Linda Hall Library Foundation
5109 Cherry St
Kansas City MO 64110-2498
Mission Statement
The Linda Hall Library Foundation engages in activities to promote public understanding of science, and to further scholarship in science, engineering, technology, and their histories. Its programs are designed to encourage the public, scholars, and researchers to learn, investigate, explore, and increase knowledge.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lisa Browar
Board Chair Ms. Marilyn Bartlett Hebenstreit
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bartlett Grain
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The Linda Hall Library Foundation engages in activities to promote public understanding of science, and to further scholarship in science, engineering, technology, and their histories. Its programs are designed to encourage the public, scholars, and researchers to learn, investigate, explore, and increase knowledge.
Background Statement

The Linda Hall Library Foundation was established in 2013 to work cooperatively with the Linda Hall Library to offer programs that increase public understanding of science, engineering, technology, and their histories. The organizations have entered into an agreement to share certain managerial and administrative expenses. The Linda Hall Library is one of the largest libraries of its kind not affiliated with a university or larger entity.  Established in 1946, it has been a mainstay of the engineering and science professions, providing information to anyone in almost all of the engineering fields as well as in physics, biology, botany, chemistry, biochemistry, astronomy, astrophysics, geology, mathematics, architecture, technology, and railroads.

Programs explore the ways these disciplines impact our daily lives and influence contemporary life. Public programs, such as lectures and exhibitions, are offered to the public free of charge thanks to the philanthropic support of individual donors, community foundations, and corporations. These programs target adults dedicated to life-long learning; high school students interested in science, engineering, or technology careers; and scientists, engineers, and technology professionals in the region.

The Linda Hall Library Foundation also works with the Library to support advanced scholarship in science, engineering, technology, and their histories. The Library’s collections attract scholars from around the world. The work of these scholars explores how social and political factors influence scientific practice and technological innovation, and how these, in turn, affect politics, culture, and civil society. As we confront a history that implicates science and technology in such troubling issues as eugenics, nuclear proliferation, and drone warfare, and at the same time look to a globalized future with aging infrastructure systems and urgent environmental demands, an understanding of science and technology that is socially grounded and culturally sensitive becomes all the more imperative.

Impact Statement

The Linda Hall Library Foundation, working with the Linda Hall Library, provides a cultural space in which public understanding of science, technology, and engineering can flourish. The Foundation and the Library work together to encourage Kansas Citians to deepen their understanding of the ways science and technology interact with and affect our lives, our communities, and our planet’s future. Donations and grants make it possible for the Foundation to offer programs and exhibitions for free. In partnership with the Library, the Foundation had a successful year of programs and initiatives in 2016.

Highlights include: 

  1. Two exhibitions on the 60th anniversary of the interstate highway system: Ribbons Across the Land, telling the construction history of the highways; and Gas, Food, Lodging, offering a cultural history of the most famous 2-lane highway, Route 66.
  2. Revised and reconstituted the research fellowship program to offer more research opportunities to a greater number of scholars.
  3. How Do I Become An Engineer? was a panel discussion and networking opportunity for high school students interested in careers as engineers.
  4. Lecture featuring astronaut Scott Kelly who spent 340 days on the international space station. Attended by 1200, free of charge, heard his message of patriotism, perseverance, and the importance of following one’s dreams.
  5. Mounted exhibition, On Time: The Quest for Precision, at the Grolier Club in New York City, September 22-November 18, 2016.

Goals for 2017 and 2018 include:

  1. Increase audiences for lectures and exhibitions; expand live-streaming and archived video viewership.
  2. Create programs and targeted marketing strategies to attract younger audiences.
  3. Launch and sustain a 10-month research fellowship position for doctoral students.
Needs Statement

In 2017 and 2018, the Linda Hall Library Foundation, with the Linda Hall Library, seeks funding for a variety of projects and activities.  Exhibitions and lecture programs are free to the public thanks to philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, and foundations. For 2017 and 2018, funding is sought for the following:

  1. For 2017 and 2018, four exhibitions are planned: "Connecting the Dots: the Science of CSI" and "The Science of Natural Disasters" in 2017; In 2018, an exhibition commemorating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s science fiction novel, “Frankenstein” and an exhibition on the history of aviation. (total two-year budget is approx. $195K)
  2. In 2017 and 2018, public programming includes a lecture series related to each of the four exhibitions, including experts in storm chasing (Dr. Reed Timmer), forensic science (Dr. Lori Baker), computer hacking (Kevin Mitnick and Jeff Lanza), experts aviation history as well as pioneering researchers of gene-editing tools and the thought-leaders concerned with the policy and ethical implications of such research (two-year budget is approx. $200K)
  3. Support for research fellows program that will bring national and international scholars to the Library (two-year budget is approx. $250K)
Service Categories
Libraries
Areas of Service
KS
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO
MO - Clay County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Platte County
International
National
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

From Lisa Browar, President of the Linda Hall Library Foundation and the Linda Hall Library:

The Linda Hall Library Foundation and the Linda Hall Library's collaborative public programs and co-produced exhibitions are devoted to engaging members of the metropolitan community in thinking about the ways science intersects with contemporary life. The Foundation and the Library have built a loyal audience of lifelong learners. Investments from individual donors, corporations, and foundations ensure the work of the Linda Hall Library Foundation and Linda Hall Library continues to enrich our community and deepen the public’s understanding and appreciation of the myriad ways science, engineering, and technology intersect with our lives and our futures.

The Linda Hall Library Foundation has a strong partner in the Linda Hall Library. The Library is one of the largest libraries of its kind not affiliated with a university, or any other larger entity. Established in 1946, the Library has been a mainstay of the engineering and science professions, providing information to anyone in almost all of the engineering fields as well as in physics, biology, botany, chemistry, biochemistry, astronomy, astrophysics, geology, mathematics, architecture, technology, and railroads.

Increasing awareness about the Library and its resources and broadening local audience engagement with the Foundation and Library's collaborative programming are important goals in 2017, 2018, and beyond. Strengthening philanthropic support is also critical to the Foundation and Library's efforts to attract national and international scholars and researchers through the research fellowship program. Philanthropic support ensures exhibitions and public programs remain free to the public and strengthens Kansas City’s reputation as an international destination for advanced research.

Programs
Description

The LHL Foundation works with the Linda Hall Library to produce free programs featuring nationally and internationally known experts and engaging exhibitions. For 2017 and 2018, there are four major exhibitions and accompanying public lectures planned. For spring 2017, the exhibition Connecting the Dots: The Science of CSI highlights the history of forensic science. Fall 2017 features Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters. Spring 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the LHL Foundation and Library’s exhibition will explore the science found in the novel and the scientific advancements taking place in the 19th century. The fall 2018 exhibition and programs will explore the history of aviation. Visit www.lindhall.org, for details on past and upcoming exhibitions and programs. To ensure broad access to lectures, most lectures are live-streamed during the event and also recorded and available online at www.lindahall.org/videos/. 

Program Budget $395,000.00
Category Science & Technology, General/Other Engineering & Technology
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Through thoughtfully designed and engaging public programming including lectures, exhibitions, and in-depth learning experiences, the Linda Hall Library Foundation will:

  • Provide memorable educational experiences for attendees by featuring prominent speakers on relevant science and technology topics.
  • Foster lifelong learning, science literacy, and public engagement.
Long-Term Success

The overarching long-term goal of the Linda Hall Library Foundation and the Linda Hall Library is to increase science literacy among adults and young adults in our region. The complex problems facing our world require a sophisticated yet accessible examination of the relationships between science, technology, and society. In addition, by showcasing the work and experiences of science, engineering, and technology professionals in ways that interest young people, the LHL Foundation and the Library hope to inspire younger audiences to pursue science-related careers.

Program Success Monitored By

Attendees at each program are asked to assess the success of the program based upon their comprehension of the material presented, the knowledge they derived from the material, and the value of the information obtained to their own lives. Staff will conduct post-program electronic surveys to obtain the evaluation data and comments. Open-ended questions provide attendees to respond in their own words about their experience with the exhibitions and programs and to offer suggestions on how the Linda Hall Library and the Linda Hall Library Foundation can improve future program experiences for attendees.

Examples of Program Success

Centrally located in the heart of the city and situated on major bus lines, the Foundation and its programs are within reach of all citizens. A recent demographic study of the public programming attendees indicated that the audience is nearly evenly split between Missouri and Kansas, and more than 50% of the group is willing to drive 15 miles or more to attend a public program or event. Total audience reach in 2016 was 7,400 people. Of that number, 3,400 people came to the Library for programs and exhibitions and at least 4,000 people from 81 countries livestreamed or accessed online recorded lecture videos via the Library's website at http://www.lindahall.org/videos/.

Description In 2017, the Linda Hall Library Foundation launched a new research fellowship position, the 80/20 Fellowship. This position is a 10-month residential fellowship awarded to a doctoral student of outstanding promise. The student will spend approximately 80% of his or her time on primary dissertation research and 20% on the planning, curation, and installation of an exhibition in the Library’s east gallery. The exhibition will be available to the public free of charge as part of the Linda Hall Library Foundation and Linda Hall Library's joint programs and will serve as a bridge between scholars and the local community.
Program Budget $250,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Library
Population Served Adults, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The 80/20 Fellow will spend approximately 80% of his or her time on primary dissertation research and 20% on the planning, curation, and installation of an exhibition in the Library’s east gallery under the mentorship of the V.P. for Public Programs. The exhibition will be available to the public free of charge and will serve as a bridge between scholars and the local community. In addition the Fellow will receive in-house mentoring and training on public speaking and how to present his or her research in ways that the general public can understand, appreciate, and find relevant. Like all residential fellows, the 80/20 Fellow is required to provide a presentation at the Library that will be open and free to the public.
Long-Term Success
The ultimate long term success of the new 80/20 research fellowship position is two-fold:
  1. Strengthen and raise Kansas City's reputation as an international destination for advance scholarship
  2. Prepare PhD students for viable career opportunities outside of academia where there is currently far more PhD students than tenure-track positions in colleges and universities.
Program Success Monitored By Under the supervision of the V.P. for Public Programs, the 80/20 Fellow will receive continuous feedback as the public exhibition is planned, created, curated, and installed. The Fellow will work closely with Library staff as they develop their public lecture and will practice giving the presentation to Library staff for evaluation and feedback.The presentation will also be recorded, during practice sessions and for the final public lecture. The Fellow will have the opportunity to watch their practice presentations and make improvements.
Examples of Program Success The Linda Hall Library Foundation's 80/20 Research Fellowship position is unique from other national and international research fellowship programs in that it helps prepare PhD students for careers outside of academia. Upon completion of the 80/20 fellowship, direct feedback from the student's PhD dissertation advisor is valuable to determine if the student has improved his or her presentation skills and has made significant progress in their dissertation research and writing. As 80/20 fellows complete their PhD programs and enter the workforce, longterm success will be determined by the number of fellows who find viable jobs outside of academia.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Lisa Browar
Experience Lisa Browar was appointed President of the Linda Hall Library in July 2008, and the Linda Hall Library Foundation at its inception in 2013. Prior to accepting these positions, she was University Librarian at The New School in New York City from 2002 until 2008. She previously held posts with Yale University’s Beinecke Library (1979-82), Vassar College (1982-87), the New York Public Library (1987-1996), and the Lilly Library at Indiana University – Bloomington (1996-2002) where she was the first woman to fill the director’s position. Raised on the East Coast as well as in the Midwest, Lisa holds a B.A. in English from Indiana University, an M.A. in English and American Literature from the University of Kansas, a Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) from Indiana University, and an Executive M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations

In an effort to further inform and enrich public programming, the Linda Hall Library Foundation strives to assemble collaborations with local educational, cultural, and arts organizations. The Kansas City Public Library, Rockhurst University, University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC), the University of Kansas Medical Center, St. Teresa's Academy, and Rockhurst High School are just a few local collaborators.

CEO Comments

The Linda Hall Library Foundation and the Linda Hall Library have certain purposes in common and have agreed to provide certain services to each other and share expenses incurred in relation thereto in carrying out the functions of the respective organizations, including but not limited to staffing costs. Presently, the Foundation has no direct employees.

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Marilyn Bartlett Hebenstreit
Company Affiliation Bartlett Grain
Term Dec 2013 to Dec 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Marilyn Bartlett Hebenstreit Bartlett Grain
Mr. Terry Bassham Kansas City Power & Light
Mr. Stephen Dunn J.E. Dunn Construction Company
Mr. John A. MacDonald Chinquapin Trust Company
Mr. Nicholas K. Powell Colt Energy
Mr. Charles Sosland Sosland Publishing
Mr. Charles A. Spaulding Park Wood Real Estate
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $437,500
Projected Expenses $536,366
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$79,232$32,831--
Administration Expense$63,520$100,864--
Fundraising Expense$214,782$0--
Payments to Affiliates--$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.880.98--
Program Expense/Total Expenses22%25%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue70%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$67,713$75,911--
Current Assets$67,713$75,461--
Long-Term Liabilities$114,112$0--
Current Liabilities$300$78,103--
Total Net Assets($46,699)($2,192)--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities225.710.97--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets169%0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Bartlett and Company Grain Charitable Foundation $25,000--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $5,200--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --J.B. Reynolds Foundation $5,000--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments
The Linda Hall Library Foundation works together with the Linda Hall Library to co-produce public programming that informs, enlightens, and leads learners to a greater understanding of science. The Linda Hall Library Foundation seeks to raise funds from foundations, corporation, and individuals for programming. Organizational administrative expenses will be addressed through a cost-sharing agreement between the two organizations. 
Organization Name Linda Hall Library Foundation
Address 5109 Cherry St
Kansas City, MO 641102498
Primary Phone (816) 3634600
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lisa Browar
Board Chair Ms. Marilyn Bartlett Hebenstreit
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bartlett Grain
Year of Incorporation 2014