Research shows 75 percent of third-graders who struggle with reading never catch up, drastically increasing their chances of dropping out of high school. But the nonprofit Read Fort Worth is on a mission to improve early childhood literacy and ensure all Fort Worth ISD third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025.
Their efforts got a major boost when the organization earned a donation of $100,000 after receiving the most public votes during the Reliant Gives charitable giving program. Camp For All and Undies for Everyone, both based in Houston, were awarded donations of $20,000 and $10,000, respectively, based on voting totals.
Reliant’s charitable giving program, Reliant Gives, launched in 2016 and puts the power of nonprofit advocacy in the hands of the public, inviting people to vote and direct the company’s charitable giving to three Texas charities nominated by employees. The program has now donated $850,000 to 21 deserving nonprofits across the state.
Read Fort Worth’s mission is to improve early childhood literacy in the Fort Worth ISD. Backed by leaders of the community and local businesses, the organization supports volunteer reading programs in area elementary schools, programs to increase student attendance and making quality early learning and preschools more accessible. The Reliant Gives donation will support the Library Classroom Campaign and Reading Volunteers.