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Orange County Children's Book Festival

 3857 Birch Street, #414
 Newport Beach, CA 92660
[P] (714) 838-4528
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[email protected]
Barry Ackerman
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Organization DBA Kids READ!
See Better - Read Better Vision Screening
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Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 20-0985256 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

Encouraging literacy, promoting authors and booksellers,aiding with pre-school vision screening, and book donation program.

Mission Statement

Encouraging literacy, promoting authors and booksellers,aiding with pre-school vision screening, and book donation program.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2016
Projected Expenses $66,000.00
Projected Revenue $66,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

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  • See Better - Read Better
  • Kids READ!

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Mission Statement

Encouraging literacy, promoting authors and booksellers,aiding with pre-school vision screening, and book donation program.

Background Statement

Timeless Learning, Inc. was created in 2004 with the Orange County Children's Book Festival being our principal outreach to encouraging literacy.  The Festival has grown to an attendance of over 39,000 people with more than 120 authors, over 20 illustrators, some two dozen storytellers, and over 130 exhibitors focused on books, educational programs, educational equipment, literacy advocates, etc.  The vision screening program was instituted in 2008 as a collaboration of TLI, Kiwanis clubs, The Lions Foundation and  
 Southern California College of Optometry.  In the past five years, over 9,500 pre-school age
and elementary school children have been screened at no cost to schools or families.  Approximately 25% of those screened have been referred to follow-up care by an eye professional.  Kids READ!, the book donation program was started by a 12 year girl in Orange County, Megan Mettler.  Megan collected over 13,000 books and re-donated them to children in Title I schools, to libraries, and to boys and girls clubs throughout Orange County.  Since joining with TLI and the Book Festival, more than 93,000 books have been collected, sorted and donated back to the community.  

Impact Statement

Now reaching over 350,000 families in Orange County, helping to promote literacy, assisting with Young Author Faire in schools, and having screened over 9,500 preschool and elementary school age children for visual acuity and possible other vision defects. Donated over 93,000 new and gently used books in the past five years to children in need.

Needs Statement

1. Hire part-time staff, $20,000
2. Expand Book donation program, $10,000
3. Offset increasing costs for book festival with in-kind donations
4. Provide author presentation programs for 
schools,  $5000
5.  Offer more vision screening programs with
help of optometrists and some automated screening equipment, $20,000

CEO Statement

Timeless Learning, Inc. is a 100% volunteer organization.  The Orange County Children's Book Festival has become the largest single day children's book festival in North America,
and is recognized by authors, illustrators, publishers and educators as the premier event in the book industry.  It provides a unique opportunity for parents, grandparents, educators, administrators, and children of all ages to meet and hear authors, learn how to draw from illustrators, be captivated by storytellers and most of all, be inspired to read books.  Some of our major sponsors and partners are The Orange County Department of Education, Orange County Public Libraries,
major media organizations such as PBS-SoCal, the Orange County Register, Parenting OC magazine, Wells Fargo Bank,
Microsoft, and Orange Coast College.   We are supporters of the OCDE Young Author Faire which recognizes the creative writing of students, and Chapman University's Big Orange Book Festival.  We help to provide schools with presentations by local children's book authors and illustrators, and we are a resource for parents, teachers, and administrators to learn about the most recent publications for children.

Board Chair Statement

There is no question that the Orange County Children's Book Festival has grown to be nationally recognized as major event for inspiring children to read and to love books.  We created the festival for that purpose and after 10 years, we are still passionate about meeting that challenge.  There is still major work to be done in reaching out to some of the less affluent cultural groups and in providing more opportunities for those children to become literate at a early age.  Every volunteer on our committee shares in that passion.  Our biggest challenge is having to start from zero dollars each year.  We are completely dependent upon the generosity of a few sponsors, the college, and our many volunteers to continue making the Festival happen.  A grant or donation of at least $50,000 would make it possible for us to hire some part-time staff and to expand our vision screening and book donation programs.  Our goal is to have a significant increase in children literate by the age of 9 within the next 10 years.  

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Mail check, PayPal, in-kind donations.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
Primarily Southern California

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  2. Public & Societal Benefit - Public & Societal Benefit NEC
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The Orange County Children's Book Festival is a Free, multi-cultural, interactive family fair that invites children of all ages to experience the magic of books, encourages literacy, promotes community and supports children's charities.
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Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  Produced the 5th Annual Orange County Children's Book Festival with an attendance of over 23,000 families and children.
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See Better - Read Better

See Better - Read Better is a free vision screening program for pre-school and elementary school children.  Since 2008, the program has screened over 9,700 children without cost to schools or families, thanks to the volunteer efforts of optometrists and Kiwanis club members.  Over 25% of the children screened were referred to further follow-up by an eye professional and possible
vision correction.
Budget  2500 per year
Category  Education, General/Other School Health Services
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Vision screening programs usually have an incidence of 25% of those screened needing to be referred to an eye professional for further evaluation and possible treatment.
Program Long-Term Success  Early detection of vision problems will allow for the correction of problems that may affect reading abilities in young children.  This simple and effective screening program results in a significant savings in reading remediation programs.
Program Success Monitored By  School nurses maintain the results of the screenings and monitor follow up care. 
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Kids READ!

Kids READ! is a book collection and donation program that was started by a 12-year old girl in Orange County.  She collected over 13,000 books and re-donated them to children in Title I schools, to libraries and to boys and girls clubs with children in need.  Since becoming a  dba of Timeless Learning, Inc. in 2011, the
program has continued to collect and re-distribute over 50,000 books throughout the community, to areas affected by disasters, and to children's hospitals.  Kids READ! was recently selected as a major recipient of books from the First Book organization.
Budget  1200 annually
Category  Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Thus far, over 50,000 books have been donated to children in need.  While most of the books have been donated to schools, youth clubs and libraries in Orange County, there also have been books donated to Joplin, Mo.,
New Orleans, LA., and costal areas of New Jersey where books were lost due to a natural disaster. 
Program Long-Term Success  Collecting and re-donating books to children in need results is a higher literacy rate.  Many lower income families cannot afford reading books and this program provides them at no cost. 
Program Success Monitored By  Teachers, Administrators, and school districts continue to request book donations.  Only Title I schools who have not recently received a book donation are eligible each year. 
Examples of Program Success  We are constantly receiving acknowledgement from teachers and administrators for the book donation program.  Our goal is to meet the needs of deserving children each year.


CEO/Executive Director Ms Pat Burns
CEO Term Start Jan 2004
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Ms. Burns has worked for a number of corporate non-profits, has been the Director of Program Development for several for profit
corporations, and is currently the Director of  Corporate Marketing for a Network Marketing corporation.

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 250
Number of Contract Staff 0
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
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Reporting and Evaluations

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Foundation Comments



Board Chair Ms. Pat Burns
Board Chair Company Affiliation community volunteer
Board Chair Term Jan 2012 - Dec 2014
Board Co-Chair Mr. Barry Ackerman
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation community volunteer
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2012 - Dec 2014

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Barry Ackerman Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Pat Burns Community Volunteer Voting
Mrs. Kathy Cichelli Community Volunteer Voting
Dr. Stuart Eriksen Community Volunteer Voting
Mrs. Sharon McCubbin Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Peter Montoya Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Glen Warren Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 40%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 60%
Board Orientation Yes

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Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $66,000.00
Projected Expenses $66,000.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 2013 990

2012 2012 990

2011 2011 990

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $81,194 $74,096 $71,240
Total Expenses $77,541 $58,339 $62,341

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$37,060 $31,640 $28,490
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Earned Revenue $44,134 $42,456 $42,750
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $77,541 $58,339 $62,341
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Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.05 1.27 1.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $30,374 $26,721 $10,964
Current Assets $30,374 $26,721 $10,964
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Total Net Assets $30,374 $26,721 $10,964

Short Term Solvency

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Long Term Solvency

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Spending Policy Income Only
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Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

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