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Reach Out and Read

Our Mission...

Reach Out and Read makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care so that children grow up with books and a love of reading.

Our Model...

In the exam room, trained doctors and nurses talk to parents about the importance of reading aloud.

At each check-up from six months through five years, the child receives a new book to take home.

Clinic waiting rooms are transformed into literacy-rich areas with volunteer readers modeling techniques of reading aloud.

Make A Donation

Nearly 175,000 children in New Jersey live in poverty, according to the
2000 US Census. Imagine a childhood without “Green Eggs & Ham,” “Curious George,” “Goodnight Moon” or “ If you Give a Mouse a Cookie.” Yet, thousands of children in our community may grow up without ever enjoying these classics of childhood unless you help.

Please help Reach Out and Read New jersey put books in the hands of children who may grow up without them. And don’t forget, your donation is tax deductible.

What Your Support Can Accomplish:

  • $2,500 helps us provide the full, five-year program to 50 children

  • $1000 helps provide the Reach Out and Read program to 20 children

  • $250 helps provide the Reach Out and Read program to a family with five children

  • $50 enables us to provide the full, five-year program to one child

Funding for Reach Out and Read New Jersey is facilitated through the Reach Out and Read National Office Finance Department. Use the information and forms provided below and be sure to specifiy in the comment section that the funds are to be provided to support the New Jersey Reach Out and Read coalition.

Make a Donation Online

You can make a donation today...be sure to note that it is for the New Jersey program in your comments. Just click on the above link to get started.

Make a Donation by Mail

You can download the Donate by Mail PDF and send the donation of your choice to the National Office.

Book Donations and other Support

To donate books to a Reach Out and Read site in NJ, visit the National Center and find a site in your community that accepts donated books.  You can use this list of Reach Out and Read sites in New Jersey to directly contact a clinic in your community; or at Reach Out and Read New Jersey directly.  You can also mail your support/volunteer preferences using this downloadable and printable form.

Additional Ways You Can Support Reach Out and Read NJ

Gifts in Honor Of...

Remember someone special with a gift to Reach Out and Read. We will acknowledge your gift of $27.50 or more with a beautiful gift card. Gifts can be made in honor of: birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, teacher appreciation, and other special occasions.

 

Memorial Gifts

All memorial gifts will be acknowledged promptly with a note of gratitude.

 

Appreciated Securities

A gift of appreciated securities may maximize your tax savings. A charitable gift of publicly traded stock is deductible at its fair market value, enabling a donor to avoid capital gains tax on any appreciation. Please contact Kit Blundo, Manager of Individual Giving, at 617-629-8042, ext. 239 for further information.

 

Planned Giving

If you would like additional information on leaving a legacy to Reach Out and Read please contact Kit Blundo, Manager of Individual Giving, at 617-629-8042, ext. 239.

 

Matching Gifts

By taking advantage of a company's matching gift program you can generate an additional gift that may automatically double or triple your own contribution.

Here's how to make a matching gift:

Check with your company's human resource department to find out about its policy. Obtain a matching gift form from your company.
Fill out your section of this form and send it (along with your donation) to:

Reach Out and Read National Center
56 Roland Street
Suite 100D
Boston, MA 02129-1243

We will verify your gift and return the form to your company, which then issues a matching gift contribution to Reach Out and Read.

Combined Federal Campaign

Our identification number for the 2005 Combined Federal Campaign, the annual fundraising drive for Federal employees and military personnel, is 1578. For information on how to designate Reach Out and Read as the recipient of your gift please contact your human resources office.

 

Disclosure Statement

Reach Out and Read, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax exempt organization whose mission is to make literacy a standard part of primary pediatric care, so that children grow up with books and a love of reading. Reach Out and Read trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric check-ups from six months to five years of age, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty. By building on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers, Reach Out and Read helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills so children enter school prepared for success in reading.

Your gift is very much appreciated. Contributions to Reach Out and Read are deductible to the fullest extent of the law. We are proud of the way we manage our funds. We ensure that every donation is used to the maximum benefit of the children who need help the most. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, according to our Form 990, Reach Out and Read's revenue and support totaled $8,899,151. Of our expenses, 91% was spent directly in support of Reach Out and Read's mission. Fundraising costs for the year were 5% of total expenses and 46% of expenses went to administrative costs.

A copy of our latest Financial Report and Registration filed by this organization may be obtained by writing us at our National Office: Reach Out and Read, Inc., 29 Mystic Avenue, Somerville, MA 02145-1302 or calling us at 1-617-629-8042. In addition, if you are a resident of one of the following states, you may obtain information directly by contacting:

Florida
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, WITHIN THE STATE1-800-435-7352. (REGISTRATION CH-16112)*

New Jersey
INFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BY CALLING 1-973-504-6215.*

New York
Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271

Pennsylvania
The official registration and financial information of Reach Out and Read, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.*

Virginia
State Division of Consumer Affairs, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services, PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218

Washington
Charities Division, Office of the Secretary of State, State of Washington, Olympia, WA 98504-0422, 1-800-332-4483

*REGISTRATION OR LICENSURE WITH ANY OF THESE STATE AGENCIES DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THAT STATE.

 

Founded in 1989 at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center), Reach Out and Read programs are now located in almost 3,000 pediatric practices, hospitals, clinics and health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the virgin Islands.