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How a Mortgage Bank Makes It Possible for Kids to Have New Books

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Every year, First Book provides close to ten million brand-new books to local schools and community programs across the country. To make that happen, we rely on the generosity of thousands of individual donors, grants from charitable foundations, and the

Posted in Advisory Boards, Education, First Book Partners, First Book Supporters, Literacy, Philanthropy, Volunteers

“Never Donate to a Shady Nonprofit Again”

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The Social Impact 100 index will make sure you never donate to a shady nonprofit again. By setting a rigorous set of criteria, the index makes sure that it only includes organizations that are using your money to make a

Posted in First Book Supporters, Philanthropy

A Bucket Full of Change

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Hurricane Sandy caused much devastation to the East Coast. Families lost their homes, buildings were heavily damaged and countless children, families and schools lost libraries full of books. The students at Union Elementary School in Farmington, CT, decided to take

Posted in Book Relief, First Book Supporters, Philanthropy

Three Books for Kids in Need This Holiday Season

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Together, we’ve put over 100 million new books into the hands of children who need them, and we’re counting on your support this holiday season. This year, thanks to our friends at Disney, the impact of your gift will be

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Philanthropy

What to get your favorite aunt for Christmas?

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What to give your favorite aunt (or anyone else) for Christmas? Fruit cake? A reindeer scarf? Those mittens that are attached together with yarn? How about the gift of reading to kids in need, in her name? That’s right, every

Posted in Book Recipients, First Book Supporters, Philanthropy

A Million Dollar Shot – KPMG’s Chip4Charity

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Normally we at First Book spend our evenings reading award-winning children’s literature, of course, but tonight we’ll be glued to our TV sets for Monday Night Football, watching golf legend Phil Mickelson trying to make a $1 million shot at

Posted in First Book Events, First Book Partners, Philanthropy

A Prescription For Success

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Today’s guest blog post is an excerpt from avid reader Jacquelyn Adams. She is currently in medical school where she is pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. Education has always been an important issue for Jacquelyn. She lends her

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Supporters, General, Guest Blog Posts, Literacy, Philanthropy, Success Stories, Virtual Book Drives

When Life Gives you Lemons…

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You can change the world at any age. Ten-year-old Malaika Abramson has illustrated how she wants to inspire kids to read. The young, savvy entrepreneur created a website entitled “The Reading Lion”, a book recommendation site where purchase links to

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Supporters, Philanthropy, Volunteers

“Kids Can Have Their Own Books in Their Own Houses”

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The thing that I like about First Book is that kids can have their own books in their own houses that their parents can read to them, and, later, that they can read themselves. — Jane Greene, First Book supporter

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Philanthropy, Success Stories

First Book Earns Highest Possible Rating from Charity Navigator

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We’re proud to announce that First Book has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest possible ranking from America’s premier charity evaluator. “We’ve been putting new books into the hands of children and teachers for twenty years. The

Posted in Books & Reading, Philanthropy