Annual Report


Dear Friends of Book Trust,


Together, we did it!

This year, we reached the first milestone set forth in our strategic plan—50,000 students. In fact, we surpassed this goal and served 51,000 children during the 2016-2017 school year. A 40% increase in the number of students served was accompanied by a 35% increase in revenue, catapulting Book Trust across the $5M revenue threshold—an accomplishment that fewer than 5% of US nonprofits ever achieve. Our impact now spans from New York City, the largest city in America, to Molokai, the most rural island in Hawaii.

How did we accomplish this? With your support! Whether you are a teacher who taught students how to choose books they are interested in reading, a volunteer who read with students at a book celebration, or a donor who sponsored a student, a classroom, or a school, it is each person’s individual contribution that led to our collective accomplishments. Thank you for being part of this journey to inspire a passion for reading among kids in need across America.

Our recent growth has been accelerated by the powerful combination of a successful program and leveraging strong, existing relationships in new markets. Moving forward, Book Trust is taking time to ensure that we are not only focused on offering an effective, evidence-based program that delivers measurable improvements in reading motivation and achievement, but also on expanding our reach with a strategic, intentional approach that will ensure sustainable growth.

Book Trust’s current roadmap gets us to scale at 100,000 students, and longer-term, we aim to reach at least one million of the 16 million kids living in poverty who need our help. We dream of a day when Book Trust no longer needs to exist, because every child has the tools and skills they need to be successful lifelong readers and learners. Thank you for dreaming with us! Together we are changing the trajectory of the lives of the children who need us most.

With gratitude,

Amy Friedman

President & CEO

Book Trust