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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

The Free Library of Philadelphia

Upholding the public's freedom of access to knowledge

four stars

92.74

1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
tel: (215) 567-7710   Web Site
EIN: 52-1173474

Board Leadership
Barbara Sutherland
Chair

CEO
Siobhan A. Reardon
President and Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.74 four stars
  Financial 92.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Chartered in 1891, The Free Library of Philadelphia seeks to provide all segments of Philadelphia's diverse population with a comprehensive collection of recorded knowledge, ideas, artistic expression and information in a variety of media, including current technology; to assure ease of access to these materials; and to provide programs to stimulate the awareness and use of these resources. In addition, The Free Library creates a welcoming and inspiring environment for learning and promotes individual enlightenment, community enrichment and economic vitality throughout the region.

Chartered in 1891, The Free Library of Philadelphia seeks to provide all segments of Philadelphia's diverse population with a comprehensive collection of recorded knowledge, ideas, artistic expression and information in a variety of media, including current technology; to assure ease of access to these materials; and to provide programs to stimulate the awareness and use of these resources. In addition, The Free Library creates a welcoming and inspiring environment for learning and promotes individual enlightenment, community enrichment and economic vitality throughout the region.

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Financial

four stars

92.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 09/01/2018 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)
86.0%
  Administrative Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.59
  Program Expenses Growth 23.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Free Library of Philadelphia on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Free Library of Philadelphia on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Free Library of Philadelphia (PA) 92.74 four stars
Chicago Public Library Foundation (IL) 93.56 four stars
Friends of the Hennepin County Library (MN) 91.99 four stars
Greenwich Library (CT) 89.39 three stars
Library Foundation of Los Angeles (CA) 94.18 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $19,074,494
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $315,895
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $11,352,848
Total Contributions $30,743,237
   Program Service Revenue $659,635
Total Primary Revenue $31,402,872
   Other Revenue $1,253,437
TOTAL REVENUE $32,656,309
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $36,326,590
   Administrative Expenses $805,899
   Fundraising Expenses $2,102,459
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $39,234,948
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-6,578,639
   
Net Assets $43,990,847

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
Literacy, Cultural, and Educational Programming $28,913,628 79.6%
Central Library Capital Renovation Project $7,258,888 20.0%
Collections and Preservation $154,074 0.4%

Ratings History
The Free Library of Philadelphia has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 09/01/2018 92.74 four stars
2016-06 12/22/2017 90.04 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 85.93 three stars
2014-06 09/01/2016 90.45 four stars
2014-06 07/01/2016 89.77 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 88.31 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 91.63 four stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 81.11 three stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 75.98 two stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 82.84 three stars
2010-06 10/01/2011 82.24 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 87.02 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 90.42 four stars
2008-06 08/01/2009 96.25 four stars
2007-06 03/01/2009 96.15 four stars
2006-06 10/01/2007 96.27 four stars
2005-06 09/01/2006 84.54 three stars
2004-06 10/01/2005 86.06 three stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 61.53 one star
2002-06 10/01/2003 70.09 two 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 52-1173474
Name in IRS Master File THE FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Literary 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, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$124,339 0.31% Jennifer Bogoni Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$167,779 0.42% Sandra A. Horrocks VP, External Affairs
$167,656 0.42% James Pecora Chief Technology Officer
$164,050 0.41% Susan Gould Assistant VP, Development
$160,145 0.40% David Edwards Chief Financial Officer
$142,069 0.36% Melissa Greenberg VP. Development
$135,846 0.34% Sarah Moran Chief of Staff

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Free Library of Philadelphia (PA) 92.74 four stars
Westerly Public Library and Wilcox Park (RI) 91.84 four stars
Chicago Public Library Foundation (IL) 93.56 four stars
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library (CA) 86.54 three stars
Nashville Public Library Foundation (TN) 91.78 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
tel: (215) 567-7710
EIN: 52-1173474

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Board Leadership

Barbara Sutherland
Chair

CEO

Siobhan A. Reardon
President and Director

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