Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

First Book

Equal access to quality education for kids in need

three stars

87.62

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 87.62 three stars
  Financial 82.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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 450,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 185 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low income families in more than 30 countries. First Book supports more than one in three 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 450,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 185 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low income families in more than 30 countries. First Book supports more than one in three 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

three stars

82.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
96.6%
  Administrative Expenses 2.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.38
  Program Expenses Growth -1.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.5%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $88,470,542
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $88,470,542
   Program Service Revenue $7,717,727
Total Primary Revenue $96,188,269
   Other Revenue $32,696
TOTAL REVENUE $96,220,965
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $90,987,383
   Administrative Expenses $2,692,920
   Fundraising Expenses $1,208,815
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $94,889,118
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,331,847
   
Net Assets $43,711,864

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$217,018 0.22% Kyle Zimmer CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$221,376 0.23% Chandler Arnold COO

Mission

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 450,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 185 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low income families in more than 30 countries. First Book supports more than one in three 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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
First Book (DC) 87.62 three stars
'Aha Pūnana Leo (HI) 85.83 three stars
Book Trust (CO) 88.43 three stars
Read Alliance (NY) 88.11 three stars
Readworks (NY) 92.74 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