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Pencils of Promise

WE cam create a better world through education.

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four stars

93.17

37 West 28th Street 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
tel: (626) 872-3770   Web Site
EIN: 26-3618722

Board Leadership
Brad Haugen
Chair

CEO
Tanya Ramos
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.17 four stars
  Financial 91.21 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

At Pencils of Promise, we believe every child deserves access to quality education. We create schools, programs, and global communities around the common goal of education for all. We accomplish these activities by dedicating significant amounts of time, labor, and effort raising money in the US, through youth and professional engagement programs, and special events. The funds raised allow us to increase our domestic and international reach and impact.

At Pencils of Promise, we believe every child deserves access to quality education. We create schools, programs, and global communities around the common goal of education for all. We accomplish these activities by dedicating significant amounts of time, labor, and effort raising money in the US, through youth and professional engagement programs, and special events. The funds raised allow us to increase our domestic and international reach and impact.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Schools receiving WASH programs
119
Latrines built, cumulative
1,374
Schools receiving Teacher Support
145
Digital reading tablets delivered
4,186
Percentage of 4th grade students reading a passage at 45 words per minute
44
Percentage of 6th grade students getting at least 80% of reading comprehension questions correct
55
Students impacted by PoP Teacher Support
17,985
Number of schools built
501
Number of children who have access to education
96,339
Number of teachers trained
777
This impact information is current as of July 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

91.21

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
80.5%
  Administrative Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.84
  Program Expenses Growth 12.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pencils of Promise on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pencils of Promise on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pencils of Promise (NY) 93.17 four stars
Hands Together (MA) 87.90 three stars
American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA) (MN) 92.74 four stars
Seva Foundation (CA) 92.68 four stars
Los Cabos Children's Foundation (MN) 89.11 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,422,930
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,972,095
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $11,395,025
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $11,395,025
   Other Revenue $-313,722
TOTAL REVENUE $11,081,303
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,967,407
   Administrative Expenses $602,143
   Fundraising Expenses $1,037,850
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,607,400
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,473,903
   
Net Assets $7,082,979

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
School Builds $3,161,950 45.4%
Teacher Support $2,516,651 36.1%
WASH $762,976 11.0%
Global Communities & Scholarship $525,830 7.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 10/01/2019 93.17 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 26-3618722
Name in IRS Master File PENCILS OF PROMISE INCORPORATED
NTEE Code Q30
NTEE Classification International Development, Relief Services
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 February, 2009
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$70,576 0.81% Meighan Stone CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$228,361 2.65% Michael Dougherty Former CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pencils of Promise (NY) 93.17 four stars
UCP Wheels for Humanity (CA) 86.39 three stars
ShelterBox USA (FL) 94.42 four stars
SOZO International (CO) 85.93 three stars
Danita's Children (TN) 92.22 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Pencils of Promise
37 West 28th Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
tel: (626) 872-3770
EIN: 26-3618722

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Board Leadership

Brad Haugen
Chair

CEO

Tanya Ramos
Chief Executive Officer

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