SMART Reading is funded almost entirely by private sources from individuals, businesses, and foundations. Without this vital support, we couldn’t do the important work of inspiring a lifelong love of reading and learning in Oregon’s children. We are sincerely grateful for the individuals and families who make generous gifts to bring SMART Reading to kids in their local communities. Thank you for becoming a special member of this community of supporters.

SMART Circle & Leaders for Literacy

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The SMART Circle is a giving society for annual contributors of $1,000 or more to SMART Reading.

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Leaders for Literacy is SMART Reading’s special giving society that recognizes our most generous individual supporters each year. Leaders for Literacy members have made significant investments in the SMART Reading program in their local communities; we are truly grateful for their partnership as we work to bring SMART Reading to more children across Oregon.

SMART Circle and Leaders for Literacy members receive periodic correspondence from us throughout the year, invitations to special events, and have opportunities to meet and hear from SMART Reading’s executive leadership. Members are also welcome to visit a local SMART Reading site to see the program in action. Thank you for your generous support and for being a member of the SMART Reading family!
To learn more about SMART Circle or Leaders for Literacy, contact

Legacy Society

Donors interested in supporting SMART Reading beyond their lifetime may consider joining the Legacy Society.  Legacy gifts help build a financial bridge to ensure that SMART Reading has the resources it needs to enhance reading skills for future generations of children. Join today by returning the form here.

To qualify, donors simply include SMART Reading in their estate plans (such as naming SMART Reading as a beneficiary in a will, living trust, life insurance policy, or retirement plan).  Estate gifts tend to be much larger than traditional gifts and, with advanced planning, can memorialize a loved one by establishing a permanent, named fund that continues to underwrite books and reading support for generations of young readers.

Sample Bequest Language

I give to SMART Reading (Tax ID #93-1051724), a nonprofit corporation located in Portland, Oregon, and serving communities throughout Oregon, _______ (dollar amount, percentage of estate, or residue of estate), for its  ______________ (general purposes or endowment fund), giving preference to young readers participating in SMART Reading programs ____________ (throughout Oregon or in a specific county(ies)).

For more information, contact Sharon Benson at 971-634-1620 or