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

The Free Library of Philadelphia

Upholding the public's freedom of access to knowledge

three stars

86.21

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 86.21 three stars
  Financial 92.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 82.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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

three stars

82.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
88.4%
  Administrative Expenses 4.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.21
  Program Expenses Growth 46.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 17.0%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,739,953
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $71,110
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $11,768,366
Total Contributions $23,579,429
   Program Service Revenue $655,325
Total Primary Revenue $24,234,754
   Other Revenue $3,838,665
TOTAL REVENUE $28,073,419
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $24,559,261
   Administrative Expenses $1,765,030
   Fundraising Expenses $1,819,788
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $28,144,079
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-70,660
   
Net Assets $42,601,732

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
None reported -- This organization did not report a CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$175,348 0.62% Sandra A. Horrocks VP, External Affairs
$175,221 0.62% James Pecora VP, Property Management
$167,403 0.59% Susan Gould Assistant VP, Development
$167,403 0.59% David Edwards Chief Financial Officer

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Free Library of Philadelphia (PA) 86.21 three stars
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library (CA) 86.61 three stars
Chicago Public Library Foundation (IL) 93.56 four stars
The New York Public Library (NY) 91.19 four stars
Louisville Free Public Library Foundation (KY) 87.11 three 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