Who We Are

Des Moines Public Library Foundation

The Des Moines Public Library (DMPL) Foundation supports and enriches the capabilities, resources, and services of the Des Moines Public Library system. The DMPL Foundation was created as a 501(c)(3) foundation in 1998.  The mission of the Foundation is to raise funds and advocate for the Des Moines Public Library system. The DMPL Foundation has one full-time executive director and one half-time administrative assistant. The DMPL Foundation has a volunteer board of directors.

Our donors are of all ages (as young as six) and live throughout Central Iowa. One half of our donations are gifts of $100 or less. Every gift is important, no matter the size.

With the 11-year capital campaign, Creating New Destinations, the Foundation raised $21 million dollars to contribute one-half of the cost to build the new Central Library and to remodel each of the five neighborhood branches.  During the last six years, the Foundation contributed $50,000 to pay for one-half of the expense of the Library’s strategic plan, plus contributions that funded the purchase of more than 240 public access computers, monitors, and printers.

Currently, 87% of DMPL programming is supported by the Des Moines Public Library Foundation and our generous, caring donors!

The Library Foundation also gave $10,000 to the Library for the development of the Library's website, dmpl.org, which is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day offering free eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, audiobooks, test preparation guides, and a variety of new databases, resources and entertainment options.

Each year, the DMPL Foundation raises funds from generous individuals, businesses, and foundations to donate to the Library for the Summer Reading & School Readiness program, as well as the AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) series, which has drawn nearly 50,000 attendees in its 18 seasons. These programs would not be possible without donor support. 

Library Foundation Board of Directors

Steve Jayne President: Steve Jayne, Steve Jayne Law
Cory McAnelly Consero Vice President: Cory McAnelly, Principal Financial Group
Dave Watson Treasurer: Dave Watson, LWBJ
Paul Melde Secretary: Paul Melde, PERK, Inc.
Tim Hickman Past President: Tim Hickman, Substance Architecture

Belinda Alexander – Wells Fargo
Cassie Bonefas, Iowa Court of Appeals
Alex Duong - Mediacom
Sasha Kamper - American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company
Trevor Meers - Graham Construction
Christopher Nebons, Eaton Vance Corp.
Samuel Reed - Leap Here, LLC
Mark Siebert - Simpson College
Craig Sieverding - Davis Brown Law Firm
Martha Stephenson - Community Leader
Kathie Swift - Swift Solutions
Brian Wirt
Ellen Yee, Drake Law School
Isobel Osius - President, DMPL Board of Trustees
Sue Woody – Library Director

Foundation Executive Director: Dory Briles

Past Board Members

Thank you to the following individuals who gave of their time, talent, and resources in service to the Des Moines Public Library Foundation Board of Directors. Their service enriched the Des Moines Public Library and enhanced the quality of life in our community.

Saul Amdursky
Ann Anderson
Julie Anderson
Ray Bening
Connie Boesen
Sue Rutledge Brenton
Shelley Brody
David L. Brown
Gayle Butler
Lynda Butler
Wendy Carlson
George Carpenter
Angie Chatman
Laura Castro de Cortes
Christine Carroll Cownie
Gil Cranberg
Judy McCoy Davis
Stephanie DeVolder
Douglas Dorner, M.D.
Tom E. Drake
Tom R. Drake
Jacqueline Easley
Rich Eychaner
Deidre Fudge
Barbara Gartner
Susan Genalo
Travis Gjoraas
Wes Graham
Ralph Gross
Michele Guinn
Kent Herink
Mark L. Hill
Denise Holck
Ellen Hubbell
Cara Carter Hulick
Beth Hummels
Laura Isenstein
Fritz James
Karla Jeffries
Teree Caldwell Johnson
Joseph Jones
Jan Kaiser
Norbert Kaut
Emy Kelly
Mary Kelly
Joe LeValley
Arnold E. Levine
Tracy Lewis
Ellen Look
Richard Lozier
Cyril Mandelbaum
Elvin McDonald
Catherine McGarvey
Susan J. McGinness
Tom McKlveen
Stephen M. Morain
Christina Fernandez Morrow
Justine M. Morton
Elizabeth Nelson
Gerry Neugent
Tam Nguyen
Cynthia O’Brien
Craig Olson
Eliza Ovrom
Alfredo Parrish
Susan Patterson Plank
Brandon Paulsen
Sally Pederson
Peter Percival
Rita Perea
Franci Phelan
Michael Reagen
Kay Riley
Alison Ruan
Kay K. Runge
Patrick Sabine
Peter Sand
Thomas Shippee
William Scales
Tom Swartwood
Rachel Stauffer Kevin Techau
Deborah Tharnish
Jule Thorsen
Wicker Van Orsdel
Susan Voss
Kim Walker
Fritz Weitz
Scott Wilgenbusch
James H. Windsor IV