Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Read Seed Inc

  • Durham, NC
  • www.readseedinc.org

Mission Statement

Child Literacy Is Everybody’s Business. Since 2001, Read Seed, Inc. has operated on the promise that every child MUST own books. However, book giving is just the beginning. The community must know that it is necessary for all children to have “best starts” by owning books. But, we cannot stop there. Through education, advocacy and demonstration of the benefits that literacy provides we can change education, quality of life experiences and open doors to achieving lifetime goals.

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Service Areas

Self-reported

North Carolina

Triangle of North Carolina and Eastern NC

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Adelaide Banks

Keywords

Self-reported

Child Literacy

Notes from the Nonprofit

In 2010, RSI closed operations in order to assess next steps for the organization. In mid-2011, storm damage to the warehouse forced the building to be condemned where all of our books, furniture and supplies were stored, trapping everything. We were able to remove most of the books but the balance of property was unavailable to us for two and a half years. With suspension of services RSI did not receive funding, therefore no financial reports are available for this period.
August 2014, RSI began offering services again.

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Also Known As

RSI

EIN

56-2181989

Physical Address

Durham,

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Since 2001, Read Seed, Inc. has served low income children and families to build home libraries in an effort to improve early literacy skills and to help prepare them for school readiness. While book ownership has proven significant for academic achievement, more must be done. Read Seed has adopted a three prong approach to the child literacy challenge and expanding reading gap between children. We are educating parents and the community, advocating for community wide intervention to improve child literacy and demonstrating the benefits of good reading skills.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Education: RSI works with stakeholders to educate families, policy makers, businesses and the community about the importance of early child literacy intervention. Through family literacy education programs we can insure bright starts for all children… at home and around the world.
    Advocate: A picture on a billboard, bumper sticker or poster can tell a thousand stories. We use advocacy materials and social media marketing to promote child literacy, getting the message out and getting people busy. Advocacy efforts will enlist everybody, because we believe that literacy is everybody's business.
    Demonstrate: Using notables and everyday people to tell their book story about how Books Made The Difference to inspire and change lives.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Read Seed has been involved in child literacy services in Durham, NC and Eastern NC for over 15 years. We have developed programs and given thousands of books to low income children. Working with educators and organizations preparing children for school readiness we have gained insight into the problems facing schools and parents facing reading gap challenges. Staff members are prepared to educate and inform, to work with churches and grass roots organization, to partner with corporate and businesses interested in early childhood involvement as the best way to stem school level reading gaps.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Direct Programs working with families will allow measurement of improved reading skills for preschool and school aged children. Advocacy efforts reflected by media feedback, use of marketing products and community participation in events for literacy.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Progress can be measured by community participation in programs and levels of support. Roll out of new programs and projects will also be reflected by financial support and partnerships.
Service Areas

Self-reported

North Carolina

Triangle of North Carolina and Eastern NC

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Operations

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Read Seed Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Adelaide Banks

BIO

Educator and social worker with 25 years of experience working with low-income families and their struggle to find solutions to open doors of opportunity for their family. Devoted to improving educating for children through literacy.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Adelaide Banks Acting Chair

Read Seed, Inc

Term: Jan 2007 - Dec 2009

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?

No

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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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