228 S. Carol Malone Blvd.
Grayson KY 41143
Contact Information
Address 228 S. Carol Malone Blvd.
Grayson, KY 41143
Phone (606) 474-2008
Fax 606 474-2003
Other Documents
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
First Book provides new books to children in need addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books.
Background of Mission: Most recent data describes a shocking gap in access to reading materials: While the ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is approximately 13 books per child, the ratio in low-income neighborhoods is 1 book per 300 children. According to data from the USDA Economic Research, 34.4% of children, under age 18, in Carter County live in low-income neighborhoods. By providing children with books they can take home and keep, we are targeting the variable that correlates significantly with literacy - the number of books in the home.
Background Statement
Founded in 1992, First Book is an international nonprofit organization with a simple mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. The primary goal of First Book is to coordinate ongoing book distributions with existing community-based tutoring, mentoring, and family literacy programs to distribute new books to children who have little or no access to books. First Book's community-based, volunteer Advisory Boards are responsible for implementing First Book activities at the local level.
The First Book - Carter County Advisory Board was established in the fall of 2008. Advisory Board members apply their collective community knowledge and experience to raise funds and to identify and award book grants to local literacy programs serving at-risk children.
Impact Statement
2011 Accomplishments:
  • 100% of donations are used for the purchase of books
  • Three community programs were recipients of funds to purchase and distribute books for children in their programs.
2012 Goals:
  • Increase fundraising efforts which will increase the number of books distributed.
  • Increase the number of recipient organizations receiving funds/books.


Needs Statement Contributions; Grants
Geographic Areas Served
Carter County
First Book-Carter County provides books to organizations serving children in Carter County, Kentucky.
Board Chair
Board Chair Janet Wente
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Members
Rebecca CorsettiCommunity VolunteerVoting
Susan JohnsonCommunity VolunteerVoting
Pam KounsCommunity VolunteerVoting
Deborah MeenachCommunity VolunteerVoting
Janet WenteCommunity VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 100
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Pam Kouns
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director No Staff
Term Start Mar 2011
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 5
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? N/A
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Description The First Book Marketplace is an award-winning Web site that offers high-quality books at deeply discounted prices exclusively to programs serving children in need.
Budget Annual Operating Expenses: $500,000 Inventory Cost: $500,000 Revenue Generated: $1,000,000
Program Long term Success The Marketplace allows programs to develop curriculum in a way previously impossible, revolutionizing the way they teach the hardest-to-reach children.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2012
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2012
Projected Revenue $2,350.00
Projected Expenses $2,350.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$4,198$2,585$3,468
Administration Expense--$0$0
Fundraising Expense--$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.000.65
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments
990s are for the national office in Washington DC. Financial graphs for First Book Carter County are based on financials submitted by First Book Carter County.
Address 228 S. Carol Malone Blvd.
Grayson, KY 41143
Primary Phone 606 474-2008
CEO/Executive Director No Staff
Board Chair Janet Wente
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer