FREEDOM TO READ, INC

Changing Lives One Book at at Time

KENOSHA, WI   |  www.freedomtoreadinc.org

Mission

The Mission for Freedom to Read is to change the lives of the people of the Bahamas through free access to literacy. This organization works with the Bahamas Library Services to train and teach library attendants and supervisors, provide print and electronic materials for use in libraries and sponsor literacy services in the out island settlements of the Bahamas. The goal of the organization is literacy for all people of the Bahamas.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Susan Siel

Main address

5953 Fifth Ave.

KENOSHA, WI 53140 USA

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EIN

45-4131271

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (O05)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Our programs

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Library Development on Eleuthera & Andros Islands

We have partnered with the Bahamas Library Services and local governments to develop libraries in small island settlements.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Establishing, Curating, Training and Maintaining public libraries on Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas is our passion. Freedom to Read, Inc. currently serve 13 settlements with free access to literacy.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Students

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The goal of our volunteer work is to increase literacy rates in the out islands of the Bahamas by providing free access. In addition to improved literacy rates we also strive to increase job skills. We set up libraries and train local library attendants to circulate materials and provide library services in small settlements.

Our strategies include soliciting print materials to provide collections in small settlements in the out islands of the Bahamas. We manage collections, ship them, set up the libraries and train local library attendants.

We have skilled professionals on our board of directors. Our Executive Director is a High School Library Media Teacher, and our treasurer holds an MBA from George Washington University. We are proud that everyone on our board holds Master's Degrees in Education, Business and/or Nursing. These are all fields that keep us focused on helping others in pursuit of increased literacy.

We have established five functioning library/computer centers on Eleuthera. There are trained local library attendants on site to manage and maintain the collections and programming.

We are continuing to work hand in hand in collaboration with local governments and community activists in five additional settlements.

In a few of them we already have books on the shelves. Our next steps in those libraries is to organize the collection, label the books, create circulation pockets and train the library attendant.

In a few others we are currently working on construction of the site so in the coming year they can open as fully functioning community centers.

Financials

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FREEDOM TO READ, INC

Board of directors
as of 8/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susy Siel

Freedom to Read, Inc.

Bo Palmer

Jackie Liesch

Paula Webb

Emily Goldberg

Melinda Tichelaar

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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