GBBF & Imagination Library

The mission of Governor's Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) is to promote early childhood literacy in Tennessee's birth to age five population. In partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, GBBF gives all preschoolers in Tennessee the opportunity to receive books in the mail at no cost to families. Our vision is a Tennessee where all preschool children have books in their homes, develop a love of reading and learning, and begin school prepared to succeed, from kindergarten throughout their educational journeys.

 

How Our Partnership Works

 

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How We Support County Programs

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Fundraising

Helping identify and engage local funding support in each county
  • Fund 50% of the costs of books and mailing each month
  • Seek private and other government funding 
  • Work on behalf of affiliates to raise money from various businesses, corporate partners, and organizations

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Volunteer Training

Workshops and board development to strengthen each county program
  • Offer volunteer training
  • Assist in cultivation & development of local volunteers and funding sources as well as statewide partnerships 
  • Help to coordinate and develop volunteers into leadership roles

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Marketing

Providing print and media resources to help raise awareness of the program in each county
  • Assist in local and statewide media outreach and writing press releases and advisories
  • Help plan special events to raise local awareness
  • Provide programs with marketing materials and branding logos