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Why We’re Here

At Book Trust, all our work revolves around a single, sad fact: There are thousands of children in America who would like nothing better than to read, but have no books.

It might seem surprising that so many kids in one of the wealthiest nations in the world can’t get their hands on a simple two-dollar book. But the picture is pretty stark – in low-income areas, there is just 1 book for every 300 children.

How We Work

We empower kids from low-income families to choose and buy their own books, all through the school year. And our focus on book choice and ownership is no accident. Studies show that children are much more likely to read books that they choose, and having books at home brings proven benefits.

Best of all, our approach really works. Over a school year, the percentage of Book Trust students reading at grade level jumps from 31 percent to 59 percent.

The Future

Each year, Book Trust grows and helps more students. Funded entirely by generous donations, this year we will deliver 1.2 million books to 50,000 kids in 19 states. That’s a big number, but there are always more children needing our support. And we will keep on working to reach greater numbers every year.

Book Trust uniquely delivers choice and ownership of books to children from low-income families, increasing their literacy skills and fostering life-long learning.

Leadership Team

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Donna Frost

VP of Finance & Operations

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Linda Mitchell

VP of Development

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Anne Tengler

VP of Marketing

Our Staff

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Shay Belisle

Hawaii Director

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Kristi Bendon

Hawaii Associate Director of Philanthropy

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Rachel Carey

Teacher Account Specialist

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Jessie Chase

Director of Professional Development

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Tiffany Grady

Director of Individual Giving

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Joie Ha

Development Coordinator

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Whitney Luke

Associate Director, Program

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Faith Mainor

Database Manager

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Katie Malone

Marketing Associate

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Kristine McAuliff

Associate Director, Development

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Raquel Robertson

Program Manager

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Katherine Williford

Associate Director, Foundation Partnerships

National Board

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Ron Lowy

Board Chair

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Brad Florin

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James Pérez Foster

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Jeff Gold

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Jim Hackstaff

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Amy Kolczak

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Karen Mack

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Judy Newman (Advisor)

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David Perez

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Adrienne Schatz

Founder

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Jill Schatz

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Ryta Sondergard

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Cheryl Zimlich

Academic Advisory Board

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Nell Duke

Nell Duke

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KaiLonnie Dunsmore

KaiLonnie Dunsmore

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Linda Gambrell

Linda Gambrell

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Ernest Morrell

Ernest Morrell

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Dr Ray Reutzel

D. Ray Reutzel

Regional Boards

Denver

Greg Bellomo

Chris Beisler

Board Chair

Catherine Burge

Caroline Czirr

Shawn Johnson

Jon Kalstein

Tim Keegan

Traci Kellner

Tamika Pumphrey

Katica Roy

Kate Sneed

Rick Thomas

Mike Wade

Debbie Ward

Northern Colorado

Kate Baker

Chris Baker

Joanna Blasini

Carol Cochran

Stacie Datteri

John Hintzman

Michele Marquitz

Board Chair

Mary Pat McCurdie

Angie Penland

Erin Whittington

Maui

Susan Bentley

Board Chair

Rachel Love Academia

Nancy Callahan

Tim Garcia

Caroline Koley Stoner

Colleen O’Shea Brady

Jill Schatz

Vision

At Book Trust, we imagine a world where literacy removes barriers and provides all children with the tools to navigate life successfully.

Mission

We uniquely deliver choice and ownership of books to children from low-income families, increasing their literacy skills and fostering life-long learning.

Values

  • Reading First
  • Relationships
  • Raise the Bar
  • Results

our history

The seeds for Book Trust were sown over twenty years ago. Our founder, Adrienne Schatz, wondered why some children in her elementary school in Fort Collins, Colorado didn’t buy books from Scholastic Reading Club flyer each month.

Eventually, she realized the truth: they couldn’t afford them. Committed to finding a way for children in her community to fall in love with reading as she had, Adrienne developed the idea for Book Trust.

Beginning in 2001, Adrienne piloted the Book Trust program with 170 students in Larimer County, Colorado, under the auspices of the Serimus Foundation. Book Trust was spun off as its own 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2006. Today, we serve more than 50,000 students in 19 states.

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