aka Montclair Public Library Foundation   |   Montclair, NJ   |

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EIN: 82-0558746


The Montclair Public Library Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that develops philanthropic support for the Montclair Public Library. Established in 2002, the Montclair Public Library Foundation strives to increase funding for Library programs, collection enhancement, staff development, special projects and other critical needs that exceed municipal funding. Through the development of new financial resources, the Montclair Public Library Foundation seeks to ensure that the Library meets the needs of its diverse community and maintains its stature as one of the foremost libraries in the State of New Jersey.

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Executive Director

Mary Packer

Main address

50 South Fullerton Avenue

Montclair, NJ 07042 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture

Public libraries

Population served info

Children and youth


Unemployed people

Retired people


NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (A11)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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What we aim to solve

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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's Summer Reading Club Program

Provide funding for performances and summer reading club program for children and teens.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Provides internet access to students who do not have access to the technology at home

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Delivers Library materials weekly to those who are unable to visit the library due to health, mobility, or other issues.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Our Vision is
- To enhance and expand the library's role as a center of learning, cultural enrichment, and community interaction. The Foundation provides an additional source of funds to supplement, not replace, public funding.
- To champion free and equitable access to information, resources, and opportunities for all people.
- To ensure the future of our library as a robust center of literacy, economic opportunity, life-long learning, discovery, and community life.

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 and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 46.42 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 26.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6% over 10 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

This snapshot of MONTCLAIR FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $149,607 $165,740 $199,739 $166,643 -$217,632
As % of expenses 81.5% 96.5% 96.9% 57.4% -50.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $149,607 $165,740 $199,739 $166,643 -$217,632
As % of expenses 81.5% 96.5% 96.9% 57.4% -50.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $392,174 $215,872 $352,380 $617,091 $385,316
Total revenue, % change over prior year 39.3% -45.0% 63.2% 75.1% -37.6%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.4% 2.8% 1.7% 1.1% 2.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 98.6% 97.2% 98.3% 75.6% 100.6%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 23.3% -3.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $183,565 $171,772 $206,178 $290,073 $433,229
Total expenses, % change over prior year -23.4% -6.4% 20.0% 40.7% 49.4%
Personnel 11.9% 0.0% 0.0% 25.0% 37.5%
Professional fees 2.8% 10.0% 2.7% 1.9% 1.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 39.0% 51.8% 88.1% 61.0% 48.0%
All other expenses 46.4% 38.1% 9.3% 12.1% 13.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $183,565 $171,772 $206,178 $290,073 $433,229
One month of savings $15,297 $14,314 $17,182 $24,173 $36,102
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $198,862 $186,086 $223,360 $314,246 $469,331

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 41.0 51.9 54.9 17.4 10.7
Months of cash and investments 41.0 51.9 54.9 47.9 27.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 37.7 51.9 54.9 45.9 24.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $626,973 $742,713 $942,452 $421,145 $384,783
Investments $0 $0 $0 $737,822 $609,068
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Unrestricted net assets $576,973 $742,713 $942,452 $1,109,095 $891,463
Temporarily restricted net assets $50,000 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 $50,000 $0 $0 $50,000 $100,000
Total net assets $626,973 $742,713 $942,452 $1,159,095 $991,463

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.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mary Packer

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 06/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Gina Chung Fortt

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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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 11/7/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/29/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.