Who We Are

Des Moines Public Library Foundation

The Des Moines Public Library (DMPL) Foundation supports and enriches the capabilities, resources, and services of the Des Moines Public Library system. The DMPL Foundation was created as a 501(c)(3) foundation in 1998.  The mission of the Foundation is to raise funds and advocate for the Des Moines Public Library system. The DMPL Foundation has one full-time executive director and one half-time administrative assistant. The DMPL Foundation has a volunteer board of directors.

Our donors are of all ages (as young as six) and live throughout Central Iowa. One half of our donations are gifts of $100 or less. Every gift is important, no matter the size.

With the 11-year capital campaign, Creating New Destinations, the Foundation raised $21 million dollars to contribute one-half of the cost to build the new Central Library and to remodel each of the five neighborhood branches.  During the last two years, the Foundation contributed $50,000 to pay for one-half the expense of the Library’s new strategic plan.

This past year, the Library Foundation gave $10,000 to the Library for the development of the new “seventh location”, not a building, but a new Virtual Library. The new website at dmpl.org is open seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day offering free e-books and e-magazines, electronic encyclopedias, test preparation guides, and a variety of new databases. Mobile-friendly, the Virtual Library can be used on all types of devices - computers, laptops, tablets, and phones.

Each year, the DMPL Foundation raises funds from generous individuals, businesses, and foundations to donate to the Library for the AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) series and the Summer Reading & School Readiness program. These programs would not be possible without donor support. 

Library Foundation Board of Directors

President: Ellen Yee – Drake University
Vice President: Tim Hickman – Substance Architecture
Treasurer: Denise Holck – Community Leader
Secretary: Jan Kaiser – KICK Marketing
Past President: Rachel Stauffer – The Swanson Group/Morgan Stanley

Stephanie DeVolder - Community Leader
Alex Duong - Mediacom
Deidre Fudge - Community Leader
Michele Guinn - Wells Fargo
Steve Jayne - Attorney in Private Practice
Tracy Lewis - PurFoods
Elvin McDonals - 2011 Iowa Author
Alison Ruan - Community Leader
Mark Siebert - Simpson College
Craig Sieverding - Davis Brown Law Firm
Kathie Swift - Swift Solutions
Dawn Taylor - Community Leader
Dave Watson - LWBJ
Wes Graham - President, DMPL Board of Trustees
Greg Heid - DMPL Director

Foundation Executive Director: Dory Briles