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Books For Africa
26 East Exchange Street
Suite 411
Saint Paul, MN 55101
tel: (651) 602-9844
fax: (651) 602-9848
EIN: 41-1627391

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Board Leadership

Luanne Nyberg


Patrick Plonski
Executive Director

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International : Humanitarian Relief Supplies

Books For Africa

Working to end the book famine in Africa

(out of 100)
Overall 99.95 4 stars
  Financial 99.93 4 stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 4 stars
This rating was published 08/01/2015 using data for FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial Performance Metrics (Data from FY2014 990)
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
  Administrative Expenses 0.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Primary Revenue Growth 12.0%
  Program Expenses Growth 16.5%
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.30
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Books For Africa on the FY2014 990 they filed with the IRS

Income Statement     (FYE 06/2014)

   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $33,459,488
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $33,459,488
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $33,459,488
   Other Revenue $65,838
TOTAL REVENUE $33,525,326
   Program Expenses $37,048,643
   Administrative Expenses $79,610
   Fundraising Expenses $150,720
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-3,753,647
Net Assets $11,392,869


Compensation of Leaders     (FYE 06/2014)

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$143,123 0.38% Patrick Plonski Executive Director


Founded in 1988, Books for Africa (BFA) collects, sorts, ships, and distributes books to children in Africa. Our goal is to end the book famine in Africa. Books donated by publishers, schools, libraries, individuals, and organizations are sorted and packed by volunteers who carefully choose books that are age and subject appropriate. We send good books, enough books for a whole class to use. Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped more than 35 million books to 48 African countries. They are on once-empty library shelves, in classrooms in rural schools, and in the hands of children who have never before held a book. Each book will be read over and over again. When the books arrive, they go to those who need them most: children who are hungry to read, hungry to learn, hungry to explore the world in ways that only books make possible.

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