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Each week during the school year, thousands of Oregon children wait eagerly for their SMART volunteer to share a fun experience with books and reading. SMART’s unique program, blending early childhood reading support and adult mentoring, provides the one-on-one attention many at-risk children need to gain reading skills and self-confidence. Each child also receives two books each month to take home and keep to inspire a love of reading outside the classroom.

But, we cannot do this alone.

SMART is funded almost entirely by private donations from foundations, businesses, and individuals. Less than 10 percent of our funding comes from government sources. A donation to SMART ensures we can recruit, train, and manage our statewide network of more than 5,000 volunteers while providing vital reading support and getting books into the hands of kids who need them most.

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Donate now online, by calling 877-598-4633 or by sending a check payable to SMART, 101 SW Market St., Portland, OR 97201.

Your Donation Stays Local!

Donations stay in the donor’s county unless otherwise specified. If a donor lives outside of the state or in a county without SMART programs, donations are applied to the area of greatest need.

SMART’s Federal Tax ID number is 93-1051724.

Leave a SMART Legacy

Consider including SMART in your estate plans. Contributors who name SMART as a beneficiary in their will, living trust, life insurance policy or retirement plan become members of SMART’s Legacy Society, a special giving society to recognize these dedicated supporters. For more information, please contact Sharon Benson, SMART’s Senior Development Officer, at 971-634-1620, or email sbenson@getsmartoregon.org.