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Why Give to RIF

For 45 years, RIF has been putting books into the hands and homes of our country's most vulnerable children. We encourage and motivate children to be lifelong learners, and we train caring adults to transform children into readers and book lovers.

RIF is the nation's oldest and largest children's literacy organization and has been recognized as one of America's best charities:

  • RIF received an "A" rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy.
  • Worth magazine named RIF among the "100 Best Charities."
  • New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof named RIF a featured charity in "Gifts That Say You Care."

RIF's Impact

With more than 17,000 program locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, RIF is making a difference for millions of children. Visit our interactive map to see our impact by state and to view videos that tell the "Heart of the Story."

A recent analysis of reading research confirmed the impact of RIF's core mission—that simply improving access to books improves children’s reading performance, helps children learn the basics of reading, results in children reading more and for longer lengths of time, and improves children's attitudes toward reading and learning. Please review our summaries of the critical literacy issues and our quick reference guide of recent literacy statistics, both of which illustrate the challenges RIF faces in creating a literate America. 

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