Local Foundations Award Nearly $100,000
The William R. Gumpert Foundation renewed its support for local literacy organization Words Alive in 2013. This is the sixth grant the organization has received from the Foundation in as many years.
“We’re proud to have a phenomenal community partner like Gumpert Foundation. Their investment in our mission has allowed for continued, sustainable growth in our programs, and more importantly, our impact,” said Patrick Stewart, Executive Director of Words Alive.
With this year’s $88,000 grant, Words Alive will continue its work to close the gap in interest, access and achievement in reading and literacy opportunities that many times exists for at risk and low income children, youth and families. The mission of Words Alive is to open opportunities for life success by inspiring a commitment to reading. Through Early Childhood Services, Teen Services and Community Programs, Words Alive serves 1,400 children, youth and families in San Diego County each month.
Another local group, The Boys and Girls Foundation, awarded a $5,000 grant in March to Words Alive to support the organization’s Adolescent Book Groups.
With these significant investments, the Gumpert Foundation and Boys and Girls Foundation partner in the Words Alive’s mission to dramatically reduce illiteracy in the San Diego community through the use of vital, innovative programs and partnerships that reach out to the County’s most underserved populations.