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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

86.14

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

Board Leadership
Patricia Walker
President

CEO
Jonna Ward
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.14
  Financial 80.41
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

80.41

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2021 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)
77.7%
  Administrative Expenses 14.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 7.78
  Program Expenses Growth -4.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.6%
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) 86.14
Madison Public Library Foundation (WI) 92.57
King County Library System Foundation (WA) 94.10
Louisville Free Public Library Foundation (KY) 96.46
Houston Public Library Foundation (TX) 96.66

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,086,988
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $362,770
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,449,758
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $4,449,758
   Other Revenue $3,134,384
TOTAL REVENUE $7,584,142
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,160,155
   Administrative Expenses $855,066
   Fundraising Expenses $487,558
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,502,779
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,081,363
   
Net Assets $76,570,987

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 $4,160,155 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 06/01/2021 86.14
2018-12 02/01/2020 91.07
2017-12 03/01/2019 96.11
2016-12 12/01/2018 98.23
2015-12 05/01/2017 98.12
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.26
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 84.48
2013-12 07/01/2015 99.27
2012-12 04/01/2014 96.90
2011-12 05/01/2013 91.24
2010-12 04/01/2012 96.16
2009-12 09/20/2011 80.41
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 73.47
2008-12 07/01/2010 78.80
2007-12 06/01/2009 70.00
2006-12 04/01/2008 79.22
2005-12 03/01/2007 80.72
2004-12 04/01/2006 96.37
2003-12 04/01/2005 99.00
2002-12 05/01/2004 88.39

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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$170,388 3.09% Jonna Ward Chief Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Seattle Public Library Foundation (WA) 86.14
King County Library System Foundation (WA) 94.10
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library (CA) 88.73
Providence Public Library (RI) 85.23
The Library Foundation (OR) 90.71

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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

Patricia Walker
President

CEO

Jonna Ward
Chief Executive Officer

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