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2017 Annual Report

 2017 was another very good year for the Friends and patrons of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  We were able to make an $11,000 donation to the Library in 2017.  We made our contribution as an undesignated donation in order for the department to get a Federal Match to help the Library even more than our donation could directly. 

The Friends promotes the Library and its many valuable services throughout the year.  We attend functions such as the Braille Challenge.  We give presentations at meetings and conventions such as I-CUB and NFB. We produce a quarterly newsletter.  We distribute fliers, magnets, card magnifiers, bookmarks, and signature guides with our logo and contact information on them. 

We shepherd the donations we get with great care.  94% of the money we receive goes to the Library, while only 6% goes to administrative costs. 

Because we have implemented even thriftier ways to distribute our quarterly newsletter, the percentage of funds needed for administrative expenses is continuing to shrink from 17% in 2016 to 6% in 2017. 

You can help!  With state budget cuts and resulting staff layoffs, the Library needs our help more than ever.  Here are some of the things you can do:

·        Become a Friends member for just $20

·        Buy a $10 Smokey Row gift card and we get $3

·        Make donations at the Stuff, Etc., Stores around the state in our name and we get 50% of the sale price

·        Enjoy barbershop Christmas music at Java Joe’s each Year for a $10 admission

·        Designate the Friends as your charity and we get .5% of your total purchase price at smile.amazon.com

·        Buy a “Be Among Friends” T-shirt for $10

·        Ask us to speak at your club or organization

·        Consider the Friends for donations and memorials

·        Respond generously to our annual fund-raising drive letter

·        Volunteer some of your time to help with Friends activities

To learn more about the Friends and what we do, visit our website at www.IAFriendsLibraryfortheBlind.org and read our quarterly newsletters.  Through your generous help and support, we can continue to enhance the services the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped offers to its patrons.  Thank you!

                                         David Hammel, President