Friends of the Salinas Public Library (FOSPL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public-benefit organization of volunteers providing financial contributions to the City of Salinas Library system. FOSPL funds programs and purchases not within the Library budget. FOSPL also works to create public awareness of and community support for the Library system and its literacy programs.
FOSPL was founded in 1978. The organization began its fund-raising Annual Book Sales in 1996 on the lawn of the El Gabilan Library. Books were divided into ‘fiction’ and ‘nonfiction’ and left in boxes on the ground. That first sale raised about $300. In Fall 2000, FOSPL nearly disbanded; a number of key officers and active members had either died or moved out of the area. Dave Nordstrand, a member and columnist for The Californian, wrote a feature article on the impending demise and called for new members. FOSPL was revived and began its current phase of activity.
FOSPL was a leading supporter in the fight to defeat Measure O, a November 2002 ballot measure that would have repealed the City’s utility users tax, thus cutting the Library’s budget by a third. The organization sponsored a local seminar on “Nonprofits and Elections” which was attended by many local nonprofit groups. After the session, FOSPL voted for the 501(h) election, which allows it to lobby on behalf of the Library yet keep its nonprofit status.
FOSPL also helped lead Measure V, a half-cent sales tax, to passage in November 2005. A citizens’ oversight committee, the Measure V Oversight Committee, is actively making sure that the funds collected are spent on libraries and other vital services for Salinas.
Measure V sunsets in March 2016 but Measure E—passed by voters in 2012, creates additional tax for: “Crime Prevention, Safety, Library and Essential Services…To preserve essential services and facilities in Salinas… And again in 2014, FOSPL was instrumental in helping pass Measure G, assuring further funding: To improve our quality of life, maintain and enhance city services and facilities.”
Measure G became effective April 1, 2015 and will expire in 15 years.
It has a seven-member oversight committee.
For further information on city funds, meetings and reports: http://www.ci.salinas.ca.us/services/finance/measureg.cfm
|Vice President:||Mary-Alicia McRae|
|Appointed:||Executive Committee Member:||Liz Nolan|
|Executive Committee Member:||Jere Whittaker|
|Other Positions:||Membership Chairman:||Robin Young|
|Booksale Coordinator:||Jere Whittaker|
Bylaws and Organizational Documents
- FOSPL Bylaws (pdf file) – Amended January 21, 2012
- IRS Determination Letter – establishes FOSPL’s nonprofit status.
- FTB Determination Letter – state equivalent.
- FOSPL Articles of Incorporation – state-required incorporation.
- Section H Election – Form permitting FOSPL to participate in direct/grass roots lobbying.