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Kids’ Book Bank

Kids’ Book Bank developed a unique partnership with online bookseller Discover Books to bring hundreds of thousands of free children’s books to Cleveland – books that would have been sent to recycling. Kids’ Book Bank has distributed 1,000,000+ amazing children’s books through more than 350 partner organizations – and of course, Little Free Libraries.

Executive Director: Judy Payne
SVP Lead Partner & Project Managers: Diane Farr (June 2017–September 2017); Marcia Levine (September 2017–February 2018); Tara Schmitt (June 2018–Present)
Short-Term, Time-Only Engagement: June 2017–February 2018
Full Engagement Began: June 2018

Total SVP Impact as of 12/31/2019

  Value of volunteer hours  $ 42,875
  SVP grants awarded   $ 30,000
  Other donations because of SVP  $ 7,100
  Projected operational impact   TBD
  SVP grant was leveraged 267%    $ 79,975+ 


Strengthening Kids’ Book Bank


  • Board Development
  • Executive Coaching
  • Fundraising
  • Operations
  • Real-Time Strategic Planning
  • Replicability

Results and Accomplishments:

  • Executive coaching was provided by project manager Marcia Levine, particularly around evolving HR issues.
  • Helped board ensure concurrence around their mission and redefine priorities.
  • Introduced the concept of real-time strategic planning to approach both everday and long-term decision-making.
  • Offered insights as to how to refine fundraising efforts and establish a culture of gratitude.
  • Brainstormed opportunities for diversification of book collection methods.
  • Strategized Annual Fund solicitation and roll-out.
  • Leveraged “Eat, Drink, & Be Literary” event.
  • Brainstormed volunteer space at sort center to offer place for volunteers to feel welcomed and increase engagement.
  • Trained board members in soliciting funds and supporting fundraising efforts more broadly.
  • Brainstormed program design and development.