John Krakauer Charitable Trust Grants $40,000 to Spread the Word Nevada

For Immediate Release

 John Krakauer Charitable Trust Grants $40,000 to Spread the Word Nevada

 Grant to benefit the organization’s Books on the Move Project

Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (April 28, 2015) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN) has been selected by the John Krakauer Charitable Trust as the recipient of a $40,000 grant. This gift was made possible by the John Krakauer Charitable Trust advised by Stacey Wedding and Mary Jo Ball of Professionals in Philanthropy. Mr. Krakauer was a generous contributor to Spread the Word Nevada during his lifetime and his philanthropic legacy is being carried forward by his trusted advisors at Professionals in Philanthropy who work with multiple philanthropists and nonprofits in Nevada and nationwide.

The grant donation will support program growth and outreach that results in solutions that are designed to optimize, manage and deliver STWN’s literacy services efficiently. It will also provide leadership training to STWN staff members.

“We applaud the work of Spread the Word Nevada and their literacy program that provides books and reading mentors to at-risk, low-income children in Southern Nevada,” said Stacey Wedding, Founder of Professionals in Philanthropy and Chief Advisor to the John Krakauer Charitable Trust. “Mr. Krakauer was a huge fan of Spread the Word Nevada during his lifetime and would be delighted to know his legacy is continuing through a sizeable gift that will impact so many.”

Since STWN’s inception in 2001, 34 schools have been adopted and more than 389,000 youth have been served throughout Southern Nevada.

“This generous grant will allow us to continue providing much needed books and literacy services to our low-income children, which is a goal that could not come to fruition without the financial support from amazingly generous partners like John Krakauer Charitable Trust.” said Lisa Habighorst, STWN Executive Director.

About Spread the Word Nevada

Spread the Word Nevada, Inc., is a children’s literacy nonprofit, 501(c) (3) corporation, dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. While developing a love of reading, these libraries promote future academic achievement and self-confidence, which impacts lifelong success.

 

Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 3 million gently used and new books to approximately 389,000 low-income youth in Southern Nevada. Please visit www.SpreadTheWordNevada.org to learn more about program details or call at (702) 564-7809. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Professionals in Philanthropy

Established in 2006 by native Las Vegan Stacey Wedding, Professionals in Philanthropy (PiP) is a socially responsible company that assists generous individuals and organizations in creating lasting change in communities, our country and the world. PiP guides philanthropies and nonprofit clients in a variety of areas, some of  which  include board governance, strategic planning, storytelling, grant research/writing, customized training, and advising. Learn more at www.profinphil.com or call us at 702.896.4915.

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Vicki Soares

(702) 203-0002

Vicki@spreadthewordnevada.org

Beckley Elementary School Adoption Media Alert

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Spread the Word Nevada Adopts Will Beckley Elementary School

Sponsored by the Las Vegas Rotary Club

34th School Adopted by the Literacy Non-profit

Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (March 24, 2015) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN), the largest children’s literacy non-profit in the State will adopt its 34th school – Will Beckley ES in Las Vegas on March 27, 2015. This adoption is made possible by the generous sponsorship from the Las Vegas Rotary Club.

 

Who:              Spread the Word Nevada to bring books and literacy services to Will Beckley Elementary School students.

 

The school is being sponsored by STWN’s community partner, The Las Vegas Rotary Club. The Club recently provided a grant to STWN as part of its mission of “Teaching Youth to Succeed Through Literacy, Education and Life Skills Development”.

 

What:             Spread the Word Nevada’s 34th school adoption kick-off ceremony. Students will receive an initial distribution of one book bag and five books to start their home libraries. From there on, students will continue to receive monthly book distributions in addition to various literacy services including the STWN Books & Buddies (mentoring) and Breakfast with Books programs (family literacy services).

 

When:            Friday, March 27, 2015

12:15p.m. – Guest Reception

1:00p.m. – First Assembly: Adoption kick-off ceremony and Book Distribution

2:00p.m. – Second Assembly: Adoption kick-off ceremony and Book Distribution

 

Where:          Will Beckley Elementary School

3223 Glenhurst Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89121

 

Interview Opportunities: Members from the Las Vegas Rotary Club; Spread the Word Nevada Executive team and Board members; Beckley ES administration.

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About Spread the Word Nevada

Spread the Word Nevada, Inc., is a children’s literacy nonprofit, 501(c) (3) corporation, dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. While developing a love of reading, these libraries promote future academic achievement and self-confidence, which impacts lifelong success.  Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 3 million gently used and new books to approximately 387,000 low-income youth in Southern Nevada. Please visit www.SpreadTheWordNevada.org to learn more about program details or call at (702) 564-7809. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About the Las Vegas Rotary Club

In 1923, a group of community minded business leaders chartered the first Rotary club in southern Nevada, the Las Vegas Rotary Club. In our 92 years of Service Above Self our club has had many notable accomplishments. These include the construction of many Boy Scout huts; the establishment of Doolittle Park and the “Las Vegas Rotary Club Kid’s World” at Gowan Park; fundraising for the establishment of a library in Las Vegas; and sponsoring additional Rotary clubs, among many others.  Our Club has been actively involved in service projects with a focus on children including “Santa Clothes,” a long standing annual event aimed at providing clothes and mentoring for local children from several organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army and two local elementary schools.  As a member of Rotary International, our club also participates in many worldwide humanitarian projects such as the Corazon Superbuild in Tecate, Mexico, polio eradication, clean water and sanitation, and schools in Third World countries.  For more information on our club, please visit www.LasVegasRotary.com.

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Vicki Soares

(702) 203-0002

Vicki@spreadthewordnevada.org

Books on Break

For Immediate Release

Spread the Word Nevada Launches Books on Break, a Summer Reading Program

This marks the fourth program under the children’s literacy nonprofit’s umbrella of services

Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (July 10, 2014) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN), the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the State – recently rolled out Books on Break, a summer reading program inspiring continued reading over the summer break. This marks the fourth program under the nonprofit’s mission. Other programs include: Kids to Kids, Breakfast with Books and Books & Buddies.

Books on Break serves at-risk youth between June – August at nearly 30 local community gathering sites selected through a partnership with Three Square Food Bank. The two nonprofits have joined forces to feed the children’s minds and bellies at approximately half of the Books on Break locations.

Each week, the STWN team arrives at a minimum of 15 sites to distribute books, lead a story time and encourage reading at home by tracking progress via a reading log. In its first two weeks, the program has already distributed more than 1,000 free books.

“The stakes for children who do not read over summer vacation are high,” said STWN Executive Director Lisa Habighorst. “Substantial research on this topic shows it’s usually the students who can least afford to lose ground as readers who are most likely to suffer from summer reading loss and fall far behind their peers.”

According to McGill-Franzen, Anne and Richard Allington, “Bridging the Summer Reading Gap” Instructor, May/June, 2003 shows that on average, children from low-income families lose nearly three months of grade-level equivalency during the summer months each year, compared to an average of one month lost by middle-income children.

Books on Break and its sustainability is made possible by Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders grant, which is given to high-performing nonprofits across the nation that have made a significant impact addressing needs related to community development, critical needs, workforce development or education.

“At Bank of America, we know the importance of investing in our future,” said George W. Smith, Nevada President of Bank of America. “We are excited to help Spread the Word Nevada launch its Books on Break program, reach new children in our community and ultimately equip the next generation with the skills needed to flourish.”

To support the Books on Break program, Bank of America also held a month-long book drive at all Southern Nevada banking centers during the month of June.

About Spread the Word Nevada

Spread the Word Nevada, Inc., is a children’s literacy nonprofit, 501(c) (3) corporation, dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. While developing a love of reading, these libraries promote future academic achievement and self-confidence, which impacts lifelong success.  Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 2.7 million gently used and new books to approximately 357,000 low-income youth in Southern Nevada. Please visit www.SpreadTheWordNevada.org to learn more about program details or call at (702) 564-7809. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Media Contact

Vicki Soares

(702) 203-0002

Vicki@spreadthewordnevada.org

Charity Navigator Release

For Immediate Release

Spread the Word Nevada Earns a 4-Star Rating from

Charity Navigator

Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (April 8, 2014) – Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, has awarded Spread the Word Nevada (STWN), the prestigious 4-star rating for good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. STWN is one of only nine nonprofits in Southern Nevada to achieve a 4-star rating.

“We are honored to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating,” said Lisa Habighorst, STWN Executive Director. “This distinction reflects our accountability to all our constituencies and commitment to remain true to our mission of children’s literacy.”

Charity Navigator works to help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on more than five thousand charities nationwide and by evaluating their financial health. It calculates each charity’s score based upon several broad criteria, including how much is spent per dollar raised, what percentage of funds goes to programs vs. administrative and fund-raising expenses, and the organization’s long-term financial health. It then assigns a rating from one to four, with four being the best rating.

Habighorst added, “This high rating coupled with STWN’s growing reputation highlights our focus on good stewardship of charitable contributions and maintaining the public trust.”

About Spread the Word Nevada

Spread the Word Nevada, Inc., is a children’s literacy nonprofit, 501(c) (3) corporation, dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. While developing a love of reading, these libraries promote future academic achievement and self-confidence, which impacts lifelong success.  Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 2.6 million gently used and new books to approximately 343,000 low-income youth in Southern Nevada. Please visit www.SpreadTheWordNevada.org to learn more about program details or call at (702) 564-7809. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Media Contact

Vicki Soares

(702) 203-0002

Vicki@spreadthewordnevada.org