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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation (Grantmaking)

Denver Public Library Friends Foundation

Providing advocacy and raising funds for the Denver Public Library

four stars

90.64

10 West 14th Avenue Parkway Denver, CO 80204
tel: (720) 865-2050   Web Site
EIN: 84-6036979

Board Leadership
Pam Jewett
President

CEO
Jeff Riley
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.64 four stars
  Financial 89.47 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation is to assist and support the Denver Public Library in the accomplishment of its goals and objectives, and to enhance the services of the Library that are funded by the City's budget through advocacy, activities and programs, fund raising, and the management of private monies raised by or donated to the Library or to the Friends Foundation. Working within our stated mission, the Friends have a long history of supporting the Library, stretching back to 1940. Our spirit of volunteerism and giving reaches across generations and touches the hearts of innumerable individuals throughout the Denver area and beyond.

The mission of the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation is to assist and support the Denver Public Library in the accomplishment of its goals and objectives, and to enhance the services of the Library that are funded by the City's budget through advocacy, activities and programs, fund raising, and the management of private monies raised by or donated to the Library or to the Friends Foundation. Working within our stated mission, the Friends have a long history of supporting the Library, stretching back to 1940. Our spirit of volunteerism and giving reaches across generations and touches the hearts of innumerable individuals throughout the Denver area and beyond.

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Financial

three stars

89.47

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
74.4%
  Administrative Expenses 10.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.56
  Program Expenses Growth 17.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Denver Public Library Friends Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Denver Public Library Friends Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Denver Public Library Friends Foundation (CO) 90.64 four stars
Friends of the Hennepin County Library (MN) 91.99 four stars
The Library Foundation (OR) 95.77 four stars
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation (IN) 86.43 three stars
Chicago Public Library Foundation (IL) 92.92 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $911,860
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $299,616
   Fundraising Events $278,278
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,489,754
   Program Service Revenue $165,090
Total Primary Revenue $1,654,844
   Other Revenue $331,384
TOTAL REVENUE $1,986,228
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,782,671
   Administrative Expenses $263,457
   Fundraising Expenses $357,465
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,403,593
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-417,365
   
Net Assets $10,269,210

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
Grants to Denver Public Library $1,782,671 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 02/01/2019 90.64 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 87.78 three stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 88.78 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.85 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 82.00 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 83.90 three stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 89.32 three stars
2011-12 10/01/2013 81.85 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 84-6036979
Name in IRS Master File DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY FRIENDS FOUNDATION
NTEE Code B11
NTEE Classification Single Organization Support
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (922) Endowment fund or financial services
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
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, 1964
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$80,947 3.36% Laurie Romer Acting Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Denver Public Library Friends Foundation (CO) 90.64 four stars
Library Foundation of Los Angeles (CA) 94.18 four stars
The Library Foundation (OR) 95.77 four stars
Westerly Public Library and Wilcox Park (RI) 91.84 four stars
The Free Library of Philadelphia (PA) 92.74 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Denver Public Library Friends Foundation
10 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
tel: (720) 865-2050
EIN: 84-6036979

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Board Leadership

Pam Jewett
President

CEO

Jeff Riley
Executive Director

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