By building free, online tools that use AI to automatically evaluate student writing, Quill provides 4th through 12th grade students with immediate feedback and coaching.

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EIN: 46-2736440


Quill’s mission is to help more than 10 million low-income students each year become strong writers, readers, and critical thinkers. Teachers are busier than ever and have little to no time to provide individual writing feedback to their students. By building free online tools that use AI to automatically evaluate student writing, Quill provides 4th through 12th-grade students with immediate feedback and coaching. This enables students to revise their work immediately and quickly build their literacy skills.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr Peter Gault

Main address

41 E 11th St 11th Floor

New York, NY 10003 USA

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Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Educational management

Elementary and secondary education

Education services

Student services

Population served info




Young adults

NTEE code info

(Student Services and Organizations) (B80)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization aims to serve all low-income K-12 students in the United States. Low-income students frequently do not receive sufficient feedback on writing, and have the most to gain through personalized writing instruction. As of 2012, there are 31 million low-income K-12 students in the United States, defined as students eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch. 88% of these students struggle with writing, which is one of the biggest hurdles low-income students face on their path to work, post-secondary training, and higher education. Never has this deficit been more pronounced or its downstream effects more devastating. In order to get a job, gain entry into a technical training program, or matriculate and succeed at college, students need to write emails, answer questions on digital applications, and write essays.

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?

We provide free online tools to support students to become stronger readers, writers, and critical thinkers. At present, we have six products: Quill Grammar, Quill Proofreader, Quill Lessons, Quill Diagnostics, Quill Connect and Quill Reading for Evidence.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

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 users on daily, monthly and annual basis

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Number of active Quill students per year

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Since launching in September 2014, has impacted over 8 million K-12 students from over 35,000 schools across all 50 states, with 64% of our students attending Title-1 eligible schools. These students have written and received feedback on over 2 billion sentences. Within the next five years, we aim to help 10 million low-income students per year improve their writing and thinking skills.

Quill helps students become strong readers and writers by using research-validated literacy strategies.

Quill’s first five tools focus on strengthening student writing skills: Quill Proofreader, Quill Grammar, Quill Diagnostic, Quill Lessons, and Quill Connect. Quill’s latest tool, Quill Reading for Evidence, focuses on building student reading comprehension through writing.

Using Quill Reading for Evidence, students read a non-fiction text and answer AI-powered writing prompts about the text while their AI tutor gives feedback on their responses in real-time. Far more powerful than multiple choice, Quill Reading for Evidence provides students the opportunity to engage in deeper thinking about a text and receive immediate feedback on their written answers to textual evidence questions.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 2017
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.58 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16.6 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 15% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $133,459 $1,568,828 $3,458,919 $1,383,582 $2,370,933
As % of expenses 20.1% 114.2% 130.2% 39.4% 71.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$92,816 $1,181,384 $2,847,569 $491,584 $1,137,046
As % of expenses -10.4% 67.1% 87.2% 11.2% 25.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,223,869 $4,064,793 $5,302,000 $4,345,659 $6,347,316
Total revenue, % change over prior year -24.1% 232.1% 30.4% -18.0% 46.1%
Program services revenue 10.6% 37.1% 64.1% 82.5% 55.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.1%
All other grants and contributions 74.7% 62.9% 35.8% 17.4% 41.1%
Other revenue 14.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $662,389 $1,374,095 $2,655,814 $3,513,501 $3,296,302
Total expenses, % change over prior year 368.9% 107.4% 93.3% 32.3% -6.2%
Personnel 63.8% 58.4% 73.9% 76.4% 73.6%
Professional fees 16.6% 18.4% 12.0% 10.7% 12.7%
Occupancy 0.1% 5.5% 4.3% 0.1% 0.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.9% 0.6% 0.0%
All other expenses 19.5% 17.8% 8.9% 12.2% 13.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $888,664 $1,761,539 $3,267,164 $4,405,499 $4,530,189
One month of savings $55,199 $114,508 $221,318 $292,792 $274,692
Debt principal payment $0 $18,000 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $530,731 $843,114 $1,068,814 $1,668,299 $1,738,419
Total full costs (estimated) $1,474,594 $2,737,161 $4,557,296 $6,366,590 $6,543,300

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 20.5 22.1 21.1 14.5 17.0
Months of cash and investments 20.5 22.1 21.1 14.5 17.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 14.8 13.5 17.8 12.5 15.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,130,965 $2,535,423 $4,665,438 $4,236,115 $4,669,293
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $283,760 $765,209 $522,536 $246,314 $1,272,878
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,584,795 $2,427,908 $3,496,723 $5,165,021 $6,903,440
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 31.0% 36.2% 42.6% 46.1% 52.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 5.6% 4.7% 7.2% 9.5% 8.8%
Unrestricted net assets $1,910,843 $3,092,227 $5,939,796 $6,431,380 $7,568,426
Temporarily restricted net assets $460,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $460,000 $1,581,870 $769,137 $217,713 $897,794
Total net assets $2,370,843 $4,674,097 $6,708,933 $6,649,093 $8,466,220

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Executive Director

Mr Peter Gault

Peter started designing educational tools in high school, and studied philosophy and history at Bates College, with a special focus on debate and critical thinking. Over the last four years, he has been recognized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Literacy Courseware Challenge and Forbes’ 30 Under 30.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
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Board chair

Mr. Paul Walker

Stephanie Cohen

Goldman Sachs

Peg Tyre

Edwin Gould Foundation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • 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 11/20/2023

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