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SMART Reading Board member Anna Madill and her student at Beach Elementary.

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Across Oregon, kids aren’t meeting reading benchmarks, despite the efforts of our hard-working educators. We want to change that, but we can’t do it alone.

SMART Reading is funded almost entirely by private gifts from individuals, foundations and businesses. This means each and every gift ensures our work goes further—providing vital reading support to more than 11,000 of Oregon’s kids every year. With one-on-one reading time and free books to keep, SMART Reading directly helps each young reader and delivers long-term benefits statewide by building literacy in each community.

There are four easy ways to give:

  1. Make a gift online today! A gift of $40 provides 14 brand new books for one child to pick out and keep forever —for many, these will be the only books they own. A gift of $325 provides full literacy support for one student throughout the school year.
  2. Join the SMART Book Club. Provide consistent support in your community with a recurring gift. No checks to write, no payments to remember. A monthly gift of $30 provides the books and support for one child for a full program year, plus books for a second child! You’ll receive a single gift acknowledgement in January that reflects all giving in the prior calendar year to use for tax purposes. You can increase, decrease or cancel your monthly charge at any time.

3. Phone us toll-free at 877-598-4633.

4. Send a check payable to: SMART Reading, 101 SW Market St, Portland, OR 97201.

Your gift stays local! Gifts stay in the donor’s county unless otherwise specified. If a donor lives outside of the state or in a county without SMART Reading programs, gifts are applied to the area of greatest need. Our Federal Tax ID number is 93-1051724.