We have an annual fundraiser every May (since 2008) called "Run for Literacy." This 5K race fundraiser is extremely staff intensive and is not cost effective for the library. Our library has very low staffing levels currently - since 2012, we have reduced staff by 60%. We need a fundraiser that can replace this large event and be cost effective, manageable and successful. 2018 Race expenses: $2,278; Income: $5,565.00; Profit: $3,286.37 (The race expenses DO NOT include staff time).
The race has been a fundraiser since 2008. We need to replace this staff intensive fundraiser so we can focus on having staff provide needed services. Fundraising is 12% of our budget. Our community is used to this fundraiser, and it mainly serves as good public relations so we need to replace it with something that will also create good "feel happy" PR.
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The primary purpose of the Prendergast Library is to provide resources, services, and programs to meet the needs of individuals and groups for education, information and personal development including recreation and leisure. The Library serves as a community hub - we welcome and serve all members of the public.