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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
New York Public Library

A BBB Accredited charity


  • Meets all standards

Expiration Date:
New York Public Library
Formerly known as:
Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
445 Fifth Avenue, 4th Fl
New York, NY 10016
Web Site:
Year, State Incorporated:
1895, New York
Stated Purpose:
" The New York Public Library's mission is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities. "

Evaluation Conclusions

New York Public Library (NYPL) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond, operating 90 libraries-including research and branch libraries- throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. The Library system offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming, and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years, with more than 18 million visits in fiscal year 2012. The New York Public Library also serves millions more around the globe online through its website and its extensive social media presence.


Chief Executive Officer:
Mr. Anthony W. Marx, President and CEO
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Evan R. Chesler
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 3.8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $226,417,000, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on NYPL's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  

City of New York


Private Contributions and Grants


Investment return appropriated for spending


State of New York


Fines, Royalties and other revenue


Contributed Utilities and Rent


Federal Government


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Library Services

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses
Other Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 84%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative 9%  Other Expenses: 4%
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Beginning net assets $958,531,000
Ending net assets 1,099,003,000
Total liabilities 409,456,000

Total assets



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