Cami Nail has been a supporter of Reach Out and
Read since 2010, before the official Georgia affiliate was even
Ms. Nail has been involved in early childhood education for
nearly 20 years. She and her husband owned two local franchises of
the Primrose Schools. Primrose's corporate fundraising efforts
supported Reach Out and Read national, which was Ms. Nail's first
introduction to the organization.
When Reach Out and Read established a presence in Georgia,
specifically, Ms. Nail made sure that all money raised by her
Primrose schools went directly to the Georgia chapter to support
"I saw the enthusiasm of our families increase when they knew
the money they were raising was going to directly support our local
communities," said Ms. Nail.
Since selling their Primrose franchises, Ms. Nail has found
other ways to direct support to Reach Out and Read Georgia. In an
effort to ensure that it's easy for local Primrose schools to
continue to directly support the ROR GA chapter (instead of sending
funds to the national organization), Ms. Nail created a list of
instructions, a protocol, for local schools to follow to make sure
their fundraisers benefit local families.
She also is the V.P. of Philanthropy for the Atlanta Alumnae
Club of Pi Beta Phi, her sorority. Pi Beta Phi's signature
philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, draws on a century of
service and thousands of volunteers to inspire a lifelong love of
reading. In 2015-2016, the club has chosen to support ROR GA by
hosting small fundraising events throughout the year and developing
a new signature event, Rockin' for Literacy Benefit Concert on
February 26th at the Park Tavern. Proceeds will go to the Pi Beta
Phi Foundation Literacy Fund and Reach Out and Read Georgia.
"We understand the importance of early childhood
literacy. Children learn more before they turn 5 then they learn at
any other time in life. But, you can also feel good knowing your
donation to Reach Out and Read Georgia is benefiting the children.
The staff is small so you know the money is being used to buy books
and get the books into the hands of the kids."
Ms. Nail says that even if you don't have a lot
of resources there are always ways to support organizations that
stoke your passion.
"Donate your time," she suggests, "Leverage your
circle of influence, think about who you know. Find out if your
employer will match your contributions. Just ask yourself where
else can we find resources that will drive books or bucks to Reach
Out and Read Georgia."
Ms. Nail was clear about what motivates her: "At
Primrose Schools, we served mostly households with two incomes.
These children had maybe hundreds of books at home. When you hear
the stories of medical providers saying the mother of a patient is
crying because this the first or the second book they have in their
home that's age appropriate...it's moving."
"At Primrose, I regularly interacted daily with 250
kids. Working with Reach Out and Read Georgia, I know I am helping
the organization impact many thousands of