Enterprise Holdings of Tennessee Received Jack Taylor Founding Values Award and Makes $20K Gift to Governor's Books from Birth Foundation

February 2, 2017

For Immediate Release

January 31, 2017


615-350-4355 | Claire.Jones@tn.gov                                                                              



GBBF chosen as exemplary statewide organization that shares core values of Enterprise Holdings


NASHVILLE, TENN. –First Lady Crissy Haslam joined Theresa Carl, president of Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF), on January 31st to accept a $20,000 gift from Enterprise Holdings of Tennessee to support Tennessee’s statewide Imagination Library program.

The contribution was gifted through Enterprise Holdings’ annual Jack Taylor Founding Values Award program that promotes its regional subsidiaries to integrate the company’s core values around philanthropy, diversity, and business ethics into daily operations. As a winning subsidiary, Enterprise Holdings of Tennessee was honored with a $20,000 grant to donate to a local nonprofit organization of choice.

“Businesses can have a tremendous impact in building a better educated workforce and more successful communities by supporting local education initiatives,” First Lady Haslam said. “Bill and I are proud that our local Enterprise Holdings affiliate won this award and that they have chosen to support the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation.”

Enterprise Holdings’ donation will broaden the reach of Tennessee’s Imagination Library, helping to ensure all Tennessee preschool-aged children and their families have access to the literacy improvement program. Karen Baker, Human Resources Manager for Enterprise Holdings in Tennessee, presented the check to GBBF, expressing the group’s commitment to the cause of early childhood literacy.

“We are honored to receive the Jack Taylor Founding Values Award, highlighting our team’s hard work and commitment to the state of Tennessee,” Baker said. “The Founding Values Award encourages us to exceed our customers’ expectations while helping to enhance and strengthen our community. We are so proud to support GBBF and its efforts to improve childhood literacy throughout the state.”

“We are grateful to the Enterprise Holdings Foundation and Enterprise Holdings of Tennessee for sharing our vision to have better educational outcomes by promoting early childhood literacy for all Tennessee children,” Theresa Carl, GBBF President said. “This generous gift will enable more Tennessee children to grow up with books at home, encouraging the development of strong early literacy skills and a lasting passion for reading.”

The core mission of GBBF is to build a foundation for reading and learning through books for Tennessee’s children. Founded in 2004, GBBF assists all Tennessee preschool children in developing their vocabulary, school readiness, and love of learning and reading by ensuring that high quality, age-appropriate books are mailed once a month directly to their homes, from birth until age five, at no cost to families and regardless of income. Now in its 13th year, the program currently mails over 268,000 books each month to enrolled children statewide.

Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out later. In a recent study conducted by the Urban Child Institute, research showed that programs like the Imagination Library lead to early childhood language development, school readiness, grade progression, on-time graduation and college attendance.

About the GBBF

The mission of the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation is to sustain and strengthen Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program in all 95 Tennessee counties, ensuring that new, age-appropriate books are mailed to Tennessee’s preschool children, at no cost to the family and regardless of income. To learn how to support your county’s Imagination Library program, or for information on how to register a child, visit www.GovernorsFoundation.org, www.facebook.com/TNImaginationLibrary, or call toll-free at 1-877-99-BOOKS.

About Enterprise Holdings

Enterprise Holdings – through its integrated global network of independent regional subsidiaries and franchises – operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands at more than 9,600 fully staffed neighborhood and airport locations. The company and its affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, together offer a total transportation solution, including extensive car rental and car-sharing services, truck rental, corporate fleet management and retail car sales. Combined, these businesses accounted for more than $20.9 billion in revenue and owned nearly 1.9 million vehicles throughout the world in fiscal year 2016. Enterprise Holdings’ regional subsidiaries and Enterprise Fleet Management currently employ more than 97,000 worldwide.