Upcoming Events

Dinner with an Author 2020

This year, we're coming to you!

Dinner with an Author website

NEW DATE, NEW VENUE. The 2020 Dinner with an Author gala is going to be a virtual party in the comfort of your own home. Over 30 esteemed authors are joining us for this lively and unique event and everyone is invited!

More information on the authors, sponsorships and attending available on the event site. Suggested donation for one virtual viewing ticket is $150.

Download the updated sponsorship information.

October 15, 2020  |  6:00 PM EST

Leading Sponsor: John & Sue Simon

Rodman Ride for Kids

New this year: choose your own adventure!

The Rodman Ride for Kids 2020

The Rodman Ride for Kids is an athletic fundraising event that supports nonprofits serving at-risk youth in Massachusetts. A proud affiliate for over ten years, RAR-MA is preparing for its biggest participation and fundraising year yet! The virtual ride was always an option, but this year it is the only option. Even better, you don't have to get on a bike to be involved - you can choose your own adventure.

Welcoming riders/fundraisers, sponsorships and donors. First, view the sponsorship and "rider" benefits here. Then click on the button below to register.

September 26, 2020  (official date)

LIVE! with an Author

Tuesdays from 4/23 - 7/7

Sponsored by PNC Bank

RAR-MA has launched a fun, interactive series of conversations with authors as a complement to our Dinner with an Author gala. Grab your family and gather around the computer every Tuesday and get to know your favorite authors or learn about someone new! The event is free and open to all.

Young Professionals

Emerging Leaders Board

Raising A Reader MA’s Emerging Leaders Board was conceived and established by the Board of Directors as an associate board of young professionals with its own management structure in order to raise awareness of and funds for Raising A Reader MA to young professionals.

The Emerging Leaders Board is a membership based group, whose participants regularly contribute to the progression of the organization's core mission and develop into potential future leaders, specifically as potential Raising A Reader MA board members.

EL members apply to participate in the group and have a fundraising goal for the year. Applications are reviewed and accepted by the Emerging Leaders Board.


Executive Committee:

Co-Chair – Emily Leinbach, The Bowdoin Group
Co-Chair – Chapman Leedy, Federal Reserve Boston


Sarah Canavan, Vynamic
Manusha Chereddy, Harbourvest
Sarah Curry, Jones Lange Lasalle Boston
Amanda DiMatteo, Peabody & Arnold
Parker Greiwe, Boston Children's Hospital
Bill Hall, Nightshift Brewery
Serene Liu, IBM Resilient
Kevin O’Hanlon, Marcus & Millichap
Kelly Newman, White & Case
Brendan Rice, Magellan Jets
Clune Walsh, Boston Consulting Group
Ian White, Workbar
Joshua Zeff, KPMG

Emerging Leaders Fundraising Events:

Februay 13, 2020 - Sip & Spin
September 2020 - Rodman Ride

Career Opportunities

There are no open job opportunities at this time. Please check back in the future.

Other Ways to Support Us



Businesses, schools and community groups often host new and used book drives to support Raising A Reader MA.



Assist in tasks such as entering family pre- and post- Red Bag implementation surveys, entering information forms, and entering partner surveys. Other administrative volunteer opportunities available, as well.



Did you know most companies will match their employees’ contributions to our organization? After you make your donation, ask your employer about its matching gifts program. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift, or the process may be electronic. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to this organization may be doubled or possibly tripled!



Give the gift of literacy when you provide us with workshop supplies such as gift cards, flip chart paper, and books!



Gifts by will are a meaningful way to leave unrestricted funding to Raising A Reader MA and to help create the next generation of readers and leaders. Please consult your attorney and consider gifting us a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your residual estate or a specific asset. We hope you will also consider informing us of this decision so we can properly thank you. Email maryann@raisingareaderma.org if you choose to do so.



Assist in tasks such as translating documents (Arabic, Somali, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Spanish, and more needed), contributing to our monthly newsletter, researching new funder prospects, and graphic design.

Interested in these and other opportunities?

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