EIN 52-0976257

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)

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Reading Is Fundamental prepares and motivates children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most.
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Program areas at RIF

Print programs: books for ownership Is rif's flagship Reading program where children choose new books and participate in Reading activities with teachers, parents, volunteers and community members at Reading celebrations held across the country. These events educate, build community and inspire children to make greater choices for themselves to choose learning, and to choose success in school and in life. Funded by a variety of corporate and foundation partners and working through local community programs, rif distributes books to children that are free to the children and their families. Children choose their own books from a wide range of titles appropriate to their Reading level. The distributions, which occur throughout the year, also include parent and community engagement and provide an opportunity for the employees of corporate funders to actively participate. Focusing on access and choice, students in communities throughout the country participate in a books for ownership program selecting new, age-appropriate books to take home and own. The program's integrated approach to literacy provides supporting resources to teachers and inspires children to learn through two annual events focused on book distribution and Reading. These books are further supported through digital resources on rif's literacy central.rif continues to offer its read for success program, an innovative Reading intervention addressing the literacy backslide that traditionally happens during the summer months. Read for success Is centered around motivating children to read by providing access to high-quality classroom book collections, summer books for students to choose and own, enriching steam-themed classroom activities, professional development for teachers, and parent engagement resources. Tested over two years among 33,000 students from 16 states, rif's read for success program helped reverse the trend of summer learning loss for more than half the participating students. In addition, 57% of the students saw gains in Reading proficiency when tested from spring to fall.
Community literacy awareness and other programs: rif promotes awareness of the critical impact of early literacy through a broad range of activities, sharing resources through its website and social media platforms, distribution of its thematic book collections, and leveraging media through public service announcements. Rif's literacy services include family and community engagement and literacy training for educators and community organizations. Family and community engagement activities are designed to help parents take a leading role in encouraging their children's literacy development. With the guidance of rif's volunteers, parents participate in workshops, book distributions and Reading celebrations. Rif conducts literacy training for early childhood educators. This training Is designed to support children's emerging language and literacy skills while including parents as their children's first teachers. The training Is done through a "train the trainer" model that prepares participants to return to their communities and deliver the training to their colleagues and communities.rif hosts other literacy events which promote literacy and inform others about its mission.rif engages with independent outside experts to evaluate rif's program activities to identify areas of need and establish procedures for continuous quality improvement.
Digital programs: rif's digital portfolio of products includes literacy central, literacy network, the literacy app, and skybrary. Literacy central Is an online destination for teachers, parents and literacy volunteers to get thousands of free digital resources tied directly to the books children love and teachers turn to every day. The portal provides tools to easily organize and keep Reading resources in one place with customizable book lists, printable lesson plans, activities, games, Reading passages, calendars and videos.literacy network Is rif's community portal designed to support rif programs and volunteers across the country and, most importantly, reach more children with life-changing literacy support. This Is the destination for all of the resources and support needed to be an effective local literacy champion whether an individual who wants to volunteer, one of rif's community partners, a school that wants to implement a rif program, or one of our local rif organizations.the literacy app Is a free resource that allows users to scan an isbn bar code of a specific book and launch the literacy central webpage dedicated to activities, games, and helpful tips specific to the book. Children are motivated to stay engaged with Reading through countless adventures that start with just one book. Parents and educators have an easy, trusted tool designed to create a culture of literacy for lasting impact.skybrary Is a subscription-based interactive, digital library of more than 900 high-quality ebooks and video exploration field trips that engage readers and help foster a lifelong love of learning. This online resource allows children to explore thematic collections of books that include audio, along with additional games, videos, and other activities that support the book. Skybrary school features a carefully curated library of digital books along with added features just for educators. Teachers can access lesson plans and teaching guides inspired by the books and videos in the library for extended learning as well as track and manage students' usage of the books and videos.

Who funds Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Dollar General Literacy FoundationYouth Literacy Partner$387,925
Pricewaterhousecoopers Charitable Foundation (PCCF)Education$250,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$162,584
...and 55 more grants received totalling $1,170,295
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
Department of EducationINNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO LITERACY$946,039

Personnel at RIF

Alicia LeviPresident and Chief Executive Officer$267,620
Alice SingdahlsenChief Financial Officer$107,991
Bryan KlopackVice President , Development$117,784
Cheryl Clark Vice PresidentBooks for Ownership$104,543
Jj JohnsonTreasurer$0
...and 3 more key personnel

Financials for RIF

RevenuesFYE 09/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$5,048,114
Program services$1,297,321
Investment income and dividends$183,611
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$133,813
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$6,662,859

Form 990s for RIF

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-092021-04-12990View PDF
2019-092020-09-17990View PDF
2018-092019-06-19990View PDF
2017-092018-03-14990View PDF
2016-092017-08-02990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s
Data update history
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 4 new grant, including a grant for $387,925 from Dollar General Literacy Foundation
September 24, 2021
Received grants
Identified 20 new grant, including a grant for $50,000 from Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
August 21, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
June 24, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
June 22, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 3 new personnel
Nonprofit Types
Civic / social organizationsSchoolsEducational service providersCharities
National levelReceives government fundingCommunity engagement / volunteeringTax deductible donationsEndowed support
General information
750 First St Ne No 920
Washington, DC 20002
Metro area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
District of Columbia, DC
Website URL
(202) 536-3400
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
B92: Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement Programs
NAICS code, primary
813410: Civic and Social Organizations
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