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A Case Study: Joining Forces to Ensure Diverse Books

Julie Fortenbery July 12, 2022

We will walk through our approach and journey — and demonstrate the power of radical collaboration.  We convened a group of over 30 different organizations across the United States working in organizations focused on providing access to books and literacy resources to low-income children and families with the goal of expanding the access to diverse books by:

  • Aggregating the group’s collective purchasing power to impact supply, affordability, and access to diverse reading materials;
  • Educating, empowering, and magnifying the voice of teachers, clinicians, and families, and give them the voice and the words to advocate;
  • Unifying our collective narrative and storytelling around the need for representation and diverse content.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion

  • Power and Capital


Purpose and Desired Outcome

To illuminate the power of nonprofit organizations and foundations and funders working together to create aggregated system change (where history shows limited collaboration and sometimes even competition for resources).


  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Corporate & SME


  • NameKyle Zimmer
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationFirst Book
  • StatusInvited
  • NameJulie Fortenbery
  • TitleEVP - Finance
  • OrganizationFirst Book
  • StatusInvited
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