$42,051 raised from 354 donors
Goal: $40,000 from donors
SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)


SMART pairs community volunteers with children to provide reading support and books to keep. Through one-on-one reading sessions, SMART volunteers model a love of reading and build children’s reading skills and self-confidence in a positive, child-guided environment.

Bottom Line for Portland

With the help of 5,000 community volunteers, SMART will reach 11,300 children this school year with weekly one-on-one reading sessions, giving them more than 150,000 new books to keep. More than 95 percent of participating students show improvement in literacy development measures.

“[My daughter] started this year below grade level and has soared beyond. More importantly, her passion for reading has been ignited, she believes in herself, in her skills and loves to discover where stories will take her.”

—SMART parent

Business Partners

The first 200 donors of $100 or more will receive $20 to Jam on Hawthorne.

For each gift, a donor will provide a book pack—containing 14 new books—for a SMART reader to keep (up to 3,500 books).

Oregon Cultural Trust Nonprofit Partner