May 5, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Make Way for Books and SVP Tucson team up to build a brighter future for children and families in Tucson. Partnership includes $25k grant and professional capacity building support.
TUCSON, AZ, — More children, families, and educators in Pima County will have access to literacy resources as a pathway out of poverty, thanks to a new partnership between Make Way for Books and Social Venture Partners (SVP) Tucson.
SVP Tucson, which invests in high-potential nonprofits to improve their performance, announced Monday a year-long program to provide a grant of $25,000 and the professional expertise of its partners to help Make Way for Books expand their reach and strengthen their impact in the community.
“We are so grateful to be chosen as the 2020 investee!” Said Jenny Volpe, Chief Executive Officer of Make Way for Books. “As Social Venture Partners embarks on their journey with 2-Generation change, we look forward to building a brighter future for so many children and families in Tucson. We can’t wait to roll up our sleeves together and get to work!”
Make Way for Books is an early literacy nonprofit that provides proven programs, services, and resources to 30,000 young children, parents, and educators throughout southern Arizona each year. With a mission to give all children the chance to read and succeed, this organization believes the foundation of their work is empowerment. Make Way for Books honors and celebrates the many perspectives, languages, cultures, and funds of knowledge that children and families possess. “We work to ensure our staff reflects the children and families we serve, and we build on the diverse strengths of families in our community to create lasting change for our youngest children.”
SVP Tucson CEO, Ciara Garcia said SVP’s work is grounded in deep partnerships, where both parties – SVP and the nonprofit – come to the table with something to share and something to learn. “The selection of our 2020 nonprofit partner was even more relevant this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Tucson community needs us – and our work continues. Nothing has slowed down, and in fact there are more demands for the vital resources that SVP provides.”
Garcia added, “Make Way for Books has an impact driven growth mindset. This dynamic organization is dedicated to the process of continuous improvement, adaptation, and modification in order to continue to support 2-Generational change for children and families in Tucson. Together, SVP Tucson and Make Way for Books will create a lasting impact on our community during a time when it’s needed the most.”
SVP Tucson currently has similar partnerships with local nonprofits JobPath, Interfaith Community Services, and Higher Ground a Resource Center.
About Make Way for Books
Make Way for Books is a pioneer in the efforts to break the cycle of poverty through its two-generation approach to literacy. Through innovative and creative programming, Make Way for Books supports children, families, and educators to gain access to literacy and language-rich environments to make talking, singing, reading, and playing a part of their daily lives.
Learn more at www.makewayforbooks.org
About Social Venture Partners Tucson
Social Venture Partners Tucson builds powerful relationships among people and organizations that make our world a better place. We cultivate effective philanthropists, fund and strengthen nonprofits, and invest in collaborative solutions to social challenges.
Learn more at www.svptucson.org