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Friends of the Orange County Library System Board Member

Friends of the Orange County Library System Board Member

Summary: Support the library’s mission and initiatives with supplemental fundraising efforts and provide strategic guidance and oversight to advance the mission of the Friends organization.

  • Attend monthly Friends of the Library board meetings, not missing more than three meetings each year. Participate actively in board meetings, contributing insights and expertise to decision-making processes
  • Maintain an active membership with the Friends of the Library through the duration of board service
  • Support the development and implementation of the board’s annual goals
  • Exercise fiduciary responsibility by overseeing fiscal management and ensuring compliance with legal and ethical standards
  • Advocate for the organization within the community and engage in networking to expand its reach and impact, and serve as ambassadors for the organization, promoting its mission and values to stakeholders and the public.
  • Assist in fundraising efforts, including donor cultivation and the annual appeal

What We Do:

The Friends work to support the library in a variety of ways every year.

  • Raise funds by operating a bookstore and gift shop in the Orlando Public Library
  • Support library staff through the Friends of the Library Scholarship Fund
  • Sponsor library programs like the Prime Time Family Reading program
  • Provide free children’s books to Head Start locations and during library summer programs
  • Provide new computer learning stations at library locations

Skills and Talents of Ideal candidate:

Interested business professionals with backgrounds in finance, accounting, development, education and literacy, philanthropy, law, governance policies, and business management are encouraged to apply. Experience with strategic planning, corporate affairs, and political advocacy would also be useful.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility:

We are actively seeking to create a diverse board that represents the vibrant and varied communities within Orange County.

Meeting Location:

Orange County Library System locations and some virtual options

Time Commitment:

One meeting a month, lasting approximately 60-90 minutes, subcommittee meetings vary

Applicant Benefits: 

Networking opportunities with fellow Board members and community members, experience and insight into the workings of a nonprofit organization while offering fiduciary oversight, opportunities to practice providing continual strategic counsel, service experience for your resume

Mission Statement:

The Friends of the Orange County Library System support and cooperate with the library in enhancing resources, innovations, and services for the public. The Friends work to increase public awareness and use of the library. The Friends sponsor library programs, and work to encourage gifts, endowments, and bequests for the benefit of the library.

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