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Release Date: 08.11.2017 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Literacy For All

Ten Community-based Organizations in Georgia Awarded Literacy Improvement Grants

Literacy For All, a donor-advised fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, is pleased to announce that it has awarded 10 community-based organizations in Georgia a total of $214,610 in grants to support multigenerational literacy programs.

Literacy For All supports the implementation of new and existing programs, projects or efforts that address breaking the cycle of multigenerational low literacy across the state by focusing on children, families and adults. Literacy is a fundamental component of a thriving community. Parents and caregivers are a child's first teacher, yet many parents
and adults need additional support to help their child achieve critical literacy development milestones. That's why it's important to leverage and support effective partnerships that focus on multigenerational approaches to literacy improvements.

“Literacy is a leading indicator of success on so many levels,” said Alicia Philipp, president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “Improving literacy at all ages is essential to helping our region attain critical benchmarks such as third grade reading proficiency and quality access to good jobs.”

2017 Literacy For All Grantees

Brooks County Family Connection, Inc.
Located in Quitman, Georgia, Brooks County Family Connection is a local community development collaborative that works to improve outcomes of children, families and communities.

This Literacy For All grant will support their multigenerational program focusing on: book distribution and training for families about the importance of reading, literacy awareness in the community, and a new initiative providing books for the jail library.

Communities in Schools, Milledgeville-Baldwin County
Located in Milledgeville, Georgia, Communities in Schools (CIS) is a partnership with the Baldwin County Certified Literate Community Program to continue working on school age literacy and drop-out prevention, and literacy programs for parents of these students.

This Literacy For All grant will empower work with principals, teachers and support personnel to provide resources in the school to identify and remove barriers to students’ ability to learn, and will also link parents to opportunities for adult learning and GED completion.

Cook County Family Connection
Located in Sparks, Georgia, Cook County Family Connection is an organization working to promote family literacy in their local community.

This Literacy For All grant will enable the organization to strengthen literacy workshops and book distribution efforts.

Fathers Incorporated - "Real Dads Read" Initiative
Headquartered in Dunwoody, Georgia, Fathers Incorporated is dedicated to strengthening the community and family infrastructure by encouraging and enabling the positive involvement of fathers in the lives of their children.

This Literacy For All grant will support the "Real Dads Read" initiative, a two-generation literacy program that addresses K-8th grade children and their fathers/male caregivers by encouraging the love for reading, improving literacy skills and strengthening bonds. 

Friends of Refugees
Located in Clarkston, Georgia, Friends of Refugees is empowering refugees through opportunities for well-being, education and employment.

This Literacy for All grant will enable additional support for the two-generation approach to English fluency and literacy instruction/support for refugees living in/near Clarkston. 

Lee County Family Connection
Located in Leesburg, Georgia, Lee County Family Connection is dedicated to the mission of improving conditions for at-risk children and families in their community.

This Literacy For All grant will provide language nutrition (
materials that provide opportunities for language-rich interactions within the entire family unit that facilitate language development) to families who are part of the Backpack Blessings initiative. Backpack Blessings provides food on the weekends for children from birth to 8th grade who would otherwise go hungry.

Literacy Action
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Literacy Action is the oldest, largest and leading adult basic education nonprofit in the southeastern U.S. Their mission is to build better futures for undereducated adults by teaching literacy, life and work skills that empower them to reach their highest potential.

This Literacy For All grant will be used to enhance and expand the multigenerational family literacy program which prepares parents to help their children with homework. The family literacy program is being piloted in the Atlanta Public Schools.

Los Niños Primero (Kids First)
Located in Sandy Springs, Georgia, Los Niños Primero is a year-round educational program for Latino children, working to provide families and children with the tools they need to be successful in school and beyond.

This Literacy For All grant will support low income, pre-K Latino students by engaging both students and their parents in learning throughout the year.

Sheltering Arms - Operation Storybook Initiative
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Center  has provided high-quality early education, child care and comprehensive family support services since 1888. Serving more than 3,600 children annually and their families at 15 metropolitan Atlanta locations, Sheltering Arms consistently meets accreditation standards by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

This Literacy For All grant will support the Operation Storybook Initiative, which encourages all children to learn and to love reading as early as possible. The grant will also support tuition subsidies for high quality early learning.

United Way of Central GA - First Steps Initiative
Located in Macon, Georgia, United Way of Central Georgia's First Steps Initiative provides universal support services for all expectant parents and children from birth to age 5 and their families.

This Literacy For All grant will support the First Steps Initiative for families with children under 5 or those expecting a child by providing early literacy education to parents.


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About Literacy For All
Launched in 2016, Literacy For All is a donor-advised fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Literacy For All is a community literacy fund, a grantmaking organization and advocacy campaign dedicated to connecting results-focused literacy organizations to each other and to the donor community. Literacy For All believes that reading comprehension is a larger, multigenerational community issue with interconnected, vital implications to business, culture, education, family life and government throughout our state.

Literacy For All Mission
To serve as the connector and convener of the Georgia literacy community, linking donors to community partners and partners to one another to innovate, champion, and fund multigenerational literacy opportunities and spark transformative policy that benefits people of all ages.

Literacy For All Steering Committee Members
Jany Brown, Vice President-Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Lesley Grady, Senior Vice President, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Phil Jacobs, Retired President, AT&T Georgia
Dave Peterson, Retired CEO, North Highland Consulting
James Rodgers, FIMC, CMC, The Diversity Coach
Joy Hawkins, Literacy For All Director -

About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting the passions of philanthropists with the purposes of nonprofits doing that work. With 66 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation manages the behind-the-scenes details, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation nationally with approximately $955 million in current assets and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. Through its quality services and innovative leadership on community issues, the Foundation received more than $135 million from donors in 2016 and distributed more than $125 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout the region and beyond. In 2016 Charity Navigator named the Community Foundation a four-star rated nonprofit, its top distinction. For more information, visit: or connect with the Foundation via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Contact Info

Contact Name: Joy Hawkins

Company: Literacy For All

Phone: (404) 805-0326