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Raising A Reader (RAR-MA Inc.)

 9B Hamilton Place, 3rd Floor
 Boston, MA 02108
[P] (617) 292-2665
[F] (617) 292-2660
www.raisingareaderma.org
[email protected]
Sara Pollock DeMedeiros
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INCORPORATED: 2009
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EIN 80-0297898

LAST UPDATED: 09/01/2017
Organization DBA Raising A Reader Massachusetts
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Raising A Reader MA partners with regional organizations to help parents with young children to develop, practice and maintain shared reading habits, which foster vocabulary and language skills essential to reading readiness. pasting

Our Vision is to equip all parents and caregivers to become agents of change, as their child’s first teachers, to eliminate the opportunity gap that impacts success in school and beyond. 

Our vision is to equip all parents and caregivers to become agents of change, as their child’s first teachers, to eliminate the opportunity gap that impacts success in school and beyond. 

Mission Statement

Raising A Reader MA partners with regional organizations to help parents with young children to develop, practice and maintain shared reading habits, which foster vocabulary and language skills essential to reading readiness. pasting

Our Vision is to equip all parents and caregivers to become agents of change, as their child’s first teachers, to eliminate the opportunity gap that impacts success in school and beyond. 

Our vision is to equip all parents and caregivers to become agents of change, as their child’s first teachers, to eliminate the opportunity gap that impacts success in school and beyond. 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $949,640.00
Projected Expense $853,079.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Brockton
  • Lawrence
  • Lowell
  • Metro Boston

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Overview

Mission Statement

Raising A Reader MA partners with regional organizations to help parents with young children to develop, practice and maintain shared reading habits, which foster vocabulary and language skills essential to reading readiness. pasting

Our Vision is to equip all parents and caregivers to become agents of change, as their child’s first teachers, to eliminate the opportunity gap that impacts success in school and beyond. 

Our vision is to equip all parents and caregivers to become agents of change, as their child’s first teachers, to eliminate the opportunity gap that impacts success in school and beyond. 


Background Statement

Raising A Reader came to Massachusetts in Spring 2006 with support of the GreenLight Fund—an organization that identifies groundbreaking, innovative, and results-oriented nonprofits in cities around the country and replicates those programs in the Boston area. Launched in Chelsea in 2006, Raising A Reader Massachusetts now reaches nearly 12,000 young children and their families in nearly 20 communities across the Commonwealth. These include ten of the Governor's Gateway Cities including: Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere, Springfield, and Worcester.

In 2007, with the guidance of Strategic Grant Partners, Raising A Reader MA created a three-year strategic plan that called for growth in order to reach more children and more communities.  We also focused on targeting the youngest children and more directly engaging parents to ensure that they have the knowledge, skills and comfort level to make the interactive shared book experience with their children a. routine and b. effective. This includes the integration of a five-part, evidence-based Dialogic Reading workshop series for parents into our core program model; in 2010, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center completed a four-year, randomly controlled evaluation of the effectiveness of the Raising A Reader program with the five-part family workshop series and found the program to have statistically significant outcomes for children in five key area of kindergarten readiness: vocabulary, grammar, phonological awareness, letter knowledge and memory span. 

In 2010, with funding support from BNY Mellon, we introduced a parent leadership component to our program in response to graduates who wanted to help bring Raising A Reader MA to their neighbors. These  "Parent Ambassadors," are trained and supported in conducting parent outreach and facilitating Dialogic Reading workshops.

These program enhancements helped us become approved as a provider of evidence-based early literacy and family engagement services in the Commonwealth. This led to our being able to secure modest contracts to deliver our services to an additional 1,500 young children and families in communities accross the state
 
In 2017 we introduced two innovations:  a partnership with UniFirst Corporation to offer Raising A Reader MA as an employee benefit, and technology including parent text messages and videos, produced by WGBH, that model dialogic reading strategies.
 
 

Impact Statement

Since being founded in 2006, Raising A Reader MA has circulated over 45,000 high-quality children's book to more than 38,000 children and families. We have supported nearly 12,000 families in mastering Dialogic Reading strategies, and trained 2,000 teachers and other early educators in supporting family engagement in early literacy development. 

In addition to reaching a large number of children, families and early education providers, our unique combination of services have the desired outcome of increasing both the frequency and the quality of families' home reading routines.

The success of our work lies in our ability to ensure our community partners are implementing the program with fidelity. We strive to maintain an average of 90% fidelity to the program model. Fidelity of implementation includes:

 

  • Assessment of the quality and frequency of the red bag book rotation program
  • Assessment of each implementation partners' use of red bag book rotation materials and Dialogic Reading strategies in their classroom instruction. 

 

These data, combined with a 25% average parent participation in direct instruction in Dialogic Reading strategies, result in an average 25% improvement in the percentage of families who report reading with their children at home at least three times a week. 

Needs Statement

Raising A Reader MA's primary need is for program and operating support to fund the implementation of the core program model to children and families living in high need communities across the Commonwealth.

All donated funds are used to support the delivery of the following:  

1.      Our signature red bag book rotation program, which puts dozens of high quality, developmentally and culturally appropriate books in the hands of children and families to share at home each year.

2.      Multilingual workshops, training tools, and other support services to teach parents Dialogic Reading strategies so they can read and share stories at home in a way that supports their children’s pre-literacy development.  

These services are delivered through partnerships with centers of early education and care, and other community-based organizations where high need families receive support (e.g. adult basic education programs, churches). We provide parallel training and support to our community partners to ensure they have the tools and resources they need to help families become active readers with their children. 


CEO Statement

Raising A Reader MA is unique because we give young children and their families books AND we teach them how to use them.

If the solution to improving children’s success in school were as simple as giving them books, there would be no failure in schools. There are many programs that give away books. If the solution to the high school drop-out problem was as easy as finding adults to read to kids during the school day, we would have a 100% high school graduation rate. There are many programs that pair adult mentors with kids who may not have adults who can read with them.
 
Our core model directly addresses the literature that shows the academic achievement gap is in part a result of young children and families not reading together at home.  
 
We know the reasons families may not read together at home are complicated. Children whose parents don’t read stories to them every night at bed time may not have books at home to read. Their parents may not be good readers, they may work a lot to pay rent and other bills, or their parents may not have had parents who read to them. Rachel, a Raising A Reader MA mom in Somerville once said, “To tell you the truth, before I learned how to read with my child I gave away the few books I DID have.”
 
What makes Raising A Reader MA distinctive is that we help moms like Rachel understand why it is important to read with their young children. We also help moms like Rachel learn fun and easy strategies for reading with their children, and increase their access to books through the red bag book rotation program. 

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Massachusetts-All Regions

Raising A Reader MA is currently working with more than 100 partners in Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Revere and Springfield.  

A new indirect service delivery model has brought Raising A Reader MA to Outer Cape Cod, Northern Berkshire County, Newton/Waltham, Oxford, Plymouth, West Springfield, and Worcester.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Preschools
  2. Education - Parent & Teacher Groups
  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Brockton

Launched in 2010 as a result of a generous grant by the Edith Glick Shoolman Foundation, our partners in Brockton are currently delivering the following services to more than 1,000 young children and their families:
 
1.     Our signature red bag book rotation program, which puts dozens of high quality, developmentally and culturally appropriate books in the hands of families and centers of early education and care

2.       Multilingual workshops, tools, and other professional and peer support services that help parents master Dialogic Reading strategies so they can read and share stories at home in a way that supports their children’s pre-literacy development regardless of their own literacy abilities. 

We provide our implementation partners with training and technical assistance intended to help ensure they have the tools and resources needed to reinforce the role of parents as their children's first teachers. Partners in Brockton include: Brockton Public Schools, Brockton CFCE, Self-Help Head Start, BAMSI Early Intervention, Brockton YMCA, Brockton Adult Learning Center, and Project Grads. 

Budget  $61,759.00
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

During the last program year, our program saw an average of 95% fidelity to our core program model, and 36% average parent participation in our Dialogic Reading workshops. These data helped contribute to a 25% increase in the percentage of families reporting reading with their young children three or more times a week, from 61% reading with their children before Raising A Reader MA to 76% reading with their children after Raising A Reader MA. 

Program Long-Term Success 

Raising A Reader MA’s long term goal is to increase the percentage of participating families reporting reading at home with their children at least three times a week to 75%. When the rate of home book sharing increases in the families of young children, data shows there is a statistically significant effect on children’s kindergarten and school readiness as measured by vocabulary, grammar, phonological awareness letter knowledge and memory for language skills. Children who have this foundation for Kindergarten are more likely to succeed on Grade 3 tests of Reading proficiency.

To increase our long term success, Raising A Reader MA’s FYE2012 strategic plan approved by the board of directors specifically calls for the organization to expand its core program model to include the five-part, evidence-based Dialogic Reading workshop for parents. Successful implementation of the workshops includes the recruitment, training and support of Parent Ambassadors who are experienced volunteers who seek to inspire their neighbors to engage in Dialogic Reading at home. Raising A Reader MA will know it is successful in meeting this FYE 2012 goal if we:

  • Implement the five-part, evidence-based Dialogic Reading workshops in all target communities
  • Engage an average of 25% of parents whose children are enrolled in partner classrooms and programs in the five-part evidence-based Dialogic Reading workshops.
Program Success Monitored By 

The success of Raising A Reader MA’s work lies in our ability to ensure early learning centers that partner with us to deliver services are implementing the enhanced program model with fidelity. We measure fidelity of program implementation with a custom-built, web-based software tool that allows our staff to collect and analyze data including participant demographics, training comprehension, program implementation by site, and constituent satisfaction. This data is recorded as services are delivered, and data is analyzed and reported monthly to ensure programs are on track to achieve implementation and outcome goals. We use parent pre- and post-surveys to ascertain literacy behavior in the home before and after families participate our program.

Our program evaluation is designed to answer the following questions:

-Did our partners implement the core program model with at least 90% fidelity?

-Do at least 25% of parents participate in our Dialogic Reading workshops?

-Did participation in Raising A Reader MA’s program have the intended impact on families’ home book sharing behaviors?

Examples of Program Success 



Lawrence

Raising A Reader MA offers the following services to more than 2,000 children and families at our twenty partner sites in Lawrence, MA:

1.     Our signature red bag rotation program, which puts dozens of high quality, developmentally and culturally appropriate books in the hands of families and centers of early education and care

2.       Multilingual workshops, tools, and other professional and peer support services that help parents master Dialogic Reading strategies so they can read and share stories at home in a way that supports their children’s pre-literacy development regardless of their own literacy abilities. 

We provide our implementation partners with training and technical assistance intended to help ensure they have the tools and resources needed to reinforce the role of parents as their children's first teachers. Implementation partners in Lawrence include: Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence YMCA, Lawrence YWCA, Asian Center, and GLCAC Child Care Center. 

Budget  $140,229.00
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

During the last program year, our program saw an average of 95% fidelity to our core program model, and 36% average parent participation in our Dialogic Reading workshops. These data helped contribute to a 25% increase in the percentage of families reporting reading with their young children three or more times a week, from 61% reading with their children before Raising A Reader MA to 76% reading with their children after Raising A Reader MA.

 

Program Long-Term Success 

Raising A Reader MA’s long term goal is to increase the percentage of participating families reporting reading with their children at home at least three times a week to 75%. When home book sharing increases in the families of young children, data shows there is a statistically significant effect on children’s kindergarten and school readiness as measured by vocabulary, grammar, phonological awareness letter knowledge and memory for language skills. Children who have this foundation for Kindergarten are more likely to succeed on Grade 3 tests of Reading proficiency.

To increase our long term success, Raising A Reader MA’s FYE2012 strategic plan approved by the board of directors specifically calls for the organization to expand its core program model to include the five-part, evidence-based Dialogic Reading workshop for parents. Successful implementation of the workshops includes the recruitment, training and support of Parent Ambassadors who are experienced volunteers who seek to inspire their neighbors to engage in Dialogic Reading at home. Raising A Reader MA will know it is successful in meeting this FYE 2012 goal if we:

 

  • Implement the five-part, evidence-based Dialogic Reading workshops in all target communities
  • Engage an average of 25% of parents whose children are enrolled in partner classrooms and programs in the five-part evidence-based Dialogic Reading workshops.
Program Success Monitored By 

The success of Raising A Reader MA’s work lies in our ability to ensure early learning centers that partner with us to deliver services are implementing the enhanced program model with fidelity. We measure fidelity of program implementation with a custom-built, web-based software tool that allows our staff to collect and analyze data including participant demographics, training comprehension, program implementation by site, and constituent satisfaction. This data is recorded as services are delivered, and data is analyzed and reported monthly to ensure programs are on track to achieve implementation and outcome goals. We use parent pre- and post-surveys to ascertain literacy behavior in the home before and after families participate our program.

Our program evaluation is designed to answer the following questions:

-Did our partners implement the core program model with at least 90% fidelity?

-Do at least 25% of parents participate in our Dialogic Reading workshops?

-Did participation in Raising A Reader MA’s program have the intended impact on families’ home book sharing behaviors?

In September 2013 we will introduce a child-level impact metric to our program evaluation system. This new evaluation measure will assess the relationship between our programming and child's early literacy skills. This metric is being tested under the supervision of Dr. Nonie Lesaux at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. 

Examples of Program Success  Examples of success in our Lawrence program is the recent adoption of the Raising A Reader MA model by the Head Start program in this community. 

Lowell

Our program was launched in Lowell in 2010, thanks to a grant by the United Way.  In the 2018 program year we are delivering the following services to over 200 young children and families through our community partners: 


1.     Our signature red bag book rotation program, which puts dozens of high quality, developmentally and culturally appropriate books in the hands of families and centers of early education and care

2.       Multilingual workshops, tools, and other professional and peer support services that help parents master Dialogic Reading strategies so they can read and share stories at home in a way that supports their children’s pre-literacy development regardless of their own literacy abilities. 

We provide our implementation partners with training and technical assistance intended to help ensure they have the tools and resources needed to reinforce the role of parents as their children's first teachers.  Implementation partners in Lowell include: Lowell Public Schools, CTI Early Head Start, and Maloney Properties.

Budget  $32,300.00
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

During the last program year, our program saw an average of 95% fidelity to our core program model, and 36% average parent participation in our Dialogic Reading workshops. These data helped contribute to a 25% increase in the percentage of families reporting reading with their young children three or more times a week, from 61% reading with their children before Raising A Reader MA to 76% reading with their children after Raising A Reader MA. 

Program Long-Term Success 

Raising A Reader MA’s long term goal is to increase the percentage of participating families reporting reading together at home at least three times a week to 75%. When home book sharing increases in the families of young children, data shows there is a statistically significant effect on children’s kindergarten and school readiness as measured by vocabulary, grammar, phonological awareness letter knowledge and memory for language skills. Children who have this foundation for Kindergarten are more likely to succeed on Grade 3 tests of Reading proficiency.

To increase our long term success, Raising A Reader MA’s FYE2012 strategic plan approved by the board of directors specifically calls for the organization to expand its core program model to include the five-part, evidence-based Dialogic Reading workshop for parents. Successful implementation of the workshops includes the recruitment, training and support of Parent Ambassadors who are experienced volunteers who seek to inspire their neighbors to engage in dialogic reading at home. Raising A Reader MA will know it is successful in meeting this FYE 2012 goal if we:

 

  • Implement the five-part, evidence-based Dialogic Reading workshops in all target communities,
  • Engage an average of 25% of parents whose children are enrolled in partner classrooms and programs in the five-part evidence-based Dialogic Reading workshops.
Program Success Monitored By 

The success of Raising A Reader MA’s work lies in our ability to ensure early learning centers that partner with us to deliver services are implementing the enhanced program model with fidelity. We measure fidelity of program implementation with a custom-built, web-based software tool that allows our staff to collect and analyze data including participant demographics, training comprehension, program implementation by site, and constituent satisfaction. This data is recorded as services are delivered, and data is analyzed and reported monthly to ensure programs are on track to achieve implementation and outcome goals. We use parent pre- and post-surveys to ascertain literacy behavior in the home before and after families participate in our programs.

Our program evaluation is designed to answer the following questions:

-Did our partners implement the core program model with at least 90% fidelity?

-Do at least 25% of parents participate in our Dialogic Reading workshops?

-Did participation in Raising A Reader MA’s program have the intended impact on families’ home book sharing behaviors?

Examples of Program Success 

From Principal Jason DiCarlo at the Murkland School in Lowell:

"The supplies Raising A Reader MA provide are top-notch. Each child gets a sturdy red bag to transport the books to and from school each week. The quality of the books is impressive and appealing. Each book has additional bindings and laminate on the covers to ensure the books remain as if they were new. The titles include classic stories as well as some of the newest titles. Children come to school excited on the days when they will exchange their bags, with new books to take home and share.

Raising A Reader MA offers thoughtful parent training. Many parents want to help their child at home, but they often lack the confidence, strategies, and supplies to best support their child. Parents leave the training feeling comfortable, confident and empowered to read with their child at home. 

What more could a school ask for? Children are being motivated to read, and parents are excited about reading with their child at home."


Metro Boston

Raising A Reader MA in collaboration with 45 partner sites, delivers the following services to more than 5,000 children and their families in Boston and the metro Boston cities of Chelsea, Revere, Malden, Everett, and Lynn.

1.     Our signature red bag rotation program, which puts dozens of high quality, developmentally and culturally appropriate books in the hands of families and centers of early education and care

2.       Multilingual workshops, tools, and other professional and peer support services that help parents master Dialogic Reading strategies so they can read and share stories at home in a way that supports their children’s pre-literacy development regardless of their own literacy abilities. 

We offer training and technical assistance to our implementation partners to ensure they have the tools and resources they need to reinforce parents' roles as their children's first teachers. Partners in Boston, Chelsea, Everett and Malden include: Horizons for Homeless Children, Chelsea, Revere, Malden, Everett, Lynn, and Boston Public Schools, CAPIC and ABCD Head Start, Gregg House, and MGH Healthy Beginnings.

Budget  $275,734.00
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

During the last program year, our program saw an average of 95% fidelity to our core program model, and 36% average parent participation in direct instruction in Dialogic Reading strategies. These data helped contribute to a 25% increase in the percentage of families reporting reading with their young children three or more times a week, from 61% reading with their children before Raising A Reader MA to 76% reading with their children after Raising A Reader MA.  

Program Long-Term Success 

Raising A Reader MA’s long term goal is to increase the percentage of participating families reporting reading at home with their children at least three times a week to 75%. When home book sharing increases in the families of young children, data shows there is a statistically significant effect on children’s kindergarten and school readiness as measured by vocabulary, grammar, phonological awareness letter knowledge and memory for language skills. Children who have this foundation for Kindergarten are more likely to succeed on Grade 3 tests of Reading proficiency.

To increase our long term success, Raising A Reader MA’s FYE2012 strategic plan approved by the board of directors specifically calls for the organization to expand its core program model to include the five-part, evidence-based Dialogic Reading workshop for parents. Successful implementation of the workshops includes the recruitment, training and support of Parent Ambassadors who are experienced volunteers who seek to inspire their neighbors to engage in Dialogic Reading at home. Raising A Reader MA will know it is successful in meeting this FYE 2012 goal if we:

  • Implement the five-part, evidence-based Dialogic Reading workshops in all target communities
  • Engage an average of 25% of parents whose children are enrolled in partner classrooms and programs in the five-part evidence-based Dialogic Reading workshops.
Program Success Monitored By 

The success of Raising A Reader MA’s work lies in our ability to ensure early learning centers that partner with us to deliver services are implementing the enhanced program model with fidelity. We measure fidelity of program implementation with a custom-built, web-based software tool that allows our staff to collect and analyze data including participant demographics, training comprehension, program implementation by site, and constituent satisfaction. This data is recorded as services are delivered, and data is analyzed and reported monthly to ensure programs are on track to achieve implementation and outcome goals. We use parent pre- and post-surveys to ascertain literacy behavior in the home before and after families participate our program.

Our program evaluation is designed to answer the following questions:

-Did our partners implement the core program model with at least 90% fidelity?

-Do at least 25% of parents participate in our Dialogic Reading workshops?

-Did participation in Raising A Reader MA’s program have the intended impact on families’ home book sharing behaviors?

Examples of Program Success 
Examples of success in our work in Boston and greater Boston includes:
  • Successful integration of the Raising A Reader MA model as a core component of adult basic education programs and faith-based family education activities in Chelsea
  • Recruitment and engagement of five Raising A Reader MA "graduates" who now work as parent ambassadors - conducting outreach with their neighbors, assisting with program implementation in their children's schools, and serving as advocates for early literacy in their communities. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Parent engagement remains the most challenging aspect of our work. While our efforts  to increase program quality in this area have allowed us to exceed our goals for parent attendance in Dialogic Reading workshops and other instructional programming, we recognize we still have work to do to increase our success.

Issues affecting our success include the impact of New England storms on parents’ availability to attend workshops and other community events, differences in cultural understanding of parent involvement in education, and competing demands for parents’ time (e.g. conflicting work schedules). 

 

Over the last two years we have made substantive changes to the organization and delivery of our Dialogic Reading workshops in order to make them more accessible for hard to reach parents. We have seen attendance increase by (a) offering workshops in places where they already receive services (e.g. at church, in the home), and (b) engaging their peers as trainers and outreach workers.

In the current program year, we are working on two improvements in this arena:

·        We added the position of Parent/Community Engagement Facilitator on our Program staff. This person is charged with increasing the cultural competence of our programming to further make it accessible for immigrant families. The Parent/Community Engagement Facilitator, a Latina trained as a community organizer, is also meeting with parents not currently engaged in our programming to learn more about their engagement with other forms of early literacy/family support services; the data collected in these meetings are informing future program improvements. 

·        We are experimenting with offering Dialogic Reading workshops in community-based locations that (a) are more trusted by hard-to-reach parents, and (b) may not necessarily be linked to the site where a family participates in the red bag book rotation program. This is in response to feedback from parents indicating that, while they may be receiving the red bags through their child’s early education program (for example), they are not comfortable enough with the partner institution to attend a workshop offered there. This is particularly true for immigrant families and others who are receiving the red bag through their child’s school but who themselves have histories of poor experiences with educational or government bureaucracies. 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Christine Ward
CEO Term Start Dec 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Sara DeMedeiros Director of Program and Evaluation --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Guidestar Seal for Commitment to Transparency Guidestar 2012
Mass Literacy Champions - Donna DiFillippo Mass Literacy Champions 2011
2010 Top Non-profit Philanthropedia 2010
Social Capitalist Award Fast Company 2007

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 2011
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Raising A Reader MA's work is dependent on our collaborations with many partners. These include the nearly 100 public school systems and centers of early education and care through whom we deliver our programs (e.g. Head Start, Horizons for Homeless Children, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grantees, etc). 
 
In addition, we participate in several local, regional and statewide collaborative groups dedicated to promoting literacy and early education including:  Malden Reads, Springfield's Talk, Read, Succeed, and the Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 32
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 63%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 9
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Management Succession Plan Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions

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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. Amanda Hall
Board Chair Company Affiliation Carbon Black
Board Chair Term Apr 2016 - Apr 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Heather Dickinson Deloitte Voting
Mr. Gregg Dooling Pioneer Investments Voting
Ms. Amanda Hall Carbon Black Voting
Mr. Justin Hayward Cross Coastal Advisors Voting
Mrs. Jessica Lutzker Harvard Business School Voting
Ms. Francine Rosenzweig Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. John Simon Sigma Prime Exofficio
Mr. Jonathan Slawsby Madison Food Corp. Voting
Mr. Stefan Spazek Capital Advisors Group Voting
Mr. Evan Zall Ebben Zall Group 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
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 95%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 95%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Board Governance
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $949,640.00
Projected Expense $853,079.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $1,141,795 $1,151,931 $970,920
Total Expenses $1,382,643 $1,271,031 $1,096,654

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $770,118 $664,658 $602,906
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $102,894 $157,450 $208,953
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,193 $1,742 $2,230
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $188,936 $273,516 $136,221
Revenue In-Kind $78,654 $52,860 $20,295
Other -- $1,705 $315

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,004,519 $904,031 $795,594
Administration Expense $169,971 $187,378 $150,454
Fundraising Expense $208,153 $179,622 $150,606
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.83 0.91 0.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses 73% 71% 73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 22% 19% 20%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $658,103 $873,312 $978,660
Current Assets $582,035 $550,068 $517,253
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $80,281 $54,642 $40,890
Total Net Assets $577,822 $818,670 $937,770

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 7.25 10.07 12.65

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Raising A Reader MA was brought to MA by the GreenLight Fund in 2006. GreenLight served as our fiscal agent until April 2009, when we became an independent 501-c-3 nonprofit organization. The numbers reflected above only include financials from when Raising a Reader MA became an independent organization.
 
In 2010, we changed our fiscal year from April 1-March 31 to July 1 to June 30. During that period we had a "stub year" from April to June 30. As a result, our 2010 990 data shown here reflects only the income/expenses for the last quarter of the year. 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's audited financials.
 

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

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2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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