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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

The Dictionary Project

A Dictionary is a Necessity!

three stars

82.32

P. O. Box 1845 Charleston, SC 29402
tel: (843) 856-2706   Web Site
EIN: 57-1029802

Board Leadership
Douglas Boggie
President

CEO
Mary French
Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.32 three stars
  Financial 75.00 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of The Dictionary Project is to ensure that everyone will be able to enjoy the benefits of owning a dictionary. The Dictionary Project works to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we encourage our sponsors to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade. Since our founding in 1995, over 33 million children have received dictionaries because thousands of people saw the same need in communities all over the United States.

The mission of The Dictionary Project is to ensure that everyone will be able to enjoy the benefits of owning a dictionary. The Dictionary Project works to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we encourage our sponsors to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade. Since our founding in 1995, over 33 million children have received dictionaries because thousands of people saw the same need in communities all over the United States.

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Financial

two stars

75.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
95.9%
  Administrative Expenses 2.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.09
  Program Expenses Growth -3.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 48.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Dictionary Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Dictionary Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Dictionary Project (SC) 82.32 three stars
Developments in Literacy (CA) 86.24 three stars
Open Books (IL) 86.65 three stars
Read Alliance (NY) 88.11 three stars
SMART (OR) 89.07 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,277,941
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,277,941
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $4,277,941
   Other Revenue $2,107
TOTAL REVENUE $4,280,048
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,103,366
   Administrative Expenses $121,596
   Fundraising Expenses $51,184
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,276,146
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,902
   
Net Assets $417,153

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Distribution of Dictionaries $4,103,366 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 07/01/2020 82.32 three stars
2018-12 09/03/2019 74.49 two stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 75.68 two stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 82.75 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 83.33 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.35 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 88.06 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 81.07 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 83.83 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 85.68 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 57-1029802
Name in IRS Master File THE DICTIONARY PROJECT
NTEE Code B99
NTEE Classification Education N.E.C.
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (92) Literary activities
(149) Other instruction and training
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date September, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$62,010 1.45% Mary French Executive Director $150,000

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Dictionary Project (SC) 82.32 three stars
Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County (FL) 91.88 four stars
Spread the Word Nevada (NV) 95.54 four stars
Reading Partners (CA) 87.60 three stars
SMART (OR) 89.07 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Dictionary Project
P. O. Box 1845
Charleston, SC 29402
tel: (843) 856-2706
EIN: 57-1029802

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Board Leadership

Douglas Boggie
President

CEO

Mary French
Director

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