Education : Early Childhood Programs and Services

Make Way for Books

Sharing stories changes lives, especially young lives

four stars

92.21

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 92.21 four stars
  Financial 99.65 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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

99.65

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
83.8%
  Administrative Expenses 10.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.50
  Program Expenses Growth 15.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.6%
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 $895,786
   Federated Campaigns $43,000
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $15,250
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $511,150
Total Contributions $1,465,186
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,465,186
   Other Revenue $-6,622
TOTAL REVENUE $1,458,564
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,120,784
   Administrative Expenses $123,131
   Fundraising Expenses $91,248
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,335,163
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $123,401
   
Net Assets $1,850,094

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$80,000 5.99% Jenny Volpe Executive Director

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Make Way for Books (AZ) 92.21 four stars
Book Trust (CO) 88.43 three stars
Read Alliance (NY) 88.11 three stars
National Center for Families Learning (KY) 89.75 three stars
SMART (OR) 89.07 three 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