Charting the future – one book at a time

In 2020 – a year of upheaval and of witnessing the needs of our community laid bare – Books for Keeps has embarked on a new strategic path. This new strategic plan succeeds one that spanned 2015-2020, an earlier plan that envisioned the expansion of Books for Keeps into 20 schools in four counties – including every public elementary school in Athens-Clarke County, where we were founded and are based. We successfully completed that strategic plan in summer 2020, in spite of many odds working against us and the students we serve.

Earlier efforts focused on outward expansion to reach more schools with our book distribution program, Stop Summer Slide. Our 2020 strategic plan lays out an overarching goal that builds on that earlier and ongoing work: to go deeper in the communities we serve, providing the tools for children and families to make reading a successful part of their at-home strategy. If we can successfully invest in families in this way, it will empower students and their caregivers to leverage the books provided by Books for Keeps and other access points, such as their schools and libraries.

Read the plan here.

This plan encompasses three core strategies:

  • GO DEEPER: Engage families, caregivers, and children in the communities we serve – throughout the year
  • PARTNER: Grow & leverage robust, structured partnerships with peer agencies to innovate service delivery
  • SUSTAIN: Expand fundraising efforts to provide a broad, diversified, sustainable support base

As we carry out this strategic plan through 2023, we are looking for partners who can help us grow our board, grow our fundraising capacity, grow our partnerships, and simply help us get the word out. Think you have something you can contribute? Get in touch!