Mission: THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION EXISTS SOLELY TO SUPPORT THE SERVICES OF AND STRENGTHEN THE SERVICES OF THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, AND IS COMM ... (More)

Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2002, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  URL not available

  2111 SNOW RD
Cleveland OH 44134-2728


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

79

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 35% Finance & Accountability, 50% Impact & Results, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 5% Culture & Community


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

77

out of 100

The score earned by Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation is a passing score

This V6 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization's health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

77

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

93.27%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

30/30 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

No Audit/Review

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

1.02%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



TRACY STROBEL, TRUSTEE/PRESIDENT

$0


ALLYN DAVIES, TRUSTEE/SECRETARY

$0


WILLIAM I RUSSO CFP, TRUSTEE/TREASURER

$0


LORIE H SMITH, TRUSTEE/CHAIR

$0


JANET AUWERTER, TRUSTEE

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

75

out of 100

Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation is cost-effective, earning a passing score.


Impact

$430 provides a child a year of shared reading with a parent or cargiver.


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Impact & Results Report

75

of 100 points


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Rated Program

Rated Program


Program

Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation

Activities

The nonprofit provides books and reading support to toddlers and preschoolers.

Program Type

Shared Book Reading

Beneficiaries Served

Program Geography

Time Period of Data

1/1/21 to 12/31/21


Learn how we assess the impact of nonprofits

Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.


Outcome Metric

Years a child is regularly read to by a cargiver or parent


Outcome Data Source

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.


The nonprofit submitted data on how how many children it supported and the percent who were read to five or more days a week at the end of the program.


Method for Attributing Outcomes

We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g., a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e., counterfactual outcomes).


We estimate the amount of years a child was regularly read to as a results of the the nonprofit's work by comparing its reported figures to the amount the child would have been read to without the nonprofit's help (the “counterfactual”). Without the nonprofit, some caregivers would still regularly read to their child. These counterfactual successes must be netted out of the successes we observe. Otherwise, we would be attributing a change (benefits received) to the nonprofit when it would have happened anyway. Few nonprofits estimate the counterfactual themselves, so we construct our own counterfactual estimate based on research and educated assumptions.


Cost Data Source

After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.


Program cost data reported by the nonprofit. Partner and beneficiary costs reported by the nonprofit or estimated by Charity Navigator.


Cost Calculation

$71,868 program costs + partner costs + $0 beneficiary costs = $71,868 total costs


Impact and Determination

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Impact Calculation

$71,868 total costs / 168 years of shared reading = roughly $430 provides a child a year of shared reading with a parent or cargiver.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of a shared book programs are based on the return of benefits secured per dollar spent. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if every dollar spent results in an improvement in shared book reading with a parent or cargiver at a cost well below the benchmark. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 75 if every dollar spent results in an improvement in shared book reading with a parent or cargiver at a cost in line with the benchmark. Programs receive a 50 if they are found to have no improvement in shared book reading or the cost is well above the benchmark.

Determination

Cost-effective

Analysis Details


Analysis conducted in 2022 by Charity Navigator using data submitted by the nonprofit, theory and evidence from scientific research studies, and public datasets.

Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$168,376

Spent in most recent FY

40%

Percent of program expenses


THE FOUNDATION OFFERS WRITERS CENTER STAGE PROGRAMS TO PROMOTE READING IN THE COMMUNITY.


$184,219

Spent in most recent FY

44%

Percent of program expenses


THE FOUNDATION SERVES AS A FUNDRAISING ORGANIZATION TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES OF THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY.


$58,881

Spent in most recent FY

14%

Percent of program expenses


AUTHOR SERIES TO PROMOTE READING AND AWARENESS.


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Created in 2002, the Cuyahoga County Library Foundation exists to raise financial resources in support of the Library’s mission of reading, lifelong learning and civic engagement and to elevate awareness of the Library’s critical role in the community.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


A thriving and inclusive Cuyahoga County where all residents benefit from and are inspired by Cuyahoga County Public Library’s innovative resources, services and programs.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Advance literacy and lifelong learning through innovative programs and services that meet the diverse needs and interests of our communities.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Prioritize connections with our customers and our communities.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: Foster a culture of inclusion and respect that empowers staff and equitably connects our communities to opportunity.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

One way that CCPL supports leadership development is through active participation in the American Library Association, Public Library Association and Urban Library Council. Regular reimbursement for conference travel and time for participation on ALA/PLA committees ensures that CCPL staff are both developing skills while advancing priorities in the LIS profession. Executive coaching is also offered to lead employees through its partnership with Case Western Reserve University. Tuition reimbursement and the mentoring program at CCPL help early and mid-career staff to design pathways for advancement. For tuition reimbursement, course expenses may be reimbursed up to 90%. The Tuition Reimbursement committee considers 1) MLS degree candidates 2) baccalaureate degree candidates 3) associate degree/technical/vocational school certificates and 4) other advanced degrees.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

CCPL partners with local nonprofit, public and private sectors regularly by sponsoring events that are in line with the mission, such as sponsoring a Welcome Week for immigrants and partnering with a locally owned private company to provide language learning services for its communities. CCPL also reimburses attendance and presentation fees to professionally related conferences. The executive team is also part of councils with organizations around the area with similar visions to determine appropriate collaborations. Recently, CCPL convened 11 organizations to address the digital divide prevalent in our communities. CCPL also has a robust marketing team that advertises our programs and services on social media and on traditional channels. Lastly, CCPL is part of the Ohio Library Council which advocates for pro-library policies in the Ohio Senate. There is also regular dialogue with city council members and school districts.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Moreover, like many other institutions in the country, on March 13, 2020, CCPL closed its branches and offices as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. The Library pivoted and leveraged its strong relationships with communities to continue to drive library services. The 123 READ program is one of the Library’s most impactful programs, supporting young students who struggle with reading. This program realizes incredible results – 98% of students who participated in 123 READ in 2019 improved their reading skills. It was important for CCPL to continue offering this program, especially during the pandemic as kids experienced an increased learning loss. In the 2020-21 schoolyear, CCPL was the first Library system to ever partner with Tutormate – a technology platform that enables volunteers and students to "dial in" to a web-based system (similar to Skype or Zoom) to view the same screen. This collaboration allowed students to continue receiving grade level reading support despite library and school closures. Similarly, CCPL created a contingency plan to revert all Homework Center services online and made Tutor.com available to students and families during closures. This online tutoring service connects students (and parents) to live tutors in online classrooms. CCPL also extended the range of the Wi-Fi service at its branches so that customers could access the web from branch parking lots – from March through May, residents logged more than 70,000 sessions on CCPL’s Wi-Fi network. This drew in a crowd for other events hosted in the parking lots, such as American Red Cross blood drives, and food distribution in partnership with Cleveland Food Bank.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (100% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Not Scored


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

100% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.


View this organization's Constituent Feedback Practices




Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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