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King County Library System Foundation

Funding the Future of Libraries.

four stars

91.58

960 Newport Way Northwest Issaquah, WA 98027
tel: (425) 369-3448   Web Site
EIN: 91-1505230

Board Leadership
Ducksoon Hwang
President

CEO
Ken Ryals
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.58 four stars
  Financial 95.46 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The King County Library System Foundation promotes literacy, learning, and libraries by providing support beyond public funding for initiatives and resources that enable the King County Library System to better serve the needs of our community. Since it was established in 1942, the King County Library System has grown its collection and locations to what you see today - 50 libraries, a collection of 4.5 million items, and 10 million visitors annually. KCLS and the KCLS Foundation work together to offer core library services while making creative ideas and pilot programs possible.

The King County Library System Foundation promotes literacy, learning, and libraries by providing support beyond public funding for initiatives and resources that enable the King County Library System to better serve the needs of our community. Since it was established in 1942, the King County Library System has grown its collection and locations to what you see today - 50 libraries, a collection of 4.5 million items, and 10 million visitors annually. KCLS and the KCLS Foundation work together to offer core library services while making creative ideas and pilot programs possible.

Financial

four stars

95.46

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2021 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)
88.0%
  Administrative Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.20
  Program Expenses Growth 4.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by King County Library System Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by King County Library System Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
King County Library System Foundation (WA) 91.58 four stars
Providence Public Library (RI) 85.23 three stars
Chicago Public Library Foundation (CPLF) (IL) 87.52 three stars
The Library Foundation (OR) 93.40 four stars
Louisville Free Public Library Foundation (KY) 96.46 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,159,396
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $125,000
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,284,396
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,284,396
   Other Revenue $427,522
TOTAL REVENUE $1,711,918
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,512,433
   Administrative Expenses $230,373
   Fundraising Expenses $310,978
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,053,784
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-341,866
   
Net Assets $6,699,646

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
King County Library System Foundation has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 06/01/2021 91.58 four stars
2018-12 04/01/2020 94.74 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 91-1505230
Name in IRS Master File KING COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM FOUNDATION
NTEE Code B71
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
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 May, 1995
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
None reported -- Elizabeth Castleberry Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
King County Library System Foundation (WA) 91.58 four stars
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library (CA) 88.73 three stars
Greenwich Library (CT) 87.55 three stars
Houston Public Library Foundation (TX) 96.66 four stars
San Antonio Public Library Foundation (TX) 89.48 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

King County Library System Foundation
960 Newport Way Northwest
Issaquah, WA 98027
tel: (425) 369-3448
EIN: 91-1505230

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Board Leadership

Ducksoon Hwang
President

CEO

Ken Ryals
Executive Director

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