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National Yiddish Book Center

Rescuing books, inspiring readers

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three stars

85.69

Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
tel: (413) 256-4900   Web Site
EIN: 04-2708878

Board Leadership
Sharon Karmazin
Chair

CEO
Aaron Lansky
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.69 three stars
  Financial 80.00 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to recover, celebrate, and regenerate Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture by rescuing, translating, and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity. Beyond having saved more than one million Yiddish books since its founding in 1980, the Yiddish Book Center advances knowledge of the content and literary and cultural progeny of the books it has saved through innovative onsite and online educational programs; an online library to make Yiddish books, audio and video freely available to all; outreach including social media, a visitors center, exhibitions, public programs, translation initiatives, the Wexler Oral History Project, and an English-language magazine.

The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to recover, celebrate, and regenerate Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture by rescuing, translating, and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity. Beyond having saved more than one million Yiddish books since its founding in 1980, the Yiddish Book Center advances knowledge of the content and literary and cultural progeny of the books it has saved through innovative onsite and online educational programs; an online library to make Yiddish books, audio and video freely available to all; outreach including social media, a visitors center, exhibitions, public programs, translation initiatives, the Wexler Oral History Project, and an English-language magazine.

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Financial

three stars

80.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

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)
63.3%
  Administrative Expenses 13.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 22.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.22
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.34
  Program Expenses Growth 7.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Yiddish Book Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Yiddish Book Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Yiddish Book Center (MA) 85.69 three stars
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (NY) 94.12 four stars
The Morgan Library & Museum (NY) 87.43 three stars
The HistoryMakers (IL) 90.00 four stars
Library Company of Philadelphia (PA) 86.21 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,931,746
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $754,666
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,686,412
   Program Service Revenue $227,041
Total Primary Revenue $5,913,453
   Other Revenue $652,635
TOTAL REVENUE $6,566,088
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,987,234
   Administrative Expenses $925,546
   Fundraising Expenses $1,482,408
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,395,188
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $170,900
   
Net Assets $49,283,659

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
Education $1,696,053 42.5%
Cultural Rescue and Preservation $961,218 24.1%
Visitor and Public Programs $861,818 21.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 09/03/2019 85.69 three stars
2017-08 08/01/2018 82.91 three stars
2016-08 10/01/2017 85.57 three stars
2015-08 06/01/2016 86.39 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 09/01/2015 88.10 three stars
2013-08 09/01/2014 87.43 three stars
2012-08 08/01/2013 82.80 three stars
2011-08 05/01/2012 79.54 two stars
2010-08 09/20/2011 84.12 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 11/24/2010 59.65 one star
2008-08 09/01/2009 71.66 two stars
2007-08 04/01/2009 84.28 three stars
2006-08 02/01/2008 60.95 one star
2004-08 05/01/2005 70.60 two stars
2003-08 08/01/2004 74.74 two stars
2002-08 04/01/2004 76.42 two 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 04-2708878
Name in IRS Master File NATIONAL YIDDISH BOOK CENTER INC
NTEE Code A23
NTEE Classification Cultural, Ethnic Awareness
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (61) Library
(119) Other cultural or historical activities
(918) Book, gift or supply store
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, 1980
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2018
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$258,322 4.03% Aaron Lansky President
Other Salaries of Note
$217,691 3.40% Susan Bronson Executive Director
$4,800 0.07% Debra Caplan Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Yiddish Book Center (MA) 85.69 three stars
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (NY) 90.37 four stars
Boston Athenæum (MA) 87.70 three stars
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (NY) 94.12 four stars
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute (CA) 90.87 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

National Yiddish Book Center
Yiddish Book Center
1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
tel: (413) 256-4900
fax: (413) 256-4700
EIN: 04-2708878

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Board Leadership

Sharon Karmazin
Chair

CEO

Aaron Lansky
President

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