Educational Institutions

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. aka RIF

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

Mission Statement

To motivate young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8.

Main Programs

  1. Books for Ownership
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

RIF provides services in all 50 states; Washington, D.C.; and three U.S. territories.

ruling year

1973

President and CEO

Self-reported

Ms. Carol H. Rasco

Keywords

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

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Also Known As

RIF

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

RIF works with the U.S. Department of Education and local organizations to help local programs purchase books for RIF's flagship program, the Books for Ownership program. Through Books for Ownership, children from infancy through high school choose one book, three times per year at book distributions. Each book distribution includes motivational activities for children, parents, and community members to experience together. These activities are designed to encourage children to read for pleasure, and for children to discover the joy and value of reading.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$25,300,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

RIF provides services in all 50 states; Washington, D.C.; and three U.S. territories.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

RIF's funding needs including general operating support from corporations, foundations, and individuals in order to provide access to books and literacy resources to children most at risk of educational failure throughout the country.

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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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Operations

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Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. aka RIF

Leadership

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President and CEO

Ms. Carol H. Rasco

BIO

In November 2001, Carol Hampton Rasco was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit children's and family literacy organization. Throughout her life, as a professional and volunteer, Rasco has been a devoted advocate for children, youth, and families. Prior to this current position, Rasco was the Executive Director for Government Relations at the College Board. From 1997 through 2000, Rasco served as the Senior Adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education, Richard W. Riley. At the Department of Education, she was also the Director of the America Reads Challenge, a four-year national campaign to promote the importance of all children reading well and independently by the end of the third grade. During this period, she assisted the department with its focus on early childhood development, as well as implementing the Federal Work-Study literacy tutoring program. Previously, Rasco worked for four years in the White House as the Domestic Policy Adviser to the President and directed the Domestic Policy Council.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

John F. Remondi

SLM Corporation

Term: June 2006 - June 2012

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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