MANCHESTER– The Manchester Community Library Board of Trustees announced in a press statement on Monday, June 11, that its longtime Executive Director Betsy Bleakie will become Director of Philanthropy.
“This is a new leadership position for the organization that speaks to our strategic goal to provide a sound and sustainable financial foundation, ensuring the quality and fulfillment of the Library’s mission. The Board recognizes Betsy’s success in raising significant funds through her relationships and community-building skills and feels she is the perfect person to lead our philanthropy efforts,” said Linda McKeever, Board President.
“In her role as Executive Director, Betsy has guided the Manchester Community Library through a successful capital campaign to build the new library, the construction of the 21st-century building, and she has provided vision and leadership in creating what it is today: a vibrant, vital community-gathering place and resource, treasured by families and friends throughout the Northshire,” McKeever said.
Since the new library opened its doors in 2014, the majority of its operating budget each year has been raised through private philanthropy; only a portion has been approved and funded by Manchester voters.
“I look forward to strengthening the connections between our wonderful members, donors, foundations, and businesses to provide the financial support required for our library to achieve all that it can for the people we serve.” Bleakie said. “This is an essential step to ensure the Library’s future success and I am excited for the challenge.”
Concurrent with this transition, the board will conduct a nationwide search for its next Executive Director.
“The community response to the new library is phenomenal and the board recognizes that our next Executive Director will need to provide leadership and vision to grow the Library and meet the ever-changing needs and expectations of its patrons.” McKeever said.