Mission:

THE FOUNDATION PROVIDES ADVOCACY AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO SAN JOSES PUBLIC LIBRARIES.


 www.sjplf.org
 |  PO BOX 611540 SAN JOSE CA 951611540

The San Jose Public Library Foundation is headquartered in SAN JOSE, CA, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 77-0142379.  Donations are tax-deductible. It is classified by the IRS as a Charitable Organization. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 1997.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)


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Overall Score
BETA

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.

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...   Finance & Accountability


Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.


Finance & Accountability Score
BETA

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score

This Beta V1 of Finance 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 latest filing year 2018.



Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

Higher Effect on Score

8/8

Independent Board Composition

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

Lower Effect on Score

11.78%

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

We look for a ratio less than 50%.

No Effect on Score

$4,060,003

Total Revenue

We do not evaluate revenue amounts or sources in Beta V2. An organization’s size can affect whether and how we evaluate other indicators.


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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points (BETA)

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Overview

Overview

The Finance and Accountability Score provides a basic measure for organizational health. At this time, it comprises 100% of a charity's Overall Score.

Program Expense Ratio

73.82%

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).


For a passing score, Charity Navigator looks for a ratio of 70% or higher. Charities in the 50%-70% range receive zero points for their Program Expense Ratio score. Charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense Ratio AND Liabilities to Assets Ratio.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

8/8 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Review/Financial Audit

Audited

Higher effect on score


For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.


This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.


For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

11.78%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.


Source: IRS Form 990

Website Listed

Listed

Lower effect on score


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


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


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Data Sources

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The IRS Form 990 is the source of the finance and accountability data used within the Encompass Rating System. When an organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability beacon score, each metric is based on elements of the 990. Some metrics are based on the most recent available filing, while others are based on averages of values over multiple years. We provide links to all available 990s here, whether or not this organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability score.

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

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.

Note: This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of e-file Form 990 data.

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Charity Navigator assesses how well a nonprofit delivers on its mission. To issue an Impact & Results score, we estimate the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determine whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


No Score

We have not issued this nonprofit an Impact & Results score. This does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, only that we have not reached a conclusion for one of the following reasons:

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet gotten to scoring it.

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet developed the specific algorithms to estimate the impact of the type of service it delivers and so cannot issue a score yet.

  • The nonprofit does not primarily deliver services directly to beneficiaries or it is not reasonable to expect the nonprofit to measure impact for its primary activity. The impact analysis framework that we use is not well suited to these nonprofits.

  • The nonprofit is not heavily reliant on individual donors because beneficiaries fund a majority of its costs or it does not receive any private charitable contributions.

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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



The San Jose Public Library Foundation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


$112,467

Spent in most recent FY

7%

Percent of program expenses


LIBRARY BRANCHES SUPPORT: SJPLF SECURES FUNDING FOR THE GENERAL BETTERMENT OF THE 24 BRANCHES COMPRISING THE SAN JOSE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM. THIS IS OFTEN USED TO AUGMENT EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR BABIES ... (More)


$388,904

Spent in most recent FY

25%

Percent of program expenses


LIBRARY PROGRAMS: BUILD A RELATIONSHIP FOR LIFE THROUGH 24 NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARIES. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, STUDENTS HAVE A SAFE AND WELCOMING SPACE TO COMPLETE SCHOOL  ... (More)


$1,007,689

Spent in most recent FY

66%

Percent of program expenses


THE SAN JOS LEARNS INITIATIVE ("SJ LEARNS") AIMS TO BOLSTER ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT BY FUNDING PROMISING AND INNOVATIVE OUT OF SCHOOL TIME PROGRAMS FOR SAN JOS STUDENTS IN TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN THROU ... (More)


GuideStar Seal of Transparency

Gold


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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The San José Public Library Foundation's support of the San José Public Library helps to make many programs, resources, and services available to over 1 million adults, children, and youth in San José. The Library Foundation further strengthens the San José Public Library and promotes greater awareness of its valuable resources through advocacy, fundraising, and leadership for innovative programs. Our goals are to: 1. Encourage new approaches to solve emerging needs by being a catalyst that adds new elements to existing programs and allows for high-risk/high-reward pilot programs 2. Ensure the needs and interests of our diverse communities are represented in the programs and goals of the Library Foundation 3. Guarantee the financial continuity and fiscal responsibility and effectiveness for programs that we fund; and 4. Pursue programs that improve access and opportunity for those who have the fewest resources. As a partner of the San José Public Library, we are committed to keeping the Library thriving for generations to come to cultivate an educated, equitable, and engaged community where everyone has access to lifelong learning.


What are your strategies for making this happen?

The San José Public Library Foundation seeks to accomplish its mission and overarching goals through fundraising, advocacy, and by developing and supporting innovative programming at the Library. Fundraising As a 501c3 entity supporting the San José Public Library, the San José Public Library Foundation complements, but does not supplant, the City’s role in funding the Library’s operations. Specifically, the Library Foundation aims to enhance the Library’ capabilities, resources, and programs. As such, the San José Public Library Foundation identifies potential partners locally and nationally, developing collaborative relationships with individual donors, corporate entities, government, and other philanthropic organizations to cultivate sources of financial and in-kind support for the Library that will ensure its overall financial health and the sustainability of the programs we adopt. Advocacy The San José Public Library Foundation also advocates for the Library, nurturing relationships with key decision-makers and raising awareness among the general public about the vital role the Library plays in creating a thriving community. Innovative Programs The San José Public Library Foundation acts as an angel investor to launch new programs and projects at the Library or in the City that are high-risk/high-reward potentials. One example is San José Learns, whereby we provide grants to San José school districts for expanded K-3rd grade learning for low-income children before and after-school and during summer to erase the academic achievement gap in third grade math and English. The San José Public Library Foundation also recently collaborated with the Library to launch San José Aspires in which students create their own roadmap to post-high school success through an online, customizable, college and career counseling platform, earning micro-financial awards as they pass each sign post.


What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

The San José Public Library Foundation has outstanding personnel, the Library’s physical and digital resources, and numerous partnerships that all come together to achieve our shared goals. The Library Foundation's dedicated staff bring their expertise in fundraising and stewardship to ensure the Library has the resources it needs to achieve its important work. Equally important, we count on the commitment of the Library’s various supporters, from our donors to the Library’s Friends Groups members to the numerous volunteers who help power the Library’s programs, all of whom are essential to helping the Library and us achieve our goals. The San José Public Library Foundation also relies on the Library’s vast capabilities. This includes the nearly 600 librarians and support staff who assist millions of Library visitors each year in connecting with the information and materials they need. And, it includes the San José Public Library’s tremendous physical and digital capabilities such as the 475,000 square-foot Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library that is a collaboration with San José State University, the 25 neighborhood libraries that span the entire city, and the more than 2 million physical items, e-books, audiobooks, and other digital resources available to users. Few institutions in our city have the reach and trust to positively shape as many lives as the Library. In addition to the exceptional people and resources that power our work, community partners play a critical role in helping us achieve our goals. Over the years, partners have been instrumental in helping us grow ideas and small pilot programs into system-wide initiatives serving thousands across the Library’s 25 sites. Examples of San José Public Library Foundation supported programs that have thrived because of the efforts of community partners include Coding5K Challenge that has enabled 12,000 children and teens to explore computer science, and SJPLWorks that has provided career, entrepreneurial, and workforce development assistance to 8,000 adults.


How will your organization know if you are making progress?

For each of the programs that the San José Public Library Foundation funds, Library staff gather quantitative and qualitative data to measure progress against established program goals. Quantitative data is primarily focused on outputs like attendance, number of outreach contacts or programs delivered, and usage frequency. Qualitative data mainly focuses on measuring programmatic impact and is captured via pre- and post-program surveys. The San José Public Library Foundation also works closely with Library staff, at various levels, to understand how we can better support them and Library users. The Library Foundation has two non-voting positions on its Board of Directors: one for the City Librarian and one for a member of the Library and Early Education Commission. We also meet with Library program directors regularly to establish and refine short- and long-term program plans and budget projections for San José Public Library Foundation supported programs. Library Foundation staff lend their support on matters related to program design, budgeting, measurement and evaluation, and strategic planning. As needed, the San José Public Library Foundation hires external program evaluators and other experts to support the development, implementation, measurement, and/or evaluation of San José Public Library Foundation supported programs.


What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

Since it was founded in 1987, the San José Public Library Foundation has raised $24 million in support of the Library and educational programs. From funding literacy activities to equipping the City's 25 neighborhood branch libraries with the latest mobile technology, the San José Public Library Foundation has helped to enhance and expand the Library’s capacity significantly. The San José Public Library Foundation major accomplishments include: •Experiential learning opportunities to 12,000 children and teens through Coding5K Challenge, an integrated computer science, technology, engineering, art, and math program at the Library; •Expanding out-of-school-time learning opportunities to 3,400 Kindergarten to 3rd grade children from low-income families to improve grade level proficiency in English and Math; •Opening a Bridge Branch Library in collaboration with a school district to provide library service in a hard-to-reach community; •Tens of thousands of hours of one-to-one tutoring and literacy classes that benefited thousands of learners through Partners in Reading, which helps adult learners improve their literacy proficiencies; •Helping nearly 200 adults to get free scholarships to complete their diploma through the Library's accredited Career Online High School; •Establishing SJPLWorks, a state-of-the-art dedicated space at the main library that gives users access to individual and collaborative workspaces, expensive software, high-speed wireless Internet, in-person computer support and training, and more; •Free access to college and career readiness workshops, civic education, and much more to thousands of middle and high school students to help teens achieve success in school, prepare for college and career, and develop skills that will prepare them to transition from students to working adults to engaged citizens; and •Hundreds of pre-literacy workshops and storytimes that engaged tens of thousands of caregivers and their children, supporting parents in engaging children in early literacy exercises, read alouds, and other early literacy activities. In the near future, the San José Public Library Foundation is working on: •Renovating the early education section of the Children's Room in the main library to become an interactive learning center that engages the developing senses of children from birth to 5-years-old; •Strengthening the Library's program data collection and analysis protocols and capabilities to inform program design and evolution; •Scaling the San José Aspires pilot program that prepares high school students for college and career success from 80 to 1,000 students along with increasing the maximum financial award they can earn for higher education; and •Launching a "One City, One Book" program to foster community engagement and shared identity.



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