Jenni Gaisbauer

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Location: Charlotte, NC
Founded: 2012
Industry: Nonprofit

Jenni Gaisbauer
Executive Director

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation was created in partnership with the Foundation For The Carolinas and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. “We exist to support the library’s program and services through advocacy, fundraising and building relationships with others,” says Jenni Gaisbauer, executive director of the Library Foundation.

Quick Tip: “Always say yes when someone asks to meet with you. I am where I am today because so many leaders took the time to meet with me and share their experiences, lessons learned and contacts.”

In the past year, the library and the Library Foundation collaborated with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to create One Access, which enables all students in the system to use their student ID number to access and check out library resources. There are no overdue fines for One Access accounts. “Fines had served as a huge barrier before this partnership,” says Gaisbauer.

Gaisbauer has created an annual fundraising event called “Verse and Vino,” which features a cocktail reception, dinner and conversations with bestselling authors. “Last year, we … had more than 900 people and netted more than $175,000 for the library,” she says.