Thank you for helping us spread the word about our crowdfunding campaign to provide books for children in SMART!

Click here to view our CrowdRise campaign page.

Sample Email Message:

As you may know, SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) is an early literacy organization with which I’m involved. SMART connects thousands of kids and adults across Oregon for shared one-on-one reading each year, and gives kids books to keep. Since 1992, SMART has given away over 2.5 million books, and helped lay the foundation for a lifetime of literacy and learning for nearly 200,000 kids.

Right now, you have the opportunity to support SMART through a crowdfunding challenge that could raise up to $125,000 for the organization. That is huge! SMART has already raised the $6,000 necessary to be eligible for up to $100,000 in grants and is now in the running to receive an additional $25,000 gift. Here’s the catch: To receive the $25,000, SMART has to be one of the top two organizations in the challenge when it ends on Friday, May 11. 

Can you help by making a gift or spreading the word to folks in your community? We need everyone’s support to provide books for children:

  • $10 buys four new giveaway books for one SMART student
  • $40 buys new giveaway books (14) for one SMART student for an entire year
  • $300 provides all the resources needed for one SMART student for an entire year

Please join us! When we read together, we succeed together. I hope you’ll take a moment to support SMART and spread the word. Click here to view SMART’s CrowdRise page, and click here to visit SMART’s website.

Thank you for your consideration!

P.S. If you choose to make a donation, you’ll be prompted to select a team. You can select “SMART Supporter” or “Oregon Children’s Foundation” as your team, or create your own. No matter which team you select, your gift will go to SMART!

Sample Social Media Posts


@StartMakingAReaderToday is currently one of the top 10 organizations in the @acommunitythrives fundraising challenge. Help SMART win up to $125,000 to support our work fostering a love of reading in kids by being in the top 2 by May 11!


One book can change a child’s life. Imagine what 14 can do. @StartMakingAReaderToday is participating in the @acommunitythrives fundraising challenge from @USAToday to support SMART’s work providing 14 new books for nearly 11,000 Oregon kids. Join the challenge:



Join @getsmartoregon today in getting books in the hands of kids by participating in the @ACThrive challenge:

When we read together, we succeed together. Help @getsmartoregon provide books for kids in Oregon by participating in the @ACThrive challenge!

Help @getsmartoregon take home up to $125K to provide books for Oregon kids by participating in the @ACThrive challenge!