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: Tim Hickman|
|Vice President: Dawn Taylor|
|Treasurer: Dave Watson|
|Co-Secretary: Jan Kaiser|
|Co-Secretary: Stephanie DeVolder|
|Past President: Ellen Yee|
Alex Duong - Mediacom
Deidre Fudge - Community Leader
Michele Guinn - Wells Fargo
Steve Jayne - Attorney in Private Practice
Sasha Kamper - Principal Global Investors
Tracy Lewis - PurFoods
Trevor Meers - Meredith Corporation
Paul Melde, KUDER, Inc.
Brandon Paulsen - The Next Chapter
Alison Ruan - Community Leader
Mark Siebert - Simpson College
Craig Sieverding - Davis Brown Law Firm
Rachel Stauffer - The Swanson Group/Morgan Stanley
Martha Stephenson - Community Leader
Kathie Swift - Swift Solutions
Dawn Taylor - Community Leader
Wes Graham - President, DMPL Board of Trustees
Greg Heid - DMPL Director
Foundation Executive Director: Dory Briles
Past Board Members
Thank you to the following individuals who gave of their time, talent, and resources in service to the Des Moines Public Library Foundation Board of Directors. Their service enriched the Des Moines Public Library and enhanced the quality of life in our community.
Sue Rutledge Brenton
David L. Brown
Laura Castro de Cortes
Christine Carroll Cownie
Judy McCoy Davis
Douglas Dorner, M.D.
Tom E. Drake
Tom R. Drake
Mark L. Hill
Cara Carter Hulick
Teree Caldwell Johnson
Arnold E. Levine
Susan J. McGinness
Stephen M. Morain
Christina Fernandez Morrow
Justine M. Morton
Susan Patterson Plank
Kay K. Runge
Wicker Van Orsdel
James H. Windsor IV