Better Business Bureau Report for
American Library Association

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2017

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Charity Contact Information

Name: American Library Association
Address: 50 East Huron St.
  Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-280-4253
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1876, Massachusetts
Affiliates: ALA Allied Professional Association, Inc. , Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust, and 57 chapters
Stated Purpose: The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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Evaluation Conclusions


American Library Association meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Membership services are provided in conjunction with member participation; personal and organizational members totaled 55,300 as of August 31, 2014. Conferences enable members to keep abreast of the latest technological capabilities, new publications and trends in the profession. Four major conferences, several national forums and a variety of institutes were held during the year. Publishing of trade journals and books aides the profession. The American Library Association published 12 trade journals and 52 books on a variety of topics of interest to the profession during the year.

For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2014, American Library Association's program expenses were:

Program services 45,552,062
Total Program Expenses: $45,552,062
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Chief Executive : Keith Fiels, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Courtney Young
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Head Librarian & Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University, Greater Allegheny Campus

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 260

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


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing, membership
Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $7,179,168, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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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.
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The following information is based on American Library Association's audited financial statements - consolidated for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Meetings and conferences 12,579,999
Sales of books and materials 8,431,451
Membership dues 8,387,299
Advertising 5,582,068
Grants 4,954,945
Subscriptions 4,935,371
Net realized and change in unrealized gains 4,923,793
Other 2,695,476
Contributions 2,224,223
Dividends and interest income 1,449,065
Total Income $56,163,690


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 94%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 5%  Other Expenses: Less than 1%

Total income $56,163,690
Program expenses $45,552,062
Fund raising expenses 339,286
Administrative expenses 2,263,401
Other Expenses 41,580
Total expenses $48,196,329
Income in Excess of Expenses 7,967,361
Beginning net assets 30,694,664
Ending net assets 38,662,025
Total liabilities 41,706,863
Total assets $80,368,888

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