Promising Pages is a nonprofit organization that inspires underserved children to achieve their dreams by becoming bookworms. Our mission is to provide ownership of books to underserved children and cultivate a lifelong love of reading through innovative literacy programs and partnerships. Fueled by studies showing that children who can’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school, Promising Pages provides innovative classroom programs and more than 100,000 free books annually, making us Charlotte’s largest and most efficient distributor of upcycled books aimed at addressing this critical – and solvable – community need.

Awards & Recognition

Legacy Award Winner

Leadership Charlotte


Winner in “Waste Reduction Category”

Sustain Charlotte


Impact3 Finalist

Queen City Forward


Kristina Cruise Named “Top 50 Most Influential Women”

Mecklenburg Times

2013, 2017

Legend Leadership Award Winner

Dale Earnhardt Foundation


Women of Acheivement Award



Board of Directors

Jay Bendis

Chairman Transfer Technology Consultants

Edward Rosenblatt

Past Chair AXA Equitable Attorney

Monica Allen

Vice-Chair Mecklenburg County Strategic Planning and Evaluation Director

Kristin Prentice

Treasurer Blue Print Client Associate

Matt Susong

Secretary TIAA

Gregory Goeke

Board Member/ Co-Founder American Airlines Pilot

Nicholas Hurd

Board Member Bank of America

Beatriz Rodriguez

Board Memeber Carolinas HealthCare System HR Manager

Jennifer Anderson

Board Memeber Sealed Air Exec. Director, Digital & Social Media Engagement

Katie Rice

Board Memeber Babcock and Wilcox Director, Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis

Annual Reports & Financials