Education : Early Childhood Programs and Services

Make Way for Books

Sharing stories changes lives, especially young lives

four stars

94.70

700 North Stone Avenue Tucson, AZ 85705
tel: (520) 398-6451   Web Site
EIN: 31-1583036

Board Leadership
Donie Gignac
President

CEO
Jenny Volpe
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.70 four stars
  Financial 97.35 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of Make Way for Books is to give all children the chance to read and succeed. In 1998, Make Way for Books' founder Dr. Mary Jan Bancroft answered a newspaper listing to read to four-year-olds at a preschool in Tucson. Mary Jan found that this center did not have age-appropriate, quality picture books. Deciding to explore this need further, Mary Jan found that most of the childcare centers serving economically-disadvantaged children had few to zero quality books for young children. That same year, Mary Jan founded Make Way for Books (MWFB) to meet this incredible need and began providing books to under-resourced sites and offering early literacy workshops for educators and parents. Today, MWFB has provided services to nearly 300 preschools and childcare centers. Each year, MWFB serves more than 30,000 children and families and 700 educators.

The mission of Make Way for Books is to give all children the chance to read and succeed. In 1998, Make Way for Books' founder Dr. Mary Jan Bancroft answered a newspaper listing to read to four-year-olds at a preschool in Tucson. Mary Jan found that this center did not have age-appropriate, quality picture books. Deciding to explore this need further, Mary Jan found that most of the childcare centers serving economically-disadvantaged children had few to zero quality books for young children. That same year, Mary Jan founded Make Way for Books (MWFB) to meet this incredible need and began providing books to under-resourced sites and offering early literacy workshops for educators and parents. Today, MWFB has provided services to nearly 300 preschools and childcare centers. Each year, MWFB serves more than 30,000 children and families and 700 educators.

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Financial

four stars

97.35

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
84.5%
  Administrative Expenses 9.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.38
  Program Expenses Growth 13.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Make Way for Books on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Make Way for Books on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,002,579
   Federated Campaigns $43,000
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $4,500
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $623,306
Total Contributions $1,673,385
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,673,385
   Other Revenue $5,563
TOTAL REVENUE $1,678,948
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,360,369
   Administrative Expenses $132,060
   Fundraising Expenses $110,568
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,602,997
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $75,951
   
Net Assets $1,926,045

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$70,500 4.39% Jenny Volpe CEO

Mission

The mission of Make Way for Books is to give all children the chance to read and succeed. In 1998, Make Way for Books' founder Dr. Mary Jan Bancroft answered a newspaper listing to read to four-year-olds at a preschool in Tucson. Mary Jan found that this center did not have age-appropriate, quality picture books. Deciding to explore this need further, Mary Jan found that most of the childcare centers serving economically-disadvantaged children had few to zero quality books for young children. That same year, Mary Jan founded Make Way for Books (MWFB) to meet this incredible need and began providing books to under-resourced sites and offering early literacy workshops for educators and parents. Today, MWFB has provided services to nearly 300 preschools and childcare centers. Each year, MWFB serves more than 30,000 children and families and 700 educators.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Make Way for Books (AZ) 94.70 four stars
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Reach Out and Read of Greater New York (NY) 85.38 three stars
Reading Partners (CA) 90.29 four stars
Readworks (NY) 92.74 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Make Way for Books
700 North Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705
tel: (520) 398-6451
fax: (520) 398-5932
EIN: 31-1583036

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Board Leadership

Donie Gignac
President

CEO

Jenny Volpe
Executive Director