$20,000 Anonymous Donation Focuses the Lens on Local Literacy
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation President Tim Leighton presented First Book of McLean County with a $20,000 check on behalf of an anonymous donor during its annual Biaggi’s fundraiser on Monday, June 11. A copy of the letter accompanying the check was shared with attendees at the event.
According to the letter, the donor’s anonymity was intentional, “…to keep the focus where it belongs, on literacy and those working tirelessly to promote it.” Within the letter, the donor also noted the excellent coverage by the media of literacy-related stories in the community.
“During difficult financial times it is increasingly more important for nonprofit organizations with similar missions to band together to support causes like literacy,” shared veteran First Book Board Member Sheila Diaz. “Instead of competing for dollars, we work together so the dollars go further to support literacy. Networking is key to survival for all of us. We are partners, not competitors.”
“We have seen a definite increase in support for our book sales to support local literacy programs,” added Books to Benefit President Jackie Langhoff. “When an organization like First Book receives a sizable donation [like the $20,000 check], the generosity trickles down to groups like Books to Benefit. We’re thrilled to have the lens on literacy just before our June sale. It helps us raise more money for other literacy-related causes like STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County’s literacy programs.”
Books to Benefit will raise money for STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County’s literacy programs at its semiannual book sale, Thursday, June 14, through Sunday, June 17, at 360 Wylie Drive, Suite 700 in Normal (Crossroads Mall, formerly the outlet mall). For information about sale dates and times, visit www.books2benefit.com or fb.com/books2benefitbloomington.
First Book is a national award-winning nonprofit organization with a single mission: providing access to new books for children in need. Since 2002, First Book-McLean County, has given over 168,000 books to at-risk children in our local community. For more information about First Book visit www.firstbook.org/mcleancounty.