June 6th: Do More 24

On June 6, 2013, Reach will participate in #DoMore24, a one-day fundraising event powered by the United Way of the National Capital Area. In 24 hours, Reach will compete with other area nonprofits for prizes related to dollars raised and donors engaged.

On July 1, Reach launches a new fiscal year. With a growing staff and the addition of a third program site, this will be our most aggressive fundraising year to date. We recently approved a budget of $458,400. Today, we begin our journey toward that number.

We do realize that, for #DoMore24, every area nonprofit will be asking you for money on the same day. So, why Reach? This seems like an appropriate time for a top ten list. So, here it goes…

10. This week, Reach learned that we will be included in the 2013 – 2014 Catalogue for Philanthropy, a listing of the best small organizations in the DC Metro Area.

9. When asked about her proudest moment from this year, Marchelle (a 9th grade tutor) said, “I’m not embarrassed to read out loud anymore.”

8. In three years, we have distributed more than 500 books to our tutors and students to read during school holidays. This keeps our kids reading and maintains the gains experienced during our school year program.

7. Joyce, a third-year tutor at Perry Street Prep, was one of only 25 high school juniors from across the city to be selected for Urban Alliance’s highly competitive internship program at the World Bank.

6. Reach has been chosen as an Echoing Green fellow, a Social Innovation Rockstar, and is (currently) a finalist for the Claneil Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Award.

5. Our elementary school students are on pace to see 1.5 years of reading growth per year of participation – growth equal to that produced by highly effective teachers!

4. Rashaan says, “The people at Reach…I can talk to them about anything. We’re like one big family.”

3. Our tutors are on pace to experience almost three grade levels of reading improvement per year of program participation. Teaching creates the most powerful learning.

2. On Saturday mornings, Leonard, a 3rd grade student, sometimes asks, “Is it a Reach day?” His grandmother reports that she has to tell him, “Boy, it’s not even a school day!”

1. 85% of DC public school students get to high school reading below grade level. The problems start in elementary school. You may see two challenges. We see one solution.

We recognize you have many choices. On June 6th, we hope you’ll support Reach’s effort to produce confident grade-level readers and capable leaders in the District of Columbia. With your help, we can unleash the potential of our city’s teens to address youth literacy, one of DC’s most pressing social challenges.

Thanks, as always, for your support.

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