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First Book Makes Investment in Mobile Devices, Dramatically Expanding Access to Affordable Digital Resources for Kids in Need

Addition of specially sourced, affordable First Book-branded tablets addresses need for item most requested by teachers in low-income communities to meet their educational goals

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2017 -- First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise founded to address educational inequity, today announced it will add 3,000 brand new, specially-sourced tablets to the First Book Marketplace (fbmarketplace.org and fbmpcanada.org), the organization’s award-winning ecommerce sites for educators serving children in need, helping to bridge the digital divide for low-income classrooms and programs. In addition to the addition of digital hardware, First Book is also enriching its ebook offering, with new titles being added weekly.

The dramatic inventory increase comes in response to the First Book Network of educators, the largest and fastest growing network of educators in North America solely serving children from low-income communities. In a 2015 survey of network members, tablets topped the list of equipment needs, in order to give students access ebook and mobile learning game collections that were otherwise inaccessible. In the same survey, 40 percent of educators noted that tablets were necessary to achieve the goals in their classrooms.  At 325,000 registered members, the First Book Network represents one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving kids in need.

“First Book is making a significant investment in affordable digital tools and resources to ensure teachers working with kids in need can access everything they need to provide an equal, quality education,” said Carey Palmquist, senior vice president of ecommerce at First Book. “There is a tremendous need for digital tools; when we piloted laptops and tablets on the First Book Marketplace, they were snapped up quickly. The First Book Marketplace inventory is driven by the input from and needs of the educators we serve, and we’re grateful we can make these essential learning tools available.”

The new inventory includes 2,500 wifi tablets with a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 500 3G tablets with a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor (3G data service contract for the second model is not available through First Book.). Both models include eight-inch display screens, up to five hours of battery life, 8GB of internal storage, and one microSD/TF card slot for up to 32GB of expandable storage (card not included).
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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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Wipro, First Book Bring New Books to Indianapolis Area Kids in Need 

Partnership focused on promoting power of reading, addressing “Summer Slide”

Indianapolis, USA, June 21, 2017: Five thousand books are being donated to students in the Indianapolis area through the end of June 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.

The books will be distributed to registered First Book members in the Indianapolis area, providing additional education resources in the community where Wipro employees live and work. The books will be used to stock classroom libraries, facilitate reading circles and help students build their home libraries.

Launched in 1998, the First Book National Book Bank is the first and only centralized distribution system for large-scale children’s book donations from publishers to schools and programs serving kids in need. The National Book Bank distributes 10 million books annually, and with Wipro’s support, 19,000 of these books will be donated to schools and programs in Indiana, Boston, East Palo Alto and Seattle.

Wipro’s presence in Indianapolis has been expanded through its 2016 acquisition of Appirio, an Indianapolis-based global cloud services company that helps customers create next-generation worker and customer experiences using the latest cloud technologies. Wipro’s acquisition of Appirio created one of the world’s largest cloud transformation practices, a game changer in today's as-a-service and digital economy.  Since the founding of the Indianapolis office in 2012, the company’s headcount has grown in Indiana and globally.

“Wipro has a growing presence in the Indianapolis community and is excited to further engage with the community through its contribution to the critical importance of access to books,” said Anurag Behar, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wipro Ltd. “Our goal is to support reading-focused efforts in Indianapolis to help students continue learning throughout the critical summer months.” 

Since 2015, Wipro and First Book have partnered together to distribute over 118,000 books throughout the U.S. and Canada, with a goal of distributing over 200,000 books to children in need, as part of their three-year partnership.

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 supports more than one in four of the estimated more than 1.3 million classrooms and programs that are serving children in need in the U.S. alone.

“Wipro and its employees in Indianapolis and across the country continue to help advance First Book’s mission to spread the transformative power of books into the communities where they work and live,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. “Thanks to the dedication and support of Wipro’s employees, tens of thousands of children will be able 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 275,000 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 Unlimited

Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. We harness the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics and emerging technologies to help our clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, we have a dedicated workforce of over 170,000, serving clients across six continents. Together, we discover ideas and connect the dots to build a better and a bold new future.

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Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements
Certain statements in this release concerning our future growth prospects are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding fluctuations in our earnings, revenue and profits, our ability to generate and manage growth, intense competition in IT services, our ability to maintain our cost advantage, wage increases in India, our ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, time and cost overruns on fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts, client concentration, restrictions on immigration, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks, our ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies in which we make strategic investments, withdrawal of fiscal governmental incentives, political instability, war, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India, unauthorized use of our intellectual property, and general economic conditions affecting our business and industry. Additional risks that could affect our future operating results are more fully described in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at www.sec.gov. We may, from time to time, make additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including statements contained in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and our reports to shareholders. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf. 

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.

Contact:
Melanie Boyer
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202-639-0114

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

2017 July Lightbox - 25th anniversary appeal