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First Book

Delivering possibilities for children in need

four stars

94.69

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

Board Leadership
Dr. Martha Molina Bernadett
Chair

CEO
Kyle Zimmer
President, CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.69 four stars
  Financial 92.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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.

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Financial

four stars

92.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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) 0.34
  Program Expenses Growth 12.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.5%
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) 94.69 four stars
Literary Arts (OR) 85.87 three stars
Readworks (NY) 95.87 four stars
Developments in Literacy (CA) 90.11 four stars
Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program (WA) 93.50 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $130,822,916
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $130,822,916
   Program Service Revenue $6,196,862
Total Primary Revenue $137,019,778
   Other Revenue $29,290
TOTAL REVENUE $137,049,068
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $131,562,647
   Administrative Expenses $2,492,793
   Fundraising Expenses $1,067,376
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $135,122,816
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,926,252
   
Net Assets $41,666,276

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 $131,562,647 100.0%

Ratings History
First Book has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2000-12 04/15/2002 89.37 three 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)
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  • 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
$202,463 0.14% Kyle Zimmer President
Other Salaries of Note
$217,851 0.16% Jane Robinson Chief Financial Officer
$205,285 0.15% Chandler Arnold Chief Operating Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
First Book (DC) 94.69 four stars
SMART (OR) 85.06 three stars
Make Way for Books (AZ) 91.91 four stars
Better Basics (AL) 92.38 four stars
Readworks (NY) 95.87 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
Chair

CEO

Kyle Zimmer
President, CEO

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