International : Humanitarian Relief Supplies

Books For Africa

Working to end the book famine in Africa

four stars

93.11

717 Prior Avenue N. Suite B
Saint Paul, MN 55104
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 93.11 four stars
  Financial 90.26 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2019
Number of books distributed
3,300,000
Number of Facebook followers
11,000
Percentage of recipients who report that books received are high-quality
100
Percentage of recipients who report that books received will have a positive impact on their learning community
100
Total dollars received in contributions
2,737,610
Number of books donated
36,146,200
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

90.26

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 09/01/2020 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)
99.0%
  Administrative Expenses 0.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.56
  Program Expenses Growth -0.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.2%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $38,719,165
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $38,719,165
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $38,719,165
   Other Revenue $231,487
TOTAL REVENUE $38,950,652
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $33,465,743
   Administrative Expenses $101,837
   Fundraising Expenses $192,482
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $33,760,062
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $5,190,590
   
Net Assets $18,048,368

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$149,329 0.44% Patrick Plonski Executive Director

Mission

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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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Books For Africa (MN) 93.11 four stars
Orphan Grain Train (NE) 100.00 four stars
Children's Hunger Fund (CA) 96.46 four stars
Soles4Souls (TN) 96.66 four stars
Cross International (FL) 90.95 four stars

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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

Jote Taddese
President

CEO

Patrick Plonski
Executive Director