"The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation, organized under the laws of the State of Missouri, exclusively for literary and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and particularly to solicit, receive, hold, and administer gifts, and to do such other lawful acts and undertake such other enterprises for literary and educational purposes for the support and benefit of the Christian County Library District."
Excerpt from Bylaws for the Christian County Library Foundation,
Article I, Section 2.
In 2009 and 2010, the Christian County Library District held elections seeking funds to build and operate three libraries. Chosen in six years of citizen mail and telephone surveys, focus groups, panel discussions and consultant studies and reports, this included a large library serving the central part of the county where 40,000 residents live and small branches for the less populous eastern and western areas of Christian County. Plans and sites were already in place. Both efforts were unsuccessful.
In the meantime, costs of both construction and operations and demand for services and library materials have soared. In 2011 and 2012, the Board of Trustees considered alternatives. They chose to begin in 2013 an organization, Christian County Library Foundation, to raise funds in support of library goals. If much or all of the construction costs can be covered with donations, the Board can ask for a levy based primarily on what is necessary to operate the libraries. After libraries are constructed and paid for, donations can be used for other library purposes.
Much has changed since the Foundation was established in 2013. Now more than every, the Christian County Library District needs the financial and popular support of the citizens it serves to help improve and grow the library structures and services it offers in order to reach the citizens of Christian County where they live and deliver to them the services they require from their library. Your charitable donation to the Christian County Library Foundation is one piece in an every changing and expanding puzzle that will allow the Library District to meet those needs.