Read to Grow
53 School Ground Road
Unit #3
Branford CT 06405
Contact Information
Address 53 School Ground Road
Unit #3
Branford, CT 06405-
Telephone (203) 488-6800 x
Fax 203-488-7735
E-mail readtogrow@readtogrow.org
Web and Social Media
Books open new worlds to children.

Mission

The mission of Read to Grow is to promote language skills and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and to support parents as their babies' first teachers.

Our vision is that every family will understand the critical importance of early childhood literacy and will take an active role in their child's reading development.  All children in Connecticut will have books of their own.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2000
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Suzannah Holsenbeck
Board Chair Jeff Hartmann
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Hartmann Group
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

The mission of Read to Grow is to promote language skills and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and to support parents as their babies' first teachers.

Our vision is that every family will understand the critical importance of early childhood literacy and will take an active role in their child's reading development.  All children in Connecticut will have books of their own.

Background

In 1998, Roxanne Coady, owner of RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, brought together a diverse group of people to create the Books for Babies Fund. The goal was to provide every baby born in Connecticut with a new book. In 1999, the first books were distributed at Yale New Haven Hospital to mothers of newborns. In 2000, Read to Grow incorporated as a nonprofit organization. Today, Read to Grow serves Connecticut through three programs: Books for Babies, Books for Kids, and Early Steps to School Success-New Haven.           

 

The Books for Babies (BFB) program provides new board books and early childhood literacy information to pregnant women and families of newborns. Books for Kids (BFK) helps children stay on the path to literacy by delivering free books to 300 organizations (including schools, childcare centers, and health care centers) that serve our most vulnerable children. Early Steps to School Success (ESSS), a language development and pre-literacy program designed by Save the Children, serves high-needs families with children up to age 5 living in New Haven.

 

Since 2000, Read to Grow has given more than 2 million children’s books and served more than 1.3 million people. During the year ending June 30, 2019, Read to Grow provided nearly 174,000 children’s books to Connecticut families, including more than 21,300 new board books to families of newborns. New Haven County received nearly 45% of the total, about 78,000 children’s books.

Impact

Accomplishment #1

Since late 2018, Read to Grow has operated Early Steps to School Success in New Haven (ESSS-NH). ESSS is an early literacy program designed by Save the Children for infants and young children in at-risk families to help ensure the children enter kindergarten with the skills needed for success in school. The program, funded and managed by Read to Grow, is the only urban-based adaptation of the Save the Children program model. Currently, ESSS-NH coordinators work with over 130 families in New Haven, making twice monthly home visits to each voluntarily enrolled family with young children, newborn to age 3. For children ages 3 and 4 and attending pre-kindergarten classes, the staff enrolls them in weekly Book Bag Exchanges and Read Alouds. For families with children from newborn to age 5, the staff hosts monthly Parent- Child Play Groups to provide learning opportunities and parental support and to promote social- emotional growth.  The Play Groups also foster strong home-school connections.
 

Accomplishment #2

Our Books for Kids program has developed a series of literacy workshops for families, care providers and non-profit partners, in addition to the expansion of 34 Book Places and fulfillment of book requests statewide. Throughout Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, our Books for Kids coordinators have led over 15 bilingual workshops focused on the importance of regularly sharing books, children’s brain development and the significance of representation in the texts children interact with.
 

Accomplishment #3

This spring, in addition to our ongoing newborn and prenatal Books for Babies programming, we are embarking on a new partnership with Connecticut Children’s Health Center NICU in Hartford. Read to Grow is providing two children’s books for every infant receiving care in the NICU. Parents are encouraged to read the books to their baby, as studies have shown the significant impact reading to babies has on improved health outcomes and shorter stays in the NICU. 
Needs

Read to Grow is always in need of more new and gently used children’s books. We are able to expand and deepen our impact with funding to buy new bilingual and multicultural board books and children’s books for all of our programs. We are hoping to begin operating a mobile My Book Place van to reach more communities and as such, need funds to expand our book inventory.

CEO Statement

The first step to literacy is developing good language skills. Language skills at kindergarten entry are among the best predictors of later reading and writing abilities and even success in school.

Reading aloud exposes babies to words and speech and helps build good language skills early on. Read to Grow is the only statewide organization to connect with pregnant women in community health centers and parents of newborns in the hospitals, giving them the resources to make the most of their babies' critical early years. We hope that their children will enter school ready to learn to read, grow and thrive.

Board Chair Statement

This past fall, Read to Grow celebrated its 20th anniversary and we proudly cite statistics that include the 2 million+ children's books we’ve given to families and the 70+ partnerships we’ve formed with other nonprofits to reach families with books and information about early childhood literacy. Each year, we provide nearly 180,000 books through our three programs: the flagship Books for Babies; Books for Kids; and our newest program: Early Steps to School Success-New Haven.

Despite these impressive facts, we know that the deep, lasting value in what Read to Grow does and the mission it follows is best found in homes, in schools, and in communities. The value is here … … in the look of a toddler following her father’s every word as he reads from an illustrated book of nursery rhymes; … in the confident smile of a kindergartener starting school and already knowing the alphabet, how to have a conversation, and how to hold a book; … in the warmth and connections of a family that shares books and conversations; … in the good health of a community that encourages literacy and learning.

In the coming years, we plan to strengthen our three programs. Books for Babies is now in 15 hospitals, where we reach the families of about 60% of all babies born in Connecticut. We intend to reach 100%. Books for Kids distributes more than 140,000 books a year and will continue to increase the workshops on childhood literacy presented to children, parents, and staff of agencies serving families in many important ways. Soon our Early Steps to School Success program will add two more Coordinators. The program will operate from six public schools in New Haven, reaching out to at-risk families to help them prepare their young children for kindergarten.

We’re proud of our accomplishments, energized to meet the challenges ahead, and determined to make a difference in the lives of many more children and families. Thank you to all who give their encouragement and support.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development NEC
Areas Served
State wide
  • The BFB Newborn Project operates in 15 locations: Backus Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Day Kimball Hospital, Griffin Hospital, Hartford Hospital, Hospital of St. Raphael, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital, Middlesex Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Sharon Hospital, St. Vincent's Hospital, and Yale New Haven Hospital.
  • The BFB Prenatal Project is offered at nine sites in six cities:  Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Plainfield, Putnam, and West Hartford. 
  • Books for Kids (BFK) distributes books across the state.  
  • Early Steps to School Success operates in the City of New Haven, with bases in four elementary schools.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The recent addition of our Early Steps to School Success-New Haven (ESSS-NH) program to the services of Read to Grow strengthen our work for pre-literacy among all of Connecticut's children, particularly those who are more likely to fall through the gaps. While we continue to extend the reach of Books for Babies and Books for Kids, ESSS-NH allows us to truly hone in on supporting families in their homes as their childrens’ first teachers.

Programs
Description

The BFB Prenatal Project supports pregnant women who receive care at community health clinics. Healthcare staff, trained by Read to Grow, talk to the moms-to-be about early childhood literacy and give them new baby board books and literacy materials.

The BFB Newborn Project reaches more than 60% of Connecticut newborns and their families annually in partnership with 15 hospitals. Volunteers or nursing staff, trained by Read to Grow, explain that talking, singing, and sharing books with babies, beginning at birth, helps babies develop the language and literacy skills needed to learn to read. Families who register for the free Follow-up are mailed more literacy information and free children’s books when their babies are 3 months and 12 months old.

Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / At-Risk Populations / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
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.

Books for Babies (BFB) helps families realize the importance of early literacy development and encourages them to create home environments that encourage learning.

During the year ending June 30, 2019, the BFB Prenatal Project served nearly 1,000 pregnant women while the BFB Newborn Project served more than 21,300 families of newborns. Participants in both initiatives received free children's books and learned about the importance of sharing books with their babies beginning at birth.

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 Newborn Project launched at Yale New Haven Hospital in 1999 and now reaches the families of 60% of all babies born in Connecticut through 15 hospitals. Surveys sent to families show that 67% read to their children at least once a day. These results are better than the 2017-18 National Survey of Children’s Health, which reports that 49% of Connecticut families read to their children ages 0 - 5 every day (childhealthdata.org).

The Prenatal Project, which began in 2016, has a targeted approach to reach high needs pregnant women receiving prenatal care in nine locations. Survey results show that after participating in the initiative, the number of moms-to-be who know that babies are born ready to learn increase by 10% (from 85% to 95%) and the number who know that babies under age 2 should not use screens (phones, tablets, computers, TV) increases by 29% (from 63% to 92%).

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

Data for the BFB Prenatal Project includes:

  1. The # of pregnant women served;
  2. The # of children's books given to pregnant women;
  3. Survey results: the # of women who learn that babies are ready to learn at birth
  4. Survey results: the # of women who learn that screen time is not recommended for children under age 2.
Data for hospital-based BFB includes:
  1. The # of literacy packets distributed;
  2. The # of families who receive visits from our trained volunteers while on the maternity units;
  3. The # of books given to siblings of newborns;
  4. The # of families who register for Follow-up to receive more children's books when their babies are 3 months and 12 months old.
  5. Survey results:  the # of families who read to their children at least once a day;
  6. Survey results:  the # of families who talk to their babies often;
  7. Survey results:  the # of families who read "Welcome to the World" to their babies.
  8. Survey comments.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Nearly 1,000 pregnant women received 2,500 children’s books.

More than 125 pregnant women returned surveys and results show:
  • A 10% increase in women who knew that babies are ready to learn at birth.
  • A 29% increase in women who knew that screen time is not recommended for children under age 2.

More than 21,300 literacy packets were distributed in 14 hospitals. About 1,150 families returned surveys:

  • 67% read to their children at least once a day;
  • 77% talk often to their children;
  • 94% read the book “Welcome to the World” to their babies.

 

Parents overwhelmingly provide positive comments regarding the BFB Newborn Project:

  • The program made me consider the benefits of reading to my baby. I'm sure I would have read to some extent but I make a conscious effort to read every day.
  • It helps us understand our child's stage of learning, what books are appropriate for his age and how he learns language skills.

 

Data is for the year ending 6/30/2019.

Description

Books for Kids (BFK) provides new and gently-used books to children of all ages and to nearly 300 programs that serve children and their families. BFK staff also offer four early childhood literacy workshops for adults. In addition, through two collaborations -- Book Places and Partnerships -- we focus on reaching families living in poverty.

BFK Book Places/Rincónes del Libro are formal collaborations with agencies that serve families with children. We place bookcases filled with free children’s books (and replenished every 8 – 10 weeks) at their sites. Families already being served, or living in the neighborhood, can choose age-appropriate children’s books to keep at home.

BFK Partnerships are formal relationships with home visitors, home childcare providers, and other agencies that serve low-income families. We deliver children’s books for the families served.

Families and organizations can also contact our office to receive books. 

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / At-Risk Populations / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
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 number of books given to families and organizations through Books for Kids remains strong. Last year, nearly 138,000 books were delivered to children in Connecticut. In addition, a fourth workshop covering diversity was developed.  BFK staff presented 20 literacy workshops offered through our Partnerships and Book Places.

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 Books for Kids program delivers free children’s books to nearly 300 organizations across the state, including schools, day care centers, community centers, and health care centers, so all children have the opportunity to increase the number of books in their home libraries.

In addition, BFK staff created a series of four literacy workshops so parents can learn strategies to help their children discover the joy of shared reading experiences. Research confirms that reading regularly is important for the development of language and literacy skills. Learning to read is a necessary and important step because reading is the gateway to all learning.

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

We track the following for the BFK program:

  • The number of Book Places and Partnership;
  • The number of books distributed by Book Places and Partnerships;
  • The number of workshops given;
  • The number of participants in the workshops;
  • Surveys given to workshop participants;
  • Surveys given to agencies hosting Book Places;
  • The number of organizations that receive our books;
  • The number of books distributed to organizations;
  • The number of families who request books;
  • The number of books delivered to families;
  • The number of books distributed to Connecticut towns and counties.
We review all comments received from staff at Book Places and Partnerships and from workshop participants.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

BFK accomplishments for the year ending June 30, 2019:

  • Nearly 33,800 books were distributed by 35 Book Places;
  • Nearly 11,100 books were distributed by 12 Partnerships;
  • Nearly 2,750 books were distributed to more than 300 families who contacted us directly;
  • Nearly 300 people attended 20 early childhood literacy workshops;
  • Nearly 89,800 books were distributed to more than 260 organizations.
  • In total, nearly 138,000 books were distributed to children.
Children living in New Haven County received more than 66,500 books.

Description

ESSS-NH, a language development and pre-literacy program designed by Save the Children, serves at-risk families with children up to age 5. The program provides the following services:

Home Visits: Twice a month, trained coordinators work with children ages 0-3 and their parents in their homes. Coordinators perform child screenings and create goals, which are based on the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). At each visit parents receive children’s books to share with their children.

Parent-Child Groups: Monthly, coordinators schedule group activities for: socialization, parenting skills, celebrations, and transitions.

Book Bag Exchange: Coordinators visit preschool classrooms once a week to work with 3- and 4-year-olds. The sessions focus on books and language skills. The children also receive age- and culturally-appropriate books to take home.

Community Connections: Coordinators help families make connections with community partners to obtain services.

Population Served Families / At-Risk Populations / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
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.

ESSS is based in four elementary schools in New Haven: Celentano Biotech, Health and Medical Magnet School, Christopher Columbus Family Academy, Lincoln Bassett Community School, and Truman School.

Through December, 2019, more than 120 children enrolled in the program, including 58 children ages 0 – 3 receiving twice monthly home visits and 79 children ages 3-5 participating in weekly literacy activities and book exchanges. Parent child group activities were held 16 times, including a combined holiday play group hosted by all four Coordinators.

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

ESSS uses the Responsivity Scale and the Language Stimulation/Support of Literacy Scale to measure how responsive parents are to their children and how effective parents are at encouraging language development.

ESSS is piloting Sparkler, a phone app that helps families track child development by observing age-based play activities using the Ages and Stages Developmental Questionnaire.

In addition, one ESSS Coordinator is piloting Parenting Interactions with Children: Checklist of Observations Linked to Outcomes (PICCOLO). The tool measures the quality of parent-child interactions to identify behaviors that support children’s early social, emotional, cognitive and language development and predict school readiness.

Children’s language skills are measured using the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) and the Average Preschool Language Scale (PLS).

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

In 2019, more than 2,500 children ages 0-3 and more than 3,600 children ages 3-5 participated in ESSS in 95 communities nationwide.

Results show:

  • 100% of parents and children read together every day.
  • 89% of 3-year-olds and 5-year-olds participating in ESSS have vocabularies in or above the normal range.
  • 64% of children enroll in ESSS before their first birthday.

 

Program Comments
CEO Comments

Our Books for Babies early literacy program currently serves over 60% of all babies born in CT. Our goal is to reach 100% of all newborns and to prepare their parents to take an active role in their child's literacy development from day one. Program expansion to other hospital settings is dependent upon financial resources. We have received inquiries from hospitals eager to offer our early literacy program to their new families but are challenged by a lack the resources. We are also eager to expand our Prenatal Project to other community health centers in the state. In our Books for Kids program, we are seeing firsthand the need for books and literacy information to thousands of families in the state's towns and cities. In particular, we recognize a great need for bilingual books and services.

CEO/Executive Director
Suzannah Holsenbeck
Term Start Jan 2020
Email sholsenbeck@readtogrow.org
Experience

Ms. Holsenbeck comes to Read to Grow having spent the last 15 years as an administrator and teacher in a wide variety of rural and urban public schools, including serving as a special education teacher on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and as the arts director at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School in New Haven.

Most recently, Suzannah oversaw all components of the CT Schoolyards Program at Common Ground, including the CT School Garden Resource Center, Schoolyard Habitat Programs, and partnerships with 23 New Haven public schools and other community organizations such as All Our Kin and FoodCorps.

She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Yale and a M.Ed. in Urban Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Anthony DiLauroAug 2011 - Apr 2013
Kyn TolsonJan 2014 - Jan 2020
Senior Staff
Title Director of Administration
Experience/Biography

Ms. Baker holds a BA in Theatre with a focus on Stage Management. She worked as a Stage Manager and Company Manager at Long Wharf Theatre, on Broadway and Off-Broadway, California Repertory Theatre, Santa Fe Opera, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She has been with Read to Grow since 2001.

Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations

Through our three programs, Books for Babies (BFB), Books for Kids (BFK) and Early Steps to School Success- New Haven (ESSS-NH), we have 75 formal collaborations with other non-profits in Connecticut, many of them in the Greater New Haven area.  The BFB program partners include 9 community health centers and 15 hospitals to provide literacy information and free baby board books to pregnant women and families of newborns.  The BFK program delivers thousands of free children’s books to high-needs families by joining other non-profits to operate 35 Book Places and 11 Partnerships.  In addition, we partner with Save the Children and four public schools in New Haven to deliver long-term, comprehensive early literacy coaching to families with children up to age 5 through the ESSS program.

Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Certificate of RecognitionNew Haven Public Schools - Office of Youth, Family and Community Engagement2016
IKEA Life Improvement Challenge AwardIKEA New Haven2016
21st Century Solutions Grant ChallengeNBCUniversal Foundation2015
Identified as an agency working to improve child literacy and to close the achievement gap.Connecticut KIDS COUNT (Annie E. Casey Foundation)2010
Kids Are Our Business Service AwardClifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic2009
Community Hall of FameWNET Channel Thirteen New York2008
Mary Ives AwardNew Haven Free Public Library2008
Comments
CEO Comments

Read to Grow has given nearly 2 million children's books over our 20 years. Today we distribute more than 175,000 books annually and present dozens of workshops. We have 75 formal partnerships with other nonprofits. Our new program, Early Steps to School Success-New Haven (ESSS-NH), is in partnership with Save the Children. We do all our work with six full-time staff and seven part-time staff. In addition to our lean and highly effective, hard working staff, we are able to achieve our impact because of our formidable volunteer force; more than 90 volunteers work with us weekly in hospitals, our warehouse and office and a large percentage have been involved with Read to Grow for more than four years, some up to 15 years, which is nearly five times the amount of time volunteers tend to stick with an organization.

Board Chair
Jeff Hartmann
Company Affiliation The Hartmann Group
Term July 2019 to June 2022
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Lori Church M.S.McInerney Family Foundation
Joshua Copel M.D.Yale University
Mary Kay Curtiss CPA, MSPABlum, Shapiro & Company
Jennifer Groves Fusco J.D.Updike, Kelly & Spellacy
Carla Horwitz Ph.DYale Child Study Center
Lisa MaassCitizens Bank
Bonnie Patten J.D.Truth in Advertising, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
Automobile Insurance
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Audit
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Board Governance
CEO Comments

In 2019, the Read to Grow Board took an active and significant role in managing the succession planning with respect to the retirement of Founder & Board Chair Roxanne Coady and retirement of Executive Director Kyn Tolson. Jeff Hartmann, formerly the Treasurer of the Board, took over as Board Chair in spring 2019. In addition to the search and hire of our new Executive Director, Suzannah Holsenbeck, who started in January 2020, the Board undertook the development of an ambitious 3 year Strategic Plan.

Read to Grow has grown tremendously in scope and impact since its founding 20 years ago. The organization is poised to both expand and strengthen its reach as we work hard to meet the demands of a larger, more diverse clientele in an ever changing world. Current global crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, mean that Read to Grow must remain nimble in its approach to ensuring that all CT children have books of their own.

 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30 2020
Projected Revenue $1,339,180.00
Projected Expenses $1,339,180.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201920182017
Total Assets$1,977,287$1,027,958$1,123,388
Current Assets$1,934,792$927,166$1,015,951
Long-Term Liabilities--$0--
Current Liabilities$12,753$109,172$7,455
Total Net Assets$1,964,534$918,786$1,115,933
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201920182017
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Seedlings Foundation $150,000Seedlings Foundation $150,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Hartford Hospital Auxiliary $30,000Hartford Hospital Auxiliary $30,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Pitney Bowes Foundation $25,000Pitney Bowes Foundaiton $25,000
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments

In establishing many partnerships with other nonprofits over the last four years, we’ve connected with more and more families who speak only Spanish in their homes. Because of the subsequent rise in demand for bilingual children’s books, we must purchase more new books for our inventory. (We don’t receive any gently used bilingual books in the approximately 70,000 books given to us every year.) This new expense presents financial challenges.

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 53 School Ground Road
Unit #3
Branford, CT 06405
Primary Phone 203 488-6800
CEO/Executive Director Suzannah Holsenbeck
Board Chair Jeff Hartmann
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Hartmann Group

 

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