Trails Regional Library Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is "to solicit, receive, hold and administer gifts in accordance with the intent or designation of the donors" to support and benefit the Trails Regional Library District. It is governed by a 10 member Board of Directors comprised of citizens from Johnson and Lafayette Counties.

Trails Regional Library Foundation was created in 2004 to seek additional financial support for the district and its eight community branches in Concordia, Corder, Holden, Knob Noster, Lexington, Odessa, Warrensburg and Waverly. While the library district is able to maintain its branches with existing revenue, expansion or replacement of buildings is not possible without private donations. The library struggles to stay abreast of changes in technology and materials with its annual budget and is challenged to respond to the increased demand for expanded programming and services.

 

Foundation support of Trails Regional Library subscribes to these goals:

  • #1 Provide branch facilities that meet the needs and elicit pride within the community each serves
    Objective: Trails Regional Library Foundation will assist the library in funding capital improvements at its facilities in fulfillment of its Facilities Master Plan

  • #2 Provide bridges to technological advances which connect users with new ways to discover their world, their community or themselves
    Objective: Trails Regional Library Foundation will seek donations to establish a permanent endowment fund of a minimum of $100,000 to supplement the library's technology budget.
  • #3 Provide a stimulating collection of library materials that mixes the traditional with the contemporary
    Objective: Trails Regional Library Foundation will seek donations to establish a permanent endowment fund of a minimum of $500,000 to supplement the library's collection development budget.
  • #4 Provide programming that seeks to inform, instruct and inspire
    Objective: Trails Regional Library Foundation will seek donations to establish a permanent endowment fund of a minimum of $250,000 to supplement the library's programming budget.
  • #5 Provide good stewardship in investing, managing and dispersing the funds entrusted to the Foundation
    Objective: Trails Regional Library Foundation will invest funds to safely attain a high yield and expend the funds entrusted to it for the purposes designated by donors.
     

Donations to Trails Regional Library Foundation may be designated for a specific branch or project. Funds may be given to the library for immediate use or donors may wish to include the Foundation in their estate planning. Please explore our website to become acquainted with the needs identified and complete our Donation Form. If you wish to be contacted personally to discuss a project, contact:

Karen Hicklin
Director, Trails Regional Library

432 N. Holden Street, Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
Telephone: 660-747-1699 
Email: hicklink[at]trailslibrary[dot]org