Did you know that having just 20 books in the home during early childhood contributes to three more years of education over those who don’t? BookSpring’s continuum of literacy programs are designed to provide low income children with at least 20 books to build a home library during their infancy and childhood years. Recent studies show that we are making progress in the last 15 years in closing the income gap between young readers. But our surveys show that over 52% of low-income families entering our programs still do not have 20 books or more at home. Expansion of our time-tested programs can lower that percentage substantially!
This year, our annual campaign goal is $30,000. This is because we have a big plan to bridge the big gap in early literacy. We want to expand our services to reach all low-income children in Central Texas to help them build their own personal home libraries. And we need to know if you are on board with this potential game-changing effort.
Here’s how you can help even more to close the early literacy gap:
$25 provides support for ten books for low-income children.
$50 provides a full “dose” of reading advice and books for four children in a healthcare clinic.
$100 supplies motivational supplies for classrooms and libraries.
$300 enables BookSpring to offer trainings for medical staff, elementary teachers, or childcare providers.
$500 reaches a full classroom of children to read by giving them free books and involving them in motivational activities with volunteers.
$1,000 builds a lasting home library of 20 books for 20 children.
Note: these amounts are illustrative of the impact of your contribution. For more detailed information on how your contributions are spent, please see our financial and annual reports.
A Tribute gift made in honor or in memory of someone you care about is a thoughtful and unique way to recognize someone who has made a difference in your life and the lives of others. When your Tribute Gift is received, BookSpring will promptly send a personalized tribute card to the person or family you indicated, notifying them of your thoughtful donation, while sending a formal tax receipt to you. It’s a great way to honor your loved one while supporting the vital early literacy programs and services that make a difference in our community. Fill out the appropriate information on our online form, or contact us directly.
Make a lasting gift to BookSpring through the Austin Community Foundation. Your gift will be pooled with other gifts and strategically invested, with the annual returns coming back to BookSpring to ensure our programs and services keep giving year after year. Visit or contact The Austin Community Foundation for more information, or donate to the fund at the Austin community Foundation online or talk to us about setting up a planned gift.
Remember BookSpring in your workplace giving campaign. Many companies also match gifts made by retired employees. Contact your employer’s corporate giving or human resources departments for more information.
To give through the State Employee Contributions Campaign (SECC), or Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), check with your state and federal campaign coordinator for campaign code.
Your financial gift of any amount during this critical period. It will help children in the Greater Austin area to learn about and explore the world around them through an abundance of great books. We can do it, together.
Donate online, mail us a contribution at P.O. Box 143147 Austin Texas 78714, or call us at (512) 472-1791 x 102.
For questions, feel free to contact Joan Wabschall, Chief Development Officer, at 512-568-6648.