New Haven Reads Community Book Bank Inc
45 Bristol St
New Haven CT 06511
Contact Information
Address 45 Bristol St
New Haven, CT 06511-
Telephone (203) 752-1923 x
Fax 203-752-1923
Web and Social Media

New Haven Reads, founded to “share the joy and power of reading,” increases the literacy skills of children to empower their academic success by providing individually tailored one-on-one after-school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank, all at no cost to participants.

A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.
Join us at our 8th Annual New Haven Reads Spelling Bee on October 25, 2019 for an evening of fun, laughter and spelling! Doors open at 6pm and the event will run from 7 to 9pm. We are returning to the Yale School of Management building at 165 Whitney Avenue, New Haven.This is a team event where 42 adult teams of three work together to write the words down and hold them up for the judges. The last team standing in each round goes to the final to compete for the Spelling Bee Trophy!
The Spelling Bee raises over $30,000 and all event proceeds go to support New Haven Reads' critical literacy programs.
Want to get involved? Join our planning committee which meets monthly before the event. Sponsor the event, sponsor a team, purchase an ad in the program. Donate a door prize. Grab some friends and form a team! Attend as an audience member and cheer on the teams. Interested in finding out more, contact Fiona at
A Great Opportunity Ending Date Oct 25 2019
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2006
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Charity Type I Supporting Organization
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kirsten Levinsohn
Board Chair Ms. Ruth Beardsley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lawyer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years

New Haven Reads, founded to “share the joy and power of reading,” increases the literacy skills of children to empower their academic success by providing individually tailored one-on-one after-school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank, all at no cost to participants.


   Christine Alexander, a local champion of literacy, founded New Haven Reads in 2001 as a free community book bank. In 2002, a mother who was home-schooling her children asked Chris for help teaching her family to read. Chris took on the challenge, drawing in volunteers from the community and starting the New Haven Reads tutoring program. Over time, Chris’ energy and vision and the success of the program attracted an increasing number of volunteers, partners and students.

      Chris passed away in 2011, yet her legacy lives on as New Haven Reads now tutors over 500 students every week across four sites located in New Haven. Students come from all over Greater New Haven and the majority (89%) are from low-income households. The community book bank remains a key element of our program and almost 2,000,000 books have been distributed into the community since our founding.

       Our approach is to bring high-quality, research-based programs to our students and their families. Our programs have grown to include a pre-k and kindergarten program for our youngest students. We see the importance of strong mentoring relationships between tutor and student. Our focus is not only on the student but also his or her family. We follow over 60 of our students with their Individual Education Plans and we provide support for parents in the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meetings at schools so we can have a unified plan for the student.

     Thanks to our dedicated staff and corps of volunteers, New Haven Reads’ one-on-one literacy program is a viable, free solution to give students the tools they need to be successful in school and in life. The impact on the life of a child being able to read cannot be overstated. It has truly a transforming, long term impact for the child, his family, and our wider community.

Top accomplishments from the last year

  • Worked with over 600 students each week, grades 1 through 12 with our highly structured, research-based, one-on-one tutoring program
  • Reached over 275 students during our summer session through one-on-one tutoring and Summer Literacy Camp.
  • Results of our CORE testing (Consortium on Reading Excellence) showed that 100% of all students tested raised his or her raw literacy test scores in at least one area between fall 2018 and spring 2019. 72% of students improved their independent reading level by at least one grade level in 7 months. (We tested all first, second and third graders.) With these scores, we were able to make individualized adjustments to each child's tutoring program as a result.
  • During the 2018-19 school year, our Education Director and Parent Liaison and/or Site Directors attended over 50 Planning and Placement Team Meetings (PPTs) at area schools with New Haven Reads parents and their child's teacher. Through these meetings and individual meetings with parents, our Education Director is able to help the parents navigate the school system and can act as an advocate for the child.

 Top Goals for the current year

  • To continue to develop our relationships with local schools
  • To deliver another fantastic academic year of one-on-one tutoring, pre-k and kindergarten, and parent engagement and continue to improve our students' reading scores.
  • To augment our school field trip program and build relationships with more organizations that need gently used books

Connecticut has the nation’s largest achievement gap between low-income students and their more affluent peers. Almost a third of New Haven children live in poverty. Only 33% of New Haven third graders read at or above goal (grade level) according to the 2018 SBAC standardized test scores. Of the students at New Haven Reads, 89% come from households with low, very low, or extremely low incomes. These are the students who are most at risk of under-performing academically.

In this context, New Haven Reads focuses on:

  • Bringing more students from our waiting list into our programs. Although we have increased the number of students served, we continue to have a waiting list of over 150 students.
  • Attracting more volunteers. We would be unable to reach so many students without our dedicated corps of over 400 volunteer tutors who support us weekly.
  • Increasing our diverse funding streams in order to ensure adequate, recurring revenue over the long term which will support us as we plan for future organizational growth and improvements. The current funding environment is challenging particularly at the Federal, State, and City levels.
  • Strengthening our infrastructure and developing efficiently so that we may be more effective in how our programs are delivered.
  • Recruiting and retaining a qualified and professional staff.
CEO Statement
New Haven Reads provides a vital service to the Greater New Haven community. Standardized test scores show large percentages of children struggling with reading; in third grade, two thirds were reading below grade level in 2018. Adult illiteracy is also high. New Haven Reads is committed to addressing this issue with our one-on-one after-school tutoring program. Our program succeeds in large part due to three reasons:

1. Our program is based on research and best practices. We have worked closely with local literacy consultant, Literacy How, both to help assess and improve our program and also to train our tutors.

2. Each child works one-on-one with a dedicated tutor. Each child is tested when they first come to our program so that the student can work at his or her level and then, with the help of a dedicated tutor, move through the program at the pace that is best for the student. Moreover, in many cases, a real bond forms between the student and the tutor. This can have a transforming impact on the child’s development, both academically and emotionally.
3. Parent engagement is a key feature to our success. Because parents have to drop off and pick up their students, it allows ample opportunity for our Site Directors and often, the child’s tutor, to get to know the parents. Information can be shared on both sides. Parents may come to us with problems from school or our Education Director may want to address a concern on our end. In some cases, our Education Director will attend parent/teacher meetings at school at the request of the parent. In this way, our Education Director can help the parents navigate the school system and can help facilitate communication and shared goals. Because we have developed a relationship with the parents, there is trust and understanding that enhances all of our efforts at working towards academic success for the child.

Together, we are building a community of readers in Greater New Haven, one child at a time.

Board Chair Statement

I am honored to serve as the Board Chair for New Haven Reads, a vibrant institution within our city that has a reach and an impact that far exceeds our size. Our mission is to share the power and joy of reading, a commitment we enact through our one-on-one tutoring of New Haven-area schoolchildren at four sites. New Haven Reads has developed an inventive model for building literacy within under-served neighborhoods and populations: pairing local volunteers with children in a calm, focused, and nurturing environment, surrounded by books. The children tutored at New Haven Reads make demonstrable improvements in their literacy; less quantifiable, but equally important, is the mentoring that takes place as these one-on-one relationships develop, weekly, over the course of the year. The buzz of learning and the building of self-esteem, as children realize that yes, they can read, they can complete that homework assignments, under the guidance of our tutors and our skilled staff, is palpable each day at New Haven Reads.

We have had so many successes. We have grown in a few short years from a community book bank, started by our visionary founder, Chris Alexander, into an institution serving over 500 students each week, thanks to the efforts of 400 trained volunteers. In 2016, we opened our fourth site, and are able to serve children who are new to us or who previously needed to travel a significant distance with their parents to participate in tutoring. This new location has also allowed us to establish an important partnership with East Rock Community Magnet School.
However, we have so much more to do. The need is great. One third of our city’s children live in poverty; over two thirds of our children read below grade level. 

We are extremely mindful, as a Board, of the importance of sustainable growth and of reinforcing the gains we have made, so as not to jeopardize the essential work we are already doing. I am constantly amazed how New Haven Reads achieves so much on such a small budget. We are committed to maintaining the concentration of our funds towards our program and ensuring that we stretch every dollar and every inch of space to serve our students and their families.

New Haven Reads contributes on many levels to our city. Most critically, we are supporting meaningful and successful relationships between one child and one caring adult that lead to a love of reading and academic success. Fundamentally, we are improving the lives of the children we serve. But we are also improving the lives of those who donate their time to work with those children. We are teaching college students that the world is larger than their campuses and that their work can change lives. We are connecting retirees, who have so much to offer, with youngsters who benefit from their wisdom and care. Our work occurs one hour, one tutoring pair, at a time, but the accumulation of that work is astounding, as we see kids grow in literacy, as well as in determination and awareness that school matters, college is possible, and reading is wonderful.

Heather Calabrese, NHR Board Chair
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Areas Served
East Haven
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
West Haven
We primarily serve these areas but are open to anyone who is able to come to our locations for tutoring or to get free books. 

We offer free one-on-one tutoring to more than 550 students each week in grades 1 through 12 to address the dire need for improved reading skills. Our model is straightforward and effective: every student receives at least one hour of one-on-one instruction each week with a dedicated tutor. The program content and volunteer tutors are chosen and monitored by our team, which includes staff members who are certified teachers.

Studies have shown that children who struggle with reading often have not mastered phonics, which is why our tutoring program is rich with phonics.

We utilize the Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE) composite test for all first, second and third grade students to asses each child's reading in the fall and in the spring. This CORE testing gives us individualized data we need to analyze our program and to customize the tutoring session for each student. In 2018-19 academic year, 100% of all students tested increased their scores in at least one area in the CORE test. 95% of all parents who answered a survey said that they are satisfied with the program and 92% of students say they are a better reader because of New Haven Reads.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Our students increase their literacy skills, improve their coping strategies with their academic challenges, have more books at home, and feel more confident in their abilities as students. Mentoring relationships develop between our students and their tutors that will provide additional encouragement and support. Our Parent Liaisons help parents navigate the school system to locate resources and support for their children.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Our goal is to help our students gain the skills and confidence to read at grade level and increase their ability to succeed academically. Our students face serious challenges, including poverty, food and housing insecurity, low family literacy, language barriers, and lack of resources to provide academic enrichment opportunities. In addressing these needs to assist students, we believe in working with them as early as pre-kindergarten and supporting them throughout their elementary, middle, and high school careers. We also provide free books to our students to increase their home libraries. According to a meta-analysis by Learning Point Associates, giving children access to print material not only improves their reading performance, but also is instrumental in helping children learn the basics of reading, causes them to read more and for greater lengths of time, and produces improved attitudes towards reading and learning. Ultimately, we are striving to share the joy and power of reading with our students and their families.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Our program-wide tools allow us to monitor each child’s progress individually and the effectiveness of the program as a whole. These tools include pre and post tests in literacy workbooks as well as measurements via a scientifically proven phonics software called Lexia. Additionally,we administer the Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE) composite test to all first, second, and third grade students in the one-on-one tutoring program.We also request copies of report cards in order to track grade changes and monitor success and areas where students need to improve. Working individually with students allows tutors and staff to recommend additional activities and support geared towards helping the student succeed. Our Parent Liaisons tracks parent/teacher meetings and conduct parent surveys.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

New Haven Reads has been privileged to be an important part of many students’ successes. Jayden (2nd grade) had trouble reading and couldn’t decode simple three-letter words. We paired her with a tutor and together they worked hard. Six months later, Jayden had an incredible victory: She read a book by herself. Suddenly aware of what she had done, Jayden ran to the waiting room and read “The Cat in the Hat” aloud to her grandmother. Her grandmother beamed, and so did Jayden. It was a magical moment! 

When parents share improved report cards with us, their joy cannot be quantified. Parents therefore become our best advertising and are the reason that we have such an extensive waiting list.

In 2018-19, 100% of the students tested with our CORE test increased their literacy scores. 72% of the students tested improved their independent reading level by one or more grade levels in six months with 27% of students improving two or more grade levels. The testing allowed us to identify specific areas of weakness and students have received supplementary resources to hone in on areas with which they need the most help.


We offer free children's and adult books to the community through our book bank. Our Bristol Street location in New Haven has a front “bookstore” area for patrons. We pack boxes of books for over 60 area organizations, including Chapel Haven, Yale-New Haven Hospital, schools, shelters, senior centers and other community organizations. All our books are donated. 

We also provided 100 field trips for local elementary schools this past year.  Students get to hear some good stories as well as pick out five books of their own choice to take home and keep.

Research has shown that regular access to books has a direct impact on children's reading ability, irrespective of parents’ education, occupation and social class.

A significant 2010 study, led by the University of Nevada examined the importance of books in the home across 27 countries and all income levels. According to researchers, the presence of literature in the home had a profound effect on all families, irrespective of parental occupation or social class and impacts the number of years a student remains in school. Our goal is to enable students to have a considerable home library irrespective of family income.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Adults
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
  • Our students who are tutored will have more books in their homes as they receive books in the tutoring program and can take books from the book bank every time they come to New Haven Reads.
  • Parents have an opportunity to select books for themselves as they wait for their children who are being tutored.
  • We run workshops to help parents understand how they can read more with their children at home.
  • It improves access to free books to those in the community who may not be able to afford them.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Since our inception, New Haven Reads has distributed almost two million books back into the community! This program contributes to increased literacy in our community and gives members of the community, particularly children, the opportunity to own books. Research has shown that when there are more books in the home, educational testing scores are higher. By providing free books, New Haven Reads helps address a literacy gap in homes.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

As a result of a 2010 meta-analysis performed by Learning Point Associates, it was found that the effect of providing access to print materials to children not only increased their reading skills, but it also helped improve focus, self-confidence, and an overall positive attitude towards learning. New Haven Reads offers free books so that the literacy work we perform at our organization through tutoring can be continued at home. Our goal is to give away over 110,000 books to the community per year. This includes giving free books to all of the students in our after-school tutoring program. We have a system of tracking book donations and book distribution, which includes book donor information and information about teachers who take books.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.


  • Last year we distributed over 115,000 free books throughout the greater New Haven area
  • In 2018-2019, we had 112 school classes come to the New Haven Reads Book Bank as part of a class field trip. Each student gets to take five books home for free to keep as part of the field trip. For some of the students, these are the first books they have ever owned.



We provide a high quality reading readiness program for 55 children aged four to six. Our program targets children who are already demonstrating gaps in skills important to school success. Many low-income families do not have access to quality preschool, resulting in a need for “catch-up” during kindergarten and beyond. 

Students attend an hour-long class twice a week with an experienced and credentialed teacher. Instructional time focuses on core academic and social concepts, including phonemic awareness, alphabetic knowledge and sight word recognition. Students are assessed three times a year to monitor growth and to modify the curriculum as needed. We provide a Summer Literacy Camp fr 32 children to help prevent "summer learning loss" (the loss of academic skills over the summer vacation), which makes the transition to the next grade more successful. Last year's assessment results showed that on average, pre-k students improved 16% and kindergarteners improved 30% from the fall to the spring.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / At-Risk Populations /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

The children who participate in the program are stronger kindergarteners and will enter first grade developmentally on track. Parents gain insights that will help them to understand their child’s developmental needs. In this way, this program increases parents' knowledge of the important milestones their children must meet to enter school success-ready. Parents and children are encouraged to take books home and read together, which will further advance student literacy. The Summer Literacy Camp helps prepare students for one of their most formative years in school while preventing "summer learning loss" that occurs when students lack learning opportunities over the school break.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

The Pre-K and Kindergarten Program creates opportunities for children from low-income families to access early literacy education. It provides a safe haven for children to learn under the supervision and direction of experienced teachers who are highly skilled and knowledgeable. In more qualitative terms, children lacking in social skills can develop them throughout their experience in the program. Parents are encouraged to attend classes with their children in order to see reading lessons modeled that they can use at home.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Students are tested three times a year. As a result of their participation in the program, students will show improvement in the key indicators of Kindergarten curriculum mastery (e.g. letter recognition, phoneme recognition, sight-word recognition). Each participant is evaluated three times (in the fall, winter, and spring). Additionally, parents complete satisfaction surveys to provide their feedback on the program.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Parents and students consistently tell us of the positive experience they have at New Haven Reads. The individualized attention each student receives, combined with the strong literacy program and relaxed atmosphere, contribute substantially to the students’ confidence and motivation. In our latest testing (comparisons between scores in September 2016 and May 2017), Kindergarten students improved their scores by an average of 30%. We saw higher scores from our Kindergarten students who had completed our pre-kindergarten program.

We have been astounded by the community response to our program. We do not advertise and our clients all come to us by word of mouth. Nonetheless, we always have a big waiting list even though we keep increasing our program capacity. As most of the children who attend our Kindergarten program continue with us in our regular one-on-one tutoring program in first grade, we are confident that our families are happy with our services.
Program Comments
CEO Comments

We have three over-riding challenges:

1) To expand our services to our lengthy waiting list while maintaining the same high quality level of service we have today.  As the numbers of students, tutors, and locations grow, we must be very careful that we do not diminish in any way the warm and caring environment or our ability to make each student feel they are the real focus of what we do. With that in mind, we opened a fourth site (April 2016) to reduce our long waiting list.

2) To strengthen our infrastructure (software, policies, procedures etc), allowing us to grow our programs in a sustainable way. We introduced an online data management system called Salesforce and customized it for our organization which has been a huge support for our infrastructure.

3) To seek sufficient funding to support and stabilize our entire program, including our talented and dedicated staff that make it all happen.

CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Kirsten Levinsohn
Term Start June 2010

Kirsten has a Masters in Elementary/Early Childhood education and a K-8 teaching certificate. She taught in the classroom for five years in Maryland and New Jersey. Kirsten was the executive director of a non-profit organization called the Leslie Science and Nature Center, for 20 years in Ann Arbor, Michigan before moving to New Haven in 2010. Not only does Kirsten oversee the day-to-day management of the organization, she also tutors two students every week. Kirsten brings a wealth of nonprofit management expertise to New Haven Reads and is dedicated to the mission to share the joy and power of reading with children and families from the Greater New Haven area.


Number of Full Time Staff 9
Number of Part Time Staff 20
Number of Volunteers 425
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 78%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 29 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 28
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
Christine AlexanderJuly 2001 - June 2011
Senior Staff
Title Education Director & Parent Liaison
Experience/Biography Hayley Herrington earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Education from Clark University in Worcester, MA. She taught Spanish at a regional high school in northern Massachusetts before returning to her home state and the New Haven area. Hayley became involved in literacy tutoring while serving as the Vice-President of Personnel for SmartStart Education and Smarties Tutoring Services. She has worked with students and teachers from several New Haven schools and joins New Haven Reads after serving as a School Coordinator for Read to a Child's lunchtime reading program.
Title Assistant Director

Fiona earned a Master of Nonprofit Organizations from the University of Georgia and a Postgraduate Certificate in Economics from the University of London. Fiona has a background in the for-profit sector as a marketing manager. Fiona has been involved with New Haven Reads since 2009 as a volunteer in developing its first strategic plan. She recently held a position in Yale’s Office of Development. In addition to bringing experience in development, Fiona also has experience in project management, fundraising, and organizational development.

Title Finance Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Together with Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven and Concepts for Adaptive Learning, we comprise the Literacy Resource Center at Science Park. These two organizations manage successful adult tutoring programs and work with us and many other partners in the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven. We also collaborate with Dwight Hall at Yale (their community service entity), the Yale Office of New Haven and State Affairs, the Science Park Development Corporation (SPDC), the University of New Haven, and Southern Connecticut State University. These organizations help us by recruiting faculty, undergraduate, and graduate student volunteers for our programs, supporting our early childhood literacy efforts and, in the case of Yale and SPDC, providing free space for our operations. The Yale School of Management MBA Program provides a non-voting board liaison.  We are actively involved with the New Haven Early Childhood Council, the Citywide Youth Coalition, the Youth Organizations Directors Alliance, and our Executive Director and Education Director participated in the New Haven Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Reading.
NewAlliance Hi-5 Impact Literacy AwardNewAlliance Foundation2015
Mentoriship AwardBlack & Hispanic Caucus of the New Haven Board of Alders2018
Youth Development Community AwardNew Haven Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta2019
CEO Comments

We are well on our way to improving and strengthening our infrastructure, policies, and procedures. In 2015, we customized our Salesforce database system to create a secure, online database for our program. We now keep track of our 550+ students including their assessment scores and attendance, our volunteers, our donors and a daily schedule.  This change has been transformative for our organization.

Board Chair
Ms. Ruth Beardsley
Company Affiliation Lawyer
Term July 2019 to June 2020
Board of Directors
Mr. Andrew Babiak
Ms. Sigga Benediksdottir
Ms. Margi Bhatt
Ms. Laurie Desmet
Mr. Peter GoldsmithRetired
Ms. Tirzah Kemp
Ms. Kirsten LevinsohnCo-Executive Director, New Haven Reads
Ms. Naureen Rashid
Ms. Susan Riggs
Mr. Oscar Suarez
Ms. Geraldine SullivanEmployee Relations, Yale University
Sen. Gary Winfield
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Directors and Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
CEO Comments

One of the goals for the senior staff and the Board is to put succession planning policies into place should the need arise. Part of this process requires us to identify leaders within the organization (both staff and Board) and provide appropriate training so that these people have the skills and capabilities to step into leadership positions when needed.

Fiscal Year Start July 01 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30 2020
Projected Revenue $1,077,220.00
Projected Expenses $1,003,765.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
At A Glance Jan. 20182018View
NHR Annual Report 2017-182018View
At A Glance 20172017View
NHR Annual Report 2016-172017View
At A Glance2016View
At a Glance Feb 20152015View
NHR Annual Report 20132014View
NHR At a Glance2014View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$1,166,377$907,419$921,449
Current Assets$819,175$580,642$629,312
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$12,278$18,828$11,332
Total Net Assets$1,154,099$888,591$910,117
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSeedlings Foundation $150,000Carolyn Foundation $25,000Seedlings Foundation $106,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $149,415NewAlliance Foundation $17,500Youth Violence Prevention $30,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNew Haven BOD $52,609First Niagara $15,000United Way of Greater New Haven $28,808
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
CEO Comments Like most small but growing non-profits, our challenge is bringing in enough revenue to cover the costs of providing the programs that we offer. Since we provide all of our programs at no cost to our participants, we need to raise the entire budget through individual donations, grants, and events. We strive to maintain diverse funding sources. We have also been fortunate to receive a three-year general operating support grant from The Community Foundation starting in 2017. The Board and Executive Director are well aware of the need to diversify our funding streams along with increasing the amounts that we raise. We have run our largest  fundraiser event, the New Haven Reads Spelling Bee, for six years now with great success and we look forward to the eighth Bee in October 2019. We also hosted a sold out fundraiser to celebrate 15 years of NHR at the end of March 2017. Our tremendous reputation, our program statistics, and compelling vision give us the opportunity to reach out to more potential donors in a meaningful way.
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 45 Bristol St
New Haven, CT 06511
Primary Phone 203 752-1923
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kirsten Levinsohn
Board Chair Ms. Ruth Beardsley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lawyer


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