SMART 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 love of reading and learning in Oregon’s children. Over the 2015-2016 school year, 222 individuals and families gave $1,000 or more to bring the SMART program to children in need of reading and mentoring support in their local communities. Thank you for your support! We are sincerely grateful for your generosity.

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SMART Circle

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

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Leaders for Literacy

Leaders for Literacy is SMART’s special giving society that recognizes our most generous individual supporters each year. Leaders for Literacy members have made significant investments in the SMART program in their local communities; we are truly grateful for their partnership as we work to bring SMART 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’s executive leadership. Members are also welcome to visit a local SMART site to see the program in action. Thank you for your generous support and for being a member of the SMART family!
To learn more about SMART Circle or Leaders for Literacy, contact Denise Harrison, SMART’s Development Officer, at 971-634-1610 or dharrison@getsmartoregon.org.

Legacy Society

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

To qualify, donors simply include SMART in their estate plans (such as naming SMART 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 and bequeath to Oregon Children’s Foundation dba SMART (Tax ID #93-1051724), a nonprofit corporation located at 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 programs ____________ (throughout Oregon or in a specific county(ies)).

For more information, contact Sharon Benson at 971.634.1620 or sbenson@getsmartoregon.org

Special Thanks to Our Oregon Reads Aloud Sponsors:

Arlene Schnitzer, NW Natural, Powell’s Books, Regence, The Oregon Community Foundation, The Standard, and Wieden+Kennedy have provided the funding for Oregon Reads Aloud, a collection of 25 read-aloud stories for kids celebrating SMART’s 25th anniversary. Click here to learn more about this special project. Thank you for your commitment to empowering kids for reading and learning success.

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Thanks to the Walmart Foundation for making SMART a 2016-17 grantee.

Their contribution will provide funding for 100 SMART students this year.

Thanks to the Oregon Cultural Trust for making SMART a 2017 grantee.

Their contribution will provide funding for culturally-specific books.

Thanks to the Spirit Mountain Community Fund and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.

They awarded SMART a $40,000 grant to fund SMART programs for PreK and kindergarten students in eight counties in 2017 and 2018.