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

Houston Public Library Foundation

Equal Access For Everyone In Houston.

four stars

96.66

550 McKinney Street Houston, TX 77002
tel: (832) 393-1464   Web Site
EIN: 74-1926301

Board Leadership
Licia A. Green Ellis
Chairperson

CEO
Sally Swanson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.66 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Houston Public Library Foundation focuses on increasing the Houston community's awareness of the vital role our public libraries play in Houston's quality of life. We support the Houston Public Library through fundraising, advocacy and program support and unite partners who value lifelong learning. We value operating with greater cross-cultural understanding and believe the diversity of our community is one of Houston's significant strengths.

The Houston Public Library Foundation focuses on increasing the Houston community's awareness of the vital role our public libraries play in Houston's quality of life. We support the Houston Public Library through fundraising, advocacy and program support and unite partners who value lifelong learning. We value operating with greater cross-cultural understanding and believe the diversity of our community is one of Houston's significant strengths.

Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
86.0%
  Administrative Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.05
  Program Expenses Growth 16.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston Public Library Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston Public Library Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Public Library Foundation (TX) 96.66 four stars
Chicago Public Library Foundation (IL) 87.52 three stars
Louisville Free Public Library Foundation (KY) 96.46 four stars
Library Foundation of Los Angeles (CA) 88.70 three stars
King County Library System Foundation (WA) 94.74 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,876,353
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,051
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,879,404
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,879,404
   Other Revenue $854,889
TOTAL REVENUE $3,734,293
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,951,613
   Administrative Expenses $179,530
   Fundraising Expenses $285,322
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,416,465
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $317,828
   
Net Assets $22,455,431

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 Houston Public Library $2,951,613 100.0%

Ratings History
Houston Public Library Foundation has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/23/2020 96.66 four stars
2018-06 02/01/2020 96.66 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 74-1926301
Name in IRS Master File HOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION INC
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
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 August, 2006
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$144,300 4.22% Sally Swanson Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Public Library Foundation (TX) 96.66 four stars
The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation (PA) 90.91 four stars
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library (CA) 88.73 three stars
Westerly Public Library and Wilcox Park (RI) 86.97 three stars
The New York Public Library (NY) 89.01 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Houston Public Library Foundation
550 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77002
tel: (832) 393-1464
EIN: 74-1926301

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Board Leadership

Licia A. Green Ellis
Chairperson

CEO

Sally Swanson
Executive Director

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