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Books For Africa
26 East Exchange Street
Suite 411
Saint Paul, MN 55101
tel: (651) 602-9844
fax: (651) 602-9848
EIN: 41-1627391

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Board Leadership

Luanne Nyberg


Patrick Plonski
Executive Director

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International : Humanitarian Relief Supplies

Books For Africa

Working to end the book famine in Africa

(out of 100)
Overall Score & Rating 97.01 4 stars
  Financial 95.78 4 stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 4 stars
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial Performance Metrics
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
  Administrative Expenses 0.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.36
  Program Expenses Growth 4.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Books For Africa on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Income Statement     (FYE 06/2015)

   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $35,614,456
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $35,614,456
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $35,614,456
   Other Revenue $56,413
TOTAL REVENUE $35,670,869
   Program Expenses $34,967,624
   Administrative Expenses $69,611
   Fundraising Expenses $168,321
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $465,313
Net Assets $11,801,266

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Compensation of Leaders     (FYE 06/2015)

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$134,348 0.38% Patrick Plonski Executive Director


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 35 million books to 48 African countries. 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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