Human Services

Make Way for Books

  • Tucson, AZ
  • www.makewayforbooks.org

Mission Statement

MAKE WAY FOR BOOKS mission is to give all children the chance to read and succeed. We provide a full
continuum of services that give young children (birth through age 5)
the opportunity to fall in love with books and reading. MWFB envisions a
community in which all children enter kindergarten with the necessary
early literacy skills to be successful in school and throughout life.

Main Programs

  1. Preschool Program
  2. Raising A Reader
  3. Cover to Cover
  4. Blue Book House
  5. MWFB for Babies & MWFB for Toddlers
  6. Book MAGIC
Service Areas

Self-reported

Arizona

Southern Arizona

ruling year

1998

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Jenny Volpe

Keywords

Self-reported

Early Literacy, Preschool, Reading, Childcare, Teacher Training, Books, Workshops, Family Literacy, Baby Literacy, Toddler Literacy, Read Aloud, Library

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EIN

31-1583036

 Number

4026918685

Physical Address

700 N. Stone Ave.

Tucson, 85705

Also Known As

MWFB

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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

Self-reported by organization

Success begins way before a child ever steps foot in a classroom. If we make sure young children experience quality early education and literacy-rich environments, if we ensure they have developmentally appropriate books and adults who read to them every day, they have a better chance of getting to kindergarten ready to learn. When children start kindergarten prepared, they are far more likely to graduate from high school, stay out of trouble with the law, and become productive members of the workforce.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

Preschool Program

MWFB Preschool Program-includes any or all of the following components: professional development, lending libraries, early literacy coaching, family literacy nights

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

Program 2

Raising A Reader

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

Program 3

Cover to Cover

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

Program 4

Blue Book House

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

Program 5

MWFB for Babies & MWFB for Toddlers

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

Program 6

Book MAGIC

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Goal 1: MWFB develops and continues to provide high-quality educational opportunities for parents and early childhood professionals.
    Goal 2: MWFB expands programs and services to reach more families, especially those in underserved areas of southern AZ.
    Goal 3: MWFB expands resources available for children, families, educators, and volunteers.
    Goal 4: MWFB develops evaluation tools for programs.
    Goal 5: MWFB ensures that programming is aligned with mission, vision, and core values.
    Goal 6: Identifies and maintains relationships with strategic partners. Partners include key educational foundations, publicly supported entities, home visitation agencies, teen parenting programs, and school districts.
    Goal 7: MWFB staff strategically participates and attends community meetings with partners.
    Goal 8: MWFB establishes relationship with University of Arizona.
    Goal 9: MWFB defines the nature of its partnerships with other local, state, and national literacy organizations.
    Goal 10: MWFB creates and facilitates an early literacy community of practice within Tucson and southern Arizona.
    Goal 11: MWFB is responsive to inquiries related to early literacy.
    Goal 12: Ensures that current programming aligns with current research and/or evidenced-based practice.
    Goal 13: Integrate new components of research and/or evidenced-based programming into current programs as appropriate.
    Goal 14: MWFB has sufficient number of high-caliber staff to deliver programs.
    Goal15: High-quality materials are used in each program.
    Goal 16: Increase families' awareness of MWFB services.
    Goal 17: Maintain and expand the awareness of MWFB programs and services to other key organizations and educational programs in the community.
    Goal 18: Create new events to extend awareness to appeal to new target audience.
    Goal 19: Seek publicity for events and programming.
    Goal 20: Quantify MWFB impact and share with the community; provide results of national research on the benefits of early literacy efforts.
    Goal 21: Set immediate and long-term financial and organizational development goals.
    Goal 22: Diversify funding sources to develop a financial safety net to accommodate for the ups-and-downs of grant-based funding. .
    Goal 23: Increase the proportion of MWFB funding that is unrestricted to enable staff to work on research, education, and program development activities that are not grant-funded.
    Goal 24: Increase board involvement.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Maintain a strong staff, strong leadership, and an active and engaged board to implement and support the goals and objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have implemented and carried out our plan of work for 16 years. We have a strong staff and an engaged board who is dedicated to the organization succeeding and carrying out its mission.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We will track our numbers, our goals, and continuously evaluate how we are progressing and make adjusts as needed to maintain high quality programming.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have accomplished so much and continue to grow and expand our services to meet the needs of the communities we serve.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Arizona

Southern Arizona

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Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

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Financials

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Make Way For Books
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Make Way for Books

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Jenny Volpe

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"MAKE WAY FOR BOOKS has been very fortunate over the years to have good friends, wonderful team members, and dedicated Storytime volunteers. Thank you so much for your desire to share your love of books and reading with young children in southern Arizona, many of whom otherwise would not have books of their own or adults in their lives who read aloud to them. We are now working directly with more than 90 childcare centers and preschools, providing evidence-based early literacy programs that clearly are making a difference in the lives of thousands of children. But the youngest children in our community continue to face challenges. In Arizona, third-graders are now retained if they are not reading at grade level? Unfortunately, there are no supportive measures being put into place by the legislature to provide the necessary educational foundation for young children – especially those from low-income families. So now, more than ever, we need to galvanize our efforts. Together we can continue to make a vital difference in the lives of young children by helping them reach kindergarten with the necessary reading readiness skills to be successful in school and in life."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Brian Sonnleitner

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BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?