Pencils of Promise

We create schools, programs and global communities around the common goal of education for all.

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New York, NY – EIN 263618722  pencilsofpromise.org

What Makes Us Different?
100% FOR-PURPOSE
PoP is guided by our revolutionary ?for-purpose? approach. Blending the head of a for-profit business with the heart of a humanitarian nonprofit, we rigorously measure the return on investment of every donor dollar we spend. Joy and passion are great, but results are what we?re all about.

100% DIRECT GIVING
Donors rarely know where their money goes, so we set out to change this. By covering our operational costs through private donors, events and companies, 100% of every dollar donated online goes directly into our programs to educate more children.

100% OPERATIONAL INTEGRITY
We don?t just build a school and move on, we monitor and evaluate every project we undertake. We have a proactive process to ensure every school we open is educating students.

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Pencils of Promise

Pencils of Promise, Inc.
FoundedOctober 2008
FounderAdam Braun
TypeNon-governmental organization
FocusEducation
Location
Area served
Ghana, Guatemala, Laos
MethodProviding quality education to underserved communities around the world
Key people
Adam Braun Justin Bieber
Websitepencilsofpromise.org

Pencils of Promise, also known as PoP for short, is a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world. Pencils of Promise was founded by Adam Braun in October 2008. It is a 501(c)(3) organization with education programs in Laos, Guatemala and Ghana. As of January 2015, the charity has provided 24.3 million education hours.[1] As of December 2016, the charity has served over 35,000 students and built 380 schools.[citation needed]

Activities

Origin of name

The name comes from an incident in India when Braun was visiting the country. He asked a poor street child what he wished to have most of all. The boy answered: "a pencil", so Braun gave him his pen, hence the name of the charity.[2] Realizing how important education was in many developing countries, Braun visited more than 50 countries distributing pencils to children wherever he went. In October 2008, he established the charity with the aim of providing quality education to children in some of the most underserved countries around the world.[3]

Mission

Pencils of Promise believes every child should have access to quality education. They create schools, programs, and global communities around the common goal of education for all.[4] Pencils of Promise focuses on building strong structures and sustainable education programs by forming long-lasting, collaborative relationships with communities. Sites are picked taking into account need, sustainability, cost efficiency, impact and commitment. The facilities are built with local labor and material. The charity also supports projects through ongoing teacher training, progression scholarships and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) programming.

Support

The charity is supported by a number of celebrities and most prominently by Scooter Braun, a well-known entertainment manager, and elder brother of the founder. Also involved from the first days of the organization is one of Scooter Braun's biggest acts, Justin Bieber[5] who has lent his voice as an international celebrity spokesman for the organization[6] by running ads for the charity and its campaign Schools4All[7] and promising to visit schools that donate the most funds to the organization.[8] Bieber takes part in the charity's fund-raising galas and donates parts of proceeds of his concerts and line of fragrances "Someday"[9] and various merchandising to the charity.

DJ 3LAU is also a major supporter of the charity.[10] With the proceeds from his remix "Back to New", 3LAU raised $25,000 for the charity and helped to build Justo Rufino Primary School in Guatemala. For his most recent tour 3LAU raised over $10,000 towards building a second school for the charity.[11]

American podcaster Pat Flynn serves on the advisory board for Pencils of Promise.[12]

Pencils of Promise has a partnership with the bracelet company Lokai. On Giving Tuesday in 2014, Lokai donated funds for every tweet or Instagram post about Pencils of Promise shared, in total funding four schools that now educate over 400 Ghanaian students.[13]

References

  1. ^ "Going Global? The Growing Movement to Let Kids Learn Just by Tinkering". WIRED. October 17, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "The Conversation: 'Pencils of Promise'". ABC News. January 28, 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  3. ^ (Press Release) http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12089122.htm
  4. ^ Huffington Post: The New Nonprofit – Pencils of Promise
  5. ^ Rachel Levine (November 18, 2011). "Pencils of Promise's Adam Braun Talks Justin Bieber: "He's As Grounded As He's Always Been"". OK! USA. Archived from the original on December 24, 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  6. ^ Shirley Halperin (July 28, 2011). "Adam Braun on Pencils of Promise and How Justin Bieber Is 'Making the World Better'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  7. ^ Caroline Walker (April 15, 2011). "Justin Bieber wants (a) Schools for all (b) To visit you, or (c) Both?". MTV website. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  8. ^ 2011 promotional campaign by Adam Braun and Justin Bieber for "Pencils for Promise" on YouTube
  9. ^ Shirley Halperin (July 20, 2011). "Justin Bieber: 'With Time Off, I'm Able to Think, Pray and Grow Up'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  10. ^ "Inside Vanderbilt profile". December 3, 2013. Archived from the original on December 4, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  11. ^ "CBS Local profile". December 3, 2013. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  12. ^ "Pencils of Promise fundraising letter". Pencils of Promise. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  13. ^ "Lokai". Lokai. Retrieved 2017-04-04.

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PENCILS OF PROMISE INCORPORATED

NEW YORK, NY 10001-4203 | Tax-exempt since Feb. 2009
  • EIN: 26-3618722
  • Classification (NTEE)
    International Development, Relief Services (International, Foreign Affairs and National Security)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2018

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2018

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Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2017

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2017

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Total Revenue

$11,081,303

Total Functional Expenses $8,607,400
Net income $2,473,903
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $11,395,025 Over 100%
Program services $0
Investment income $144 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$310,821
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales -$3,045
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $484,480 5.6%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $2,823,083 32.8%
Other
Total Assets $7,420,443
Total Liabilities $337,464
Net Assets $7,082,979
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2016

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2016

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Total Revenue

$8,651,759

Total Functional Expenses $8,403,617
Net income $248,142
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $8,852,814 Over 100%
Program services $0
Investment income $408 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$190,426
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales -$11,037
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $441,142 5.2%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $2,498,254 29.7%
Other
Total Assets $4,959,415
Total Liabilities $223,899
Net Assets $4,735,516
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2015

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2015

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Total Revenue

$7,895,345

Total Functional Expenses $8,285,139
Net income -$389,794
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $7,954,617 Over 100%
Program services $0
Investment income $580 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$51,883
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales -$7,969
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $567,828 6.9%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,790,473 21.6%
Other
Total Assets $4,921,365
Total Liabilities $124,838
Net Assets $4,796,527
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2014

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2014

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Total Revenue

$7,691,304

Total Functional Expenses $6,043,874
Net income $1,647,430
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $7,797,819 Over 100%
Program services $0
Investment income $568 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$117,704
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $10,621 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $275,927 4.6%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,205,461 19.9%
Other
Total Assets $5,372,277
Total Liabilities $122,456
Net Assets $5,249,821
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2013

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2013

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Total Revenue

$5,039,888

Total Functional Expenses $5,061,638
Net income -$21,750
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $4,226,449 83.9%
Program services $0
Investment income $1,037 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $801,252 15.9%
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $11,150 0.2%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $234,792 4.6%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,019,475 20.1%
Other
Total Assets $3,677,624
Total Liabilities $75,233
Net Assets $3,602,391
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2012

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2012

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Total Revenue

$5,016,495

Total Functional Expenses $3,203,649
Net income $1,812,846
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $5,039,120 Over 100%
Program services $0
Investment income $9,183 0.2%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$39,146
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $7,338 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $226,017 7.1%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $459,920 14.4%
Other
Total Assets $3,728,732
Total Liabilities $104,591
Net Assets $3,624,141
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2011

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2011

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Total Revenue

$2,152,212

Total Functional Expenses $1,409,189
Net income $743,023
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $2,224,168 Over 100%
Program services $0
Investment income $631 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$77,572
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $4,985 0.2%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $130,030 9.2%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $296,339 21.0%
Other
Total Assets $1,837,873
Total Liabilities $26,578
Net Assets $1,811,295
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2010

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2010

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990

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Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2009

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2009

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Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2008

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2008

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990-EZ

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Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.


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