In order to continue to meet the growing needs of the children of our community, First Book - Greater Richmond relies on individuals and businesses to support the efforts of our Book Distribution Program in the following ways:
Monetary Support: For every $2.50 raised, First Book - Greater Richmond is able to donate one book to a child in need in our community. For every $15 raised, we are able to partner with existing literacy initiatives and education programs to gift 6 books, over a specified period of time, to one child, so they may begin to build a library in their own home. This increases literacy activities outside of school, which is crucial to building reading skills.
Corporate Sponsorship: We are always looking for support from businesses in our community in the form of monetary donations, grants and employee volunteers. By partnering with First Book - Greater Richmond through fundraising and volunteering, businesses are able to foster the spirit of teamwork while helping their community. Sponsorship opportunities include participation in our Annual First Book - Greater Richmond Fall Golf Tournament and our newest fundraiser, Ladies' Night for Literacy, held at the Shops at 5807.
Volunteers: First Book - Greater Richmond relies on its all-volunteer advisory board to facilitate its Book Distribution Program. As the demand for our assistance and book grants grows in our community, so does the need to grow our pool of volunteers. Volunteers are needed for recipient reads and mass book distributions. While participating in recipient reads, our volunteers are able to read to the children in the programs we support and distribute the books to them so they make take them home. Our mass book distributions occur when our national corporate sponsors donate large amounts of books to our area, through National First Book, and we must sort, label and help distribute them to our partner agencies.
Team First Book - Serving Greater Richmond is part of the larger National First Book network (www.firstbook.org) that was founded in 1992 and has since provided over 90 million new books to children in need nationwide. First Book has established relationships with more than 90 leading publishers and has been able to negotiate the cost of thousands of children and young adult book titles for 50 to 90 percent below retail, resulting in an average cost per book of $2.50. First Book grant recipients are awarded funds to purchase books through the First Book Marketplace (www.fbmarketplace.org), which is an online site that our local grant recipients use to choose from a wide array of high-quality new books for the children they serve. When First Book - Greater Richmond partners with and awards monetary grants to educators and literacy programs in our community, they are able to maximize their literacy efforts by selecting books that align with their curriculums, to make the biggest impact possible.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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