He writes on the EveryLibrary Blog:
2013 was our inaugural year as the first national political action committee for libraries. In that year, over 350 individual, corporate, and union donors provided financial support for EveryLibrary to work on seven library campaigns, support campaign planning with six other communities, speak at numerous in-person and online events about campaign-style library advocacy, and secure over $15 million in basic funding through tax support for libraries. Our donors and supporters have helped quickly identify EveryLibrary as a new and important addition to the library advocacy ecosystem. We are honored by a trust in our work that is not only expressed in donations but in the volunteer time, “signal boosts”, and the thoughtful engagement of so many people.
[Our emphasis] As Executive Director, I am proud to report that for each dollar spent in support of library campaigns we have helped secure $1,450 in tax funding at the ballot box.
Chrastka’s blog post/report summary goes on to list some of the projects that EveryLibrary worked with around the country. They include campaigns in:
- Spokane, Washington
- Shorewood-Troy, IL. and Corning, NY.
- Cornelius, Oregon
- Santa Clara County, CA.
You can read the full text of John Chrastka’s summary here as well as the complete 2013 EveryLibrary Annual Report (9 pages; PDF)
Finally, in November 2013 we posted about the launch of EveryLibrary California.