Book Trust (Denver, CO)


  • Name:Amy Friedman
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Book Trust
  • Address:789 Sherman St
    Suite 300A
    Denver, CO 80203
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:720-459-6491

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  • Mission:
  • Book Trust's mission is to uniquely deliver choice and ownership of books to children from low-income families, increasing their literacy skills and fostering life-long learning.

  • Overview:
  • The Village Green Project is partnering with Book Trust to bring the Book Trust program to all elementary students in the Lake Pend Oreille School District. According to Kevin Richert at the Idaho Educational Summit Fall 2013, "Speaker after speaker seemed to agree on a main point: strong reading skills are essential to success in the classroom, and Idaho's long-term economic health".

    We know that participating students will: 1) increase the amount of time they spend reading when not in school; 2) report increased positive attitudes about reading; 3) report that their parents spend more time reading to them or with them at home; 4) report increased confidence in their reading ability; and 5) demonstrate improved reading skills.

    The program is simple. Out project includes the following activities:

    • Book Trust trains participating classroom teachers how to implement the Book Trust program in their classroom by providing online training videos, teacher guides, sample lesson plans and sample parent consent forms.

    • Each month classroom teachers distribute Scholastic book flyers to their students, collect student book orders and enter participating student purchase information on the Book Trust website. Teachers use the program as a tool to teach students how to choose books that are of interest to them, to make cross curricular connections as students practice math skills to make sure their book orders equal $7 each month, to celebrate books and literacy when the books arrive, and to promote parental engagement in literacy.

    • Book Trust forwards payment for the books directly to Scholastic.

    • Scholastic delivers purchased books to the school, and the books are distributed to students by their teacher.

    • At end of year, students and teachers complete Book Trust's online outcomes survey. Book Trust analyzes local survey results and compares local results to national results. Evaluation results are used by board and staff to improve programming.

  • History:
  • More than 20 years ago, a young student was distressed to realize that many of her classmates were unable to purchase books through the monthly Scholastic catalogs because their families didn’t have enough money. Years later, when the little girl was an adult, she returned to her hometown in Colorado and began Book Trust to insure that all children would have the chance to fall in love with reading by choosing and owning their own books. Through Book Trust, students can select and ‘purchase’ $7 in books from the Scholastic Reading Club flyers each month. Book Trust directly reimburses Scholastic for the cost of the students’ book orders. In 2001, Book Trust began operating as a pilot program under the fiscal sponsorship of the Serimus Foundation, and this pilot reached 170 students across Ft. Collins, Colorado. By 2006, Book Trust had obtained independent nonprofit status. Today, Book Trust operates in 120 schools in twelve states and is able to reach more than 30,000 students. We are planning to expand to Idaho in 2014-2015.

  • Year established:2006
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:25
  • Staff size:6


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:20-4124164

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:204124164
  • Organization Name:BOOK TRUST
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  • Care Of Name:%
  • Organization Address:789 N SHERMAN ST STE 300A
  • Organization City:DENVER
  • Organization State:CO
  • Organization Zip:80203-3531
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 2006
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:B24
  • Asset Amount:$1,762,703
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$4,624,207
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$4,498,231
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:21:49 pm

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