Johnson County Library Foundation
9875 West 87th Street
Overland Park KS 66212
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Mission Statement
The mission of the Johnson County Library Foundation is to build an endowment for the Library’s collection and secure private support for key life-long learning programs.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Susan Mong
Board Chair Mr. Jason Glasrud
Board Chair Company Affiliation CBC Real Estate Group
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1996
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The mission of the Johnson County Library Foundation is to build an endowment for the Library’s collection and secure private support for key life-long learning programs.
Background Statement
The Johnson County Library didn't become the best because we spend the most money. We are among the best because we use resources well, and we listen to and understand what our patrons need. In 55 years, Johnson County has come from not having a public library to 13 libraries and a national ranking as one of the best libraries in the nation.  Recipient of the 2005 IMLS Award--most prestigious award a Library can receive--for programs & services.
From its inception, the Johnson County Library has been a pivotal resource for education and an economic engine for this community-providing the underpinnings for our educational institutions, businesses, the housing industry, and quality of life for residents throughout metropolitan Kansas City. Ten years of under-funding of the budget for collections, coupled with an average 8-10% annual inflation for collection materials, has resulted in the loss of purchasing capacity of more than $4 million. 
Private fundraising provides funding for essential programs for youth education, technology, and life-long learning centered on the arts, civic engagement programming. 
To sustain the Johnson County Library's excellence, expand and strengthen the Library's educational support for the metropolitan community, and to continue to be one of the top ten libraries in the nation, the Library Foundation launched an ongoing Enrichment Campaign with two essential components:
  1. Build an endowment for the Library's collection
  2. Raise funds annually for key programs sought by patrons
Impact Statement
  1. Support for newly expanded MakerSpace  - work with external corporate and foundation partners to expand the MakerSpace to 6 times its current space encouraging interactive S.T.E.M. learning and collaboration.  By expanding our partners, we will resource the space with program supplies and innovative technology and equipment to meet the needs of our community.
  2. 6 by 6 Read to Read Space expansion  - Identify funding support to expand 6 by 6 Early Literacy interactive spaces to allow for children and parents to enjoy a literacy rich environment that stimulates the 6 skills that every child needs to become a successful ready by kindergarten.  By expanding the spaces in 4 of our libraries, we will create destinations for young families that encourage reading.
  3. Collection Endowment - An Endowment for Collections: The demand for materials in all media, print through electronic, and the ever-changing needs of the community make building collections a priority. This is coupled with the fact that there has never been a fully funded budget for the Library's collection of materials. We wish to strengthen the collection's breadth, depth, and availability.
  4. We are planning for new library buildings, expansions, and renovations in western Shawnee, Lenexa, Blue Valley, and Corinth over the next 5 years.  We look forward to engaging our donors around this exciting new time for our libraries which will add 4 new spaces over the next 5 years. 
  5. Endowment Fund now stands at $1.67 million as of 2016 which is dedicated to supporting the library collection.
Needs Statement
  1. Sufficient funds to maintain an excellent collection. Years of under funded collections budgets coupled with annual inflation rates of 8-10% and recent budget cuts have resulted in the loss of millions of dollars in purchasing capacity. The impact: many areas of the Library's collection lack depth, breadth and availability.
  2. Program funds for four key areas of life-long learning noted in Impact Statement.
  3. General operating for Library Foundation to do it's mission.
Service Categories
Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Small Business Development
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The Community Foundation of Johnson County manages the Library Foundation endowment, which has grown to $1,665,133. All contributions to the endowment are used for enhancing collections and supplementing reduced public funding for collection materials.  Substantial effort is being made to increase the visibility of the Library Foundation and the Library itself. Our mission, goals, and successes are reaching more citizens as a result. The funding community has given increasing support to special programs that would not be possible without the Library Foundation. Nonetheless, the Library Foundation faces the double challenge created by a crowded field of worthwhile charitable organizations and the perception that as a public organization, the Library has access to all the tax dollars it needs. We feel that our marketing efforts have provided critical, growing awareness and understanding of the great need for support.
Description Annual circulation of library materials is more than 6 million a year - twice the national average. While the Library holds more than 1.5 million items in the collection, the demand for materials and ever-changing needs of the community make strengthening the collection a priority. Currently, the endowment sits at $1,654,133.  
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success In the past three years, we've built the endowment to more than $1,000,000 with an additional $168,000 in pledges. Our goal is to reach the minimum $3 million as quickly as possible so that we can begin to address issues of breadth, depth & availability in the Library's collections. Gifts with special focus on certain areas of the collection are possible, and donors with this interest may contact the Foundation office to learn more.
Long-Term Success Collection endowment will be grown and managed to  generate financial support to strengthen, expand and maintain currency of Library Collections. Success is meeting goal as quickly as possible in order to address annual shortfall for collections budget. Success achieved when collection has breadth, depth and availability to meet demands of patrons. Ultimate success is an endowment of $10+ million to address collection needs most completely.
Program Success Monitored By Building an endowment for the collections is a constant, steady effort. As awareness across the community grows, individuals realize the endowment will require everyone to contribute. We measure success by the continued donations, the growing endowment fund, the growing number of contributors/contributions, and inquiries from the public on how we are doing. Direct feedback from donors, prospective donors, and library patrons give us continual evaluation of how we are conveying the need.
Examples of Program Success

This annual grant to the Library represents a key priority for the Foundation:  to provide additional depth and breadth to the Library’s collection of materials and databases above and beyond what tax support can provide.  We want to insure that Johnson County has access to a world class library system.

Since 2002, the Foundation has provided annual grants totaling $271,864 to ensure our community has access to vibrant and extensive collection to serve the 13 branches and growing Johnson County population.  Our circulation as a result is 6.7 million  each year.  In 2017, we made our largest contribution yet of $84,053 to aid our struggling collection budget making our collective contributions to nearly 1/2 million. Cumulatively, we have contributed over 1/2 million in support to this important area. 

Description  The Johnson County Library is passionate about early literacy.  Our 6 By 6 Read to Read program has been developed to include early literacy information about the 6 skills needed by age 6 with beautiful illustrations by local artist Brad Sneed. These materials are so effective that they have been adopted by the State of Kansas Library with other states inquiring.  Four target audiences have been identified for distribution of the materials. 

  1. The Library works closely with Growing Futures serving 211 low-income families. Staff will  with Head Start to serve the students at HS and invite the families to a literacy events the library. 
  2. Our outreach has most recently been expanded to reach Latino families for whom English is not the primary language.  We have developed bilingual card sets and programming to reach these families with this important message.   

Program Budget $65,000.00
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Renewal
Population Served At-Risk Populations, , Adults
Short-Term Success Through 6 By 6 Ready to Read, parents & caregivers will learn skills to incorporate 6 pre-reading skills into a child's daily learning from birth through age 6.
Long-Term Success The mission of our early literacy programs is to provide access to ideas, information, experiences & materials that support & enrich children's lives. Secondly, to create an environment for children to learn, explore, enjoy, create and connect with their world. Parents and caregivers will have the tools and understanding of the numerous ways to engage very young children to prepare them for early reading skills, and the passion to read. Regardless of educational or cultural background, this program provides the tools, the setting, the awareness and skills to prepare and excite children to read and love books.
Program Success Monitored By Staff will conduct pre and post-evaluations of participants in the programs. In addition, usage of the early childhood book collection and programs for very young children/parents will be monitored to track ongoing usage of library services & programs. Library staff will remain in contact with participants to provide encouragement, support and information for continued participation in library services. 
Examples of Program Success Outcomes will be monitoring/looking for: strengthened parent/child bonds and stronger parenting skills. Enabling childcare givers with specific proven tools for early literacy. Very young children are equipped with linguistic & reading skills to enter school ready to learn with other children regardless of their social/economic status. Greater comfort in use of Library and willingness to interact in social settings in Library programs. Increased use of children's materials, measured by frequency of use & amount of materials. Continued participation in storytimes, and early literacy support programs. Based on success of these programs nationally, we believe these programs will be key in the full development and preparedness of thousands of children, of all social/economic backgrounds, for learning in school, life-long enjoyment of reading, & continued life-long learning.
Description A Homework Help Center located at the Central Resourse Library provides tutoring, mentoring and positive role models. More than 600 students used the Homework Centers during the previous academic year. Staffed by trained tutors, this program provides access to caring adults who can guide students toward successful problem solving strategies.  We also offer,  an online Homework Help providing virtual assistance by certified teachers in Math, English, Science and Social Studies.
Program Budget $17,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Tutorial Programs
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults,
Short-Term Success

In 2016, there were 1,777 one-on-one sessions provided to students ranging from grade school through high school with at least half of the children have parents for whom English is not the primary language.   The location temporary shifted to Oak Park due to the renovation of our Central branch in 2015 but has resumed back to Central where it continues to draw students and families all over the county.  

The Central Resource Library of the JCL system is situated in a concentrated area of low-income families. Within walking distance of the Central Resource Library are three elementary schools that are designated as "Title I Schoolwide."
Quote from parent: 
"My kids have definitely benefited from your program.   They both have better grades and understand what is going on at school.  We participate in this program Mon-Thursday." Jennifer Blankenship
Long-Term Success Students across the community and their parents/teachers, will know and rely upon the Homework Help resources of the Library. Students grades & attendance will improve; parents will also rely upon the academic/homework resources, both in the library and through the Online Tutorial Help. Growing awareness across the community that the Library is where you START, when you have a task to accomplish, a goal to achieve, when you need information and resources to open your mind to opportunities to learn. Ultimately, we envision that the Homework Centers will operate in the summer months as well as during holidays and vacations to meet the needs of students & their families.
Program Success Monitored By Necessary assessment steps will include: Knowledge of area schools followed by targeted promotional efforts for awareness. Extensive streamlining of data collection and program administration. Training and retraining of both old/new staff in program goals & developmental needs of students. Ongoing evaluation of staffing needs & space considerations at branch libraries. Ongoing evaluation of staff/volunteer tutors: overall high level of satisfaction with the program, with 63% ranking it "outstanding" or "moderately" successful. Relationships of staff/volunteers with students is very positive. Evaluations with parents indicate the program has built confidence and satisfaction for both parents and students. Frequent attendee parents were respondents to this survey.
Examples of Program Success Assessment surveys taken at the end of the this academic year  indicate 98% of student participants were able to complete some or all of their homework.
Description The JCL Foundation will continue to  identify funding partners to expand the JCL MakerSpace and maximize programs and impact for our youth and encouraging S.T.E.M. development and learning.  This space provides access to emerging technologies and collaborative learning so critical to problem solving.  This space will also serve local entrepreneurs looking to design and build prototypes, websites, and utilize design software for branding.
Program Budget $80,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Math & Science
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Visits to the space for exploration, tours from area groups, schools, and organizations.  Programming numbers will be tracked at Central as well as mobile program that occur throughout the system. 
Long-Term Success
The JCL MakerSpace will see increased program attendance and where students can collaborate, learn, and play with S.T.E.M. related tools and projects. 
Program Success Monitored By
  • Attendance at programs offered throughout the year
  • Projects created and displayed in the space
  • Organization and school usage 
Examples of Program Success A girlscout troup may utilize the space to learn about 3D technology and learn about career options in the S.T.E.M.  field, exploring how emerging technology can solve problems.  
CEO Comments The Johnson County Library Foundation is passionate about literacy, life-long learning and insuring that our community has a world class library.   The library is a vital community asset that directly impacts economic development and contributes to an excellent quality of life for individuals and families.  We are so proud to work along side the dedicated and talented library staff who wish to serve this community.  As poverty increases in Johnson County, our programs, services, and resources become even more vital to provide opportunities and access to education.  Thank you for your time and join us as we support the important role of the library in our community. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Susan Mong
Term Start Mar 2013
Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Experience Currently working as the Executive Director of the Library Foundation, working in collaboration with the board to secure funding for major programs, library initiatives, and long term endowment funding to secure a great library collection for future generations. Possess several years of volunteer management experience in the public sector and non-profit environment. Project Management and event management are integral to the work I have done over the last 15 years. Through many career experiences, I have developed strong inter-personal skills serving as an internal consultant to staff at many levels of the organization to maximize efficiencies with volunteer staffing. Currently seeking Masters in Public Administration to advance my opportunities to serve in the public sector.

Specialties: Experience in academic environment, local government, and non-profit environment. Highly developed communication skills- both oral and written. Computer proficient in word, excel, powerpoint, and donor perfect. Experience working with boards, donor relations, and training staff and volunteers.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mrs. Andrea Lombard CFRESept 2012 - Aug 2012
Scott Zerger -
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 16
Male 9
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
The Johnson County Library Collaborates with a number of community organizations to amplify the efforts and reach of both - including Safe Home, Growing Futures, SMSD, Blue Valley School District, JCCC, Praire Fire Museum, JC Park & Rec, JoCo Dentention Center, Shawnee Mission Health, JoCo Developmental Supports, InterUrban ArtHouse and many other organizations
American Library Association2016
Service AwardInstitute of Museum and Library Services2005
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments Comments on Management Succession Plan: In the event of a vacancy in the Executive Director position, the County Librarian will fill the position until a new director is secured. The executive committee of the Library Foundation steps into a more active management role during this period. Foundation staff are employees of the Library and are covered by the Library's policies as are volunteers.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jason Glasrud
Company Affiliation CBC Real Estate Group
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Mr. Erwin Abrams Community Volunteer
Ms. Betty Anderson Community Volunteer
Mr. Chris Anderson
Ms. Anne Blessing
Ms. Lynne Brown iBossWell Consulting
Mr. Sean Casserley Johnson County Library
Ms. Ava Christie C.N.A. Environmental Services
Ms. Lisa Fewins Black & Veatch
Mr. Jason Glasrud CBC Real Estate Group
Ms. Mandi Hunter
Ms. Suzanne Kiefer Thomson Reuters
Ms. Caroline McKnight St. Joseph Medical Foundation
Ms. Freda Mendez-Smith Community Volunteer
Ms. Denise Mills
Mr. Nitin Pai Nutricate Corp.
Ms. Doris Royals Community Volunteer
Mr. Mike Schaadt PGAV Architects
Ms. Vickie Trott
Ms. Ann Walter Caldwell Banker Advantage Realty
Ms. Heather Wiebke
Mr. Bob Zender Barkley
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $500,335
Projected Expenses $479,728
Endowment Value $1,642,812
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$39,167$36,302$312,828
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$25,066$40,493$26,527
Revenue In-Kind$70,356$70,356$69,951
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$383,867$226,465$229,610
Administration Expense$90,333$93,235$101,318
Fundraising Expense$47,451$49,472$73,241
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.911.251.67
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%61%57%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%18%25%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,085,595$2,139,606$2,038,797
Current Assets$442,783$418,194$384,663
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$41,354$49,797$40,691
Total Net Assets$2,044,241$2,089,809$1,998,106
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.718.409.45
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpeas Memorial Trust $55,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBlack & Veatch Corp. $30,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFriends of the Johnson County Library $27,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Name Johnson County Library Foundation
Address 9875 West 87th Street
Overland Park, KS 66212
Primary Phone (913) 826.4720
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Susan Mong
Board Chair Mr. Jason Glasrud
Board Chair Company Affiliation CBC Real Estate Group
Year of Incorporation 1996