BOOKENDS

Rating: 5 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Philanthropy

Location: 2957 S. Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90064 USA

Mission: BookEnds creates readers and leaders.
Results: We have donated over 2.5 million books and engaged 300,000 student volunteers, and put books into the hands of over 600,000 students at 650 recipient organizations.
Target demographics: students have literacy resources
Direct beneficiaries per year: The schools and students in the greater Los Angeles area, both on the donor and the recipient side.
Programs: Bookdrives at schools, personal books drives, and satellite drives (outside of the greater Los Angeles area).
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 31-1803232
310-478-2665
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Rating: 5 stars  

The heart of BookEnds, like any standout organization, is it's amazing Founder and President. BookEnds President, Robin Keefe has unflappable passion for improving our world. I have worked for many non profits, and this organization is truly beyond compare. BookEnds serves such a large base of children and communities in need and does so with incredible efficiency. It is a simple program that greatly impacts both leadership and literacy in our youth.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it bigger.

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Rating: 5 stars  

BookEnds succeeds in the brilliant conceptual undertaking of delivering quality children's books into the hands of kids who need them. Since their inception they have donated over $15 million in books (an official valuation). And they do so by fostering a sense of community service in the more fortunate students who help collect these books. It's a wonderful combination of community enrichment, empowerment through literacy and service, and recycling. Great program!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... action at every level.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... expand. Provide funding and expand this program nationwide and beyond.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is truly amazing! BookEnds has put over 2 million books into the hands of children who otherwise would have none! Keep up the good work!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteer

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes, I would just hope that more people became aware of their work and supported their mission!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is what BookEnds does:
1. Show schools how to run a book drive to gather new and gently used children's books
2. Show the children who run the book drive how to sort the books according to age groups
3. Match the donor school with a recipient school
4. Co-ordinate with the schools, allowing the donor school to give the books to the recipient school, and interact with the recipients

This is what BookEnds really does:
1. Teaches children to be aware of the needs of others
2. Teaches children that they personally can help in the world
3. Provides reading materials for children in need

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the joy of children helping other children. It's a wonderful thing to teach a person that they can help make the world a better place. It's even more wonderful to see it happen, and the joy that it brings to both the children that are giving, and the children that are receiving.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see BookEnds expand to be an international organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

BookEnds provides access to books to the children that need them most. BookEnds gives children the resources to develop literacy and leadership skills and while experiencing the joy of reading. The staff is friendly and responsive and crucial to BookEnds accomplishing their mission.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through events and committee/board meetings

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the amount of funding they receive from private funders. BookEnds needs more funding!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Very few organizations can do so much with so little the way BookEnds does. Not only is it's staff and board filled with very talented and compassionate people, but most importantly BookEnds has an immeasurable impact on the lives of the children it serves. By recycling books sourced from book drives led by children and delivering those books to those children most in need in under served communities, BookEnds uniquely creates a better Southern California community. Kids from more affluent backgrounds are taught the value of charity and exposed to those who are less fortunate in their own city. Kids who are in need of books are provided quality books, which are delivered by children from different backgrounds. Ultimately, the imaginations and educations of both kids are driven higher through literacy and kids (donors and recipients) are taught valuable life lessons about charity and empathy. And if you're moved less by your heart and more by return, very few nonprofits can deliver as tangible and as measurable a return on their donations as BookEnds.

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person.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it to reach more children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Gently used books all need a place to go to be read again. Bookends provides an opportunity for students to help other students through book drives and book shares. This is a positive way to keep literacy alive and keep the art of reading books part of education. Bookends hosts many events and opportunities to share books. I have hosted book drives and been at schools on the receiving end of drives. Either way is a great experience. Great organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching teachers and students get excited when hundreds of books arrive in my office. They can't wait to look through them and discuss them with friends and colleagues. Also I have been on the Scrabble event committee with a silent auction and seen the support of the westsiders for Bookends.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it! Hire program directors for San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire and then Orange County and then.....

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BookEnds was started by a young boy who visited an LA based orphanage and discovered that there were no books available for the children at that institution. He took it upon himself to surprise his mother by collecting upwards of 800 books at school that year -- asking his mother to please bring the station wagon for pick up right before the winter holidays, Robin M. Keefe who is now the president of BookEnds initially thought that the larger car was needed because they would be pet sitting over the school break. But instead she found a happy Brandon, proud to take the first steps towards an organization which has now successfully donated over 2,000,000 books promoting literacy all over the city of LA.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally experienced the results of this organization as I have witnessed how children get empowered by the process both as donors and recipients of books.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how many wonderful people and organizations I have come to learn about but more importantly how many thousands of children have been served by it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely bright, dedicated and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

implement important changes in child education both here in LA, nationwide and internationally.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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