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Toyota, one of the nation's most successful corporations, began a partnership with NCFL in 1991. In addition to a commitment of more than $50 million, Toyota has also contributed a wealth of in-kind support — including advertising, planning and management expertise — to form one of the most progressive corporate/nonprofit partnerships in the nation.
Three major programs have been developed through the Toyota partnership based on the family literacy model of parents and children learning together. These models have influenced federal and state legislation, leveraged local dollars to support family literacy and led to successful programs being replicated across the country.
NCFL received its very first donation in 1989 from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust to promote and implement family literacy programming, first in Kentucky and North Carolina and later nationwide. The Kenan Family Literacy Model in part laid the groundwork for 30 years of subsequent family literacy and family learning programming developed by NCFL.
Kenan has continued to support NCFL’s place-based family literacy programs since our inception. Most recently, they invested in the organization’s Innovation Fund, which will launch emerging ideas and programmatic evolutions in the multigenerational learning space.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation began partnering with
NCFL in 2006. A signature effort of this partnership is the National Literacy
resource that launched in 2010 and strives to reach the 35.7 million adults
ages 18-64 who do not have a high school diploma by guiding them to
better-paying, more stable jobs.
The National Literacy Directory contains over
10,000 educational agencies located across the United States and has a
dedicated toll-free number to help support those wanting to pursue educational
opportunities in their communities.
General also provides support for development of
NCFL’s innovative family learning resources centered on financial literacy and
Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®.
PNC Grow Up Great believes deeply in the power of high-quality early childhood education and provides innovative opportunities that assist families, educators and community organizations to enhance children's learning and development.
PNC Grow Up Great has partnered with NCFL since 1994 to advance early literacy and learning resources for vulnerable families. Current efforts supported by PNC include a collaborative initiative in two at-risk Detroit communities that engages families to support vocabulary development for children under age 5.
NCFL's work is also featured on the PNC Grow Up Great Lesson Center website. The Lesson Center includes over 100 free, high-quality preschool lesson plans and research-based instructional techniques and strategies. All lesson plans contain Home/School Connections printouts, in English and Spanish, to help families extend and reinforce the learning at home.
Better World Books selected NCFL as its domestic literacy
partner in 2005 and has raised more than $1 million to support NCFL’s work and donated
more than $15 million to support literacy and education efforts worldwide.
Better World Books is a triple-bottom-line online bookstore, working equally
for people, planet and profit. Each book purchased powers literacy across the
Better World Books’ support of NCFL has provided books and workshops to
families after Hurricane Katrina, donated large book donations to literacy
programs and families nationwide and fueled innovative family literacy and
learning programs and resources in libraries, schools and community-based
organizations. In addition to their work for literacy and education, Better
World Books diverts books from landfills and offers carbon-balanced shipping.
NCFL has partnered with the
Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University
since 2001, working collaboratively to further research, professional development,
and policy efforts for family literacy and intergenerational learning.
The work of this partnership
includes, but is not limited to, a strong research strand at NCFL's national
annual convening, the Families Learning Summit; advocacy for family literacy
and learning to further support for and inclusion of family-focused education
in new and ongoing legislation; and dissemination of the latest research, resources, information, and professional development opportunities for literacy and
learning practitioners and advocates, including the Certificate in Family Literacy provided by the Goodling Institute.