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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

First Book

Delivering possibilities for children in need

89.25

1319 F Street, NW Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004
tel: (866) 393-1222   Web Site
EIN: 52-1779606

Board Leadership
Peter F. Gold
Chair

CEO
Kyle Zimmer
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.25
  Financial 84.81
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

84.81

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
97.3%
  Administrative Expenses 1.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.33
  Program Expenses Growth 2.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by First Book on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by First Book on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
First Book (DC) 89.25
Developments in Literacy (CA) 98.23
'Aha Pūnana Leo (HI) 86.44
The Dictionary Project (SC) 86.35
Reading Partners (CA) 89.16

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First Book is a nonprofit, social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and essentials to children in need. First Book has distributed nearly 150 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. First Book's membership of more than 250,000 teachers and program leaders is the largest and fastest growing network of educators serving children from low-income families.

By making new, high-quality books and essentials available to them on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming lives, so that every child can have equal access to a quality education.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $90,111,055
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $90,111,055
   Program Service Revenue $4,429,118
Total Primary Revenue $94,540,173
   Other Revenue $-3,082
TOTAL REVENUE $94,537,091
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $97,028,690
   Administrative Expenses $1,966,019
   Fundraising Expenses $965,922
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $99,960,631
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-5,423,540
   
Net Assets $32,698,893

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
New Books for Low-Income and At-Risk Children $97,028,690 100.0%
Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.25
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 84.08
2014-12 12/22/2015 83.33
2013-12 05/01/2015 96.27
2012-12 11/01/2013 96.29
2011-12 04/01/2013 96.28
2010-12 03/01/2012 90.76
2009-12 09/20/2011 86.96
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/01/2010 78.58
2008-12 11/01/2009 92.22
2007-12 11/01/2008 92.22
2006-12 10/01/2007 92.27
2005-12 10/01/2006 89.49
2004-12 11/01/2005 76.03
2003-12 10/01/2004 90.15
2002-12 10/01/2003 92.35
2001-12 10/15/2002 92.38
2000-12 04/15/2002 89.37

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

EIN 52-1779606
Name in IRS Master File FIRST BOOK
NTEE Code B92
NTEE Classification Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (92) Literary activities
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 November, 1992
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011
  • December, 2010

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$210,833 0.21% Kyle Zimmer President

First Book is a nonprofit, social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and essentials to children in need. First Book has distributed nearly 150 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. First Book's membership of more than 250,000 teachers and program leaders is the largest and fastest growing network of educators serving children from low-income families.

By making new, high-quality books and essentials available to them on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming lives, so that every child can have equal access to a quality education.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
First Book (DC) 89.25
Better Basics (AL) 97.97
Developments in Literacy (CA) 98.23
Spread the Word Nevada (NV) 95.00
Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County (FL) 95.89

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Charity Contact Info

First Book
1319 F Street, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004
tel: (866) 393-1222
fax: (202) 628-1258
EIN: 52-1779606

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Board Leadership

Peter F. Gold
Chair

CEO

Kyle Zimmer
President, CEO

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