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The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation

Upholding the public's freedom of access to knowledge

four stars

90.91

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

Board Leadership
Barbara Sutherland
Chair

CEO
Leslie M. Walker
Interim Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.91 four stars
  Financial 87.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

three stars

87.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
89.3%
  Administrative Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.54
  Program Expenses Growth 27.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 25.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation (PA) 90.91 four stars
Friends of the Hennepin County Library (MN) 92.27 four stars
Nashville Public Library Foundation (TN) 87.22 three stars
Houston Public Library Foundation (TX) 96.66 four stars
Denver Public Library Friends Foundation (CO) 85.67 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $15,319,729
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $97,391
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,033,875
Total Contributions $16,450,995
   Program Service Revenue $868,151
Total Primary Revenue $17,319,146
   Other Revenue $2,323,280
TOTAL REVENUE $19,642,426
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $24,156,657
   Administrative Expenses $1,552,565
   Fundraising Expenses $2,142,318
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $27,851,540
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-8,209,114
   
Net Assets $34,318,175

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
Liberty Capital Projects $16,554,606 68.5%
Public Programs $5,143,513 21.3%
Renovations $2,220,047 9.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 04/01/2021 90.91 four stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 86.21 three stars
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

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
Not compensated -- Siobhan A. Reardon President & Director
Other Salaries of Note
$236,999 0.85% Shara Pollie Senior Vice President, Development
$178,480 0.64% James Pecora Vice President, Property Management
$164,273 0.58% David Edwards Chief Financial Officer
$142,844 0.51% Susan Gould Associate Vice President, Development
$142,228 0.51% Sarah Moran Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation (PA) 90.91 four stars
The Seattle Public Library Foundation (WA) 86.14 three stars
Houston Public Library Foundation (TX) 96.66 four stars
Westerly Public Library and Wilcox Park (RI) 86.97 three stars
Nashville Public Library Foundation (TN) 87.22 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

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

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Board Leadership

Barbara Sutherland
Chair

CEO

Leslie M. Walker
Interim Director

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