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International : Humanitarian Relief Supplies

Books For Africa

Working to end the book famine in Africa

99.97

717 Prior Avenue N. Suite B
Saint Paul, MN 55104
tel: (651) 602-9844   Web Site
EIN: 41-1627391

Board Leadership
Mike Essien
President

CEO
Patrick Plonski
Executive Director

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 99.97
  Financial 99.97
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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.

Financial

99.97

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
99.0%
  Administrative Expenses 0.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.43
  Program Expenses Growth 4.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.8%
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) 99.97
LeSea Global Feed the Hungry (IN) 92.38
MATTER (MN) 100.00
Orphan Grain Train (NE) 100.00
Food For The Poor (FL) 87.44

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $37,085,183
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $37,085,183
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $37,085,183
   Other Revenue $85,502
TOTAL REVENUE $37,170,685
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $40,412,977
   Administrative Expenses $116,600
   Fundraising Expenses $232,375
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $40,761,952
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-3,591,267
   
Net Assets $14,604,246

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 $40,412,977 100.0%

Ratings History
Books For Africa has received 10 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 11/01/2021 99.97
2019-06 09/01/2020 93.11
2018-06 07/01/2019 94.28
2017-06 07/01/2018 100.00
2016-06 09/01/2017 100.00
2015-06 06/01/2016 97.01
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 08/01/2015 99.95
2013-06 07/01/2014 99.93
2012-06 07/01/2013 99.94
2011-06 06/01/2012 93.26
2011-06 05/01/2012 89.16
2010-06 09/20/2011 91.36
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 06/01/2010 99.90
2008-06 02/01/2009 94.89
2007-06 05/01/2008 94.92
2006-06 03/01/2007 92.40
2005-06 05/01/2006 86.04
2004-06 05/01/2005 92.36
2003-06 06/01/2004 92.38
2002-06 04/15/2003 92.32

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$148,966 0.36% Patrick Plonski Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Books For Africa (MN) 99.97
Feed My Hungry Children (AZ) 88.22
Soles4Souls (TN) 98.23
Children's Hunger Fund (CA) 98.23
Hope for Haiti (FL) 100.00

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Charity Contact Info

Books For Africa
717 Prior Avenue N.
Suite B
Saint Paul, MN 55104
tel: (651) 602-9844
EIN: 41-1627391

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Board Leadership

Mike Essien
President

CEO

Patrick Plonski
Executive Director

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