Youth Development

BRIDGE OF BOOKS FOUNDATION INC

  • Rumson, NJ
  • www.bridgeofbooksfoundation.org

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to provide an ongoing source of books to underserved children throughout New Jersey in order to support the development of literacy skills and encourage a love of reading.

Our Goal is to get as many books as possible into the hands of New Jersey's underserved children. We collect books through book drives, individual donations, publisher overstocks and corporate donors. We also purchase books for special programs run throughout New Jersey and to supplement distributions with certain genres that are not typically part of the collections that we receive. We distribute books through various agencies, community events, schools and other venues.

Our Core Belief: All children should have books to call their own.

Main Programs

  1. Fill our Shelves

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Service Areas

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New Jersey

We provide books to the underserved children across the state of New Jersey

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer

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Abigail Daly

Keywords

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Books

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EIN

43-2080020

 Number

5755252024

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Fill our Shelves

To collect and distribute books to the underserved children of New Jersey

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

10,000

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The ability to read is an imperative life skill and a good education is key to overcoming the cycle of poverty. We believe that all children should have books to call their own because boos do have the power to change lives.

    Our goal is a simple, yet critical, one - to close the gap in access to books among children across New Jersey today. By creating ongoing access to books for underserved children through community collaboration, we are working everyday to transform book poor children into book rich children.
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Service Areas

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New Jersey

We provide books to the underserved children across the state of New Jersey

Funding Needs

Research has shown that a child's educational success increases with the number of books in the home. So, every year, we purchase thousands of books to supplement our donations with books that we do not typically receive; i.e. culturally and racially diverse books, Spanish/bi-lingual books, books for boys and young adult books. In order to achieve the greatest impact in the home, we want the donations that we send out to be as diverse as possible so that there will be something for everyone. As we reach more children every day, the number of books that we need to purchase in order to create diversity in our donations rises accordingly. In 2016, we spent over $14,000 on book purchases alone. The Middlesex County Head Start program with 75% Spanish speaking families and 1400 students received 3000 books, of which 300 were Spanish r bi-lingual. An 11th grader who received The Art of War by Sun Tsu was so thrilled because he thought he would never see the book in real life, much less have the opportunity to own it. While we did increase the diversity in our donations, we know that we can do more. With your financial support, we can deliver even more diverse books to more underserved children throughout New Jersey in 2017 and beyond. Books do have the power to change lives and ALL children should have books to call their own.

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BRIDGE OF BOOKS FOUNDATION INC

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Principal Officer

Abigail Daly

BIO

Founder and Executive Director

Abby spent several years representing both children and adults who were involuntarily committed to psychiatric hospitals and then the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services in abuse and neglect actions and termination of parental rights cases. She is a graduate of Smith College and Dickinson School of Law. In 2001, she left the practice of law to be at home with her children. Bringing the Bridge of Books to New Jersey provided a perfect vehicle for her to remain involved with at-risk children, to pursue her love of reading and to expose her children to the concept of giving back to the community.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We provide an ongoing source of books to underserved children throughout NJ in order to support the development of literacy skills and encourage a love of reading."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Abigail Daly

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