Educational Institutions

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Inc.

  • Tallahassee, FL
  • www.barbarabush.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Barbara Bush Foundation is to advocate for and establish literacy as a value in every home.

Main Programs

  1. Family Literacy
  2. Xprize
Service Areas

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National

Since 1989, the Barbara Bush Foundation has supported the creation and expansion of innovative family literacy programs in all 50 states.

ruling year

2007

President & CEO

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Ms. Liza McFadden

Keywords

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Family Literacy, Mentoring, Education, Literacy

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EIN

26-0587238

 Number

0283214614

Physical Address

516 North Adams Street

Tallahassee, 32301

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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More than 36 million U.S. adults lack basic English literacy, limiting not only their personal educational and career opportunities, but those of their children and future generations. For the past 26 years, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has led the national literacy movement to foster the opportunity for every man, woman, and child in America to secure a better life through literacy. Since its inception, the Foundation has funded 1,500 family literacy programs across the nation, ensuring the growth and stability of these intensive programs while exploring innovative models offering scalability and highest possible impact.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Family Literacy

In 1989, Mrs. Bush pioneered the national family literacy movement, launching the Foundation that focuses simultaneously on early childhood education for preschoolers and adult literacy for their parents. Barbara Bush Foundation family literacy programs provide low-income parents and their young children, typically birth through age five, the opportunity to attend school together. Toddlers and preschoolers enrolled in these programs are better prepared to start school ready for academic success, while their parents improve their own literacy skills. Teen Trendsetters is another family literacy program that pairs middle or high school mentors with 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade students who are six months or more behind in reading. Participating elementary schoolers improve their reading skills and benefit from increased parent engagement, while teen mentors gain valuable leadership skills.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Xprize

The Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for existing smart devices that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills among participating adult learners in just 12 months. The solutions will overcome key barriers to literacy learning by improving access, while increasing retention, and scaling to meet demand. Our vision is to empower the nearly 1 in 6 low-literate adults living in the U.S. with the skills they need to improve their lives and realize their dreams.

Category

Education

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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Foundation's Strategic Plan through 2018 focuses on four goals:
    -To support early literacy and help students achieve grade-level reading
    -Create disruptive change in adult literacy
    -Expand family literacy opportunities for children ages 0-8 and their parents
    -Lead the National Literacy Movement
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Building upon the success we have achieved during the last 26 years, the Barbara Bush Foundation is dedicated to breaking the cycle of low literacy and illiteracy in America. To fulfill our mission and accomplish our goals, we are delivering our services through the following key programs and strategies.

    Family Literacy
    In 1989, Mrs. Bush pioneered the national family literacy movement, launching the Foundation that focuses simultaneously on early childhood education for preschoolers and adult literacy for their parents. Barbara Bush Foundation family literacy programs provide low-income parents and their young children, typically birth through age five, the opportunity to attend school together. Toddlers and preschoolers enrolled in these programs are better prepared to start school ready for academic success, while their parents improve their own literacy skills. Teen Trendsetters is another family literacy program that pairs middle or high school mentors with 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade students who are six months or more behind in reading. Participating elementary schoolers improve their reading skills and benefit from increased parent engagement, while teen mentors gain valuable leadership skills.

    Xprize
    The Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for existing smart devices that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills among participating adult learners in just 12 months. The solutions will overcome key barriers to literacy learning by improving access, while increasing retention, and scaling to meet demand. Our vision is to empower the nearly 1 in 6 low-literate adults living in the U.S. with the skills they need to improve their lives and realize their dreams.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Mrs. Bush was kind enough to lend her name to this Foundation, but we are a public charity. We are not endowed. We do not have deep pockets.

    With a small staff, we're a mouse going after the lion and therefore have worked very hard to create programs that are cost-effective, easily replicable, and based on our 24 years of expertise in family literacy. For example, with our scholarships, the cost averages about $2,500 per family for a year, and the mother and child are typically attending school together three or four times a week. Our scholarship (which is paid to the school or selected organization) is the glue that brings early childhood educators and adult literacy educators together to design an opportunity for a mother to be her child's first teacher. Because the scholarships are paid out in quarterly allotments, we can ensure that families are attending school regularly.

    We currently provide about 600 scholarships, but there are millions of families who deserve a second chance. Every $2,500 donation allows us to help another young child (typically birth through age 5) and their parent.

    Teen Trendsetters is also developed to be cost-effective, easily replicable, and results-driven. Our average cost for a program is $400 per mentor/mentee match. Our preference is to set up Teen Trendsetter programs in afterschool or school sites where we can jointly develop a long-range strategy to ensure we are serving the most in-need students and that we have a plan to sustain programming.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Evaluation is an important component of our programs, providing both formative and summative data for improving programs. Since no single measure can adequately evaluate the complex interactions in family literacy, our evaluation does not stop at pre and post standardized test scores. Our mixed-model evaluation includes: Entry and Exit Participant Questionnaires, Monitoring Reports, and a Final Program Report which leads to an individual program Family Literacy Report Card©. Independent evaluations are conducted annually by a nationally recognized university researcher to measure the performance of our programs and the gains of our beneficiaries. Our goal is to ensure both parents and children are making meaningful academic progress.

    The most recent evaluation on our Family Literacy programs reported the following impressive results:
    • In just nine months' time, on average parent learners gained 1.97 grade levels in reading, as well as 1.95 grade levels growth in math.
    • 90% of preschool children who enter our programs at the lowest literacy levels end the school year on par with their peers and ready to enter kindergarten.
    • Parents enrolled in Barbara Bush Foundation family literacy programs, on average, improve their literacy skills by 2 grade levels in one year.

    We also evaluate the outcomes of our Teen Trendsetters™ Reading Mentors program. Using the same rigorous methods and independent evaluator as the family literacy program, we look at a combination of data to determine if we are meeting our goals and objectives. Our Teen Trendsetters™ evaluation has yielded the following outcomes:
    • Mentees, primarily second graders testing 6 months behind in reading skills, advanced their reading skills by one academic year, making positive gains in closing the achievement gap.
    • Mentees each received 15 books to add to their home libraries. Many of the children we serve lack children's books in their home.
    • Of the teens serving as mentors, 97 percent graduate from high school and 86 percent are college bound.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We know our programs work, and we know we are cost effective, but we need to bring these efforts to scale. The Barbara Bush Scholarships now go to just 600 families, but we could serve hundreds of thousands more.

    We need donors, sponsors, partners, advocates and new ideas to help us tackle America's Biggest Challenge. We have a saying at the Barbara Bush Foundation: If you can read this, you can help." It's simple and powerful and true.

    We've helped thousands of families but with more than 30 million functionally illiterate adults in America, the need for more programs far exceeds today's resources. We have funds to support just one in six programs that apply.

    Illiteracy IS America's Biggest Challenge and we need your help. You can find more information at BarbaraBush.org.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Since 1989, the Barbara Bush Foundation has supported the creation and expansion of innovative family literacy programs in all 50 states.

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Funding Needs

Funds will allow us to: • Improve the reading skills of many more 2nd and 3rd graders; • Train teens as productive mentors and leaders; • Buys books for children to nurture a lifelong love of reading and learning; • Provide emergency response training to youth; and • Improve a child’s chance for a fulfilling life, by teaching parents how to be a child’s “best and first” teacher

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THE BARBARA BUSH FOUNDATION FOR FAMILY LITERACY INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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President & CEO

Ms. Liza McFadden

BIO

Liza McFadden is President and Chief Executive Officer for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, a nonprofit charitable organization that is committed to helping America's youngest children and their parents improve their lives though literacy. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2012, Liza served in executive roles as the Founder and President of the Volunteer USA Foundation, President of the Volunteer Florida Foundation, Executive Director of the Governor's Family Literacy Initiative and Executive Director for the Florida Education Foundation.

Liza was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Institute for Literacy Board. She also has held volunteer roles as chairman of the Florida Schools of Excellence Board and Challenger Learning Center. Liza worked on her PhD in American Literature and received her M.A. from Florida State University and a B.S. from Fitchburg State College.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Timothy E Gage

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