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First Book President and Co-founder Kyle Zimmer Awarded EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® in the Mid-Atlantic

EY builds on three decades of honoring exceptional entrepreneurs in the Mid-Atlantic region

MCLEAN, Va., June 16, 2017 – EY is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Mid-Atlantic region. This group of leading entrepreneurs were selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were unveiled at a special gala on June 15, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia.

“EY has been recognizing leading entrepreneurs for over three decades,” said Debra von Storch, EY Americas Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director. “The class of winners in 2017 represent new ways of thinking, disruptive business models and overall dynamism that make this country a great place to do business.”

The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Mid-Atlantic Award include:

Ashish Kachru, Altruista Health, Reston, VA
Ed Barry, Capital Bank, Rockville, MD
Andy Macdonald, Consilio, Washington, D.C.
Kyle Zimmer, First Book, Washington, D.C.
Dev Ganesan, Fishbowl, Alexandria, VA
Amy Wright, Macro Solutions, Washington, D.C.
Joe Fluet, MAG Aerospace, Woodbridge, VA
Rohyt Belani, PhishMe, Leesburg, VA
Bo Menkiti, The Menkiti Group, Washington, D.C.

Since its founding in 1986, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2018.

Sponsors
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In the Mid-Atlantic region, platinum sponsors include JLL and PNC Bank. Gold sponsors include Chatham Financial, Cooley LLP, SolomonEdwards Group and the Washington Business Journal.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in over 145 cities in more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, a member of the global EY organization that provides services to clients in the US.

For more information, please visit ey.com.

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About First Book

First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education — making everything from brand-new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment and snacks, affordable to its member network of more than 325,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million educators serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need.

Eligible educators, librarians, program leaders, and others serving children in need can sign up at firstbook.org/register. For more information, please visit firstbook.org or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

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First Book Announces First Book Needs Index: New Research Tool Synthesizes Public and Proprietary Data to Reveal Complexity of Poverty and “Resource Deserts” Affecting Kids in Need

First Book Needs Index is the first of multiple tools that will comprise First Book Insights, a planned multi-solution suite that connects First Book’s 25 years of expertise with best-in-class analytical tools

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2017 – First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise founded to address educational inequity, today announced the First Book Needs Index, a dynamic mapping tool developed in partnership with Palantir Technologies, a leading data integration platform, that integrates publicly available poverty statistics with First Book’s proprietary data set of programs and classrooms serving children in need. The fully searchable, interactive system allows stakeholders and investors to direct resources to underserved communities with new precision, as well as identify and understand “resource deserts”—areas where access to resources is especially scarce. The First Book Needs Index is one of multiple analytical assets that will comprise First Book Insights, the organization’s planned research hub that will leverage First Book’s expertise in providing low-income communities with access to high-quality, brand-new affordable books and educational resources.

“In our 25 years of work with educators serving children from low-income neighborhoods, we know that the challenges of poverty aren’t just determined by a lack of financial resources – access to books, adequate schools, healthcare, and food also deeply affect a child's opportunity to learn,” said Kyle Zimmer, First Book president, CEO and co-founder. “Our work with Palantir Technologies to conceptualize and develop the First Book Needs Index has been transformative in giving us a powerful tool to visualize and understand the dimensions of need across the country. This promises to be a game-changer – both to advance First Book’s mission and to provide funders and stakeholders the opportunity for significantly greater community and social impact.”

The First Book Needs Index integrates several powerful databases into a single system:
  • Publicly available data that measures the multiple dimensions of poverty. Information on the gaps in basic living needs includes income data from the U.S. Census, public housing distribution data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, free and reduced-price lunch and summer feeding program data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and statistics on access to health insurance. Additional statistics provide measurements of educational need, including data on access to public libraries, access to computer or Internet services, and the locations of Title I schools. All data is searchable down to the county level, and the measures can be dynamically weighted to create visualizations of the varying dimensions of poverty in specific locations. Additional publicly available data sets will be periodically added to the tool.
  • First Book’s primary-source insights from educators who work with children in need. Through proprietary surveys and focus groups of First Book’s highly-engaged and responsive membership of more than 325,000 educators, First Book has aggregated an unparalleled bank of knowledge on the needs and characteristics of low-income communities. First Book data can be filtered by the ages of the children served, program focus, languages spoken, geography, demographics, and the professional role of the registered educator.
  • Geolocation of partner sites. The First Book Needs Index can also integrate partner databases, to allow for visualization of need specific to the communities in which they are located.
Integrating these data sets into a dynamic, searchable tool reveals the complexity of poverty and the many pervasive factors that can impede children’s future success. For example, when the First Book Needs Index metrics are set to focus on basic needs – such as income, housing, food and healthcare security – 41 percent (1,273) of all U.S. counties index as having above average need. But when the metrics are reset to focus on educational needs – defined as access to public libraries and the density of Title I schools – the percentage jumps to nearly 60 percent (1,823 counties). Through the First Book Needs Index, stakeholders can identify need and direct resources to underserved communities with unprecedented precision.

The First Book Needs Index is the inaugural product launch from First Book Insights, the organization’s umbrella research hub. First Book Insights tools and analytics will enable further understanding of the needs of low-income areas, allowing the public and partners to see where educational resources are most needed in their communities and across the country. First Book uses direct feedback from educators serving children in need to inform the selection of books and resources on the First Book Marketplace, the organization’s award-winning nonprofit ecommerce site that enables affordable access to these needed materials. 

Zimmer previewed the First Book Needs Index yesterday at the Campaign for Grade Level Reading Funder Huddle in Denver.

“Lack of access to books and libraries in low-income communities is a major barrier to early school success and reading proficiency by the end of third grade,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. “The Campaign applauds the First Book Needs Index because it gives communities a way to bust through those barriers and get more low-income children on the path to reading proficiency by the end of third grade."

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About First Book

First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education — making everything from brand-new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment and snacks, affordable to its member network of more than 325,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million educators serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need.

Eligible educators, librarians, program leaders, and others serving children in need can sign up at firstbook.org/register. For more information, please visit firstbook.org or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: 
Melanie Boyer
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202-639-0114

Wipro, First Book Bring Backpacks, New Books to Atlanta Area Kids in Need 

Volunteer-led partnership focused on promoting power of reading, addressing “Summer Slide”

Atlanta, USA, May 11, 2017: Five hundred Atlanta area elementary students will have new backpacks with three books each ahead of summer break as the result of a partnership between Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, and First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that has delivered more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools with children in need.  

On the afternoon of Thursday, May 11, 50 Wipro volunteers will complete a Backpack Build of 500 backpacks and 1,500 books at Wipro’s facility located on Woodcock Boulevard in Atlanta. On the morning of Friday, May 12, the backpacks will be delivered to Brockett Elementary School, located at 1855 Brockett Road in Tucker, as part of a reading celebration. During the event, Wipro volunteers will read to children and an additional 500 books will be donated by Wipro and First Book for the school’s library.

"The Brockett School Community is excited to partner with Wipro and First Book,” said Venessa Bines-Truitt, Principal of Brockett Elementary. “It takes a village to raise a child, is a popular proverb with a clear message: the whole community has an essential role to play in the growth and development of its young people. We believe partnerships with parents, families, communities, and other stakeholders are essential to quality public education and student success. Brockett Elementary is grateful for the volunteer support and literacy resources donated to our school by Wipro."

Wipro has previously worked with First Book to donate more than 6,200 books to students at Mary Bethune Elementary School in Atlanta in September 2015. The 2,000-book Brockett Elementary donation is part of a three-year partnership between Wipro and First Book to distribute more than 250,000 books across North America to children in need. 

“We have a strong presence in Atlanta and are happy to be engaged in a meaningful program that benefits our local community,” said Anurag Behar, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wipro Ltd. “Our hope is that our reading-focused efforts at Brockett Elementary will help make an impact on these students’ learning during the critical summer months.” 

A simple bag of books can help beat Summer Slide. In fact, research shows that children who are given access to books over the summer perform 35-40 percent better on reading achievement tests than those without access to books. Book ownership and a print-rich environment are leading indicators of a child’s educational success, but for the 32 million children growing up in low-income families in the U.S. alone, books are scarce. A recent study found that in one low-income neighborhood, there was only one book for more than 800 children, whereas in moderate income neighborhoods, there are 13 books for every one child. 

First Book, which has operations in both the U.S. and Canada, works with formal and informal educators serving children in need aged between 0-18 years in a wide range of settings – from schools, classrooms, summer school and parks and recreational programs, to health clinics, homeless shelters, faith-based programs, libraries, museums, summer food sites and more. The organization estimates there are more than 1.3 million classrooms and programs that are serving children in need in the U.S. alone, more than 4,500 of which sign up with First Book every month. 

“Wipro and its employees in Atlanta and across North America continue to go above and beyond to help bring First Book’s resources into the communities where they work and live,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. “Thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of Wipro’s employees at reading events and at book distributions, along with Wipro’s financial support, tens of thousands of children will experience the transformative power of books, to fuel learning and unlock their futures. We are enormously grateful.”  

About First Book

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise founded in 1992 that has distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada, which, with more than 300,000 members, is the largest and fastest growing network of educators exclusively serving kids in need. By making new, high-quality books and educational resources available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. Eligible educators, librarians, program leaders, and others serving children in need can sign up at firstbook.org/register. For more information, please visit firstbook.org or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

About Wipro Limited.

Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) is a leading information technology, consulting and business process services company that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of “Business through Technology.” By combining digital strategy, customer centric design, advanced analytics and product engineering approach, Wipro helps its clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, Wipro has a dedicated workforce of over 170,000, serving clients across 6 continents. For more information, please visit www.wipro.com.  

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First Book and Macmillan Mark 50thAnniversary of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? With First-ever Bilingual Edition

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?/Oso Pardo, Oso Pardo, ¿Qué Ves Ahí? Expands First Book’s Stories for AllTM Project, Bringing Classics and Diverse Books to Kids in Need

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2017 – First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 160 million books to kids in need, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group are ensuring that children in need from diverse backgrounds have access to classic books with the release of a limited special edition of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?/ Oso Pardo, Oso Pardo, ¿Qué Ves Ahí?. This first bilingual version of the iconic children’s book also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the title’s publication this year. The First Book edition of the English-Spanish board book is available exclusively on the First Book Marketplace (www.fbmarketplace.org),the organization’s award-winning e-commerce site that offers books and resources at low or no cost exclusively to educators and programs serving children in need. It is also available on the First Book Canada Marketplace (www.fbmpcanada.org).

The special edition of Brown Bear / Oso Pardo becomes the latest addition to First Book’s Stories for All ProjectTM, a groundbreaking initiative focused on increasing diversity in children’s books, and access to affordable, diverse titles. The Stories for All ProjectTM comprises more than a third of the First Book Marketplace’s 6,000 titles.

The impact of bilingual books extends beyond the classroom, First Book’s network of registered educators report. In a focus group comprised of representatives from First Book’s membership of 300,000 formal and informal educators, participants asserted that increased access to books improves the literacy of the entire family, and reduces the isolation experienced by immigrants and English Language Learners, both students and their parents.

“All of us are familiar with the delight that reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear generates in young children. But for kids from low-income backgrounds, lack of access to relevant, culturally appropriate books dramatically inhibits not only the development of a love of reading, but also their future academic success.” said Kyle Zimmer, First Book president and CEO. “We’re thrilled to extend our long-standing partnership with Macmillan to celebrate the anniversary of this beloved book and introduce it to a new audience through the First Book Marketplace.”

"It has been our pleasure to discover how much Brown Bear has meant to families during the 50 years since it was published, and we are thrilled to partner with First Book to make Brown Bear accessible to even more families,” said Laura Godwin, vice president and publisher of Godwin Books, an imprint of Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.

Macmillan has also developed resources and activity kits for teachers to use as a companion to the book in the classroom.
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About First Book

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise founded in 1992 that has distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada, which, with more than 300,000 members, is the largest and fastest growing network of educators serving kids in need. By making new, high-quality books and educational resources available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. Eligible educators, librarians, program leaders, and others serving children in need can sign up at firstbook.org/register. For more information, please visit firstbook.org or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

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