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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation (Grantmaking/Grants Payable)

The Seattle Public Library Foundation

Supporting the Seattle Public Library

four stars

96.11

1000 Fourth Avenue Seattle, WA 98104
tel: (206) 386-4130   Web Site
EIN: 91-1140642

Board Leadership
Grace Nordhoff
President

CEO
Jonna Ward
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.11 four stars
  Financial 94.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Seattle Public Library Foundation was established in 1980 by a group of far-sighted citizens who understood that a great Library wouldn't be possible through public funding alone. The Foundation has continued its original vision of generating private-sector support to supplement tax-based funding. The result has been improved collections, expanded programs, and enhanced services. The Foundation's fund-raising efforts focus on three key areas: collections, programs, and facilities. With funding from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, the Library can offer a wide range of innovative programs and resources.

The Seattle Public Library Foundation was established in 1980 by a group of far-sighted citizens who understood that a great Library wouldn't be possible through public funding alone. The Foundation has continued its original vision of generating private-sector support to supplement tax-based funding. The result has been improved collections, expanded programs, and enhanced services. The Foundation's fund-raising efforts focus on three key areas: collections, programs, and facilities. With funding from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, the Library can offer a wide range of innovative programs and resources.

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Financial

four stars

94.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2019 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)
85.7%
  Administrative Expenses 9.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.93
  Program Expenses Growth 6.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Seattle Public Library Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Seattle Public Library Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Seattle Public Library Foundation (WA) 96.11 four stars
Friends of the Hennepin County Library (MN) 91.99 four stars
The New York Public Library (NY) 91.19 four stars
Nantucket Atheneum (MA) 88.11 three stars
Library Foundation of Los Angeles (CA) 94.18 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,716,924
   Federated Campaigns $123,136
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,840,060
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,840,060
   Other Revenue $2,006,879
TOTAL REVENUE $4,846,939
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,551,506
   Administrative Expenses $770,980
   Fundraising Expenses $428,284
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,750,770
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-903,831
   
Net Assets $72,202,603

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
Grants to the Public Library $4,551,506 100.0%

Ratings History
The Seattle Public Library Foundation has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 03/01/2019 96.11 four stars
2016-12 12/01/2018 98.23 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 98.12 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.26 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 84.48 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 99.27 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 96.90 four stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 91.24 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 96.16 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 80.41 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 73.47 two stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 78.80 two stars
2007-12 06/01/2009 70.00 two stars
2006-12 04/01/2008 79.22 two stars
2005-12 03/01/2007 80.72 three stars
2004-12 04/01/2006 96.37 four stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 99.00 four stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 88.39 three stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 87.92 three stars
2000-12 10/15/2002 82.15 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 91-1140642
Name in IRS Master File SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION
NTEE Code B11
NTEE Classification Single Organization Support
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
(922) Endowment fund or financial services
(927) Fundraising
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 June, 1981
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • 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
$212,040 3.68% Jonna Ward Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Seattle Public Library Foundation (WA) 96.11 four stars
Chicago Public Library Foundation (IL) 92.92 four stars
The Library Foundation (OR) 95.77 four stars
Greenwich Library (CT) 89.39 three stars
Louisville Free Public Library Foundation (KY) 93.15 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Seattle Public Library Foundation
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
tel: (206) 386-4130
EIN: 91-1140642

Mail donations to:
PO Box 3951
Seattle, WA 98124

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Board Leadership

Grace Nordhoff
President

CEO

Jonna Ward
Executive Director

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