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Mission
First Book is a nonprofit organization that gives children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Over 60% of low-income families have no books at home for their children.1 Nearly 12 million children under the age of 18 live below the poverty level in the United States.2 In low-income neighborhoods there is on average only 1 book for every 300 children, compared to 13 books for every child in middle-income neighborhoods.3 Since 1992, First Book has provided over 50 million books to children in need.
1 Department of Education, 1996 2 US Bureau of the Census, “Poverty in the US: 2001,” 26-31 3 Dickinson, David K. and Susan B. Neuman, eds. “The Knowledge Gap: Implications for Early

Education.” Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2. New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 2006. p. 31.

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Why First Book?
By becoming involved with First Book, you are becoming a part of an international movement to end illiteracy. For every child that grows up reading, his or her children will grow up reading ending the cycle of illiteracy in a family for future generations.

We distribute only brand new books. All books are either free or drastically reduced in price.
The educator closest to the child decides which books to place in the hands of their children, often for the very first time. Discover the magic of reading!

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**Slide optional

First Book’s National Report Card
Forbes Magazine named First Book one of Ten “Gold Star” Charities in their 2003 Annual Survey of 200 nonprofits. 2003 was the only year that Forbes used the gold-star list to highlight charities. Charity Navigator gave First Book their top 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for three consecutive years.
Oprah’s Angel Network awarded First Book with their largest grant ever to reach out to children and adults effected by the hurricanes. Fast Company and Monitor Group chose First Book as a winner of their Social Capitalist Award for using entrepreneurial genius to solve global issues for the fourth year in a row.

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Awards FB has received

distributing books to children in our community >>
Thank you for your free books. My mom always told me nothing in this world is free. But when you gave us these free books, I knew something in this world should be.
– Deidra, a First Book child

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How First Book Distributes Books
Advisory Boards: committees of local First Book volunteers representing a broad spectrum of a community or campus. The Advisory Board raises funds to provide book grants to programs serving children from low-income families. First Book Marketplace: online store providing new books at a discounted price to nonprofit organizations and government entities that predominantly serve children from low-income families.

First Book National Book Bank: centralized system distributing publisher donations of books and educational materials to programs serving children from low-income families.

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What is an Advisory Board?
A committee of local First Book volunteers representing a broad spectrum of a community or campus. Advisory Boards raise funds locally and select programs in their community as First Book grantees. Grantees use the funds provided by First Book to select books from catalogs co-branded with First Book’s publishing partners at significant discounts. New books chosen by program leaders working directly with children are incorporated into program lessons, and then given to the children to take home and keep.

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Advisory Board Functions
1. Recruit Board members that represent the full community: professionally, geographically, ethnically and culturally. Raise funds to support the purchase of new books for selected community programs.
Host events to raise the profile of your Advisory Board in the community or on campus. Grant books to eligible Recipient Groups at least once every 12 months. Participate in First Book National and Corporate Partner events, including First Book National Book Bank distributions.

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How Advisory Boards Distribute Books
Type of Books # of books available
Cost of books/shipping

Availability of books

Community Starter Books

1,000-5,000 depending on # of needy children in community.

Free

For new Advisory Boards only.

Publisher Catalogs

Dependent upon funds raised by Advisory Board.

Average cost of a book is For Recipient Groups only $2.50/Free shipping through Advisory Board book grants.

National Book Bank (FBNBB)

2,000/year after registering and applying for distribution.

Free for pick-up/ $ .25 shipping/handling fee per book.
Average cost of a book is $1.80. Available in carton quantities only/shipping included

Contact your Community Development rep to register with FBNBB. Also for Recipient Groups.
Order books online 24/7. Also for Recipient Groups.

$500 worth of books/year.

Marketplace

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First Book – [name] Advisory Board
This is awesome! This will really go a long way in our community. This means a lot to our First Book project. – Advisory Board Chair, KY

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First Book – [Advisory Board] slide Option A

First Book – [Advisory Board]
First Book – [Advisory Board] was established in [date]. To date, First Book – [Advisory Board] has provided over [amount] new books to the children of [city, state].

First Book – [Advisory Board] serves the following local programs:
•[Recipient Group 1] •[Recipient Group 2] •[Recipient Group 3] •[Recipient Group 4]

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First Book – [Advisory Board] slide Option B

First Book – [Advisory Board]
www.firstbook.org/orangecountyny

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Leadership Opportunities
Chair or Co-Chairs: • Serve as liaison between the Advisory Board and First Book’s national office • Facilitates Advisory Board meetings • Guides Advisory Board’s fundraising and book granting goals Treasurer: Monitors budget, handles donations Recipient Group Liaison(s): Identifies potential recipients of First Book grants and serves as Board’s point person for the grant application process Fundraising Chair (or Co-Chairs): Implements fundraising goal, manages events and grant writing

Honorary Member(s): Someone in your community that cannot attend all meetings, but will support your Board’s fundraising efforts and events

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Advisory Board Funding
First Book focuses the power of the private sector to impact change in the public sector. As First Book – [Advisory Board], we have hosted [X] events with [X] corporate partner, raising [X] to convert into book grants for local programs serving low-income children.

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The First Book Advisory Board Network

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Ways You Can Help
Collaboration with First Book – [Advisory Board] elevates the quality of education for the children who need our help most. Help us bring the magic of books and reading to the children of [Community].

1. Become a part of our board! First Book – [Advisory Board] is currently recruiting for the following positions: • Position 1 • Position 2 • Position 3 2. Support our board’s local efforts by making a donation. $250 (100 books) $125 (50 books) $65 (26 books) $25 (10 books)
3. Volunteer to help with community events or book distributions.

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contact >>
First Book – [Advisory Board] Address 1 Address 2 City, ST Zip Phone Fax Cell Email alias www.firstbook.org H >>

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