Giving Matters

A simple concept, used to profound effect. Uniting separated families through the powerful read-aloud experience nurtures emotional bonds, cultivates dedicated young readers and transforms homecomings from tentative introductions to joyous celebrations.


The success and reach of United Through Reading relies on the contributions of individuals, family foundations, corporations and private foundations, in fact, nearly 100% of our funding comes from private sources.

We Americans, at all economic levels, believe in philanthropy. Almost three quarters of American households give, on average, $2000 each year to the causes that matter to them. We can count on you. And for that, we are grateful. The sustained, consistent support of our donors is a critical element of our success in growing our programs, reaching more families every year. Since our founding in 1989 we’ve received…

  • over 6,000 contributions
  • totaling more than $8 million
  • from more than 2,200 contributors

Give What You Can

Most Americans who don’t give to charity say they don’t give because they feel they can’t give enough to make a difference. Every dollar makes a difference. Of our 2,200 contributors, only about 300 give more than $1,000 per year. This means that every gift, whether $100 or $100,000, counts.

United Through Reading has the highest possible rating, four stars, with Charity Navigator, a leading charity rating organization. We take seriously the mandate that comes with the dollars you entrust to us. For more information or to view our IRS form 990 please visit our GuideStar listing.

Your simple act of giving today will have profound effect. Please consider giving in whatever way you can, because a broad-base of community support, donations from individuals, families and corporations, is absolutely essential to continue to provide our programs to the families we serve.