Willamette Week Give!Guide logoSMART Reading is in the Willamette Week Give!Guide!

Last year we raised more than $42,000 to provide vital one-on-one reading support and books to keep to kids in over 90 SMART Reading programs in the Portland Metro Area.

We’re asking our friends and supporters to help us get the word out so we can raise even more funds to support bringing the gift of books and reading to local kids this holiday season!

Here are ways you can help:

  1. Send the message below to your friends, colleagues and networks.
  2. Post about the Give!Guide on your social media channels. You can find sample social media posts below.
  3. Hosting a holiday party this season? Ask your guests to make a donation to SMART Reading in your honor in lieu of gifts.

Thank you for your help!


Dear friends,

I’m writing on behalf of an organization I care about: SMART Reading. For 28 years, SMART Reading has been focused on helping kids build the reading skills they need to be successful in school and beyond through one-on-one reading sessions with trained volunteers and new books to keep.As you may know, I’m one of the 5,000 volunteers across Oregon helping to make SMART Reading possible.

SMART Reading is in the Willamette Week Give!Guide this year, an annual campaign raising funds for local nonprofits. Will you join me in supporting SMART Reading by making a gift to support local programs through the Willamette Week’s Give!Guide?

  • $40 provides the books for one SMART Reading student for one year.
  • $80 provides books for two SMART Reading students for one year.
  • $325 provides all of the resources needed to put one student through SMART Reading for one year.

Thanks for your support!

P.S. All gifts to SMART Reading will be matched, up to $10,000, by an anonymous donor. Plus, the first 200 donors of $75+ will receive a $20 gift certificate to Jam on Hawthorne.



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    • A nonprofit I support, @SMARTReadingOR, is in the @WillametteWeekGiveGuide. SMART Reading provides vital one-on-one reading support and new books to keep to thousands of local kids. Please consider supporting them in the Give!Guide this year! https://giveguide.org/#smart 
    • @SMARTReadingOR helps thousands of local kids in our community become strong, confident young readers by providing one-on-one support and books to keep. Can you support them through the @WillametteWeekGiveGuide? I’d appreciate it! https://giveguide.org/#smart