Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Vandever Batten has had the pleasure of supporting the Library through four milestones. The firm:

  • Shaped and implemented two separate fundraising campaigns in partnership with the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte; a $14 million endowment campaign three years before the creation of ImaginOn and a $4 million capital campaign to help cap public funding for the facility.
  • Shaped and implemented the Design Phase of The Future of the Library Taskforce, which was formed when Mecklenburg County reduced the library’s budget by almost 40% during the Great Recession of 2010. Vandever Batten helped create a design map and process to address the following areas of concern:
    • Scope, cost, and relative importance of various library services
    • Organizational structure and system for delivering library services
    • Governance of the library system
    • Sustainable funding model for supporting library services
  • Hosted an Advancement Assessment and Plan to grow a culture of philanthropy that would help drive greater innovation and partnerships. Vandever Batten recommended creating what is now known as the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation, which recruits its own separate board and is solely focused on attracting higher levels of contributed income to augment the Library’s quasi-governmental funding model.

Related Services: Transformational Design Services, Capital Campaign Management, Strategic Advisory Services

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