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4/29/2015

ProLiteracy Achieves Accreditation from BBB Wise Giving Alliance Highlighting Excellence in Leadership, Finances and Mission-Driven Work

By meeting key standards of board oversight, finances, results reporting, and fundraising appeals, ProLiteracy has achieved accreditation by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. This accreditation signifies that ProLiteracy is deserving of donor trust as a well-run nonprofit organization.

“The team at ProLiteracy works tirelessly to make sure we are good stewards of our finances and donor contributions,” says Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “We appreciate the BBB Wise Giving Alliance for recognizing our efforts and are proud to meet their accreditation standards.”

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) evaluates and accredits charities to help donors make sound giving decisions. Each BBB WGA charity report process involves a rigorous review using 20 holistic BBB Charity Standards, interaction with charity officials about corrective actions needed to address deficiencies, and quality control measures to assure report accuracy. Thousands of charities have reports available to the public at Give.org. “The public can be assured that every charity evaluation is completed with careful, objective analysis of charity information,” says Art Taylor, president and CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. “By achieving accreditation, ProLiteracy has earned public trust having demonstrated its commitment to sound governance, transparency and achieving its mission.”

ABOUT PROLITERACY
ProLiteracy believes every adult has the right to literacy. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information, contact Dee Cater, marketing and communication manager, at dcater@proliteracy.org.

ABOUT BBB WISE GIVING ALLIANCE
BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) is a standards-based charity evaluator that seeks to verify the trustworthiness of nationally-soliciting charities by completing rigorous evaluations based on 20 holistic standards that address charity governance, effectiveness reporting, finances, fundraising, appeal accuracy, and other issues. National charity reports are produced by the BBB WGA and local charity reports are produced by local Better Business Bureaus – all reports are available at Give.org.

 

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4/27/2015

ProLiteracy Announces a Graduate Gift Program to Help 29,375 Adults Realize Their Dream of Obtaining an Education

ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, launched a crowdfunding campaign this week in honor of graduation season. In lieu of giving a traditional graduation gift to a high school or college graduate, contributors to the campaign can donate money to the National Book Fund in honor of a graduate they know. ProLiteracy will then notify the graduate that a gift has been made in their name. The campaign, which is hosted on Razoo, aims to raise $235,000 to put educational materials into the hands of 29,375 adult learners. The materials will help adult learners increase their literacy skills and obtain their high school equivalency degrees.

The National Book Fund is a nonprofit grant program founded by ProLiteracy that supplies adult literacy centers around the country with new books and educational materials. Over the past 20 years, more than 305,000 adults have improved their reading skills as a result of the initiative.

“There are 35 million adults in the United States that have low literacy skills,” says Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “The National Book Fund allows us to provide quality, evidence-based materials to local programs that serve learners that want to improve their literacy skills and get students to a level where they can successfully achieve a high school equivalency degree.”

The “Honor a Graduate by Helping a Future Graduate” crowdfunding campaign will run through June 30, 2015. To learn more, and to support the campaign, visit nationalbookfund.com.

 

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3/26/2015

Passionate Literacy Champion, Denine Torr of Dollar General, Joins ProLiteracy Board of Directors

ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is pleased to announce that Denine Torr will be joining its Board of Directors. Denine is the director of Community Initiatives at Dollar General Corporation in Nashville, Tennessee and in the role has been instrumental in advancing the company’s strong commitment to literacy and education efforts nationwide. She oversees corporate and foundation giving, employee volunteer engagement efforts, and assists with the development of cause-related partnerships for Dollar General.

Denine joined the Dollar General Community Initiatives team in 1999 and has designed and executed funding initiatives that have raised more than $100 million for charity. She was instrumental in the creation of the Dollar General Employee Assistance Foundation and growth of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation (DGLF). To date, the DGLF has awarded more than $98 million to literacy initiatives, helping more than 5.8 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency or learn English. Under Denine’s leadership, the DGLF has supported adult, family, youth and community literacy programs, and has helped build national awareness for the cause of literacy.

“ProLiteracy is proud to welcome Denine Torr to our Board of Directors,” says Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “Denine has been a champion of adult literacy through her work with Dollar General, and we value the skills, dedication, and leadership she brings to our board.”

“There are 36 million adults in the United States that lack basic education and literacy skills. As we continue to look for ways to strengthen our communities, workforce and nation. Organizations like ProLiteracy are crucial in addressing this great need,” said Denine. “I look forward to working with the ProLiteracy Board of Directors and their continued efforts to increase access to quality literacy services.”

About ProLiteracy
ProLiteracy believes every adult has the right to literacy. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. They also work with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information contact Dee Cater, marketing and communication manager, at dcater@proliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of serving others for over 20 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $98 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 5.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.com.

 

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