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King County Library System Foundation

Funding the Future of Libraries.

four stars

94.74

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

Board Leadership
Kris Kaminishi
President

CEO
Kristin Barsness
Interim Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.74 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 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)
91.4%
  Administrative Expenses 1.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.23
  Program Expenses Growth 53.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.1%
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) 94.74 four stars
Charleston Library Society (SC) 90.79 four stars
The Free Library of Philadelphia (PA) 86.21 three stars
Friends of the Hennepin County Library (MN) 92.21 four stars
Madison Public Library Foundation (WI) 90.27 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,370,280
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $125,723
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,496,003
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $7,496,003
   Other Revenue $530,588
TOTAL REVENUE $8,026,591
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,157,454
   Administrative Expenses $47,113
   Fundraising Expenses $149,700
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,354,267
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,672,324
   
Net Assets $6,694,379

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
Children's Programming $3,345,756 80.5%
Idea X $712,886 17.1%
Grants $9,424 0.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
King County Library System Foundation (WA) 94.74 four stars
Westerly Public Library and Wilcox Park (RI) 86.29 three stars
Charleston Library Society (SC) 90.79 four stars
Chicago Public Library Foundation (IL) 87.52 three stars
The Library Foundation (OR) 93.40 four 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

Kris Kaminishi
President

CEO

Kristin Barsness
Interim Executive Director

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