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Urban Libraries Council

Inspiring libraries transforming communities

two stars

79.95

1333 H Street NW Suite 1000 West
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 750-8650   Web Site
EIN: 36-3071241

Board Leadership
Vickery Bowles
Chair

CEO
Susan Benton
President and Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.95 two stars
  Financial 73.88 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

As a membership organization of North America's premier public library systems and the organizations that serve them, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) has spent more than 40 years enriching communities by strengthening and promoting the value of libraries as essential public assets. ULC serves as a forum for thought leaders by sharing best and next practices that result from library-based innovations, targeted research and initiatives, publications, convenings and discussion groups. ULC programs are recognized for creating new frameworks that invigorate public libraries and their communities.

As a membership organization of North America's premier public library systems and the organizations that serve them, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) has spent more than 40 years enriching communities by strengthening and promoting the value of libraries as essential public assets. ULC serves as a forum for thought leaders by sharing best and next practices that result from library-based innovations, targeted research and initiatives, publications, convenings and discussion groups. ULC programs are recognized for creating new frameworks that invigorate public libraries and their communities.

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Financial

two stars

73.88

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
81.1%
  Administrative Expenses 13.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.80
  Program Expenses Growth -3.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 30.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Urban Libraries Council on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Urban Libraries Council on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Urban Libraries Council (DC) 79.95 two stars
Louisville Free Public Library Foundation (KY) 87.11 three stars
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library (CA) 86.61 three stars
San Antonio Public Library Foundation (TX) 92.22 four stars
Chicago Public Library Foundation (IL) 87.52 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $0
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $4,931
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,931
   Program Service Revenue $2,438,874
Total Primary Revenue $2,443,805
   Other Revenue $65,827
TOTAL REVENUE $2,509,632
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,551,248
   Administrative Expenses $472,259
   Fundraising Expenses $189,562
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,213,069
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-703,437
   
Net Assets $2,648,249

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
Digital Inclusion/Edge $867,789 34.0%
Membership $598,401 23.5%
Healthy and Sustainable Communities $474,909 18.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 79.95 two stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 82.49 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 88.83 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 89.19 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 90.41 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 90.73 four stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 91.01 four stars
2012-12 11/01/2014 94.33 four 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 36-3071241
Name in IRS Master File URBAN LIBRARIES COUNCIL
NTEE Code Z99
NTEE Classification Unknown
NTEE Type Unknown
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (125) Giving information or opinion (see also Advocacy)
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 November, 1992
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
$312,751 9.73% Susan Benton President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Urban Libraries Council (DC) 79.95 two stars
Long Beach Public Library Foundation (CA) 90.73 four stars
Friends of the Hennepin County Library (MN) 92.21 four stars
Chicago Public Library Foundation (IL) 87.52 three stars
Nantucket Atheneum (MA) 88.49 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Urban Libraries Council
1333 H Street NW
Suite 1000 West
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 750-8650
EIN: 36-3071241

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Board Leadership

Vickery Bowles
Chair

CEO

Susan Benton
President and Chief Executive Officer

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