From the Charlotte Observer:
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system seemed on the verge of a financial meltdown in 2010, after its biggest funder, the county, cut $10 million from the system’s budget.
Desperate cuts had to be made, so library officials closed some branches, reduced hours, laid off staff and ended some popular programs.
The four years since have been a time of rebuilding, and there is no better example of the library’s rebound than the nonprofit foundation it created to find alternative sources of money.
Foundation officials set a goal of raising $1 million this fiscal year and the community responded with $700,000 in donations in the first seven months.
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