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October 4, 2012

Reading Partners Featured as High-Quality Nonprofit on Focusing Philanthropy

Oakland, CA October 4, 2012 — Today Focusing Philanthropy announced that they will feature Reading Partners as a “best-in-class” education nonprofit to watch. This honor will be coupled with a matching grant to support a new school launch in the 2012-2013 school year that is just beginning.

Focusing Philanthropy identifies, evaluates and presents high-impact nonprofits as candidates for personal philanthropy. The organization’s prestigious reputation will help support Reading Partners during a period of exponential growth.

“We are honored to be featured by Focusing Philanthropy,” said Reading Partners CEO, Michael Lombardo. “Our programs are driven by data and evidence-based decision-making so we are encouraged to see philanthropy moving in this direction. We applaud the efforts of organizations like Focusing Philanthropy to ensure that in these tight economic times every dollar goes where it counts.”

This year Reading Partners will provide one-on-one volunteer-led literacy tutoring in 101 schools across 6 states and 35 school districts. Last year Reading Partners volunteers gave over 100,000 hours to tutor low-income elementary school students and they had an 89% success rate in improving students’ reading skills.

“Reading Partners is exactly the type of organization that Focusing Philanthropy is set up to identify, evaluate and support: it has a proven record of achieving significant results in addressing a pressing problem, and it has demonstrated a capacity for significant growth,” said Focusing Philanthropy Founder, Larry Gilson. “We support — and encourage others to support — organizations such as this where incremental donations have a high likelihood of achieving substantial, leveraged impact.”

About Reading Partners

As a national literacy intervention nonprofit, Reading Partners’ vision is that all children in this nation will have the reading skills they need to reach their full potential. In the 2012-13 school year, Reading Partners will serve over 100 elementary schools throughout California, Washington DC, New York City, Dallas, Baltimore, and Denver.

First introduced in California in 1999, Reading Partners provides twice-a-week one-on-one volunteer tutoring to students at Title I schools who have fallen behind in reading. According to pre- and post-program assessments, the organization has an 89% success rate in improving academic achievement for children who have fallen behind in reading skills. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Focusing Philanthropy

Focusing Philanthropy identifies non-profit organizations as candidates for personal philanthropy, helping donors gain confidence that funds or time contributed are achieving the greatest possible impact. Following a rigorous evaluation process, Focusing Philanthropy encourages support for a small number of extraordinary opportunities to make a significant difference in building community infrastructure and helping individuals achieve greater self-sufficiency and income potential. Only about 5% of organizations considered by Focusing Philanthropy meet its screening criteria and are showcased.

About half of the organizations and opportunities Focusing Philanthropy presents target needs within the United States and the rest are international. All donations made through Focusing Philanthropy to listed opportunities are tax-deductible and 100% of donated dollars go to the designated recipient organization without any deduction for overhead or administrative costs or credit card fees. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook.

Media Contact: Susanna Thornton / (510) 333-7322 /

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