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Former Names Everybody Wins! USA (2013)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Read to a Child is to increase children's success in reading and in life by inspiring adults to read to them regularly.

Our vision is that one day all children will be read to regularly by a caring adult, improving their chances to become healthy, productive members of society. 

Mission Statement

The mission of Read to a Child is to increase children's success in reading and in life by inspiring adults to read to them regularly.

Our vision is that one day all children will be read to regularly by a caring adult, improving their chances to become healthy, productive members of society. 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2015 to Sept 30, 2016
Projected Income $1,350,466.00
Projected Expense $1,299,574.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • The lunchtime reading program, Greater Boston

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of Read to a Child is to increase children's success in reading and in life by inspiring adults to read to them regularly.

Our vision is that one day all children will be read to regularly by a caring adult, improving their chances to become healthy, productive members of society. 


Background Statement

Read to a Child was founded in 1991 in New York (as Everybody Wins!) with a mission to provide quality one-on-one read aloud time to children in public schools in order to boost lagging literacy skills.  As research was published regarding the myriad benefits of reading aloud to children (both in literacy skills and socio-emotional skills development) the organization grew and opened offices throughout the country.  Concurrently, corporations became better informed about how crucial it is to boost literacy scores in elementary school in order to head off high school drop outs and other consequences for the work force and society (such as growing welfare roles and incarceration).  Corporations also found the lunchtime reading program to be a uniquely valuable volunteering experience for their employees.  Volunteers, during manageable timeframes in their lunch hour, were able to make large impacts on individual young lives.  Corporations recognized this as a truly a rewarding volunteering experience that also translated into more satisfied employees.  Even though the lunchtime reading program was a "win" for all involved (students, volunteers, schools, families)  in 2013 the name of the organization was changed from Everybody Wins USA! to Read to a Child in order to better describe our mission.

Today the lunchtime reading program is delivered to more than 1,200 underserved low-income children in urban public elementary schools in five regions nationwide: Greater Boston, Connecticut, Detroit, Los Angeles and Miami. The Greater Boston program is the largest program, currently serving more than 700 children in 17 public elementary schools, utilizing more than 800 volunteers. Volunteers from more than 80 corporate partners read aloud to students in Billerica, Cambridge, Chelsea, Dorchester, East Boston, Everett, Framingham, Hyde Park, Marlborough, Roxbury, Somerville, South Boston and Waltham elementary schools.


Impact Statement

Read to a Child’s top accomplishments from FY 15 (ended 9/30/15)

1. Mentored 1,150 low-income students in 31 urban schools across the US with 93% showing measurable improvement in literacy and social emotional skills.
 
2. Recruited, vetted and trained 1,433 volunteers from corporations and organizations across the country to participate in the lunchtime reading program with 99% reporting high satisfaction with the program.
 
3. Developed and rolled-out a comprehensive, online volunteer training tool to augment in-person trainings and to create efficiencies in volunteer engagement.
 
4. Conducted a comprehensive nationwide search for a new CEO and selected Paul Lamoureux.  Previously with Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center in Boston, Mr. Lamoureux spent the last decade helping to close the achievement gap by serving more than 25,000 urban youth in experiential learning programs.
 
5. Developed an age-appropriate financial literacy program for elementary school students, including purchasing engaging subject matter books and developing curricula, discussion items, experiential activities, and volunteer training that is directly related to purchased texts.
 
Read to a Child Top goals for FY 16 (begins 10/1/15)
 
1. Grow students served (from 1150 to 1429), volunteers engaged (1433 to 1765) and school programs opened (31 to 36) all by more than 20%.
 
2. Engage a research firm for third-party evaluation of program outcomes.
 
3. Develop a tiered major gifts program that includes "Reader's Club" levels, along with club level specific engagement and recognition. 
 
4. Rollout and evaluate the Financial Literacy program in 8 Boston area schools
 
5.  Develop a STEM literacy program for elementary school students, including purchasing engaging subject matter books and developing curricula, discussion items, experiential activities, and volunteer training that is directly related to purchased texts.

Needs Statement

Top 5 most pressing needs:

1. Attract new and expand existing corporate funders in order to open programs in 5 new schools.  Each school requires, on average, funding of $25,000 (assuming at least 50 students served) from braided revenue sources. 
 
2. Attract additional committed members to the National board as well as Regional boards of advisors in Boston, Connecticut, Detroit, Los Angeles & Miami. 
 
3. Recruit and engage more than 300 additional corporate volunteers in what is a highly impactful and deeply satisfying mentoring experience.
 
4. Attract more individual donors at the $5,000 and above level in a new major gifts program in order to augment more established funding streams from corporations and foundations.   
 
5. Professional services to more efficiently manage and communicate with existing and potential stakeholders (e.g. website/email/social media; donor/volunteer management tools; staff communication tools)

CEO Statement

Read to a Child believes that every child deserves to be read to regularly by a caring adult. By reading aloud to a child, both adults and children enjoy a rewarding experience that greatly increases the child’s literacy skills and opportunity for success in the future. It’s a simple activity with a huge impact.

In our flagship lunchtime reading program, Read to a Child matches business professionals across the country with children to read together during the child’s lunchtime at underserved elementary schools. We build partnerships with local organizations and businesses so we can efficiently recruit groups of volunteers who work together. Volunteers are screened, trained and supported by Read to a Child throughout the program. Part of our support includes providing a diverse collection of recommended, age-appropriate books at each program site to enable volunteers and children to easily find great stories to share and discuss.

When an organization steps in to commit to a group of children, wonderful things happen. Kids can’t wait for their mentors to arrive and the stories to begin. Because our reading program is based on one-on-one mentoring, a strong rapport builds between volunteer and child. Volunteers are asked to commit for one school year and are encouraged to strengthen the relationship by continuing to read with the same child for several years.

One of our goals is to help students become proficient readers by fourth grade.  Currently, 80% of low-income fourth grade students across the country are not proficient readers.  Of those, 26 percent will not graduate from high school and 2/3rds will end up on welfare or in jail! 
 
Please help us close the achievement gap and enable underserved, low-income youth to become healthy, productive members of society.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our organization. Please visit us at www.readtoachild.org. Together we can help many more children discover the power of books and reading.


Board Chair Statement

 
I was recruited to volunteer as a reading mentor while getting my MBA at Yale.  During my experience with the organization and my time with my mentee, I became aware of the power of spending time with an elementary school student, both for me and for the child.  It became clear to me that our time together was beneficial in boosting reading ability, vocabulary and reading comprehension, but also in helping the child with confidence and self-esteem.  I was hooked and I always looked forward to my once-a-week session.  When I moved to Detroit and founded Fontinalis Partners, I read more of the research on reading aloud and looked deeper at the organization's business model. I then realized that I had to remain involved, that Detroit was in great need of the lunchtime reading program, and this was also a great way for me to help the entire society.  I subsequently joined the national board and am honored to be the current chair.  

I see our major challenge (as we continue to grow across the country) to be in our efforts to continue to educate more individuals and corporations on the crucial nature of our work and that we represent a cause worthy of their support (both in dollars and in volunteers).  We have a plan in place (now that we are fully staffed across our five regions) to make our efforts at greater educational outreach more effective and to bring more support to the organization.  These resources are crucial to enable us to continue to add new schools to the program and satisfy the long waiting list of underserved, low-income elementary school students across the country.

Geographic Area Served

NATIONAL
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
Greater Boston, MA (Billerica, Cambridge, Chelsea, Dorchester, East Boston, Everett, Framingham, Hyde Park, Marlborough, Roxbury, Somerville, South Boston and Waltham); Los Angeles, CA; Hartford, New Britain & New Haven, CT;  Miami, FL;  Detroit & Pontiac, MI.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Primary & Elementary Schools
  2. Youth Development - Adult, Child Matching Programs
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

The lunchtime reading program, Greater Boston

Read to a Child of Greater Boston’s lunchtime reading program pairs corporate volunteer mentors with public school children for one-on-one read aloud time during the child’s lunch period. Once a week, throughout the academic year, volunteer mentors travel to a participating school at which they have been matched with a child. The lunchtime reading program serves more than 700 children in grades 1-4, ages 6-10, in 17 schools in Boston, Billerica, Cambridge, Chelsea, Dorchester, East Boston, Everett, Framingham, Hyde Park, Marlborough, Roxbury, Somerville, South Boston and Waltham.

Budget  $478,310.00
Category  Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Pre- and post-program evaluations over the course of one school year will demonstrate that 80% of participating students improve in at least one of the following six categories: 1) enthusiasm for books and reading; 2) vocabulary; 3) listening comprehension; 4) self-confidence; 5) ability to articulate thoughts; 6) reading ability.
Program Long-Term Success  Our vision is that one day all children will have a caring adult read aloud to them, improving their chances to become healthy, productive members of society. Research shows that reading is the single most important activity for developing literacy skills. Reading aloud (as a strategy and an activity) increases children’s independent reading skills and research has shown that when reading aloud at a grade level above the child's reading level, it is more effective at boosting literacy skills than the child reading own their own.. The lunchtime reading program provides a mentoring relationship that boosts a child's self confidence, while promoting an interest in learning and staying in school. Therefore, ideally our program will generate student participants’ interest in academic learning and ultimately propel them to high school graduation, an accomplishment that is proven to significantly increase the likelihood for lifetime success.
Program Success Monitored By 

Annual program evaluation is currently performed using each of the following tools:

-Student evaluations: On a pre- and post-program basis, teachers rate their students’ skill levels in six categories: 1) enthusiasm for books and reading; 2) vocabulary; 3) listening comprehension 4) self-confidence; 5) ability to articulate thoughts; 6) reading ability.

-Teacher evaluations: At the end of each program year, teachers respond to survey questions about student behavior and progress, and rate the effectiveness of our program.

-Mentor surveys: At the end of the program year, volunteers evaluate the efficiency, flexibility and value of the program.

Evaluation is vital to the success and ongoing quality improvement of the lunchtime reading program both for the student and for the volunteer. All feedback informs program improvements to ensure maximum program effectiveness.

Examples of Program Success 

Since inception, the program has grown to 16 schools, serving 700 children in 12 communities throughout Greater Boston.

Program evaluations consistently reflect that 80% of students improve in at least one of six categories: enthusiasm for books and reading; vocabulary; listening comprehension; self-confidence; ability to articulate thoughts; reading ability.

Over 90% of mentors rate their experience with the lunchtime reading program as Excellent or Above Average.

Teachers and principals consistently report the value to struggling readers who participate. Feedback from 1st grade teachers in 2012-2013 included:

• "The students who participate in the program definitely have a greater interest in books. They want to read more. They know the different types of literature. They value books and can see how they are helped by books."
• "It's a privilege that the students value. The self image improvement translates to school success. They know they do not want to let their readers down!"
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr Paul Lamoureux
CEO Term Start May 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Paul Lamoureux stepped into the role of CEO of Read to a Child in May of 2015. For the last decade, Paul was Vice President of Programs for Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center in Boston. Paul served on the senior leadership team, supervised staff, managed a multi-million dollar budget, oversaw programs, inspired stakeholders and achieved fundraising success. While at Thompson Island, Mr. Lamoureux developed engaging and impactful experiential learning programs that served more than 25,000 urban youth, that demonstrated evidence of success, and that are widely emulated.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Olivia Mathews Mar 2011 May 2015

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 11
Number of Part Time Staff 35
Number of Volunteers 1,433
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 92%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 36
Hispanic/Latino: 6
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 41
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Commercial General Liability
Automobile Insurance
Directors and Officers Policy
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Christopher J. Thomas
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fontinalis Partners
Board Chair Term Sept 2013 - Sept 2016
Board Co-Chair Mark Tarini
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation ArcLight Capital Partners
Board Co-Chair Term May 2015 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Brett Barfield Holland & Knight Voting
Ruth Bramson Retired CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Voting
Vice Admiral David L. Brewer III The Brewer Leadership Group Voting
Phil Harrell Firecracker Voting
Paul Lamoureux Read to a Child Voting
Ashim Mehra Baron Capital Voting
Peter Necheles Agero Voting
Tracy Pearce Dentsu Aegis Voting
Joan Pierre American Express Voting
Julie Solomon Pitney Bowes Voting
Arthur Tannenbaum Everybody Wins! Foundation Exofficio
Mark Tarini ArcLight Capital Partners Voting
Christopher J. Thomas Fontanalis Partners Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Christopher Anderson Anderson Robbins Research --
Katharine Beattie NTT DATA, Inc. --
Feng Chang Karmaloop --
Jason DeMarzo New York Life Insurance Company --
Judith Frothingham Imagitas --
Dorree Gurdak Weber Shandwick --
Olivia Mathews Former Read to a Child CEO --
Mark Minichiello Acadian Asset Management --
Vicki Newberry BNY Mellon --
Nancy Puleo Posternak Blankstein & Lund --
Cory Sinclair Cabot Corporation --
Mark Tarini ArcLight Capital Partners --
Robyn Tice Eaton Vance --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Marketing

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2015 to Sept 30, 2016
Projected Income $1,350,466.00
Projected Expense $1,299,574.00
Form 990s

2014 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Reviewed Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $922,869 $955,953 $368,221
Total Expenses $898,723 $752,601 $303,299

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- $595,687 $212,728
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $776,387 $69,656 $48,514
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $600 $21 --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $145,882 $117,305 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $173,284 $106,979

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $684,108 $569,791 $234,887
Administration Expense $128,546 $127,370 $39,572
Fundraising Expense $86,069 $55,440 $28,840
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.03 1.27 1.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses 76% 76% 77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 9% 7% 11%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $531,534 $494,642 $230,887
Current Assets $486,374 $459,272 $228,263
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $105,148 $91,324 $31,526
Total Net Assets $426,386 $403,318 $199,361

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 6.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 4.63 5.03 7.24

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s.

As per Note 3 in the 2013 Audited Financial document, also posted above, the organization completed its national restructuring plan during fiscal year 2013. Note 3 on page 10 also details the acquisitions of Everybody Wins! CT, Everybody Wins! LA and Everybody Wins! South Florida by the organization, resulting in legal control of the newly acquired organizations residing with the Board of Directors of Read to a Child, Inc. The Other revenue category above, for fiscal years 2013 and 2012, reflects asset transfers associated with the acquisitions.

In fiscal year 2013 the organization legally changed its name with the IRS from Everybody Wins! to Read to a Child.
 

Documents


Other Documents

Annual Report (2014)

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