SMART Reading Corporate Partnership

SMART Reading’s roots in the business community run deep, and we’ve always had ample business giving opportunities.

We were founded in 1991 by a group of business leaders who were worried about the fact that Oregon kids were reading below grade level. Our founders understood that there was a direct connection between an effective education system and a thriving economy with a strong work force.

A year later, SMART Reading was launched in eight schools in two cities, serving 585 children.

Today, SMART Reading is in 300 sites across Oregon. We are grateful for the support of many business partners who have supported us with their time and resources over the years. Their support has allowed us to serve more than 211,000 children and give away more than 2.7 million books. Our business partners have played a vital part in providing Oregon with a more productive and literate workforce.

SMART Reading Corporate Giving Opportunities

Sponsor a SMART Reading School

SMART Reading School Sponsors provide the financial support and employee volunteers to help the SMART Reading program at a school of their choice thrive. For more information on SMART Reading’s Sponsor a School program, contact Heather Ohta, SMART Reading’s Development Officer, at hohta@smartreading.org or 971-634-1610.

Making a Corporate Gift

There are many ways that businesses and corporations can support SMART Reading in their local communities, including business partnerships and event sponsorships. For a menu of opportunities on how your business can invest in SMART Reading , please contact Heather Ohta, SMART Reading’s Development Officer, at hohta@smartreading.org or 971-634-1610.

Matching Employee Gifts

Match your gift and double your support! If you work for, or are retired from, a company that matches the charitable contributions of its employees, you can double the impact of your gift. Ask your human resources office about your options to double, or even triple, your gift to SMART Reading today. For details, please contact Heather Ohta, SMART Reading’s Development Officer, at hohta@smartreading.org or 971-634-1610.

Hold a Workplace Giving Campaign

Make SMART Reading the beneficiary of your employee giving campaign. Employee giving campaigns raise morale and encourage team building. Whether it’s “Give to Wear Jeans Day” or an annual Employee Giving Campaign, consider SMART Reading as your charity of choice.  For more information on ways to partner with SMART Reading in your workplace, please contact Myong-Hui Murphy, SMART Reading Development Associate, at 971-634-1615 or mmurphy@smartreading.org.

Host a SMART Reading Presentation for your Employees

Interested in learning more about volunteering with SMART Reading? Our staff are happy to visit with your employees to share more about becoming involved as a SMART Reading Volunteer Reader. For details please email metro@smartreading.org.