Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) has been a staple in childhood literacy for over 50 years. RIF adjusted during the COVID-19 crisis and shifted their work into the world of remote learning. They have continuously met the needs of children and parents regardless of unprecedented times. Their portfolio of program opportunities offers a foundation of opportunity to help tackle the literacy crisis. Together, we can have a larger impact on the issues facing our highly connected communities.
Founded in 1966, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is the leading voice for children’s literacy and is committed to a literate America where all children have the opportunities that literacy provides. Thier mission is to inspire a passion for reading among all children, provide quality content to make an impact, and engage communities in the solutions to give every child the fundamentals for success. RIF’s model for impact is grounded on book access, choice, and engagement to create a
culture of literacy for the children we serve. Through the generous donations of individual
donors, foundations, and corporate partners, RIF is able to work with local partners around the country (including schools, community centers, after-school programs, and more) to:
• Provide free, new books and eBooks to children in communities
across the U.S. through various RIF programs.
• Develop and make available free, digital resources to support
reading engagement for teachers, caregivers, and children.
• Empower individuals and communities to join RIF to support
the children they serve and create a culture of literacy.
• Leverage the importance of diverse books and diverse authors
for positive impact and change.
With 25 million children in the United States unable to read proficiently, the literacy crisis affects every community across the country. Literacy is an essential life skill that provides the foundation for a lifetime of opportunity. We must work together to change these staggering statistics and ensure every child can read.