Educational Institutions

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. aka RIF

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.rif.org

Mission Statement

RIF is committed to a literate America by inspiring a passion for reading among all children, providing quality content and resources to make an impact, and engaging communities in the solution to give every child the fundamentals for success.

Main Programs

  1. Books for Ownership
  2. Read for Success
Service Areas

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National

RIF provides services in all 50 states.

ruling year

1973

President and CEO since 2016

Self-reported

Ms. Alicia Levi

Keywords

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literacy, families, children, books, reading, education, early childhood development, school readiness, early childhood education

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Also Known As

Reading Is Fundamental

EIN

52-0976257

 Number

3894154297

Physical Address

1730 Rhode Island Ave. NW Suite 1100

Washington, DC 20036

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

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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RIF's impact lies in its ability to mobilize more than 400,000 grassroots volunteers throughout the country to bring together communities and families around the basic essential need of reading success.

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

Books for Ownership

All children deserve to have books to call their own, and RIF’s flagship Books for Ownership program ensures that kids living in poverty not only have access to new, free books, but the potential to achieve the brightest possible future.

With the help of hundreds of thousands of RIF volunteers across the country, RIF brings the joy of reading and learning to children living in our nation’s most underserved communities. With RIF programs established throughout the country in schools, Head Start programs, community centers, health clinics, migrant camps, and homeless shelters, RIF is reaching children wherever they are in need. To date, RIF has given 412 million books to more than 40 million children.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 2

Read for Success

Tested over two years among 33,000 students from 16 states as part of an Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant from the U.S. Department of Education, RIF’s reading program helped reverse the trend of summer learning loss for more than half the participating students in the study. In addition, 57% of students saw gains in reading proficiency when tested from spring to fall.

Read for Success is centered around motivating children to read by providing access to high-quality classroom book collections, summer books for students to choose and own, enriching STEAM-themed (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) classroom activities, professional development for teachers and parent engagement.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

RIF provides services in all 50 states.

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Financials

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READING IS FUNDAMENTAL INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. aka RIF

Leadership

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President and CEO

Ms. Alicia Levi

BIO

Alicia Levi currently serves as President and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental. Throughout her career, Alicia has worked to transform the lives of children through smart strategies to improve academic outcomes.

Prior to joining RIF in 2016, Alicia served as Vice President, Education for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and oversaw all of PBS' educational efforts in developing digital education services for PBS, local public television stations, students and teachers nationwide. She was responsible for PBS' strategic partnerships, digital media production, professional development, and other emerging products and services that support the PreK-16 education market.

Under Alicia's leadership, PBS launched PBS LearningMedia, an award-winning and trusted destination for educators that aggregates the best of public media, providing an innovative, digital solution for educators looking to leverage media in 21st century classrooms. The service has become a top destination for educators looking for high-quality supplemental media.

Before joining PBS, Alicia served as Vice President, Educational Publishing at Discovery Education, helping design comprehensive educational media solutions for K-12 classrooms. Prior to her time at Discovery, she managed the University of Maryland College Park's Educational Access Channel out of the College of Education.

Alicia is a recognized thought leader in educational media and served on the board of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. She has more than 20 years of experience in instructional technology, professional development, and educational media development.

Alicia is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband Frank and 3 children.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

John F. Remondi

Navient

Term: June 2006 -

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