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Make Way for Books

Sharing stories changes lives, especially young lives

four stars

92.21

700 North Stone Avenue Tucson, AZ 85705
tel: (520) 398-6451   Web Site
EIN: 31-1583036

Board Leadership
Donie Gignac
President

CEO
Jenny Volpe
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.21 four stars
  Financial 99.65 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of Make Way for Books is to give all children the chance to read and succeed. In 1998, Make Way for Books' founder Dr. Mary Jan Bancroft answered a newspaper listing to read to four-year-olds at a preschool in Tucson. Mary Jan found that this center did not have age-appropriate, quality picture books. Deciding to explore this need further, Mary Jan found that most of the childcare centers serving economically-disadvantaged children had few to zero quality books for young children. That same year, Mary Jan founded Make Way for Books (MWFB) to meet this incredible need and began providing books to under-resourced sites and offering early literacy workshops for educators and parents. Today, MWFB has provided services to nearly 300 preschools and childcare centers. Each year, MWFB serves more than 30,000 children and families and 700 educators.

The mission of Make Way for Books is to give all children the chance to read and succeed. In 1998, Make Way for Books' founder Dr. Mary Jan Bancroft answered a newspaper listing to read to four-year-olds at a preschool in Tucson. Mary Jan found that this center did not have age-appropriate, quality picture books. Deciding to explore this need further, Mary Jan found that most of the childcare centers serving economically-disadvantaged children had few to zero quality books for young children. That same year, Mary Jan founded Make Way for Books (MWFB) to meet this incredible need and began providing books to under-resourced sites and offering early literacy workshops for educators and parents. Today, MWFB has provided services to nearly 300 preschools and childcare centers. Each year, MWFB serves more than 30,000 children and families and 700 educators.

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Financial

four stars

99.65

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
83.8%
  Administrative Expenses 10.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.50
  Program Expenses Growth 15.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Make Way for Books on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Make Way for Books on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Make Way for Books (AZ) 92.21 four stars
Better Basics (AL) 91.36 four stars
Reach Out and Read of Greater New York (NY) 85.38 three stars
Readworks (NY) 92.74 four stars
Book Trust (CO) 88.43 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $895,786
   Federated Campaigns $43,000
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $15,250
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $511,150
Total Contributions $1,465,186
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,465,186
   Other Revenue $-6,622
TOTAL REVENUE $1,458,564
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,120,784
   Administrative Expenses $123,131
   Fundraising Expenses $91,248
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,335,163
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $123,401
   
Net Assets $1,850,094

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
Story Project $638,849 57.0%
Family Education and Literacy Programs $481,935 43.0%

Ratings History
Make Way for Books has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 10/01/2019 92.21 four stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 91.91 four stars
2016-06 07/01/2017 91.81 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 31-1583036
Name in IRS Master File MAKE WAY FOR BOOKS
NTEE Code B92
NTEE Classification Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(61) Library
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 March, 1998
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$80,000 5.99% Jenny Volpe Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Make Way for Books (AZ) 92.21 four stars
Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA (TX) 87.74 three stars
Readworks (NY) 92.74 four stars
'Aha Pūnana Leo (HI) 85.83 three stars
Spread the Word Nevada (NV) 98.23 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Make Way for Books
700 North Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705
tel: (520) 398-6451
fax: (520) 398-5932
EIN: 31-1583036

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Board Leadership

Donie Gignac
President

CEO

Jenny Volpe
Executive Director

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