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FAQ: How to Donate to RIF

How can I donate to RIF?

By mail: 
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc.
Development Department
1730 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036

By phone:
Call the development staff toll-free at 1-888-725-4801. 

Go to our secure donation page.  

Additional options:
You can also contribute through workplace giving, honor and memorial donations, bequeaths in wills, and many other ways. For more information, please visit our Other Ways to Give page

How much of my donation is used to support RIF’s literacy programs?

Roughly 90 cents of every dollar of private donations goes directly to supporting RIF programs. RIF works hard to keep administrative costs low and to make sure that the vast majority of your donation goes to our literacy programs. Based on our last Form 990 submitted to the IRS for fiscal year 2009, and the formula provided by the Federal Government, 9.8 percent of our budget is spent on fundraising and administrative costs. 

How can I get my employer to match my gift to RIF?

Hundreds of corporations around the country match employee gifts to charitable organizations. Ask your Human Resources department if your employer matches gifts; typically, the employee completes a short form and sends it to RIF, and we do the rest. Matching gifts are a great way to double—or, in some cases, even triple—the impact of your gift.

Can I donate used books to RIF?

RIF does not accept donations of used books. Try contacting your local library or community center for ideas on where to donate them.

How can my company partner with RIF?

RIF has a long history of developing successful and sustained business relationships with a variety of companies. By applying private-sector business strategies, RIF develops and executes marketing programs tailored to meet a company’s business objectives, while raising support to purchase books and provide exciting and effective literacy programs. There are a variety of ways companies can work with RIF, including:

  • Tailored retail and trade promotions
  • Branded materials
  • Product/event tie-ins
  • Employee volunteer opportunities
  • Sponsorship of RIF’s special literacy programs
  • Workplace giving campaigns.

Learn more about our work with corporations and foundations, or contact our development staff toll-free at 1-888-725-4801.

For more information about giving to RIF, please visit the Donate section of our website or send us an email

FAQ: How to Donate to RIF