Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee Receives $20,000 Donation from Cat Financial for Consecutive Year

Aug 23, 2023 | News

Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee announced today that it again received a $20,000 gift from Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation (Cat Financial) to deliver more books to children in Greater Nashville. Cat Financial has been a long-time supporter of Imagination Library through gifts and volunteerism.  

Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee partners with the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation and the Dollywood Foundation to deliver an age-appropriate, high-quality book each month straight to children’s mailboxes at no cost to families. United Way of Greater Nashville raises funds to support the cost of the books and to build awareness of this important program. 

“Generous gifts like these from Cat Financial make the work that we do possible,” said Brian Hassett, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Nashville. “Because of devoted partners, we are able to get more books to children who need them most, improving early literacy throughout Greater Nashville.” 

“Imagination Library’s focus on developing early childhood literacy is something that can benefit someone for a lifetime,”said Robert Bennes, Cat Financial vice president of structured finance. “It is amazing how many people, including multiple Cat Financial employees, have mentioned to me how their children have benefited from the program and how excited they are whenever a new book arrives. 

I’m so pleased Cat Financial is making a significant investment in developing early childhood literacy in Middle Tennessee.”    

In 2022, Imagination Library distributed nearly 500,000 books to more than 54,000 children in Davidson, Sumner and Williamson counties. All children in Tennessee, from birth to age five, are eligible at no cost to families. Books are personalized with the child’s name and mailed directly to their home, making books exciting and inspiring a love for reading at an early age. 

To learn more or make a donation, visit unitedwaygreaternashville.org/imagination-library.