Educational Institutions

Reading Partners

  • Oakland, CA
  • www.readingpartners.org

Mission Statement

Reading Partners is a national education nonprofit dedicated to improving students’ reading skills. Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. We provide one-on-one reading instruction to elementary school students reading below grade level to help them succeed in school and in life.

Main Programs

  1. Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Reading Partners works with more than 130 schools in low-income communities across seven states and the District of Columbia.

Reading Partners regions include:
Baltimore, MD
Charleston, SC
Colorado
Dallas, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Tulsa, OK
Sacramento, CA
Seattle, WA
Silicon Valley, CA
SF Bay Area, CA
Washington, DC

ruling year

2001

Chief Executive Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Michael Lombardo

Chief of Staff

Self-reported

Matt Aguiar

Keywords

Self-reported

literacy,youth,children,students,reading,tutoring,school,education,mentor,school partnerships,curriculum,low-performing readers,low-performing schools,volunteers, volunteerism, volunteer

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EIN

77-0568469

 Number

2003561731

Physical Address

180 Grand Ave. Suite 800

Oakland, CA 94612

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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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Year after year, Reading Partners’ proudest accomplishment is the progress in reading that our students make. In 2013-14, thanks to the caring attention of our roughly 11,000 tutors, 7,200 students received personalized focused attention in reading. Thanks to their dedication, 89% of our target students accelerated their rate of learning. Specifically, the average student more than doubled her monthly rate of learning from 0.6 to 1.6 months’ worth of new skill development for every month of tutoring. Moreover, thanks to that time and effort, 72% of students participating in Reading Partners narrowed their achievement gap in reading.

Reading Partners doesn’t just impact students; we make a difference for schools and communities as well. In 2013-14, 97% of principals reported school-wide improved reading progress because of their partnership with Reading Partners. Volunteers are truly the heart and engine of Reading Partners, and in 2013-14, our volunteers gave more than 240,000 hours of their time to support student literacy achievement, the equivalent of $2.4M in human capital. But more than their time, our volunteers shared their positivity and belief in the importance of public education. 82% of our volunteers reported that they are more interested in public education due to their involvement, and 76% said that their experience with Reading Partners strengthened their belief that not only teachers but all citizens can directly impact educational outcomes for students.

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

Early intervention one-on-one literacy tutoring

Reading Partners serves 2,500 students from 61
partner schools throughout California, Washington, D.C., and New York City,
where we transform a dedicated space within the school into a reading center
and recruit 30-100 community volunteers. After they are trained, these
volunteers pull students out of class to tutor them twice a week for 45
minutes, utilizing a highly structured and research-validated literacy
curriculum that was developed in partnership with the Stanford University
School of Education.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$7,278,742.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Reading Partners works with more than 130 schools in low-income communities across seven states and the District of Columbia.

Reading Partners regions include:
Baltimore, MD
Charleston, SC
Colorado
Dallas, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Tulsa, OK
Sacramento, CA
Seattle, WA
Silicon Valley, CA
SF Bay Area, CA
Washington, DC

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Financials

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READING PARTNERS
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Reading Partners

Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Michael Lombardo

Chief of Staff

Matt Aguiar

BIO

Before joining Reading Partners, Michael served as Director of Scholarships at the University of California, Berkeley, in which position he established the largest alumni volunteer program in the country. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Self-Reliance, a nonprofit organization providing educational services to Afghan refugees, and serves on the Oakland Mayor?s Task Force for Youth Issues. Michael is a graduate of the University of Michigan and lives in Oakland with his wife and two children.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Cathy Cockrum Dean

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