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
Meet Our New Foundation Board Member
Craig Sieverding, as an attorney with the Davis Brown Law Firm, focuses on providing regulatory, transactional, and litigation counsel to clients in the health care field. Craig and his wife, Emily Willits, have two young sons. Upon joining the board, Craig shared, “As a relatively recent parent, I have an increased appreciation for the Des Moines library system and its role in the community. I’m interested in becoming engaged and contributing to the work at the Library Foundation Board to help ensure the library’s vital role in the community.”
|President: Rachel Stauffer – The Swanson Group/Morgan Stanley|
|Past President: Elvin McDonald – 2011 Iowa Author|
|Vice President: Ellen Yee – Drake University|
|Treasurer: Denise Holck – Community Philanthropist|
|Secretary: Norbert Kaut – Meredith|
Stephanie DeVolder - Community Philanthropist
Alex Duong - Mediacom
Deidre Fudge - Nationwide
Michele Guinn - Wells Fargo
Tim Hickman - Substance Architecture
Joseph Jones - Greater Des Moines Partnership
Jan Kaiser - KICK Marketing
Tracy Lewis - PurFoods
Alison Ruan - Community Philanthropist
Mark Siebert - Simpson College
Craig Sieverding - Davis Brown Law Firm
Dawn Taylor - Heart of Iowa Market Place
Jule Thorsen - President, DMPL Board of Trustees
Dave Watson - LWBJ
Greg Heid - DMPL Director
Foundation Executive Director: Dory Briles