Educational Institutions

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Inc.

Tallahassee, FL

Mission

The mission of the Barbara Bush Foundation is to advocate for and establish literacy as a value in every home.

Ruling Year

2007

President and Chief Executive Officer

British A, Robinson

Main Address

516 North Adams Street

Tallahassee, FL 32301 USA

Formerly Known As

Volunteer USA Foundation

Keywords

Family Literacy, Mentoring, Education, Literacy

EIN

26-0587238

 Number

0283214614

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Our programs

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Toddler Development and Language Improvement

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

Family Literacy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

32% of the toddlers scoring in the lowest pre-test quartile, who were also considered for developmental delays, post-tested on par with their non-delayed peers by program end.

Increased Language Arts Skills

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Family Literacy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

100% of the mothers of the toddlers, who improved developmentally, also increased their languages arts skills by a Grade Level Equivalent.

Comparative Study Results

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Family Literacy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

A comparison study showed a 61% growth in reading skills in 1st-3rd graders in our Teen Trendsetter program, over their matched peers not attending the program.

Literacy Software Application Developers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Xprize

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

86 teams from 14 countries are competing for the Barbara Bush Adult Literacy XPrize (BBALXP) to create an application to teach adults to read. Before the BBALXP only 2 developers were creating apps.

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The Foundation's Strategic Plan through 2018 focuses on the following goals:
-Support early literacy and help students achieve grade-level reading
-Create disruptive change in adult literacy
-Expand family literacy opportunities for children ages 0-8, and their parents

OUR FAMILY LITERACY PROGRAMS provide opportunities for parents and their children to improve literacy skills. Parents are the key to helping children acquire the literacy skills they need to succeed; yet many parents struggle with reading themselves.

Today, 36 million Americans are low-literate. Less than 5% are served by federally funded in-person programs. The Foundation joined with the XPRIZE Foundation and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to launch the Adult Literacy XPRIZE competition, which will award $7 million in prizes to winning phone app developers able to move low-literate adults to basic literacy in just one year. The competition included 109 teams from 15 countries, and has been narrowed to eight semi-finalist teams whose apps are now being field tested with adult learners in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. The second phase will launch a nationwide competition in 2019. Research from this first-of-its-kind endeavor is expected to help us discover much about how adults learn with technology, revolutionizing adult education practice and research.

More than 10 million children attend afterschool programs, and the Foundation has spearheaded initiatives aimed at enhancing literacy learning in afterschool. The Foundation conducted a national survey of 600 parents of children who attend afterschool programs, gathering valuable feedback that can be used to increase parent engagement in literacy skill development. The Foundation also released a peer-reviewed practice guide to help afterschool providers nationwide incorporate literacy skill development into their programs. The Foundation shared the survey results and the practice guide with leadership at the U.S. Department of Education and presented it to afterschool providers from across the country.

The Foundation's early literacy efforts also include working with Talk With Me Baby, an early childhood language development program based on the latest science in brain development. This program is aimed at coaching parents and caregivers on ways to nourish children neurologically, socially, and linguistically through high-quality, engaging language. The Foundation is helping the program bring its resources and training to scale through the development of an online toolkit and the expansion of training.

The Barbara Bush Foundation offers family literacy programs in 11 states and the District of Columbia, providing opportunities for parents and children to improve their literacy skills. The Foundation's Teen Trendsetters™ program engages both parents and volunteer teen mentors to support literacy skill development for students in 1st – 3rd grade who are half a year behind in reading. Parents agree to read with their child at least twice a week and children receive 15 books to add to their personal home libraries. Each student is also paired with a teen who has been trained as a reading mentor, and the pairs meet weekly to practice reading during one-on-one mentoring sessions.

Our founder, former First Lady Barbara Bush, is a pioneer in the family literacy movement, having invested more than three decades to the cause. Her vision and our focus enable us to create powerful alliances across the nation that will increase efficiencies and decrease costs in fighting a fundamental cause of poverty for American families – low literacy.
With a small and efficient staff, we are hard at work in creating, securing funding for, and deploying programs that are cost-effective, easily replicable, and based on our decades of expertise in family literacy. We are dedicated to creating new models of efficiency, using innovative ideas and technology, to recast our family literacy work for the future and to bring great, new ideas to scale.
Innovative partnerships are key to our future success. We are partnered with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and XPRIZE Foundation to launch a first-of-its-kind innovation challenge through the Adult Literacy XPRIZE. In our 2016-17 fiscal year, we joined technology incubator 1776 in Washington D.C. as a founding member of the newly formed Coalition for the Future of Learning and Work. We are partnered with the early childhood language program creators at Talk With Me Baby, along with healthcare and education organizations, to bring a powerful, online parent tool to scale by training those who regularly interface with parents. This is but a sampling of the partnerships we continue to create and deploy nationwide to battle the problem of low literacy and poverty.
We are a 501(c)(3), public charity, and Parade Magazine listed us last year as one of the “top-rated charities that keep giving all year long."

Evaluation is an important component of our programs, providing both formative and summative data for improving programs. Our goal is to ensure both parents and children are making meaningful academic progress.
The most recent evaluation on our Family Literacy programs reported the following impressive results:
• Parents enrolled in the programs, on average, improved their literacy skills by two grade levels in one year.
• Nearly half of all preschoolers entering the programs were at risk for developmental delays. By the end of the program, only 14% remained at risk, representing a 70% decrease in the number of children at risk for developmental delays.

Our Teen Trendsetters™ evaluation has yielded the following outcomes:
• A 5-year meta-analysis in Florida concluded mentees, who on average start the program six months behind in reading, showed 18% and 31% more growth in reading skills than one would expect for children their age.
• A third-party comparison study revealed mentees showed 61% more growth than peers who did not take part in the program, gaining nearly half a year's worth of reading skills.
• In 2017, a Florida TaxWatch study concluded that the state realizes a nearly 8-to-1 gain in public spending through Teen Trendsetters: for every $1 invested, the state sees an average $7.83 savings in avoided social program costs.
Adult Literacy XPRIZE:
• Adult learners participating in the Philadelphia, Dallas and Los Angeles field tests for the Adult Literacy XPRIZE are being pre-tested and post-tested on their literacy levels. Improvement results will not only help determine winners in the $7 million prize competition, but will yield data and research possibilities for years to come, assisting all concerned about, and all working in, adult education.
• In 2019, the competition will roll out nationally, reaching an estimated number of up to 1 million adult learners.

We know our programs work, and we know we are cost-effective, but we need to bring these efforts to scale.
We need donors, sponsors, partners, advocates and new ideas to help us tackle America's Biggest Challenge. We have a saying at the Barbara Bush Foundation: “If you can read this, you can help." It's simple and powerful and true.
We've helped thousands of families, but with more than 36 million low-literate adults in America, the need for more programs far exceeds today's resources.
Low literacy IS America's Biggest Challenge and we need your help. You can find more information at BarbaraBush.org.

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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Inc.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

Organizational Demographics

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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
For a small board we have a number of positive advances in diversity, especially as it relates to expansion of volunteer committee members. Ethnic composition of both the board of directors and committee members is mixed. For example, the most recent appointment to our investment committee is Hispanic. Our nominating committee is headed by a female. We also are building an Ambassadors Committee of celebrities and authors in the coming months, which provides us a unique opportunity to expand diversity in the voices supporting the Foundation.