Braddock Carnegie Library Association

Center of Light & Learning

Braddock, PA   |

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Braddock Carnegie Library Association

EIN: 25-1331716


Our mission is to provide reliable access to resources that engage compassionate and creative neighbors.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ms. Victoria L. Vargo

Main address

419 Library Street P.O. Box G

Braddock, PA 15104 USA

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Formerly known as

Braddock's Field Historical Society



Subject area info

Arts and culture


Community improvement

Population served info

Children and youth


Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth

Unemployed people

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Braddock Carnegie Library's service area has a 31.1% poverty rate, and our school district ranks in the bottom five schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our residents need equitable access to educational resources, including digital resources such as the internet, and other public services. Our community also needs a safe refuge for unhoused, underserved, and youth populations.

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?

A Creative Library!

The BCLA belives in empowering creative minds and is a catalyst for positive change in our community. Our library serves Braddock, North Braddock, East Pittsburgh, Chalfant, & Turtle Creek.

Our library is a public space in our commitment to openness and accessibility. The library is a gathering space - a place where neighbors of all ages meet, exchange ideas, share with one another, and strengthen our community. It is a place in which individuals and groups can access other intellectual communities through programs, art, and technology. Our library is a space for connecting.

While our daily programming engages all ages, expanding our neighborhood partnerships allows us to extend our programming beyond our walls. We provide programming in literature, arts, STEM, and job searching.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


National Historic Landmark 2012

National Parks Service

National Register of Historic Places 1973

US Department of Interior

Historic Landmark 1976

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

Allegheny County Library Association 2022

Allegheny County Library Association 2021

Allegheny County Library Association 2020

Allegheny County Library Association 2019

Allegheny County Library Association 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Hours of expertise provided

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2023's Metrics will be finalized in March 2024.

Number of public events held to further mission

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2023's Metrics will be finalized in March 2024.

Number of youth programs offered

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

2023's Metrics will be finalized in March 2024.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We believe empowering creative minds is a catalyst for positive change. We uphold and adapt Andrew Carnegie's original vision of our library as a "Center of Light & Learning" for the community we serve. Our vision is for our community to become a model for shared learning and experiences through individual and cooperative enrichment.

The Braddock Carnegie Library Association will establish itself as the center of the community connecting our multi-generational community members.

We will achieve these positive changes through the following:
• Personal and professional development through access to content and experiences for all ages.
• Establish programs that are flexible and adaptable.
• Upgrade Systems to provide more comfort for Patrons & Staff.
• Universal Access to the facility.
• Provide a secure and safe facility.
• Providing access to all residents in our service area.

We are completing a total renovation of our historic 135-year-old building. These renovations will provide access to 100% of the building for 100% of the population. We are also surveying our patrons to design new programs based on the needs of our community.

Since moving out of the library building for renovation we had to become adaptable in our services by taking them into the community and offering alternative location for computer and internet use as well as book pick up.

Our physical library space is adaptable to change. We are completing a Building Master Plan that has identified what needs to be done to make our facility useable for the next 100 years. Within this plan, we incorporated the need for adaptable spaces - easily modified areas as our needs change. Our staff consists of open-minded individuals who can translate patrons' needs/desires into programs within our capacity. The ability to be open-minded is a key requirement when hiring new staff.

We have completed 14 months of construction and 98.7% of the finances to complete the renovation. We have about 8-10 months before our renovated space is open.

In the interim, we have our children's programming rotating between parks in the summer and classrooms in the fall. We have also made a temporary home at the Braddock Battlefields History Museum to offer a maker's space and a storefront on Braddock Avenue with our librarians to provide answers and assistance to those who need resources.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Braddock Carnegie Library Association
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 15.54 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 28.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 19% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Braddock Carnegie Library Association

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Braddock Carnegie Library Association

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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Braddock Carnegie Library Association

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Braddock Carnegie Library Association’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 -$578,029 -$87,271 $71,506 $408,202 $2,761,733
As % of expenses -32.4% -12.3% 9.2% 54.1% 329.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$716,786 -$226,028 -$67,478 $268,278 $2,619,884
As % of expenses -37.2% -26.6% -7.4% 30.0% 267.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $435,892 $664,256 $4,247,661 $2,875,654 $11,897,010
Total revenue, % change over prior year -68.3% 52.4% 539.5% -32.3% 313.7%
Program services revenue 5.1% 2.9% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.4% 0.2% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Government grants 41.4% 30.5% 6.7% 7.2% 1.8%
All other grants and contributions 46.8% 65.2% 93.1% 92.4% 98.1%
Other revenue 6.3% 1.3% 0.1% 0.3% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,786,743 $709,644 $774,415 $754,977 $838,375
Total expenses, % change over prior year 217.0% -60.3% 9.1% -2.5% 11.0%
Personnel 25.4% 69.7% 68.0% 63.1% 54.1%
Professional fees 2.1% 11.4% 16.6% 15.6% 8.4%
Occupancy 2.4% 4.9% 2.8% 4.1% 5.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 70.0% 14.1% 12.6% 17.1% 32.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,925,500 $848,401 $913,399 $894,901 $980,224
One month of savings $148,895 $59,137 $64,535 $62,915 $69,865
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $431,170 $2,971,790
Total full costs (estimated) $2,074,395 $907,538 $977,934 $1,388,986 $4,021,879

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.9 4.6 42.6 83.6 85.3
Months of cash and investments 2.9 4.6 42.6 83.6 85.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.1 -1.2 0.0 -0.4 -3.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $425,820 $273,074 $2,748,105 $5,262,775 $5,960,202
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $144,735 $154,621 $1,185,562 $530,618 $8,517,347
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $7,226,649 $7,226,649 $7,230,450 $7,661,620 $10,230,909
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 32.5% 34.4% 36.3% 36.1% 24.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.1% 1.3% 0.9% 2.0% 3.1%
Unrestricted net assets $4,898,240 $4,672,212 $4,604,734 $4,873,012 $7,492,896
Temporarily restricted net assets $397,209 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 $397,209 $439,125 $3,877,727 $5,619,719 $14,036,721
Total net assets $5,295,449 $5,111,337 $8,482,461 $10,492,731 $21,529,617

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

Ms. Victoria L. Vargo

Ms. Vargo became the Executive Director of the Braddock Carnegie Library Association in 2006. Under her leadership, the library saw a renaissance. The Library became a National Historic Landmark; Ms. Vargo was able to increase staff, open a new Children's Library on the second floor, and usher in Arts programming, including an art lending library. Ms. Vargo's largest accomplishment has been successfully leading a $20 million Capital Campaign to restore, refurbish and re-open 100% of the 135-year-old library building. She has ensured that the Braddock Carnegie Library will serve as a Next Century Library for many years. Ms. Vargo is also very active in the community serving on city council as Vice President, Treasurer of a CDC, and serving on the board of directors of the Braddock's Battlefield History Center. Before her employment at the BCLA, Ms. Vargo was employed by Pressure Sciences and Costar Systems. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Westminster College.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Braddock Carnegie Library Association

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Braddock Carnegie Library Association

Board of directors
as of 01/31/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

C. Andrew McGhee

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Term: 2023 - 2025

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Board leadership practices

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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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/6/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/06/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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