First Books of Beaufort
P.O. Box 291
Port Royal SC 29935
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
First Books of Beaufort
Address P.O. Box 291
Port Royal, SC 29935
Telephone (843) 252-6442
E-mail firstbooksofbeaufort@gmail.com
Projected Annual Revenue $11,000.00 (2017)
Web and Social Media
Video
The attached video is from the national First Book organization from whom we get our books. We get no funds from them and are not affiliated with them, but are helping them carry out their mission to get books into the homes of all children.
 
 
Mission Statement

The mission of First Books of Beaufort is to ensure that every 4 year-old in Title 1 schools and Head Start Centers in Beaufort County has books in his/her home.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Diane Peeples
Board Chair Diane Peeples
Board Chair Company Affiliation Administrator
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2015
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Revenue vs Expenses Area Graph - All Years

Comparing revenue to expenses shows how the organizations finances fluctuate over time.

Source: IRS Form 990

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Additional Documents
Other Documents 3
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Statements
Mission

The mission of First Books of Beaufort is to ensure that every 4 year-old in Title 1 schools and Head Start Centers in Beaufort County has books in his/her home.

Background
First Books of Beaufort sponsors monthly interactive story hours for the nine-month school year for four-year-olds at Title I preschools and Head Start Centers in Beaufort County. The children then take the book home, and at the end of the school year, they will have a library of nine new age-appropriate books in their homes.
 
The four-year-old age was chosen because these are all at-risk children as determined by Child Find testing. This program will get them interested in and excited about books before they enter elementary school, and also get books into their homes and classrooms.
 
First Books of Beaufort grew out of two similar programs being conducted for the past three years at two schools in northern Beaufort County. These programs were discontinued, so First Books of Beaufort was formed to step in and grow the program to include all the Title I preschools in Beaufort County.
 
The program has been very well received by the principals, teachers, children, and volunteers. 
 
Impact

First Books of Beaufort is focused on impact: we leverage the work of teachers, give volunteers the tools they need, and help raise school readiness.

-Putting new books in the hands of the children who need them most.   

25% of children in Beaufort County - more than 8,500 - live in low-income households. Most of these children have no age-appropriate books at home. This impairs the children’s early language and literacy development and later reading achievement.  Statistics show that education is a powerful way to fight poverty, and reading ability has a direct correlation with school success.
 

-That’s where we come in.   

The mission of First Books of Beaufort is to ensure that every 4 year-old in Title 1 schools and Head Start Centers in Beaufort County has books in his/her home. We do this by sponsoring monthly story hours at Title 1 schools and Head Start Centers. The students interact with the readers to learn words, letters and concepts, and follow along with the story in their book. They are tested on memory, understanding and applying the story to their lives, and then they take the book home. Through First Books of Beaufort, children enjoy an ongoing supply of wonderful new books throughout the school year.
 

 Ongoing Goals:

 1.    Get books into 95% of the homes of four year-olds in Title I schools and Head Start Centers in Beaufort County.
 
2.    Add books to 95% of the classrooms of four-year-olds in Title I schools in Beaufort County.
 
3.    Promote parent/guardian reading to children and encourage family time at home.
 
While we understand that we can’t attribute success of the following solely to First Books, we are contributing to the efforts of the school system to work toward these objectives:
 
4.    Help children become comfortable with and enjoy books and understand that stories have a message that applies to their lives.
 
5.    Help children learn simple words, letters and numbers currently being taught in the classrooms.
 

 Long term Outcome:

Children will learn to appreciate books and will be able read at grade level by third grade.

 
Needs
 
Financing is our only current need.  $8,922.00 total needed for 2016-17.
 
 
CEO/Executive Director Statement

First Books of Beaufort understands the importance of reading to young children. We are the only organization sending a book home with the 4-year-olds every month. We operate in classrooms at 14 locations throughout the county reaching almost 800 children each month. (We coordinate with the United Way of the Lowcountry’s Play Partners program which provides books to two schools in northern Beaufort County.)

 

Reading to young children helps them:

·        increase their vocabulary.

·        develop school skills of listening, remembering, and analyzing.

·        stimulate their imaginations. 

·        learn about peer relationships.

·        learn coping strategies of problem situations.

·        build self-esteem.

·        increase their general knowledge of the world around them.

 

One out of six children who do not read at age level by the end of third grade will not graduate from high school. The number is higher among low-income families, certain minority groups, and English language learners. These children may never fully participate in American society. Their employment prospects grow dim and the chance for anti-social behavior increases. 82% of those children are from low-income families.
 

The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to books. Two out of three children living in poverty have no age-appropriate books in their homes. This puts them at a great disadvantage when they enter school. 

 

By the time low-income children reach 3 years of age, they have a vocabulary of about 500 words. But by the same age, children from more affluent families have vocabularies more than twice as large, with about 1,100 words.
 
 First Books of Beaufort is on a mission to change this.
 
Board Chair Statement

As a lifelong resident of Beaufort County, I have enjoyed the wonderful people and beauty of the area, I have been aware of the large disparity in income levels in the area, and started looking for opportunities to make a difference. 

 After researching the alarming statistics on the life-long results of illiteracy, I decided to focus on this problem.  

The program has been very well received by the children, teachers, principals and volunteers. Everyone enjoys being part of first Books of Beaufort.  Rarely have I been part of an organization that offers such a win-win scenario.  We have many dedicated talented readers who believe in the goals of First Books. 

 
 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Fighting poverty through books.
First Books of Beaufort offers story hours for local kids.
Volunteers fighting illiteracy.
Areas of Service
Area
Beaufort County
First Books of Beaufort serves Beaufort, Seabrook, and Port Royal in northern Beaufort County, and Bluffton and Hilton Head in southern Beaufort County. 
 
Board Chair
Board Chair Diane Peeples
Company Affiliation Administrator
Term June 2017 to June 2025
Email firstbooksofbeaufort@gmail.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mindy Brown Admin Assistant, Preschool Advisor
Laurie Haddock Community Volunteer
Veronica Miller Fundraising Assistant
Diane Peeples Administrator
Lara Phillips Community Volunteer
Peg Schlichtemeier Past Administrator
William & Ginger (shared seat) Wareham Marketing, website, graphics
Beth Young Fundraising Assistant
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 8
Governance
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 84%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 16%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
First Books of Beaufort's Advisory Board members are all active, contributing members of the organization. Each brings unique talents to the organization and have attended all meetings. The mission of First Books is also a mission for each of us.
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Diane Peeples
Experience

Diane Peeples, Executive Administrator, is a lifelong resident of the Beaufort area.  Diane has been a regular volunteer reader for First Books since 2015.  She is a Licensed Insurance Agent who has worked at Turbeville Insurance Agency as an Accounts Manager for the past 10 years. She and her husband Ashley are proud parents to 5-year-old Nathan. She is passionate about the importance of exposing children to books at a young age. 

Former Executive Director/CEOs
NameTerm
Peg Schlichtemeier June 2015 - May 2017
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 80
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2015
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Diversity Policy Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description
First Books of Beaufort operates in Title I schools and Head Start Centers in the county. The Bluffton/Hilton Head Programs include Red Cedar Elementary and MC Riley Elementary in Bluffton, HHI Early Childhood Center, Sandlewood Head Start Center and The Children's Center in Hilton Head. 
 
First Books of Beaufort sponsors monthly interactive story hours for the nine-month school year for the four-year-olds at three Title I preschools and one Head Start Center in southern Beaufort County. The children then take the book home, and at the end of the school year, they will have a library of nine books in their homes.
 
 
360 at-risk four-year-olds and 18 classrooms are included. The children then take the book home, and at the end of the school year, they will have a library of nine new age-appropriate books in their homes. The four-year-old age was chosen because these are all at-risk children as determined by Child Find testing. This program will get them interested in and excited about books before they enter elementary school, and also get books into their homes and classrooms.
Budget 4,300.00
Short Term Success

 1.    Get books into 90% of the homes of four year-olds in Title I schools in southern Beaufort County.

 2.    Add books to 90% of the classrooms of four-year-olds in Title I schools in southern Beaufort County.

 3.    Promote parent/guardian reading to children and encourage family time at home.

 While we understand that we can’t attribute success of the following solely to First Books, we are contributing to the efforts of the school system to work toward these objectives: 

4.    Help children become comfortable with and enjoy books and understand that stories have a message that applies to their lives.

5.    Help children learn simple words, letters and numbers currently being taught in the classrooms.
Long Term Success
Long term goal is to encourage a love of books and reading leading to grade-level literacy by third grade. 
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY

Methods of Measurement  (relating to each of the above goals):

     1.    Records of the number of books distributed at each school will be kept.

     2.    Records of the books given to the classrooms will be kept.

     3a.  Information about the benefits of reading to children will be sent home twice during the school year.

     3b.  A parent survey will be taken at the PreK graduation ceremonies (with a book reward for returning the survey) asking for parent/guardian feedback about child's interest in books and increases in family reading time.

     3c.  Children will be asked, “Who read the book to you?” and “Who did you share your book with?” before each session. At the end of the session they are asked, “Who will you ask to read this book to you?” Responses will be reported by readers.

     4.    Readers will submit a survey about the progress of interactions in discussing the story to get them thinking about issues, feelings, the point of the story, and how it relates to their lives.

     5a.  Readers will reinforce letters, numbers and words currently being taught in the classrooms and report progress monthly. Administrator will observe and record progress in children's ability to recognize simple words, hold books, turn the pages, find page numbers and follow along twice a year.

    5b.  Teachers will be surveyed about effectiveness of the program at the end of the year.
Description

First Books of Beaufort sponsors monthly interactive story hours for the nine-month school year for 390 four-year-olds at seven Title I preschools and 2 Head Start locations in northern Beaufort County. (The United Way serves St. Helena and Shanklin.)

-Beaufort Elementary

-Beaufort Head Start
-Broad River Elementary
-James Davis Early Learning Center
-Davis Head Start
-Lady's Island Elementary
-Mossy Oaks Elementary
-Port Royal Elementary
-Roberts Smalls Academy
 
The children then take the book home, and at the end of the school year, they will have a library of nine new age-appropriate books in their homes. The four-year-old age was chosen because these are all at-risk children as determined by Child Find testing.  This program will get them interested in and excited about books before they enter elementary school, and also get books into their homes and classrooms. 
Budget 4,650.00
Short Term Success

1.    into 90% of the homes of four year-olds in Title I schools in northern Beaufort County.

2.    Add books to 90% of the classrooms of four-year-olds in Title I schools in northern Beaufort County.

3.    Promote parent/guardian reading to children and encourage family time at home.

 

While we understand that can’t attribute success of the following solely to First Books, we are contributing to the efforts of the school system to work toward these objectives:

4.    Help children become comfortable with and enjoy books and understand that stories have a message that applies to their lives.

5.    Help children learn simple words, letters and numbers currently being taught in the classrooms.


Long Term Success

Encourage a love of books and reading leading to grade-level literacy by third grade.

Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY

Methods of Measurement  (relating to each of the above goals):

     1.    Records of the number of books distributed at each school will be kept.

     2.    Records of the books given to the classrooms will be kept.

     3a.  Information about the benefits of reading to children will be sent home twice during the school year.

     3b.  A survey will be given to parents at the PreK Graduation ceremonies asking for parent/guardian feedback about child's interest in books and increases in family reading time. (Another book will be given to those returning the survey.)

     3c.  Children will be asked, “Who read the book to you?” and “Who did you share your book with?” before each session. At the end of the session they are asked, “Who will you ask to read this book to you?” Responses will be reported by readers.

     4.    Readers will submit a survey about the progress of interactions in discussing the story to get them thinking about issues, feelings, the point of the story, and how it relates to their lives.

     5a.  Readers will reinforce letters, numbers and words currently being taught in the classrooms and report progress monthly. Administrator will observe and record progress in children's ability to recognize simple words, hold books, turn the pages, find page numbers and follow along twice a year.

     5b.  Teachers will be surveyed about effectiveness of the program at the end of the year.


Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Revenue $11,000.00
Projected Expenses $9,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense----$4,277
Administration Expense----$829
Fundraising Expense----$54
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.63--1.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%--83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue----1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets----$4,254
Current Assets----$4,254
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities----$0
Total Net Assets----$4,254
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets----0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount ----Inheritance $4,500
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ----Board Members $400
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ----Clubs/Churches $200
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes Sept 2017
Comments
Organization Comments First Books of Beaufort has been successful in obtaining funding for its first and second years of operations. An audited 990EZ form was filed in July 2016 and will be again in July 2017.
Nonprofit First Books of Beaufort
Address P.O. Box 291
Port Royal, SC 29935
Primary Phone (843) 252-6442
CEO/Executive Director Diane Peeples
Board Chair Diane Peeples
Board Chair Company Affiliation Administrator
Year of Incorporation 2015