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2 826 NATIONAL STAFF Gerald Richards CEO Kait Steele Director of Field Operations Eric Stensvaag Director of Development & Marketing Lauren Broder Director of Research & Evaluation Lindsey Bourne Finance & Operations Manager Cooper Dinning Salesforce & IS Administrator 826 NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS The 826 National Board is made up of independent directors and an ex-officio chapter representative from each of the eight chapters in the 826 network. Each of the chapter representatives is a voting member of their chapter board and the National Board. Terry wit dave eggers leah williams Board President 826 National & 826 Valencia Co-Founder General Counsel, WestEd Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP Founder of McSweeney s Publishing, LLC, & Award-Winning Author Mary Schaefer Vice President, BlackRock ishares tynnetta mcintosh Board Vice President gerald richards CEO, 826 National reece hirsch Director of Corporate Internal Communications, JP Morgan Chase & Co. Joe Malcoun Board Secretary howard cutler Ex Officio Seattle Executive Producer, WGBH Educational Foundation (retired) Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP tara greco Ex Officio - 826DC Senior Manager of Brand, MISSION STATEMENT Ex Officio - 826michigan President, CKM Capital Partners amir mokari Board Treasurer Investor, Conatus Capital Andrew Strickman Ex Officio Valencia Vice President of Brand, Editorial & Creative Services, Move Inc. bill heinzen Ex Officio - 826NYC Deputy Counsel to the Mayor, New York City daniel kuruna Ex Officio - 826CHI Proprietor, Eyequilt Marketing Consultancy jennifer bunshoft Deputy Attorney General, California Attorney General s Office jodie evans Ex Officio - 826LA Author, Documentary Film Producer, & Co-Founder of CODEPINK jordan kurland Founder & Owner, Zeitgeist Artist Management kevin whalen Ex Officio Boston Senior Vice President & Senior Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Communications & Community, Deloitte Services LP tessie topol Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility & Community Affairs, Time Warner Cable Board Member Emeritus Nínive Calegari 826 National & 826 Valencia Co-Founder President & Founder, Teacher Salary Project 826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers. 826 centers are dedicated to providing under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. We also aim to help teachers inspire their students to write. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success NATIONAL Annual Report

3 Contents Staff & Board... 2 Mission Statement... 3 Dear Friends: A Letter From Our CEO At A Glance... 7 Why 826?... 9 Our Programs Our Volunteers Is The Answer! The 826 Model Our Centers Milestones...20 Publications Student Writing Interns...34 Development & Financial Activities Thank You Donors Designed by Parallel-Play.com Printed Section by Title, and Other Things 4

4 Dear Friends At a Glance Why 826? Thinking of this question leads me to ask another question. Do you remember the first thing you wrote? Was it a poem? A short story? A novel? An entry in your locked journal? Do you remember how you felt writing it and how you felt when the last word was written on the page? The first story I remember writing was called The Lightning Kid about a boy who is struck by lightning and becomes something more than human. It was a story I felt I had to get out and put on paper (this was before computers and we didn t have a typewriter). I remember feeling powerful because it was a story with a world and characters I had created. As my grandmother read the finished product with looks of excitement and puzzlement (a kid struck by lightning who lived?), I remember I also felt pride at my accomplishment. This is what spurred me to write more. My writing skills have been an asset on my journey from that twelveyear-old kid to the CEO I am today. The ability to communicate and express myself has been instrumental in the success I have found at work, making friends, settling disputes, and meeting new people. I believe the ability to write and to write well is a civil right. At 826 chapters across the country, we are helping young people feel pride every day. At the end of each field trip, Young Authors Book Project, or in-school writing project, students leave with a finished product or publication. Our projectbased learning approach ensures that every student will begin and complete a writing project, giving them a sense of pride in their accomplishments and a sense of ownership in a project, feelings they may have never felt before. Our volunteers and staff help students find their voice. They assure them that their voice matters, and that people are listening. Our students will take this ability to write and express themselves much further into the world than they ever thought possible. Their strong selfesteem, forged from accomplishment, will be beneficial in whatever they choose to do. They ll succeed because they will have built that success upon a solid foundation of writing skills. I hope after reading this year s annual report you will be able to answer the question Why 826? and you will get involved. Whether it s volunteering at an 826 chapter near you, making a donation to ensure our programs remain free for those students that need it most, or spreading the word about our organization, your involvement helps continue to make everything we do possible and helps our students keep writing. With thanks, Gerald Richards CEO 826 National 29,449 4,084 5,011 Students served across eight chapters seattle san FRANCISCO LOS ANGELES Number of progams Total number of programs CHIcAGO Active volunteers ann arbor/ Detroit new york BOSTON WASHINGTON, D.C. In-schools Writing Workshops Field Trips Publications Tutoring Sessions My writing skills have been an asset on my journey from that twelveyear-old kid to the CEO I am today. The ability to communicate and express myself has been instrumental in the success I have found at work, making friends, settling disputes, and meeting new people. I believe the ability to write and to write well is a civil right , NATIONAL Annual Report

5 WHY 826? The inability to effectively convey thoughts and ideas through writing plays a role in why many students do not complete high school. Without writing skills, young people will be at a serious disadvantage in successfully pursuing some form of higher education, and securing a job that pays a living wage. Informing Writing, Carnegie Corporation, 2011 Problem Illiteracy is one of America s greatest challenges, particularly with under-resourced youth. We know that students with limited financial, educational, and community resources lack the tools and individualized attention to do their best work. Additionally, increasing cuts in arts education make it that much harder for these students to effectively express themselves in writing. Solution 826 has the largest reach of any national community-based arts education organization that is focused on writing and serves under-resourced youth. Our on-site and in-school programs are based on the idea that celebrating creativity is key to engaging and assisting youth, and all of our programs are free. Our model offers a sustainable way to augment the education of underserved children in urban areas. We give students high-quality, engaging, and hands-on literary programs that empower them to write, working one-on-one with community volunteers. results Better writing, increased confidence, improved grades, stronger community ties between young people and professional adults, and brighter futures. Annual Report

6 Our Programs Each year, 826 is able to provide thousands of students from under-resourced schools with one-on-one tutoring, writing instruction, classroom support, and a wide variety of publishing opportunities. While each of our individual chapters has its own unique character, they all offer the following programs: After-school Tutoring During the school year, students from public schools enroll in After-School Tutoring, which is offered Monday through Thursday for three hours daily. Last year alone, 826 National chapters offered over 5,000 hours of After-School Tutoring across the country. After-School Tutoring has three components, all overseen by trained volunteers. Students complete their homework in all subjects, then do a half-hour of reading, and conclude with work on various writing projects. Field Trips More than 700 times a year, 826 National s centers welcome entire classes for Field Trips; students experience an interactive, high-energy writing event such as our signature Storytelling & Bookmaking program. During this program students write an original story, leaving the ending to be individually written. The books are then illustrated and bound, all within a two-hour period. Students tell their stories while working closely with others, learning that their words matter to a large audience. Over 300 different schools participate in Field Trips annually. In-Schools Programs For our In-Schools Programs, 826 sends teams of trained volunteers into classrooms to work with students on writing projects ranging from poetry to journalism to college application essays. Through these programs, we support teachers and often help students achieve better results than they thought possible. Last year, 826 National s centers helped with 142 projects in 71 public schools. Workshops In the evenings and on weekends, 826 National s centers provide in-depth instruction in areas that schools may not offer in their curriculums. Workshops, which include cartooning, bookmaking, playwriting, and producing a zine, are all projectbased and taught by experienced, accomplished professionals. Over several sessions, students refine their stories, essays, and poems, with staff collecting the finished work, publishing, and distributing it to the students and their families. Publishing Student publications play a major role in 826 National s education programs. Whether it is a small chapbook made in-house at the end of a three-week food writing workshop, or a professionally bound anthology about the American Dream written by a high school class, 826 National s centers make sure that our students walk away with a tangible representation of their hard work NATIONAL Annual Report

7 OUR VOLUNTEERS There are caring adults in every community, wanting to help the kids they see every day. And kids in every community are excited and eager for a chance to be heard, to be listened to, to tell their stories, and to have help telling them. The power of 826 comes from bringing the kids and the adults together and letting them be genuine and real with each other in a setting that is anything but ordinary. Dave Eggers, 826 National and 826 Valencia Co-Founder It s hard to pick one [favorite moment] because most are just ordinary moments where the kids are being awesome and creative. So, maybe the afternoon I taught Jamel how to divide fractions, which he was convinced he could not possibly do. Or that time that Bianca and Ehmily didn t have homework so they spent two hours making me awesome hats out of colored paper. Naomi Taub, volunteer at 826CHI I wish there had been something like 826DC when I was young. So much of growing up is learning to conform to expectations, so it s critical for kids to have experiences that encourage them to believe in their own ideas and unleash their own creativity. Also, success in life depends on the ability to express yourself clearly. Kids need to see writing not as a dry, academic task, but as a natural way to connect with other people. I love the enthusiasm I see in our program participants. Marie Joyce, volunteer at 826DC The tutors are very helpful and kind. Also, if there is a question/problem on my homework that even they can t figure out, they do all they can to help! (I even get help with Spanish!) Zara Zangana, student at 826michigan The 826 tutors helped me realize how to put my ideas and feelings into words. The 826 tutor read over my story and helped me, and we also laughed a lot at my story. 5th grade student at 826 Boston Working with my tutor was the best experience I ve had in my preparation for college. I was able to open up many more ideas, and discover much more about myself. Jander Cruz, student at 826LA NATIONAL Annual Report

8 826 Is The Answer! Using a combination of external evaluation, objective assessment, and program surveys (given to students, parents, teachers, and volunteers), we have been able to learn about our effectiveness and reach. In an external evaluation conducted by Arbor Consulting Partners of 826 Boston s Young Authors Book Project, the evaluators stated: Based on a rigorous mixed-methods evaluation, Arbor Consulting Partners conclude that the Young Authors Book Project (YABP) is fully aligned with the Boston Public School system s agenda of strengthening English Language Learners (ELL) services, and stands out as a model program that makes an extraordinary contribution in engaging ELL youth. Implemented at an international high school, the YABP has demonstrated that it leads not only to educational advancement, but also increases the confidence of students as learners and writers. The key to the success of this project is multifold, and includes: the leadership provided by 826 staff to ensure that the program was run smoothly, the well-tuned structure of the program, the impressive level of collaboration between 826 and the participating teachers, and the one-on-one support from tutors... All in all, our evaluation affirms the efficacy of this program and its positive impact on participating students and teachers, who benefit in both academic outcomes and personal outcomes. Last year we were excited to compile the results of our first chapter-wide assessment of writing skills (administered during the school year). We completed an administration of the Test of Written Language (TOWL 4; Hammill & Larsen, 2009), an objective measure created by external researchers, to evaluate students writing abilities before and after involvement in 826 National s programs. Across 190 students there was: An 8% increase in students contextual convention abilities (e.g., noun-verb agreement, punctuation). A 13% increase in their story composition skills (e.g., vocabulary, prose, plot). Our program surveys from students, parents, teachers, and volunteers have consistently shown that we are positively impacting all areas, from building academic skills to fostering excitement about learning. As an example of the impact we have on writing, below are some results from last year s After-School Tutoring program. After-School Tutoring program students affirmations of the following prompts at the start of the school year and at the end of the school year. 63% 80% 61% 75% 55% 71% I am proud of my writing. I like to write. Writing is a good way to express my ideas and feelings. Annual Report

9 THE 826 Model There are superhero stores, but a brilliant tutoring center in the back; there are spy supply stores, but a brilliant tutoring center in the back; there are outer space travel stores, but a brilliant tutoring center in the back. So really, each 826 is like a slice of brilliant pie and I think that in order to appreciate them, as with pie, you need to eat the whole thing. Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket books School, unfortunately, right now, is really about tests and it s mostly results driven. I look at 826 as an incubator of creativity and the unbridled passion of people creating and building things, some of which you don t really see in schools. You get to an 826 and we are results driven. But our results driven is about the journey of getting there and how much fun you are having along the way in creating things. There is no test at the end of anything we do. From the moment we opened our doors in San Francisco in 2002, our emphasis has been on fun. And there has been plenty of that. But something else happened; we helped students produce some great writing. Then we did it again. Students returned over and over and told their friends. We had come up with a formula that worked. I think that the larger picture is getting the young people that we work with to become engaged citizens. What real-world skills do they have and how do they interact with adults? Do they have the self-esteem to go after a job or go into whatever field they choose, and are they prepared to present themselves in a way that s going to be in their best interest? I look at it as the democratic process of life. You are engaged and want to be part of the world. Gerald Richards, 826 National CEO Excerpt from Putting Creativity at the Forefront of Education, by the trends research and innovation company, PSFK (October 28, 2012) Soon enough, we started hearing from people who wanted to bring the 826 model to their hometowns NATIONAL Annual Report

10 Our Centers 826 has proved, over and over, that a sense of humor and the ability to laugh while writing will produce astonishing results. Judd Apatow, film producer, screenwriter, and director 826 Boston established 2007 Storefront: The Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute Serves: Boston Public School District and greater Boston area school districts Neighborhood: Egleston Square, Roxbury Executive Director: Daniel Johnson 826CHI established 2005 Storefront: The Boring Store Opened: December 2005 Serves: Chicago Public Schools Neighborhood: Wicker Park Executive Director: Barry A. Benson 826DC established 2010 Storefront: The Museum of Unnatural History Serves: DC Public Schools Neighborhood: Columbia Heights Executive Director: Joe Callahan 826LA established michigan established 2005 Storefront: Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Store Serves: Ann Arbor Public Schools, Detroit Public Schools, Lincoln Consolidated Schools, Willow Run Community Schools, Ypsilanti Public School District Neighborhood: Ann Arbor, Detroit & Ypsilanti Executive Director: Amanda Uhle 826NYC established 2004 Storefront: Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. Serves: New York City Public Schools Neighborhood: Park Slope and Williamsburg Satellite: Tutoring center at the Williamsburg branch of the Brooklyn Public Library Executive Director: Joshua Mandelbaum 826 Seattle established 2005 Storefront: Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. Serves: Seattle Public School District and greater Seattle area school districts Neighborhood: Greenwood Executive Director: Teri Hein Since our founding in 2002, the 826 network has expanded to eight centers across the country, each offering free After-School Tutoring, in-class support for teachers and students, and workshops on topics ranging from space exploration to screenwriting. In addition to these centers, there are currently more than thirty U.S. and twelve international cities providing 826-inspired programming to students and schools in their communitites. When San Francisco s tutoring center was created, the selected building was zoned for retail. After considering the interior s wooden surfaces, it was decided to create a pirate supply store with a writing lab nestled in the back. Each new center has followed suit with a themed storefront. Their playful themes make our centers inviting and exciting while removing the stigma associated with tutoring; provide a gateway for meeting families, teachers, and volunteers; and generate modest earned income to support our free programs. Storefront: The Time Travel Mart Serves: Los Angeles Unified School District Neighborhoods: Echo Park and Mar Vista Satellite: Manual Arts Senior High School Executive Director: Joel Arquillos 826 Valencia established 2002 Storefront: Pirate Supply Store Serves: San Francisco Unified School District and Oakland School District Neighborhood: The Mission District Satellites: Writers Rooms at Everett Middle School & James Lick Middle School Executive Director: Bita Nazarian NATIONAL Annual Report

11 Milestones Three-year Strategic Plan 826 National s first Strategic Plan was approved at our February 2013 Board Meeting. This plan addresses and defines the case for why the 826 model and our programs are needed; the role of 826 National and our goals and activities; how 826 National will measure progress and success towards those goals; expansion plans; and the marketing and funding efforts required to make it all happen. Research and evaluate programs to assess impact, document results, and ensure the quality and consistency of core programs. Promote the 826 brand on a national level. Communicate and advocate for the importance of writing and creativity in the national arena. 826 National has identified four strategic priorities for the 826 National Staff and Board for the fiscal years In sum, our Strategic Plan is designed to lay out what we do, why we do it, where we re going, and how we plan to get there together with our supporters and most importantly the students, parents, and teachers that drive and inspire us. Fellow pirates, time travelers, cryptozoologists, and superheroes: all aboard! Strengthen internal operations to fortify existing sites and prepare for realistic expansion, adding 1-2 new chapters. Create a robust and sustainable fundraising strategy to support the national office and the network. Raise funds from diverse national sources that augment local efforts. Continuing with stem and creative Writing Two years ago, a partnership with Time Warner Cable (TWC) began at Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America with a basic question, How do we make STEM more engaging, especially to low-income and under-resourced students? For our country to remain competitive in this ever-changing global economy and rapidly evolving, technology-driven world, we need to ensure that we are appropriately investing in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills and talent that serve as the critical building blocks to support our foundation and our future. At the same time these STEM professionals have to be creative and able to communicate. As one scientist in the aeronautic field aptly put it, I need engineers but I need engineers that can write. In this business, a misplaced comma can kill. Glenn Britt, Time Warner Chairman & CEO, and Gerald Richards, 826 National CEO Excerpt from A World Without Salt: How Creative Writing and Cross-Sector Cooperation Help Kids See a New Side of STEM, The Huffington Post, (June 13, 2013) Building off of a successful pilot of 2012 summer workshops, 826 National continued our innovative partnership with TWC and the University of California San Francisco s Science and Health Education Partnership for a second year. Equipped with lab coats and writing tools, students dove into projects designed to inspire creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking all while cultivating an interest in STEM. In 2013, new content was introduced at summer sessions at 826NYC and 826LA, including The Science of Super- heroes and STEM of the Zombie Apocalypse, respectively. Adaptations from last year s It s (Partially) Rocket Science lesson were conducted offsite at two partner organizations, the Greater New York YMCA in Flushing, NY, and Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City, MO. In total, more than 160 students from coast to coast participated in workshops aimed at getting them excited about science and writing. Wrap parties celebrating these programs were held, featuring everything from a superhero poetry slam to zombie-infested green screens, and student share their thoughts: Your workshop is like a super hero lair. Your workshop is the best Thank you for the fun things [you] did with the kids! Tiffany, student at 826NYC Thanks for showing us how to collect data and do experiments in a fun way! Now we won t have to worry about the apocalypse in the future! Nikolas, student at 826LA Echo Park NATIONAL Annual Report

12 826 National 101 Seminars The 826 National 101 Seminar is held quarterly. The two-day workshops cover everything from fundraising, to volunteer recruitment and management, to projectbased learning, to building a board, and more. This past year more than 55 educators, community activists, nonprofit leaders, and admirers of the 826 model attended 101 Seminars. Ticket sales from these events totaled $28,000 in support of our free education programs. We are continually inspired by 101 Seminar participants, and are grateful to each of these individuals for making the time and effort to visit us and share information about making our communities stronger. [The 101 Seminar] is such a unique opportunity to network with other individuals in a very specific creative field. Adrienne Burris, Greenville, SC Staff Development Conference At 2013 s annual Staff Development Conference, 826 staff members from across the country descended on the nation s capital for three days of sharing, learning, and planning. The U.S. Secretary of Education Visits 826 National and 826 Valencia It was an amazing experience to meet Secretary Duncan because he is in charge of everyone s learning and kids futures. Santiago Delgado, student at 826 Valencia In addition to numerous peer-learning sessions, we were thrilled to welcome more than 20 guest facilitators with expertise in fields such as: education at the national and local levels, writing instruction, corporate social responsibility, communications and marketing, retail, and design. Highlights included: An opening keynote by Deborah S. Delisle, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, highlighting the importance of creativity, innovation, and equity in the educational landscape. In May 2013, 826 National and 826 Valencia welcomed United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to 826 Valencia to observe and take part in After-School Tutoring. Though Secretary Duncan is a longtime admirer of 826 National s programs, this was his first visit to any of our writing centers. Upon arriving at 826 Valencia, Secretary Duncan said he felt like he was coming home, as his mother ran an after-school program in Chicago for over fifty years. After a tour of The Pirate Supply Store, and an overview of our educational programming, Secretary Duncan dove in and joined students at their study tables. Secretary Duncan s visit culminated with three students reading their (soon to be published) short stories and poems. We are grateful for his endorsement of our work and are excited to continue discussions with the U.S. Department of Education about how 826 fits into the national education reform landscape. A dynamic panel on supporting students in and out of school with Reverend Brenda Girton-Mitchell, J.D., Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education; Jen Rinehart, Vice President of Policy and Research at Afterschool Alliance; and Michael Benson, 826DC in-schools partner and teacher at Oyser-Adams Bilingual Academy, DCPS. A discussion on supporting schools in adopting the Common Core State Standards by Mel Riddile, Associate Director for High School Services NATIONAL Annual Report

13 PUBLICATIONS One of the most powerful elements of our programs is the publication of student writing produced each year by the 826 chapters and the National office. In , 826 National s chapters produced 955 student publications, making our population of 29,449 students published authors! We couldn t be more excited to share some of these amazing works with you. 826 National Publications The Best American Nonrequired Reading 826 National On the Road The 826 National team hit the road again this past year to participate in a number of diverse and important conferences, meetings, events, and presentations about literacy and arts education. Some of our favorite and most notable include: Clinton Global Initiative (CGI America (September 2012; New York City, NY) Strategic Horizons Conference (September 2012; San Francisco, CA) Aspen Institute New York Ideas Conference (September 2012; San Diego, CA) Opportunity Collaboration (October 2012; Ixtapa, Mexico) PSFK Conference (November 2012; San Francisco, CA) New Profit Gathering of Leaders (February 2013; Miami,FL) Foundations for a Brighter Future, Beyond School Hours XVI Conference (February 2013; Jacksonville, FL) Association of Writers and Writing Programming (AWP) Conference (March 2013; Boston, MA) Arts Education Partnership National Forum (April 2013; Washington, D.C.) American Education Research Conference (April 2013; San Francisco, CA) Every week over a period of several months, 826 co-founder Dave Eggers meets with fifteen or so San Francisco Bay Area high school students who love to read. Across the country, a similar workshop convenes with their counterparts at 826michigan. Together, they search for, arrange, and edit the collection known as The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Published by Houghton Mifflin as part of the Best American series, Nonrequired Reading assembles the best fiction, journalism, essays, humor, comics, tweets, and other eclectic genres from the past year. It is one of the best-selling anthologies in the United States, no less impressive for the fact that its content is thoughtfully culled by a group of sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds. All proceeds from this publication directly support our programs NATIONAL Annual Report

14 Books From Our writing centers Last year our 826 chapters produced these truly inspiring Young Authors Book Projects: 826 Boston I Want You to Have This Subtitled A Collection of Objects and Their Stories From Around the World, this book is a poignant compilation of memoirs written by 60 eleventh graders from Boston International High School. Before This Place Filled With Zombies This collection of fantastical short stories was inspired by artwork from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, written by ninth-grade student authors from Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers. 826CHI The Windows Reflect Everything The newest 826CHI student publication is filled with the narrative journalism of students from Roberto Clemente Community Academy and Golder College Prep. This project is the fruit of an entire year s worth of work, including pointers from award-winning journalists Alex Kotlowitz and Monica Eng, and dives into issues like youth violence, school choice, being left-handed, teen pregnancy, basketball, and immigration. 826DC The Weight of the Day Surrounds My Body 826DC s fifth student-authored anthology features essays, fiction, and poetry by students from Duke Ellington School for the Arts, Woodrow Wilson High School, and Ballou High School. Award-winning author Dinaw Mengestu penned the foreword to the book. 826LA Sun-Dried Sidewalks: Reflections On Community And Recommendations For A New Los Angeles In Sun-Dried Sidewalks, ninth- and tenth-grade students reflect on their experiences in communities, confronting challenges and growing stronger. Enlightened by their collective experience, they share their recommendations for making Los Angeles an even better place to live NATIONAL Annual Report

15 826MICHIGAN All I Could Do Was Look Up: Anatomy of a Middle School For 826michigan s Young Authors publication, they worked with English Language Arts teachers at Scarlett Middle School. The entire seventh grade participated in this project, sharing a snapshot of middle schoolers experiences and views through memoirs, poetry, persuasive essays, and fables. 826NYC Spyliens! (A Student Film Project) Hailed as a fascinating and enthralling combination [of] friendship and betrayal, Spyliens! is a short movie produced in the 826NYC Summer Film Makers workshop, which guides students in the craft of script-writing and the basics of film production. Students wrote, filmed, and acted in this brilliant commentary on corporate greed, interstellar warfare, and the bonds that are formed when half-alien spies team up against mildly evil weapons manufacturers. 826 Seattle What To Read In The Rain, 2013 The latest edition of 826 Seattle s annual anthology features famous adult and not-yet-famous youth writers. This publication offers the best writing of our 826 Seattle students alongside work by Dave Eggers and Tom Robbins; a comic by David Lasky; artwork by Justin Allan, Skylaar Amann and Sara Ewalt; poetry by Kathleen Flenniken and Jared Leising; and various short stories and essays. 826 Valencia The Enter Question: How to Ask and How to Answer In this collection by 83 students at San Francisco International High School a school specifically designed for students who have recently immigrated to the United States young writers address a variety of topics including the challenges of communicating in a new language, the courage it takes to ask for help, and the joy in meeting new people from all over the world. The 300-page anthology features a foreword by writer Nyuol Lueth Tong, a South Sudanese student at Duke University who opened a school in his home village last August NATIONAL Annual Report

16 STUDENT WRITING The endless imagination of 826 National s students provides us with a plethora of wonderful writing to share on their behalf every year. We ve included some of our favorite works in this writing gallery so that you too can read and enjoy the amazing talents and work of our students. You Shine Like Aphrodite Michael A. Collazo, age 8, 826CHI Dear Mom, I love you Mom. Thank you for everything you have given me. You shine like Aphrodite (goddess of love and beauty). Because you are loving and beautiful. I wish I could count how many hugs you give me. You are the number-one mom in the whole wide world. I hope you love me too. You are like a butterfly flying to the sky as an angel and bird. In the evening you shine like the horizon. You are like a ladybug that solves problems as a finance agent MARSHMALLOWS Athena Murray, age 11, 826NYC Under my superhero s costume is her skin, Under her skin is her heart, Under her heart is the power To be a great friend To have super strength and speed. Under her heart is the power To be invisible and fly over cityscapes. She can talk to animals and shoot marshmallows And other food from her hands. Under her heart (besides all of her powers) She is a force for the good, great, And the extraordinary. Annual Report

17 THE VALUE OF EDUCATION Kimberly Perez, age 15, 826LA MY Adventure Jose Manuel Navarro Rodriguez, age 17, 826 Valencia Education is like a candle, lighting everyone s future. It can show you where your place will be, where you feel where you belong. While growing up, everyone says they want their dream job, but without a good education, how will they get there? To be a lawyer, doctor, therapist, etc., you can t just slack off and do what you feel. Education can have you think of things differently and make you want to grow. If taken care of wisely, the candle will never burn out because of a wind of interference. Everyone should value the candle of education. We can still learn each day, even when finished with college. Education is always with us. It is the one thing that no one can take from you. Peace Kingdom Alex Hassan, age 13, 826michigan One million years ago, there were no green technologies in Peace Kingdom. Everyone in the land just threw their trash on the ground for many years, until one day, when a merchant came to the kingdom. Once he got in, he looked around and saw the dump-of-a-town. At that moment, he had an idea. He quickly reached into his magic bag and pulled out a recycling center. The people of Peace Kingdom were so amazed by the building he pulled out. And the merchant yelled as loud as he could, shouting, Everyone, start being green! Everyone in the town started picking up all of the trash in the Kingdom and cleaned up the shops, stores, and homes. The merchant eventually left the kingdom, but before he left, he said, You all should keep up the good work. Don t stop being green! I arrived here in San Francisco a month ago. The first few days I felt very lonely, and my brother and I missed my mother very much. I also missed my little siblings very much. Then I went to the district school to begin classes, and I liked the school a lot. I told my father that I wanted to register at a school as soon as possible. The first day of school I felt bad. I felt very lonely. I had no one to be with, but then a person in my class started to speak to me. We were in the same class together. He is a good friend, and I like to be with him. The next day at school was a little better because I was getting to know other people in my class. All-American Girl Kathleen Santarelli, age 15, 826 Seattle I am walking into the scent of paper, ink, and old leather; lying in bed hearing stories of my mother s childhood; limping back to the tightwire, pain shooting down my leg; singing along with Top Hat, wishing I could wear Ginger s beautiful ball gown; anticipating the Seattle skyline that I see every time I come home; picking purple grapes and letting the sweet, tart taste burst on my tongue; composing a lengthy letter to Elizabeth on simple white stationary; praying through dance, my white dress flowing as I twirl through creation; I am a laughing, dreaming, romance-addicted, All-American girl NATIONAL Annual Report

18 THANK YOU, Interns! 826 National would like to thank our corps of hardworking interns who were instrumental to the daily hum and success of our office. With such a small staff at 826 National, our interns are vital to the work of supporting our chapters. They volunteered their time to help manage our events, our publicity, our research, and our projects. Each brought their own interest and spark to 826, and we are certain we could not have had such a stellar year without them. Annie Graham Becca Singley Claire Stringer Courtney Frost Hannah Port Harriet Dwyer Joe Demes Katie Peterson Liv Martinsen Mary Demery Meg McCabe Megan Holmes Roxane Le Corre Sara Reinis Sarah Mull Soléne Mehat Tiana Vazquez Zoe Balaconis Having discovered a passion for fundraising and nonprofit development, 826 National has left me looking forward to what s next--a powerful and practical gift to bestow on an intern. Quite possibly the coolest post-grad work experience with which I could have started my career. Joe Demes, intern at 826 National Harriet Dwyer, intern at 826 National NATIONAL Annual Report

19 Development & Financial Activities Total Operating Support & Revenue $1,143,417 33% Foundations 21% Corporate 16% Chapter Fees 12% ScholarMatch 9% Earned Income* 6% Individual Donors 3% In-Kind *101 Seminars, Book Projects, Webstore Total EXPENSES $1,092,284 53% Chapter Support 22% ScholarMatch 18% Fundraising & Outreach 8% Administration & Management SUPPORT & REVENUE Unrestricted Temporarily Funds Restricted Funds Total Webstore Revenue $10,014 $10,014 Less Cost of Revenues $3,912 $3,912 Net Webstore Income $6,102 $6,102 Program Revenues Publications & 101 Seminars $74,232 $74,232 Chapter Fees $181,122 $181,122 Book Royalties $19,038 $19,038 Total Program Revenues $274,392 $274,392 Net Revenues $280,494 $280,494 Contributions ScholarMatch $137,079 $137,079 Donations $311,266 $311,266 Grants $266,764 $106,545 $373,309 In-Kind Contributions $41,173 $41,173 Interest $96 $96 Net Assets Released from Restrictions $274,709 ($274,709) Total Revenue, Support, & Gains $1,174,502 ($31,085) $1,143,417 EXPENSES Program Services: Chapter Support $579,054 $579,054 ScholarMatch $238,013 $238,013 Total Program Services $817,067 $817,067 Supporting Services Management, General, & Administrative $82,766 $82,766 Fundraising $192,451 $192,451 Totals Total Supporting Services: $275,217 $275,217 Total Expenses $1,092,284 $1,092,284 Change in Net Assets $82,218 ($31,085) $51,133 Net Assets, Beginning of the Year $291,293 $137,630 $428,923 Net Assets, End of the Year $373,511 $106,545 $480,056 The complete annual audited financial statements and reports are available at the 826 National office for review NATIONAL Annual Report

20 THANK YOU! We are grateful to the many foundations, corporations, and individuals who make our work possible: Foundations & Corporations $100,000+ Lambent Foundation Panta Rhea Foundation Time Warner Cable Individuals $5,000+ Adam Rex Anonymous Howard Cutler Jennifer & Michael Jimenez-Cruz Kevin Whalen Lisa Brown & Daniel Handler Margaret O Connor Marian & Roger Gray Michael & Keli Litman Molly Brunkow Nancy and Martin Gilbert Nicole Gluckstern, in honor of Family Froyd Nínive Calegari Peter Hodges Foundations & Corporations $25,000-99,999 Kalliopeia Foundation Merge Records William Randolph Hearst Foundation Yellow Chair Foundation Foundations & Corporations $10,000-24,999 New World Foundation Singer Family Foundation Foundations & Corporations $1,000-9,999 Conatus Capital Management Diesel, A Bookstore Hachette Book Group, Inc. & The Jamieson Foundation Mary Schaefer Terry Wit Yoko Ono Lennon Individuals $1,000-4,999 Amir Mokari Brian Eaton Dan Kuruna Gene & Suzanne Valla Jennifer Bunshoft Pergher Jordan Kurland Stephen Ensley Sylvia & Barry Bunshoft Tynnetta McIntosh Walter & Cathy Isaacson Will Knapp Priscila Goldsmith Priscilla Sands Sophie Lesher Terri McCullough Individuals $ Alex Gleser Andrew, Burcu & Juniper Bryan Aviva Rubin Brenden McIntyre C. Ogata Chris Richmond Daniel B. Johnson & Ebele Okpokwasili-Johnson Daniel Kedem Daniel Kramer & Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer Emanuel Citron Gail Stein Sarah Chester Sarah Crandall Susan Shreve Tara Greco Will Dalen 101 Seminar Donors In-kind Delessio Mission Bubbles and Coffee Peet s Coffee Ritual Roasters June P. Jackson Charitable Fund Keogh Family Foundation Koogle Foundation, in honor of Larry Smith Louis R. Lurie Foundation Moquin Press, Inc. Morgan Stanley, on behalf of Kevin Whalen Out of Print Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation Strategic Horizons LLP Ziff Brothers Investments Individuals $ Aaron Shapiro Beverly Simmons Caren Kaplan David G. Steele Gary Sernovitz Jerry & Victoria Stout Joyce Cowan Justin Bradley Katie Brinkworth Greg Darroch Jen Benka Joe Malcoun John Rah Jonathan Liew Kristy Modarelli Lee Draper Mary O Connell Mashael AlShalan Micaela Trumbull NATIONAL Annual Report

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