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November 7, 2013

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

This Saturday it's time for "Sports, Fun, and Games" at our reading clubs! If you are not signed up with us already, please sign up today, then reply to our November 9th Facebook Event that you are going.

If you previously signed up but can not join us after all, be sure to cancel online to open your spot for someone else. Please note that the deadline for canceling is 3pm on Friday.

November is also our College Spirit month, so be sure to wear your college's logo. The competition is on to see which college can get the most volunteers to wear their school logo at the November 9th Reading Clubs!

Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers and several colleges, every child at the reading clubs this Saturday will receive an item with a college logo - part of our efforts to nurture early college interest.



Congratulations to Matthew Jones for being our first 2013 Annual Fund Drive Angel!

Matthew became an Angel when he gathered donations from at least 10 of his friends for our 2013 Annual Fund Drive, and we invite everyone to become an angel during this fund drive.

Thank you, Matthew, for creating your ambitious Causes campaign to raise $4,000 for us, and for becoming a fundraising Angel!

At this Saturday's reading clubs, every volunteer will be invited to donate to our 2013 Annual Fund Drive with either cash, check, or credit card.

This year we've set a goal of raising $45,000 from over 1,000 donors, and so far we have already raised $10,276 from 151 donors!

You can see all of their names on our 2013 Annual Fund Drive page, and if you have not yet donated, be sure to donate today so we can add your name there, too.

Creating a Causes campaign is just one of the fun, clever ways you can help us raise money during our Annual Fund Drive, and we provide a link to create your own Causes campaign on our 2013 Annual Fund Drive page, under the "Help us Fundraise!" header.

Although our main source of funding is grants from foundations and corporations, support from individual donors is vital to our organization. We list our large number of donors to demonstrate to foundations and corporations that we have broad support in the community, which in turn prompts them to support us, too.

How Can You Help?

1 - Make a pledge to donate by check or donate online today by visiting our 2013 Annual Fund Drive page. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated!

2 - Show your support by asking friends and family to contribute! Visit our 2013 Annual Fund Drive page and look under the "Help us Fundraise!" header for many useful resources. In particular, please consider personalizing and sending the provided sample email to friends and family, or posting our handy donor sheet.

Once they know about Reading to Kids, many probably want to donate to us - all you have to do is ask!

Also, if your workplace matches donations to nonprofits, please share with them your donation, and ask them to consider matching it. In this way you double your donation and share with others your enthusiasm for Reading to Kids!

If you have any questions about the Annual Fund Drive, please let us know. Once again, please donate any amount to help us meet our goals, and thanks for your support!

Reading to Kids Annual Fund Drive


This Saturday's reading clubs include the continuation of our 2013 Annual Fund Drive, our most important fundraiser of the year!

Last month an anonymous donor matched the first $500 of donations made at the Oct. 12th reading clubs at Alta Loma Elementary! This meant that anyone reading and donating at Alta Loma that Saturday had their donation doubled!

If you are planning to donate perhaps $100 or more to our Annual Fund Drive, please consider announcing you are matching donations made that morning up to the amount you are planning to donate. This is an exciting way your donation can inspire donations from more volunteers!



Reading to Kids is a member of the Children's Literacy Coalition Los Angeles (CLCLA), an emerging literacy advocacy group of organizations that work in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Join the CLCLA tomorrow at our inaugural forum as we bring together business, education, legislative, and community stakeholders to share ideas and create solutions on the critical issue of literacy.

A Better Future: The Social and Economic Advantages of Children Reading at Grade Level

When and Where:
Friday November 8th, 2013
8:30am -11:30am - Breakfast Included
UCLA - Covel Commons, Hosted by Luskin School of Public Affairs
Cost: FREE
Click here for Event Details and Registration

Opening Remarks:
Bill Parent, Associate Dean for Administration, Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA

Val Zavala, Vice President, News & Public Affairs - KCET


Barbara O'Brien, National Policy Director, The Campaign for Grade Level Reading
David Crippens, Chairman of Unite-LA Board of Directors
Senator Holly J. Mitchell, 26th District (CA)

Please click here for a print version to share with others.



Reading to Kids was recently featured in two different outlets!

  • Last week we learned that volunteer Jeffrey Parsons posted a wonderful charity spotlight article, Reading to Kids: on the front lines and behind the scenes. He wrote about his experiences with Reading to Kids on his website, TheRoadBackHome.com, and included an interview he did with me in our offices.

  • This past Sunday morning, long-time Taskforce member and Alta Loma Site Coordinator Mariel Rubio was interviewed in Spanish on Univision Radio's Los Angeles Community Affairs Show. She and host Carlos Granja discussed Reading to Kids' mission and history, Mariel's own involvement with us, and how to volunteer and support us.

We have posted both Jeffrey's article and Mariel's interview on our website for you to read and listen to. Our sincere thanks to both Jeffrey and Mariel for spreading the great news about Reading to Kids!


Thanks, and we hope to see many of your colleges represented on Saturday!


Charlie Orchard, Hannah Edwards, and Sarah Parga
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)

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November 2013
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 63 65
Esperanza 83 83
Gratts 70 73
Los Angeles 96 96
Magnolia 96 98
Politi 86 86
White 66 66
TOTAL 560 567
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