Governor's Books from Birth Foundation
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
27th Floor
Nashville TN 37243
Another TN child excited to read his very own book!
Mission Statement

The mission of the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation is to promote early childhood literacy in Tennessee's birth to age five population. Our program sustains and strengthens Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in all 95 Tennessee counties, ensuring that new, age-appropriate books are mailed once a month to Tennessee’s preschool children, at no cost to families and regardless of income. Tennessee's Imagination Library statewide program is an important component of our state's educational pathway from cradle to career and the state's newly announced Read to be Ready Campaign. We are working to assist adults in finding ways to engage in reading with their children; providing access to high quality, age-appropriate books is the first step in this process. Our vision is a Tennessee where all preschool children have books in their homes, develop a love of reading and learning, and begin school prepared to succeed, from kindergarten throughout their educational journey.

For the past three consecutive years, TN's Imagination Library has grown in net enrollment every month, an unprecedented pattern. As of September, 2017, we are mailing 279,256 books monthly and are reaching 68.5% of the age-eligible child population across the state. 

 

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Theresa Carl
Board Chair Ms. Rachel Lundeen Gatlin
Board Chair Company Affiliation State of Tennessee
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $7,432,794.00
Projected Annual Revenue $7,432,794.00 (2018)
Statements
Mission

The mission of the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation is to promote early childhood literacy in Tennessee's birth to age five population. Our program sustains and strengthens Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in all 95 Tennessee counties, ensuring that new, age-appropriate books are mailed once a month to Tennessee’s preschool children, at no cost to families and regardless of income. Tennessee's Imagination Library statewide program is an important component of our state's educational pathway from cradle to career and the state's newly announced Read to be Ready Campaign. We are working to assist adults in finding ways to engage in reading with their children; providing access to high quality, age-appropriate books is the first step in this process. Our vision is a Tennessee where all preschool children have books in their homes, develop a love of reading and learning, and begin school prepared to succeed, from kindergarten throughout their educational journey.

For the past three consecutive years, TN's Imagination Library has grown in net enrollment every month, an unprecedented pattern. As of September, 2017, we are mailing 279,256 books monthly and are reaching 68.5% of the age-eligible child population across the state. 

 

Background
The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) began in 2004 as a statewide campaign to systematically implement Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program in every county in Tennessee. Each county passed a resolution to create a local Imagination Library affiliate, then designated a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to implement the program and cover 50% of the local cost, with the state matching the other 50% via the administrative organ of the GBBF. All 95 counties, including all major metropolitan areas, now have an Imagination Library program in place – an achievement that distinguishes Tennessee from the rest of the country. The work of the GBBF in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library brings the joy of reading and learning to the doorsteps of children across Tennessee, creating a culture of literacy in the homes of hundreds of thousands of families. The GBBF works to ensure the program will continue to do so far into the future.
 
Through a dollar-for-dollar matching grant, the GBBF covers half (about $12 per child) of the $24 per child annual program cost. Remaining program costs – about $12 annually per child – are met by local county Imagination Library programs. With an emphasis on shared responsibility among Tennessee’s richly diverse communities, its state government, and its vibrant private sector, this public-private partnership has become a model for other states seeking to foster long-term educational and economic advances within their own borders.
 
From time to time, some counties might lose significant private sector resources from which to raise funds for the Imagination Library. Through its County Assistance Fund, the GBBF covers the book bills for counties in need of temporary financial assistance and works directly with the county to develop a reorganization plan, if necessary. In addition, the GBBF provides local support to county programs in the form of volunteer recruitment and training, public relations, marketing, fundraising, social media, and strategic communications assistance. 
 
Studies show that receiving a book by mail each month reminds parents and caregivers to read more often to their children, and that enrolled children are more comfortable with books, demonstrate greater enthusiasm for reading, and arrive to kindergarten more prepared than students who do not participate in the Imagination Library program. Our newest research shows that the benefits of participating in the IL program - reading readiness scores before and after kindergarten - continue even beyond second grade. Less than one-half of Tennessee's children currently read at grade level by grade three. Our goal is to address this issue at the earliest possible age. We believe that the Imagination Library program is a key component in Tennessee's pathway from cradle to career.
Impact
As we enter our 13th consecutive year of service to the youngest citizens of our state, the GBBF has mailed more than 30 million books to enrolled children, impacting at least 2 million children. Our main goal is to continue to grow enrollment statewide while supporting and sustaining our 95 county IL programs and their over 700 volunteers. For the past three years, TN's IL has grown every month, reaching an all-time high in net enrollment of 68.5% of the age-eligible child population. An ancillary on-going goal is to evaluate the major impacts this program has on participating children and their families. In 2014, the GBBF hired an independent education researcher to complete a  meta analysis impact study. The study showed that children participating in the Imagination Library program scored significantly higher than their non-participating peers in reading readiness evaluations pre-kindergarten and even on into the third grade. This research also validated that participants had more highly refined socialization skills upon entering school, were eager to learn to read and that their families developed reading habits together as a result of receiving these books. The GBBF continues to pay one-half of all costs for the books and their mailing, through our public/private funding model. Each year, we submit a grant request to the state for one-half of the projected cost of the books for the next fiscal year. Currently, the GBBF is distributing over 279,000 books each month, an all-time record for the program. Tennessee's IL program is almost one-third of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library distribution world-wide. During FY2016 through January, 2017, the GBBF experienced a net enrollment increase of over 6.3%. We expect this growth pattern to continue into FY2018. We attribute this increase to the work of about 700 committed volunteers statewide who engage their communities, enroll children and raise 50% of the book and mailing costs and to new statewide collaborations with the Departments of Health, Education and Human Services. We can highlight two significant sources of enrollment gain - the partnership with Welcome Baby, that sends an enrollment form to each newborn's family and our new piloted Birthing Hospital Initiative, now supported by the Niswonger Family Foundation in Northeast TN and as part of a $1M statwide grant from BC BS Tennessee Health Foundation. This private investment in our statewide program is critical to the on-going sustainability of Tennessee's Imagination Library.
All of Tennessee’s 408,000 plus children under age five have access to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Tennessee’s IL program continues to be the only one of its kind in the country – a unique public/private model that has been sustained for over a decade.
Needs

Donors to the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) help our organization meet a variety of fundamental needs, with funding directed toward sustaining the Imagination Library program in all 95 Tennessee counties.

The annual cost of the Imagination Library program is $24 per child. In Tennessee, this cost is split evenly between county Imagination Library program affiliates and the GBBF. The governor annually requests the General Assembly’s approval of a state budgetary allocation to pay for half of each county’s cost of providing books every month. Imagination Library programs in each county must raise $12 per child. A definitely pressing need is for engaged, enthusiastic, committed volunteers in each county, who are willing to maintain and grow the program locally. Many of our volunteer leaders have worked with the IL program almost since its inception. We must build a pipeline of new volunteers to keep the statewide program strong. 

Donations to the GBBF allow us to continue sustaining and strengthening the Imagination Library program throughout Tennessee, while also addressing the following fundamental needs:

1) Providing emergency funding to distressed counties in need of immediate financial assistance

2) Expanding the Imagination Library program to include the roughly 2,500 Tennessee children currently in foster care, an initiative begun three years ago.

3) Providing ancillary programs, such as the purchase of sample book sets for 2,000 Head Start and Pre-K classrooms, as well as rewards for enrollment contests and local marketing

4) Continuing to expand total statewide enrollment (currently at 68.5%).
 
5) Building capacity for growth at both the county and statewide levels.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
There are multiple ways to support the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation and Tennessee's statewide Imagination Library. To donate online, or to learn more about how our public-private partnership helps all 95 counties give young children access to these books at no cost to their families, please visit our website at www.GovernorsFoundation.org, or say hello on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TNImaginationLibrary.
 
Checks may be mailed to:
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
27th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
 
To make a phone donation, please call the GBBF main line at (615) 253-3600, or toll-free at (877) 992-6657.
 
 
 
 
    Service Categories
    Primary Organization Category Education / Single Organization Support
    Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
    Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
    Areas of Service
    Areas Served
    TN
    Statewide Tennessee
    Board Chair Statement

    Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is available to all 408,000 children under age five in Tennessee. Every month, children who participate in this incredible program receive one new, age-appropriate, high-quality book in the mail from birth until their fifth birthday – at no cost to families, regardless of income. Because Tennessee pioneered the first statewide Imagination Library program, our leadership sets the standard for other states wishing to replicate our experience and success.

    Over the past eleven years, the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) has made significant strides in increasing statewide enrollment. Our ultimate goal remains the same, however: enrollment of all eligible children in the state. The nagging obverse of this goal is the cost of success: continued growth at our current pace poses an increasing challenge to counties raising their half of the program’s cost. In the short run, the challenge is to avoid local donor fatigue. In some counties, the GBBF County Assistance Fund may be the only immediate resource from which to draw in order to continue sending Imagination Library books to children’s homes. The perpetuation of this “safety net” is a large part of why we raise money. When we crossed the state in a "Big Blue Bus" to celebrate our 10th anniversary, the GBBF and First Lady Crissy Haslam were able to connect with volunteers, parents, teachers, children, and donors at the grassroots level. We learned that most adults will sacrifice beyond their means for their children to have access to books and to a great education. From the great-grandmother who "ran us down" in Marshall County with grandchildren in her van to the teen mom in Hamblen County who told us that although she couldn't read well, she still enjoyed the books and told stories with her baby every night, we say firsthand how meaningful and beloved this program is. That deep connection, coupled with our solid continued outcomes, will help Tennessee reach its reading proficiency goals. It's a multi-generational challenge - engaging children and adults in reading together.

     Local businesses, chambers of commerce, county officials, and citizens have invested in their communities' future by funding the Imagination Library program in their respective counties. Their confidence springs from the myriad studies that conclusively demonstrate how reading to children from an early age pays untold dividends down the road. Already, parents and teachers have noticed a marked increase in enthusiasm for reading among Imagination Library participants. As a generation of children passes through the program, studies from different parts of the state continue to yield data demonstrating the worth and tremendous impact of the program. We are hopeful for the continued support of our diverse constituent base as we work to sustain the Imagination Library program in Tennessee for many future generations of children.
    CEO Statement

    Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program in Tennessee. Our mission is simple: To sustain and strengthen Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program in all 95 Tennessee counties, ensuring that new, age-appropriate books are mailed to Tennessee's preschool children, at no cost to families and regardless of income. We are building a foundation for reading and learning through books for Tennessee's children. It's about access for all children and exposure to early literacy practices. 

    Since the program's inception in June 2004, we have successfully launched and sustained Imagination Library programs in all 95 counties in Tennessee. This is due in large part to the selfless efforts of hundreds of volunteers across Tennessee who are convinced – as we are – that the Imagination Library program will have a profound long-term positive impact on the future of Tennessee’s children. Tennessee is the only state in the nation to have the Imagination Library program in all of its 95 counties. This means that all 408,000 Tennessee children under age five are eligible to receive one new, age-appropriate, high-quality book in the mail every month, from birth until their fifth birthday – all at no cost to families, regardless of income.

    Over 68.5% of the state’s eligible children already receive a free book every month, and enrollment continues to grow at a steady pace, described above. We have delivered over 30 million books through this amazing program since our inception in 2004. Teachers across the state attest to the Imagination Library’s effectiveness at increasing school readiness levels among children who participated. Many other states have contacted us and are considering duplicating our model. With the generous support of donors and volunteers at both the grassroots and corporate level, we have raised the public profile of Tennessee’s statewide Imagination Library while continuing to fulfill our mission of ensuring its growth, health, and survival.

    Our vision is a Tennessee where all preschool children have books in their homes, develop a love of reading and learning, and begin school prepared to succeed, from kindergarten throughout their educational journeys. As more of them “graduate” from the Imagination Library program in the years to come, all Tennesseans will benefit from a higher quality of life, improved health and educational outcomes, and a workforce with the skills and knowledge to drive the growth of our state’s economy well into the twenty-first century. Early childhood literacy is an education issue, a health issue and an economic issue.

    Programs
    Description Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program mails one new, age-appropriate, high-quality book every month to registered children from birth until age five (a gift of up to 60 books) – at no cost to families, regardless of income. A blue ribbon committee of early childhood education experts selects the books, which include such beloved classics as The Little Engine that Could, The Snowy Day, and Madeline.

    In 2004 the non-partisan, not-for-profit Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) was created to serve as a catalyst and tangible resource to Tennesseans establishing and sustaining county Imagination Libraries.  Initially charged with conducting the Imagination Library statewide roll-out, raising statewide funds, and training volunteers, GBBF staff now serve Imagination Library organizers by providing fundraising, public relations, strategic communications, and other modes of support.

    All of Tennessee's 408,000 children age five and under are eligible to receive free Imagination Library books.
    Budget 3,400,000
    Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
    Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Families, General/Unspecified
    Short Term Success
    Since the program's inception in 2004:
    • Over 28 million books have been delivered to children across Tennessee
    • 272,977 preschoolers are currently receiving books through the program, or 67 percent of Tennessee's total under-five population
    • 536,000 five-year-olds have graduated from the Imagination Library. That means well over a million preschoolers in our state will have a greater chance of succeeding in school and in life as a result of the program -- as sound an investment in our state's future as one could hope to make.
    Long term Success Our vision is a Tennessee where all preschool children develop a healthy love of reading, have a proficient vocabulary, and begin school prepared to learn and excel. We know one of the most effective means of achieving this vision is fostering books in the home, from birth. As more children continue to ‘graduate’ from the Imagination Library, all Tennesseans will benefit from a higher quality of life, improved health and educational outcomes, and ultimately, a workforce with the skills needed to support Tennessee’s future.  We hope to serve as a successful model for the establishment of other statewide Imagination Library programs, so that eventually every preschool child in America will benefit from the many advantages of having books in the home from birth.
    Examples of Program Success
    In 2007, the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation commissioned the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) to solicit kindergarten and pre-kindergarten teachers' proffesional judgements on the readiness and performance of students who had participated in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.
     
    Responding kindergarten and Pre-K teachers collectively affirmed that children who had participated in Dolly's Imagination Library were "better prepared" than students who had not participated in the program.  On average, Imagination Library participants exceeded teacher expectations: 48 percent of kindergarten teachers and 64 percent of Pre-K teachers stated that Dolly's Imagination Library participants performed "better than expected" or "much better than expected" than students from previous classes-as compared to only 10 percent of kindergarten teachers and 11 percent of Pre-K teachers reporting that non-participants performed "better than expected" or "much better than expected."
     
    CEO Comments Because of Tennessee's unique public/private funding model, it just takes a gift of $60 or more to give a child the gift of a library of 60 books by the time he/she reaches age five. With the 50% funding match enabled by Tennessee's funding commitment, donors receive a tremendous return on their investment.
    Board Chair
    Board Chair Ms. Rachel Lundeen Gatlin
    Company Affiliation State of Tennessee
    Term Apr 2014 to Apr 2018
    Email rachel.lundeen@tn.gov
    Board Members
    NameAffiliationStatus
    Ms. Theresa Carl PresidentVoting
    Mr. Mark Cate Stones River GroupVoting
    Ms. Rachel Lundeen Gatlin Chief of Staff, Office of the First LadyVoting
    Board Demographics - Ethnicity
    African American/Black 0
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
    Caucasian 3
    Hispanic/Latino 0
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Other 0
    Board Demographics - Gender
    Male 1
    Female 2
    Unspecified 0
    Governance
    Board Term Lengths 4
    Board Term Limits 0
    Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
    Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
    Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
    Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
    Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 0%
    Does the Board include Client Representation? No
    Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
    Standing Committees
    Advisory Board
    Risk Management Provisions
    Commercial General Liability & D and O & Umbrella or Excess & Automobile & Professional
    Additional Board Members
    NameAffiliation
    Mr. Calvin Anderson BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
    Mayor Jake Bynum Weakley County Mayor
    Dr. Nancy Dishner Niswonger Family Foundation
    Judge Brandon O. Gibson State Court of Appeals
    First Lady Donna Noland East TN State University
    Dr. Shirley Raines Consultant, Retired University President
    Ms. Vicki Smith Nissan USA
    Ms. Denine Torr Dollar General Literacy Foundation
    Mr. Byron Trauger Trauger & Tuke
    Mrs. Laura Travis Community Volunteer
    Dr. Michael D. Warren Tn Department of Health
    Dr. Philip A. Wenk Delta Dental TN
    CEO Comments It is a great honor to serve the state of Tennessee as president of the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation.  When I began my term four years ago, First Lady Crissy Haslam had folded the program into her overall early childhood development and literacy initiative. This is a perfect fit because it allows the GBBF and the First Lady's office to coordinate statewide efforts to engage communities and motivate volunteers around the benefits of getting books into the hands of very young children and their families. The GBBF team spent its first year and one-half visiting all 95 counties, getting to know the committed volunteers, some of whom had been with the program since 2004, and raising awareness about the program's opportunities. Our strategic goal was to raise enrollment statewide by raising statewide funding, to boost marketing efforts through statewide partners like the TN Department of Health, and to ensure that each county's volunteers had the resources and training necessary to be successful. Working with a statewide program, primarily volunteer run, is a bit like balancing 95 spinning plates - occasionally some fall and must be realigned. The beauty of this program is its public/private model that allows both entities to participate in its success. In 2014, the GBBF celebrated its 10th anniversary and gave away the 20 millionth book! We took a fully wrapped touring bus around the state to 54 counties in 4 weeks, thanking volunteers and donors, raising awareness, enrolling children and raising funds. We gave away over 5,000 reading themed backpacks and books, enrolled over 5,000 new children, and traveled 5,249 miles. The journey concluded in late September with a celebration at the Capitol with special guest, Dolly Parton.  This celebration has launched our program into the next decade and we embrace the opportunity to positively impact Tennessee's early childhood literacy for the future of our state.
    Executive Director/CEO
    Executive Director Ms. Theresa Carl
    Term Start Mar 2012
    Email theresa.carl@tn.gov
    Experience

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam announced Theresa Carl as the new president of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) in March 2012. Theresa brings more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, relationship-building, resource-connecting, and creative marketing to the GBBF. Her focus is on developing strategies for sustaining and strengthening the statewide Imagination Library program, established in 2004 in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. A native of Union City, she has a B.A. with distinction in Political Science and Urban Studies from Rhodes College. She has worked as director of development for LEAD Public Schools, Inc.; vice president of fund development for Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee; and director of development for the Frist Center for Visual Arts. Theresa has also served as president of the Junior League of Nashville; Rhodes College trustee; as an alumni board member of Leadership Nashville; president of The Rotary Club of Nashville; and was a member of the 2016 Leadership Tennessee class. She attends Westminster Presbyterian Church where she serves as an elder and a trustee of the Legacy Fund.

     

    Former CEOs
    NameTerm
    Ms Lady A Bird Mar 2004 - Jan 2009
    Mr. Jeff Conyers Jan 2009 - Aug 2011
    Staff
    Full Time Staff 5
    Part Time Staff 0
    Volunteers 700
    Contractors 0
    Retention Rate 100%
    Plans & Policies
    Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? No
    Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
    Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
    When was Strategic Plan adopted? July 2012
    In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
    Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
    Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
    Awards
    Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
    Merit - Newsletters (< 2 Color)PRSA Nashville - Parthenon Awards2005
    FinalistCNM Salute to Excellence in Communications2006
    Friend of Education AwardTennessee Education Association2012
    Senior Staff
    Title Vice President
    Experience/Biography Dean Hoskins has over 15 years experience as a successful entrepreneur, consultant,and motivational speaker. She focuses on the Foundation's financial and operational systems and assists the president in fundraising and county support. Ms. Hoskins graduated cum laude with a B.B.A. in risk management and insurance from The University of Georgia.
     
     
    Fiscal Year
    Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
    Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
    Projected Revenue $7,432,794.00
    Projected Expenses $7,432,794.00
    Endowment Spending Policy N/A
    Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
    Detailed Financials
    Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Total Revenue$7,395,512$6,772,605$6,418,105
    Total Expenses$7,198,563$6,905,137$6,453,038
    Revenue Less Expenses$196,949($132,532)($34,933)
    Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    $0$0$0
    Government Contributions$3,454,100$3,204,100$3,114,843
    Federal$0$0$0
    State$0$0$0
    Local$0$0$0
    Unspecified$3,454,100$3,204,100$3,114,843
    Individual Contributions$570,575$422,558$415,890
    $0$0$0
    $1,635$0$0
    Investment Income, Net of Losses$225,791$165,304$157,859
    Membership Dues$0$0$0
    Special Events$0$0$0
    Revenue In-Kind$0$22,250$0
    Other$3,143,411$2,958,393$2,729,513
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Program Expense$6,761,698$6,377,158$6,001,534
    Administration Expense$260,038$264,933$248,705
    Fundraising Expense$176,827$263,046$202,799
    Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.980.99
    Program Expense/Total Expenses94%92%93%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%7%6%
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Total Assets$6,681,619$6,576,994$6,693,201
    Current Assets$1,220,971$1,214,234$942,120
    Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
    Current Liabilities$53,886$48,353$22,256
    Total Net Assets$6,627,733$6,528,641$6,670,945
    Short Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities22.6625.1142.33
    Long Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
    Top Funding Sources
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $3,454,100Government Grants $3,204,100Government Grants & Contracts $3,114,843
    Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Revenue $3,143,411Other Revenue $2,958,393County Reimbursement $2,729,513
    Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $570,575Contributions, Gifts & Grants $422,558Other Contributions, Gifts & Grants $415,890
    Capital Campaign
    Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
    Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
    Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
    State Charitable Solicitations Permit
    TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2017
    Organization Comments We continue to be grateful for Tennessee's desire to allocate grant funds to cover one-half of the cost of Imagination Library books mailed in Tennessee. Because of our exponential growth over the past four years, we continue to fundraise privately in order to fund ancillary programs related to family reading engagement and to pass through funds to our county affiliates as necessary. We are operating with a full-time staff of five people, who are responsible for 95 counties and over 700 volunteers. This effort requires travel, marketing, training and outreach. Each year, we conduct four statewide day-long workshops to assist new volunteers as well as veterans and to show our appreciation for their untiring work. In short, the GBBF's life cycle is changing with this growth spurt - a goal we have achieved and exceeded. With growth comes the need for more funding at the local level to ensure that book costs can be covered. 
    GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
    Financial figures taken from 990.
    Form 990 was prepared by LBMC, PC.
    Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 2/17/17.
    Nonprofit Governor's Books from Birth Foundation
    Address 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
    27th Floor
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Primary Phone (615) 253-3600
    CEO/Executive Director Ms. Theresa Carl
    Board Chair Ms. Rachel Lundeen Gatlin
    Board Chair Company Affiliation State of Tennessee
    Year of Incorporation 2004

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