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Books For Africa

Working to end the book famine in Africa

four stars

100.00

Suite 305 370 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
tel: (651) 602-9844   Web Site
EIN: 41-1627391

Board Leadership
Jote Taddese
President

CEO
Patrick Plonski
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 100.00 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1988, Books for Africa (BFA) collects, sorts, ships, and distributes books to children in Africa. Our goal is to end the book famine in Africa. Books donated by publishers, schools, libraries, individuals, and organizations are sorted and packed by volunteers who carefully choose books that are age and subject appropriate. We send good books, enough books for a whole class to use. Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped more than 41 million books to every African country. They are on once-empty library shelves, in classrooms in rural schools, and in the hands of children who have never before held a book. Each book will be read over and over again. When the books arrive, they go to those who need them most: children who are hungry to read, hungry to learn, hungry to explore the world in ways that only books make possible.

Founded in 1988, Books for Africa (BFA) collects, sorts, ships, and distributes books to children in Africa. Our goal is to end the book famine in Africa. Books donated by publishers, schools, libraries, individuals, and organizations are sorted and packed by volunteers who carefully choose books that are age and subject appropriate. We send good books, enough books for a whole class to use. Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped more than 41 million books to every African country. They are on once-empty library shelves, in classrooms in rural schools, and in the hands of children who have never before held a book. Each book will be read over and over again. When the books arrive, they go to those who need them most: children who are hungry to read, hungry to learn, hungry to explore the world in ways that only books make possible.

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Financial

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2018 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)
99.1%
  Administrative Expenses 0.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.37
  Program Expenses Growth 10.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Books For Africa on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Books For Africa on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Books For Africa (MN) 100.00 four stars
American Nicaraguan Foundation (FL) 91.16 four stars
LeSea Global Feed the Hungry (IN) 91.36 four stars
Food For The Poor (FL) 88.69 three stars
Amigos for Christ (GA) 95.04 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $35,539,343
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $35,539,343
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $35,539,343
   Other Revenue $61,056
TOTAL REVENUE $35,600,399
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $35,952,354
   Administrative Expenses $95,613
   Fundraising Expenses $210,379
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $36,258,346
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-657,947
   
Net Assets $13,203,797

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
Book Shipments $35,952,354 100.0%

Ratings History
Books For Africa has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 07/01/2018 100.00 four stars
2016-06 09/01/2017 100.00 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 97.01 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 08/01/2015 99.95 four stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 99.93 four stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 99.94 four stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 93.26 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 89.16 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 91.36 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 06/01/2010 99.90 four stars
2008-06 02/01/2009 94.89 four stars
2007-06 05/01/2008 94.92 four stars
2006-06 03/01/2007 92.40 four stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 86.04 three stars
2004-06 05/01/2005 92.36 four stars
2003-06 06/01/2004 92.38 four stars
2002-06 04/15/2003 92.32 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 92.34 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 41-1627391
Name in IRS Master File BOOKS FOR AFRICA INC
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 (125) Giving information or opinion (see also Advocacy)
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 September, 1993
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$133,262 0.36% Patrick Plonski Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Books For Africa (MN) 100.00 four stars
Food For The Poor (FL) 88.69 three stars
LeSea Global Feed the Hungry (IN) 91.36 four stars
Orphan Grain Train (NE) 97.87 four stars
Children's Hunger Fund (CA) 94.69 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Books For Africa
Suite 305
370 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
tel: (651) 602-9844
EIN: 41-1627391

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Board Leadership

Jote Taddese
President

CEO

Patrick Plonski
Executive Director

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