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Reading to Kids 2020 Annual Fund Drive!
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Our goal is to raise $60,000 from 600 donors.

Totals to date:
$20,805 from 211 donors

Help kids stay connected through books by contributing to Reading to Kids' 2020 Annual Fund Drive!

Each year, from the October to the December reading clubs, we ask our supporters to help us inspire underserved children with a love of reading by making a donation to Reading to Kids.

Reading to Kids has been able to thrive thanks to the thousands of hours of participation by teachers, administrators, parents, volunteers, and elementary school children
(click here for program statistics) and thanks to generous financial contributions by foundations, businesses, agencies, and individuals like you.

In May 1999, Reading to Kids held its first reading club with 20 students and 8 volunteers at Gratts Elementary School. Twenty one years later across eight elementary partner schools, an average of 287 Reading to Kids volunteers read to 554 children each month up to February, with an average of 91 volunteers reading to 253 children since we began using Zoom in May!

Kids emerge from our program with more enthusiasm for reading, books for their home library, stronger school libraries, personal relationships with volunteers, and changed attitudes for reading in English! Reading to Kids appears to be one of the few extracurricular activities available to students right now.

To sustain and expand our program, we need your help!  Your donation will help to purchase hardcover books for elementary school libraries in low-income communities, fund book donations directly to children and parents to help them develop their own home libraries, and expand our program into new schools and communities.

Please join us by donating to Reading to Kids today.

If you have any questions regarding the Annual Fund Drive, please feel free to contact Charlie Orchard at the Reading to Kids office at (310) 479-7455 or by email at Charlie.Orchard @

Thank you for your support!

Thanks to Our 2020 Annual Fund Drive Participants!
Aina Abad
Mary Abdo
Melissa Ablan Smyth
Sana Ahmed
Alisa Alexander
Camille Alick
Brooke Amaral
Rene Amy
Alexandrina Andre
Anonymous (5)
Amy Applebaum on behalf of Jim Ostiller
Holly Axe
Lulu Bailey
Brenda Baity
Alyson Beckman
Wendy Bennett
Kathryn Bergh
KenSue Blinkal
Elizabeth Bluestein in honor of Jim Ostiller
Jeff Boehm
Ted Boyce
Patricia Briggs
Patrick Brown
Anthony Brown
Jessica Brown-Clark
Barrett Buss
Carlos Butler
Tammy Buulap
Jamie Chazen
Robyn Chew
Jessica Chong
Wanda Colar
Rachel Corell & Adam Zelin
Robin Cresiski
Meredith Cruse
Lesley Daniels
Alan de Leon
Lor DG
Ruth Mary & Alfonso Diy
Marqui Doria
Diane Duffy
Diane Duffy
Eric Dunlap
Ellen Dunlap
Kimberly Dunne on behalf of Jim Ostiller
Nikki Duplessis
Jill Durkin
Sarah Effinger
Tina Epstein
Ryan Erickson-Kulas
Mark Evans
Melinda Ezzo
Jeremy Falcone
Donald Fisher Sweetnam
Addi Gaash
Bobby Garcia
Rebecca Gimple
Marlo Goldstein on behalf of Jim Ostiller
Melody Goodman
Mechell Graham
Harley Grant
Lori Greenberg
Nathaniel Greene
Gloria Greengard
Martin Gross
Christina Guevarra
Kirstin Harper-Smith
Paul Heinzman
Jen Hendrickson
Bernice Hernandez
Gina Heron
Joanna Hess
Jeannette Hilgert
Kenneth Hoo
Heather Horn
Michelle Hovanetz
Hung Family Charitable Fund in memory of Jim Ostiller
Shabnum & Ali Husain
Nicole Jabanoski
Talethe & Michael Jackson
Barbara Jacobs
Elise James
Joyce Jastrzab
Mona Javdan
Gregory Jeffers
Mary Jendrucko
Katie Jones
Matthew Jones
Amelia Kacena
Holly Kaplan
Amie Kashon
Jason Kennedy
Paul Keo
Karen Kirk
Diane Kirk
Karen Kiss
Kleiner Cohen Foundation
Lynzee Klingman
Judith & Barry Kritzberg
Christine Kurek in honor of Jim Ostiller
Erick Lankey
Dan Lantz
Samuel Laskey
Alexa Leyvas
Jenny Lin
Bryan Lucas
Gus Lynch
Lisa Mandel
Claire Manneh on behalf of Jim Ostiller
Nick Marini
Christopher Martin
Carole Martin
Raul Martinez
Tony Mastria
Laura McDonald
Margaret McFadyen
Candice McFadyen
Lorraine McIntire
Kerrin McMahan
Callie Miller
Chris Miller
Shana Mintz in memory of Jim Ostiller
Brian Mitchell
Amol Mody
Michelle Moore
Lori Moose
Greg Morishige
Kristy & Sean Morris
Sheryl Nakano
Nish Narayan
Vicky Nesia
Jordan Neysmith
Michael Ng
Tina Nides
Andrew Nordin
Presilah Nunez
Phebe Ogami
Jami Olson
Carrie & Charlie Orchard
Cathy Ostiller
James & Rosemarie Ostiller
Ryan Ostiller
Richard Ostiller
Karen Ostiller
Kimberly Ostiller in honor of Jim Ostiller
Patricia Ostiller in honor of Jim Ostiller
Lisa Palombo on behalf of Jim Ostiller
Satya Persaud
Andrew Provenzano
Jane Rascoff
Anne Ream
Janiece Richard
David Rickard
Heather and Herb Rim
Margaret Robinette
Amanda Roth
Mariel Rubio
Rienna Rushing
Nicole Ryan on behalf of Jim Ostiller
Karoline Saffi
Roz Salzman
Wingo Sam
Melissa Sanders
Emily Sandersfeld
Tina Sanderson
Meera Sanghani
Jeff Sargeant
Jennifer Sarkissian
Ann Schwab
Jacqueline Scrivens
Ben Shields
Kristin & Rich Shimano
Court Smythe
Stephanie Suntwanuparp
Susan Suyeyoshi
Noelle Swanson
Armin Szatmary
Ashley Tabaddor
Stephen Taylor
Kathleen Teal
Stephanie Thai
Peter Thaler
Kelsey Thomas
Stan Thompson
Morgan Thrower
Jon Tomlin
Michelle Toscas
Debbie Vassil
Joy Vest
Ceal Vignovich
Kincaid Walker
Alice Walker
Janet Webb
Wendy Weiss
Jackie Wilcox
Shelagh Wilcox Saenz
Jennifer Willis
Kori Wilson
Ayaba Wilson
Ray Wisbrock
Shelbs Wong
Wai Lin Yip
Elizabeth Yoon
Rory Zacher
Sandra Zeitzew on behalf of Jim Ostiller
Betsy Zimbalist
If your name should be included in this list, please contact us at info @ to let us know.

 How to Participate

Donate by check:
  Please click here to submit a pledge form to Reading to Kids and then mail your donation to:
  Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Boulevard, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Donate Online via PayPal:
(no PayPal account required)
If using the PayPal app on your phone, send money to

More Donation Options...
  Click here to review more donation options, including (1) setting up a recurring credit card donation,
(2) listing items for sale on eBay with some of the proceeds going to Reading to Kids,
(3) registering your grocery store club cards through eScrip and Ralphs, and
(4) registering for FREE with Amazon Smile to donate 0.5% of your purchases to Reading to Kids!

Help us Fundraise!
  Supporters who would like to encourage family and friends to donate to Reading to Kids can use our Reading to Kids donor sheet OR Fundraise for us on Facebook.

Click here for additional fundraising materials, including a sample email to send to family and friends!

 What Can Your Dollars Buy?

Here are some examples* of how your contribution can make a difference in the lives of the young readers we work with each month:
$5 4 take-home prize books for participating kids
$18 15 take-home prize books for participating kids
$50 4 hardcover read-aloud books
$125 100 take-home prize books for participating kids
$250 20 hardcover read aloud books
$400 1 month worth of read-aloud books at one school
$625 500 take-home prize books for participating kids
$850 All of the reading club expenses (books, supplies, and food) for month of reading clubs at one school
$1,250 1,000 take-home prize books for participating kids
$10,000 All of the reading club expenses (books, supplies, and food) for one year of reading clubs at one school
*Note: All prices and purchases are approximations that illustrate the cost of these items for Reading to Kids
Special thanks to our top
fundraiser Angels in 2020!

Become a Reading to Kids Angel
by gathering at least 10 donations!

Matthew Jones
(41 Donors, $3,018 so far )

Mariel Rubio
(6 Donors, $315 so far )

Emily Sandersfeld
(6 Donors, $150 so far )

Check back soon for more
Angels to be listed here!