecklenburg County.

    In 2009, when the national economic recession was deeply impacting communities across the country, tax revenues in Mecklenburg County began shrinking, and funding for the Library was drastically reduced for the first time in many years.

    At the same time, demands for library services were reaching an all-time high. In 2009, South County Library became the first branch to achieve over one million checkouts in a single year. Plans began for the creation of a Job Help Center at Main Library as a way to help community members affected by job loss, and the expansion of Beatties Ford Road branch began in November 2009 to meet growing community need on the west side. In January 2010, the new Job Help Center opened, followed shortly by the opening of a new Hickory Grove branch in February 2010, replacing a much smaller storefront location.In 2010, the impact of the financial recession and cuts in library service on the community was devastating. But it was from this challenging time that the Library, County and community leaders found new ways to collaborate to meet the mutual goal of providing Mecklenburg County residents with the resources they needed to be successful.

    In Fall 2010, the Library and County launched a citizen task force, called the Future of the Library Task Force, to study the library`s situation. Comprised of experts in business, law, education and finance, along with community leaders, this 17-person task force was charged with providing recommendations to ensure a sustainable future for the Library.

    In Spring 2011, the Future of the Library Task Force, led by former UNC Charlotte Chancellor, Dr. Jim Woodward, provided their recommendations, which fell into four broad categories: funding, system, services and structure. Among the outcomes was a solution that showed that with additional funding, the Library could dramatically improve its services to a level that could support the County’s significant needs. Library leaders worked diligently to quickly implement the Task Force recommendations, and Mecklenburg County provided additional funding in Fiscal Year 2012 and 2013 to extend hours at the regional libraries and improve resources. These changes provided a strong footing for the coming years.

    It was during this period of renewed planning and collaboration that the Library won a national award for its new strategic approach to programming (2012 Top Innovator Award, Urban Libraries Council) and international recognition for the collaboration with Mecklenburg County (2011 Axiell symposium in London).

    By late 2012, the Library completed all 39 recommendations from the Task Force when the Library Foundation was legally established and a new comprehensive stategic plan was created to cover 2014-2017.

    Today the Library’s 20 locations include a Main Library, an innovative library for children and teens called ImaginOn, and a network of branch libraries throughout Mecklenburg County. Throughout the system, the Library provides free and open access to its physical and electronic collections and information, as well as to its services for people of all ages, from toddlers to teens to adults.

    The Library serves over 3 million patrons who come through its doors, and lends more than 5.5 million items annually. The Library also welcomes new faces every day; this past year, more than 40,000 people became new Charlotte Mecklenburg Library cardholders. More than 245,000 individuals are active library users. Library staff continue to help people by answering nearly 2 million reference questions annually, in person, by phone, via email, or online.

    During FY2014 (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014), the Library Foundation is on track to raise more than $1 million in private support for books and materials, innovative programming for all ages, and for the Library's growing unrestricted endowment. With the creation of the Library Foundation, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is building a more sustainable future to ensure the residents of Mecklenburg County have free access to information and the universe if ideas.

  • Year established:2012
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:11
  • Advisory board size:19
  • Staff size:4

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • -Alan Blumenthal
    -Robin Branstrom
    -Linda Lockman-Brooks
    -Pepper Dowd
    -Bill Gorelick
    -Thom Graham
    -Jennifer Green
    -Molly Griffin
    -Lee Keesler
    -Peter Larkin
    -Julie Lerner Levine
    -Nikki Moore
    -Sally Robinson
    -Holly Welch Stubbing
    -Darrel Williams
    -Bill Williamson
    -Jim Woodward
    -Martha Yesowitch

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Jennifer S. Gaisbauer, CFRE

    Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Karen Beach, CFRE-Deputy Director

    Arden McLaughlin-Annual Fund Manager

    Mandy Drakeford-Communications and Marketing Specialist


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(3)
  • Tax ID:46-1172548

Other Organization Web

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:461172548
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% KAREN BEACH
  • Organization Address:220 N TRYON ST
  • Organization City:CHARLOTTE
  • Organization State:NC
  • Organization Zip:28202-2137
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 2013
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:21
  • Foundation Code Desc.:509(a)(3) Type I
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:B11
  • Asset Amount:$7,243,664
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,612,871
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,606,655
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 8:37:17 am

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