Solicitation of funds to support the mission and objectives of the Akron-Summit County Public Library is the province of the Board of Trustees. At their discretion the board may choose to delegate this responsibility to the Librarian-Director.
An organization funded by tax revenues must approach the decision to solicit funds with caution. In general the solicitation of funds should meet system-wide purposes such as developing or expanding library collections or services, and supporting activities of a system-wide nature.
Only the Board of Trustees may initiate the solicitation of corporations, branches of national companies or local franchises of national firms. Therefore, if a corporation or national organization offers gifts of significant value to an individual library agency, the company representative should be referred to the library administration who will determine the conditions under which the gift will be accepted.
Most of the ongoing activities of library agencies are supported through the library operating budget. The General Fund provides monies for refreshments, prizes, and entertainment for normal library programs. Occasionally, however, an individual agency may want to seek additional funds to underwrite a special event at the library. When a library agency determines the need to solicit additional funds, it must follow these rules and regulations:
Approved by the Board of Trustees on March, 1994 (Revised for title changes January, 2002)