““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”
BJT readers—who represent one of the highest-net-worth magazine audiences anywhere—clearly have the means to contribute to a better world. To help you do that, we’re spotlighting one deserving organization per issue. All of them have received a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which evaluates philanthropic institutions based on their finances, accountability and transparency.
In this era of information-overload, it’s perhaps as astonishing as it is sad that approximately 30 million Americans and one billion people worldwide have never even learned to read or write. Here, we spotlight two U.S.-based literacy organizations that are making a difference, one person at a time.
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc., in Washington, D.C., prepares and motivates children to read by delivering books and literacy resources to the kids and families who need them most. Through volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provides 4.5 million children with 16 million books and literacy resources each year. All RIF programs combine three essential elements to foster children’s literacy: reading motivation, family and community involvement and the excitement of choosing free books to keep.
Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition works to ensure that every child and adult in Palm Beach County, Florida, becomes a reader. The group manages a literacy hotline, referring adults to programs throughout the county where they can receive the help they need. In addition, an outreach program recruits and trains volunteer tutors to serve adult learners at numerous community locations.