In addition to gifts that make the SMART Reading program 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? Honor a loved one with a tribute gift. We will send a special letter to commemorate your gift.

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

Give Your Tax Refund to SMART Reading

You can give donate all or part of your state tax refund and 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.

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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

Leave a SMART Reading Legacy

Consider including us in your estate plans. 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. For more information, please contact Sharon Benson, SMART Reading’s Senior Development Officer, at 971-634-1620, or email

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, SMART Reading’s Development Officer, at 971-634-1626 or

Endowment and Named Funds

The founders of SMART Reading envisioned complimenting 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 the 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 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, contact your local SMART Reading leadership or Sharon Benson at or 971.634.1620.