Library Impact Analysis
The Braddock Carnegie Library (BCL) has served Braddock, PA, and the surrounding communities for over a century. Opened as the first Carnegie Library in the US, it once operated in the heart of a bustling urban area rich with industry and cultural amenities. Today the library serves a region that is marred by the effects of dramatic economic decline, de facto segregation in the wake of white flight, and severe environmental pollution. BCL serves communities with massive challenges to future economic prosperity. But the library continues to help individual residents and their communities overcome obstacles and navigate hardship, and in an area that lacks many other public institutions or social resources the Braddock Carnegie Library is a vital piece of the foundation on which the future of the area rests.
The library is now raising money for a $15 Million renovation, and hired Fourth Economy to create a report to support fundraising to assess and articulate the many impacts that the library currently has on the surrounding communities, as well as the impacts that the planned renovation will enable in the future.
Fourth Economy used IMPLAN to model the impact of the library's planned construction and their annual spending. The majority of our effort went into a more qualitative assessment of the current and potential future impact of BCL's programs on nearby communities, premised largely on research on other, similar organizations, e.g., studies that should how certain arts programs have benefited young participants, much as we assume BCL's do in Braddock.
A detailed plan that the client is now using to support fundraising.