Read Seed Inc

aka RSI   |   Durham, NC   |  www.readseedinc.org

Mission

Child Literacy Is Everybody’s Business. Since 2001, Read Seed, Inc. has operated on the promise that every child MUST own books. However, book giving is just the beginning. The community must know that it is necessary for all children to have “best starts” by owning books. But, we cannot stop there. Through education, advocacy and demonstration of the benefits that literacy provides we can change education, quality of life experiences and open doors to achieving lifetime goals.

Notes from the nonprofit

In 2010, RSI closed operations in order to assess next steps for the organization. In mid-2011, storm damage to the warehouse forced the building to be condemned where all of our books, furniture and supplies were stored, trapping everything. We were able to remove most of the books but the balance of property was unavailable to us for two and a half years. With suspension of services RSI did not receive funding, therefore no financial reports are available for this period.
August 2014, RSI began offering services again.

Ruling year info

2001

Principal Officer

Adelaide Banks

Main address

Post Office Box 51508

Durham, NC 27717 USA

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EIN

56-2181989

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Goals & Strategy

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Since 2001, Read Seed, Inc. has served low income children and families to build home libraries in an effort to improve early literacy skills and to help prepare them for school readiness. While book ownership has proven significant for academic achievement, more must be done. Read Seed has adopted a three prong approach to the child literacy challenge and expanding reading gap between children. We are educating parents and the community, advocating for community wide intervention to improve child literacy and demonstrating the benefits of good reading skills.

Education: RSI works with stakeholders to educate families, policy makers, businesses and the community about the importance of early child literacy intervention. Through family literacy education programs we can insure bright starts for all children… at home and around the world.
Advocate: A picture on a billboard, bumper sticker or poster can tell a thousand stories. We use advocacy materials and social media marketing to promote child literacy, getting the message out and getting people busy. Advocacy efforts will enlist everybody, because we believe that literacy is everybody's business.
Demonstrate: Using notables and everyday people to tell their book story about how Books Made The Difference to inspire and change lives.

Read Seed has been involved in child literacy services in Durham, NC and Eastern NC for over 15 years. We have developed programs and given thousands of books to low income children. Working with educators and organizations preparing children for school readiness we have gained insight into the problems facing schools and parents facing reading gap challenges. Staff members are prepared to educate and inform, to work with churches and grass roots organization, to partner with corporate and businesses interested in early childhood involvement as the best way to stem school level reading gaps.

Progress can be measured by community participation in programs and levels of support. Roll out of new programs and projects will also be reflected by financial support and partnerships.

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Read Seed Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/05/2016
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Board chair

Adelaide Banks

Read Seed, Inc

Term: 2007 - 2009

Adelaide S Banks

Read Seed, Inc

Doris Blackwell

Retiree Educator

Andolia Oakley Eaton

Retired Educator

Marian Dillahunt-Andrews

Professor, Vance Granville Community College

Nathaniel Goetz

Dir. Research/Advocacy Triangle United Way

Bret Ellis

CPA PricewaterhouseCoopers

Helen Hudson

Retired Educator

Sherry Graham

Retired Administrator, UNC Chapel Hill

Stephen Stranieri

VP, Fidelity Investments

Barbara Jessie-Black

Director, PTA Thrift Shop

Kimberly Meunier

President, MindNurture

Myrtle McNeill

Retired Educator

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes