SMART Corporate Partnership

SMART’s roots in the business community run deep, and we’ve always had ample business giving opportunities.

We were founded in 1991 by a group of business leaders who were worried about the fact that Oregon’s children were reading below grade level. Our founders understood that there was a direct connection between an effective education system and a thriving economy with a strong work force.

A year later, SMART was launched in eight schools in two cities, serving 585 children.

Today, SMART is in more than 270 sites across Oregon. We are grateful for the support of many business partners who have supported SMART with their time and resources over the years. Their support has allowed us to serve more than 199,000 children and give away more than 2.5 million books. Our business partners have played a vital part in providing Oregon with a more productive and literate workforce.

SMART Corporate Giving Opportunities

Sponsor a SMART School

SMART School Sponsors provide the financial support and employee volunteers to help the SMART program at a school of their choice thrive. For more information on SMART’s Sponsor a School program, contact Denise Harrison, SMART’s Development Officer, at 971-634-1610.

Making a Corporate Donation

There are many ways that businesses and corporations can support SMART in their local communities, including business partnerships and event sponsorships. For a menu of opportunities on how your business can invest in SMART, please contact Alayna Herr, SMART Development Officer, at 971-634-1626.

Matching Employee Gifts

Match your gift and double your support! If you work for, or are retired from, a company that matches the charitable contributions of its employees, you can double the impact of your donation. Ask your human resources office about your options to double, or even triple, your donation to SMART today.

Hold a Workplace Giving Campaign

Make SMART the beneficiary of your employee giving campaign. Employee giving campaigns raise morale and encourage team building. Whether it’s “Donate to Wear Jeans Day” or an annual Employee Giving Campaign, consider SMART as your charity of choice.  For more information on ways to partner with SMART in your workplace, please contact Myong-Hui Murphy, SMART Development Associate, at 971-634-1615.

Host a SMART Presentation for your Employees

Interested in learning more about volunteering with SMART? Our staff are happy to visit with your employees to share more about becoming involved as a SMART Reader.