Mission: More than 30 million American adults function at the lowest level of literacy, making it difficult for them to function effectively in today's complex society. ProLiteacy is the world's largest membership literacy organization. ProLiteracy helps increase literacy skills for adults and their families by providing training and technical assistance and materials to local affiliates and to grassroots partners worldwide.
Programs: Program and professional services - domestic programsassisted over 1200 literacy groups and their volunteers and students through training, technical assistance and financial support of their programs common to proliteracy's mission.
development- creating and implementing the annual fund plan, to include specific strategies for expanding and securing revenue from donors, corporations, events and other funding sources. This program works in conjunction with programs and advocacy to help attain funds to develop content and further efforts and programs to help positively impact adult literacy.
publishing: for more than 40 years, new readers press, proliteracy's publishing division, has provided educators with the instructional tools they need to teach adult students and older teens the skills for functioning in the world today.
public education: programs and projects that support and disseminate information about literacy to the public, communities and educators about the role of literacy in a functioning world.
I am a longtime (20+ year) supporter of this organization. ProLiteracy is an incredibly worthwhile charity which deserves to be far better known. It's the largest organization of community-based literacy providers in the world. In the US it has affiliates in all 50 states and serves adults and older youth who are learners at the lowest levels of literacy. There are 30 MILLION adults in this country at the very lowest levels of literacy -- many of whom are graduates of our school system (remember that phenomenon of 'social promotion?'). ProLiteracy affiliates also teach English to speakers of other languages, many of whom aren't literate in their mother tongue. Services are provided by trained volunteers in one-on-one and small group settings, and are always free to learners. The organization receives the bulk of its financial support from individual donors. I have seen firsthand the profound impact this organization has on peoples' lives, and adult illiteracy is a massive problem in our country which underpins so many of our most challenging societal problems (crime, a permanent'underclass' of disadvantaged persons, etc). Helping ProLiteracy to address the huge challenge of adult illiteracy couldn't be a better decision on your part. The organization is focused and passionate about its mission, well-run and very much in need of new donors.