Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation

the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation supports many of the Library's vital programs that enhance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity throughout our region.

Philadelphia, PA   |  www.freelibrary.org

Mission

To develop resources and funding to expand, enhance, and support the services, collections, building improvements and technology expansion, and other activities of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Programs include early childhood, family, and adult literacy; after-school homework help; teen leadership and youth empowerment summit; workplace and career placement; Regional Foundation Center; lecture series; summer programs in reading and science; and cultural performances.

Ruling year info

1988

Principal Officer

Dave Edwards

Main address

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

52-1173474

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2020, 2019 and 2018.
Register now

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

This profile needs more info.

If it is your nonprofit, add a problem overview.

Login and update

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Children and Family Literacy

The Free Library of Philadelphia offers a suite of literacy enrichment programs in neighborhood libraries throughout the city that touch the lives of thousands of children and their families. That includes:

The Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program (LEAP) a free drop-in program that, in 2019, provided nearly 150,000 students in grades K-12 with a safe and supportive place to go after the school day ends. Grounded in the Free Library’s mission to “advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity,” as well as in the public library’s commitment to be an open and accessible community resource, LEAP is much more than an out-of-school time program. It is a crucial initiative, found in every neighborhood in Philadelphia, that provides after school mentoring, homework assistance, access to computers, healthy snacks, individualized tutoring, and trauma-informed care

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Summer of Wonder program has three primary goals: to support and enhance literacy skills for all ages; to foster a love of reading and learning for all Philadelphians; and to help combat summer slide, a real concern for children and teens in some of the most challenged communities in Philadelphia.

Read by 4th works to empower families with the knowledge, skills, and resources to support language and literacy development at home.

Read Baby Read aims to increase the availability of early education for families in Philadelphia’s low-income communities by helping to build early language skills in infants and toddlers and provide support for their parents and caregivers.

Literacy in Early Learning Spaces provides ongoing professional support for Early Childhood Educators who teach in a Child Care setting.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Older adults
Children and youth
Teachers

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of patron vists

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metrics from the FY19-21 Strategic Plan. All numbers are as of March 31, 2020.

Number of literacy engagement activities for youth

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Children and Family Literacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metrics from the FY19-21 Strategic Plan. All numbers are as of March 31, 2020. Goal is to reach 35.

25% increase in teen program attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Children and Family Literacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metrics from the FY19-21 Strategic Plan. All numbers are as of March 31, 2020. 81% to goal

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Financials

Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation

Board of directors
as of 9/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Barbara Sutherland

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/05/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data