FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

Welcome to the new Friends of the Library page! It is being developed in concert with Friends groups from around the state.  

Please let us know what you would like to see here by submitting your suggestions HERE.  Thank you.


HOW TO KEEP YOUR 501(c)(3) STATUS
 
"Most Friends of the Library groups do not make enough money to meet the filing requirements of the form 990 or 990EZ with the Internal Revenue Service, BUT they still have to file the 990-N on an annual basis or the IRS will revoke their tax-exempt status. If a Friends group has lost its 501(c)(3) status for failure to file the 990-N, it will have to start all over again and reapply for tax-exempt status.”
—Terry Knowles, Assistant Director, Charitable Trusts Unit
Office of the Attorney General, NH Department of Justice
 
Information on the IRS Website:
https://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits
https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4839.pdf

Stay Exempt

Interactive web-based workshops and mini-courses for exempt organizations at: https://www.stayexempt.irs.gov/

Friends may also be able to get help with their IRS filing questions from the Taxpayer Advocates Office in NH.

https://www.irs.gov/Advocate/Local-Taxpayer-Advocate/Contact-Your-Local-Taxpayer-Advocate#NewHampshire
 


RESOURCES

FRIENDS: A Three-Part Series by Susan Young Gaudiello
 
Working Together: Director-Trustees-Friends Best Practices
 
WebJunction Resources for Trustees and Friends:
http://www.webjunction.org/explore-topics/friends-trustees/documents.html
 
ALA (American Library Association) website: www.ala.org/united/friends
 
United for Libraries Resources for Friends Groups • NEW: Free Toolkits
Libraries Need Friends: Starting a Friends Group or Revitalizing the One You Have
United for Libraries, is a free toolkit focused toward public library Friends groups, but with good tips on membership and outreach for Friends groups of any type. Written by Sally Gardener Reed, Executive Director, United for Libraries.
 
ALA Friends & Foundations Fact Sheets http://www.ala.org/united/friends/factsheets
Samples available for download include "How to Organize a Friends Group”, "How to Revitalize Your Friends Group”, "The Role of the Friends Board”, The Role of Library Trustees”, "Getting and Keeping Members”, "Library Support for Friends Activities”, "When Friends Aren't Friendly”.