In addition to gifts that make SMART Reading possible, there are many other ways to give:

Make a Tribute Gift

Is there a special person in your life who made a difference in your early years? Are you celebrating a special occasion? Consider a donation to SMART Reading in lieu of gifts, and we will send a special letter to commemorate the occasion.

Leave a SMART Reading Legacy

Please consider including us in your estate plans to impact future generations of little readers. Contributors who name SMART Reading as a beneficiary in their will, living trust, life insurance policy or retirement plan become members of SMART Reading’s Legacy Society, a special giving society to recognize these dedicated supporters.

You can join the SMART Reading Legacy Society by clicking here and completing our membership form.

Please mail your completed form to SMART Reading at 101 SW Market Street, Portland, OR 97201 or email to sbenson@smartreading.org. For more information or questions, please contact Sharon Benson, Senior Development Officer, at 971-634-1620 or email sbenson@smartreading.org.

Plan a Community Fundraising Event

Interested in planning an event, cause-related marketing or personal appeal in support of SMART Reading? For details, please email Myong-Hui Murphy at mmurphy@smartreading.org

Give Your Tax Refund to SMART Reading

You can give all or part of your state tax refund and to help SMART Reading programs in your local community. Enter the amount you wish to give and charity code (5) for SMART Reading on the appropriate line of your Oregon income tax form.

Make a Gift of Stock

You can receive substantial tax advantages by donating appreciated securities. To make a gift of stock, please contact Alayna Herr, Development Officer, at 971-634-1626 or aherr@smartreading.org.

Support While You Shop

Fred Meyer: Link your rewards card to SMART Reading at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. Search for us by our nonprofit number: 91652.

Amazon: Select SMART Reading as your charity of choice at www.smile.amazon.com. Then 0.5% of the price you pay for items on Amazon will be a gift to SMART Reading. It’s as simple as that!

Powell’s: Purchase books on SMART Reading’s wishlist and have them shipped directly to our office. Visit www.bit.ly/PowellsBookshelf to learn more.

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We receive a gift once your vehicle has been sold at auction and you will receive a tax receipt from CARS.

For more information, please contact us at 971-634-1634 or email smart@smartreading.org.

Endowment and Named Funds

The founders of SMART Reading envisioned complementing the operating budget with a permanent fund in hopes that it would someday contribute to the organization’s long-term financial viability and ensure that children of Oregon would have more successful futures through books and reading. SMART Reading partnered with The Oregon Community Foundation and a core group of donors to establish an endowment fund in 1992.

Today donors can add to the endowment or establish a permanent, named fund designated for SMART Reading and managed by The Oregon Community Foundation. Named funds may benefit our students throughout the state or within a specific county, per the donor’s request.

Immediate and estate gifts are welcomed. Gifts can be designated for statewide or county use. There are endowment funds designated respectively for SMART Reading students in Clatsop, Deschutes, Jackson, Klamath, and Lane counties, as well as a “statewide” fund.  The endowed funds total $2 million.

Donors may contribute to existing funds in any amount or establish a separate, named fund with a minimum gift of $50,000.

For more information, please contact your local SMART Reading leadership or Sharon Benson at sbenson@smartreading.org or 971-634-1620.