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Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

Advocating, fundraising, and providing critical support for the San Francisco Public Library

three stars

88.73

710 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102
tel: (415) 626-7500   Web Site
EIN: 94-6085452

Board Leadership
Elizabeth Kelly
Chair

CEO
Marie Ciepiela
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.73 three stars
  Financial 85.69 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Formally established in 1999 and originally called Friends and Foundation, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is the union of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Library Foundation of San Francisco. Friends of the San Francisco Public Library advocates, fundraises, and provides critical support for the San Francisco Public Library and related literary and educational programs. Our mission is to create, steward, and support a superior, free public library system in San Francisco. We are committed to raising the standard of excellence of our libraries by funding programs and services beyond what is allocated in the City's budget. We believe in free and equal access to information for all.

Formally established in 1999 and originally called Friends and Foundation, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is the union of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Library Foundation of San Francisco. Friends of the San Francisco Public Library advocates, fundraises, and provides critical support for the San Francisco Public Library and related literary and educational programs. Our mission is to create, steward, and support a superior, free public library system in San Francisco. We are committed to raising the standard of excellence of our libraries by funding programs and services beyond what is allocated in the City's budget. We believe in free and equal access to information for all.

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Financial

three stars

85.69

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 09/01/2020 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)
83.7%
  Administrative Expenses 5.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.87
  Program Expenses Growth 4.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library (CA) 88.73 three stars
Desert Foothills Library Association (AZ) 90.62 four stars
Nashville Public Library Foundation (TN) 87.22 three stars
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation (IN) 86.13 three stars
Long Beach Public Library Foundation (CA) 90.73 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,904,414
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $91,811
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $20,390
Total Contributions $2,016,615
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,016,615
   Other Revenue $1,739,553
TOTAL REVENUE $3,756,168
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,291,903
   Administrative Expenses $296,287
   Fundraising Expenses $439,010
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,027,200
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-271,032
   
Net Assets $6,800,180

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
Community Book Program $1,537,954 46.7%
Library Support $1,375,646 41.8%
Advocacy $212,395 6.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 09/01/2020 88.73 three stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 86.61 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 86.54 three stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 84.61 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 83.68 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 08/01/2015 81.79 three stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 75.32 two stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 84.38 three stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 83.61 three stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 88.74 three stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 88.68 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 89.13 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 02/01/2011 86.10 three stars
2008-06 07/01/2009 82.11 three stars
2007-06 05/01/2008 87.70 three stars
2006-06 02/01/2007 81.79 three stars
2005-06 03/01/2006 58.12 one star
2004-06 07/01/2005 57.63 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 94-6085452
Name in IRS Master File FRIENDS & FOUNDATION OF THE SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
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 (119) Other cultural or historical activities
(402) Other activity aimed t combating community deterioration
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 April, 1963
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$149,282 3.70% Marie Ciepiela Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library (CA) 88.73 three stars
The New York Public Library (NY) 90.16 four stars
Nantucket Atheneum (MA) 86.31 three stars
Library Foundation of Los Angeles (CA) 91.49 four stars
The Library Foundation (OR) 93.40 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
710 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
tel: (415) 626-7500
EIN: 94-6085452

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Board Leadership

Elizabeth Kelly
Chair

CEO

Marie Ciepiela
Executive Director

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