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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

First Book

Delivering possibilities for children in need

three stars

88.93

1319 F Street, NW Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004
tel: (866) 732-3669   Web Site
EIN: 52-1779606

Board Leadership
Dr. Martha Molina Bernadett
Acting Chair

CEO
Kyle Zimmer
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.93 three stars
  Financial 84.35 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education - making everything from brand new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more - affordable to its member network of more than 375,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 175 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 5 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need.

First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education - making everything from brand new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more - affordable to its member network of more than 375,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 175 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 5 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need.

Financial

three stars

84.35

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 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)
97.2%
  Administrative Expenses 1.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.34
  Program Expenses Growth 1.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.6%
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) 88.93 three stars
Developments in Literacy (CA) 91.12 four stars
Literary Arts (OR) 85.87 three stars
'Aha Pūnana Leo (HI) 86.46 three stars
Make Way for Books (AZ) 91.91 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $100,621,383
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $100,621,383
   Program Service Revenue $6,380,591
Total Primary Revenue $107,001,974
   Other Revenue $7,294
TOTAL REVENUE $107,009,268
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $102,524,881
   Administrative Expenses $2,674,654
   Fundraising Expenses $1,098,092
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $106,297,627
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $711,641
   
Net Assets $42,379,971

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 distribution $102,524,881 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 02/01/2019 88.93 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 94.69 four stars
2015-12 12/21/2016 94.59 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.25 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 84.08 three stars
2014-12 12/22/2015 83.33 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 96.27 four stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 96.29 four stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 96.28 four stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 90.76 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 86.96 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/01/2010 78.58 two stars
2008-12 11/01/2009 92.22 four stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 92.22 four stars
2006-12 10/01/2007 92.27 four stars
2005-12 10/01/2006 89.49 three stars
2004-12 11/01/2005 76.03 two stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 90.15 four stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 92.35 four stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 92.38 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 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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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
$215,399 0.20% Kyle Zimmer CEO/Director
Other Salaries of Note
$220,181 0.20% Chandler Arnold COO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
First Book (DC) 88.93 three stars
Developments in Literacy (CA) 91.12 four stars
Make Way for Books (AZ) 91.91 four stars
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy (FL) 93.64 four stars
Ferst Readers (GA) 99.79 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

First Book
1319 F Street, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004
tel: (866) 732-3669
EIN: 52-1779606

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Board Leadership

Dr. Martha Molina Bernadett
Acting Chair

CEO

Kyle Zimmer
President, CEO

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