The Liz Smith Center for Adult & Family Literacy

The Liz Smith Center for Adult & Family Literacy

Our bold plan to educate 3,000 new students over the next five years – to honor the memory and extraordinary legacy of Liz Smith.

Our bold plan to educate 3,000 new students over the next five years – to honor the memory and extraordinary legacy of Liz Smith.

“ The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.”

– Liz Smith

Literacy Partners Launches Campaign to Raise Funds for New Adult & Family Literacy Center in Honor of Liz Smith

We plan to establish the new Center with $6 million in initial funding and have received a leadership gift of $2 million from the estate of Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd and a $1 million pledge from the Dorothy Strelsin Foundation, along with $700K from 80+ individual benefactors.

With this funding, We have already begun three
important programs:
•  Basic Literacy to Prepare People for Jobs
•  High School Equivalency and College Transition Classes for Young Adults
•  English for Immigrant Workers
Read more about our programs

Liz Smith & The Unique Role of Literacy Partners

Liz Smith was a passionate champion for adult literacy. Her 30+ years of leadership with Literacy Partners helped us teach more than 25,000 adults to read and write and to speak English more proficiently. The lives of our students and their families have been transformed by the experience: many got better jobs, helped their children succeed in school and earned high school equivalency degrees for themselves; some have even gone on to graduate from college.
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Thanks to the generous support of the following patrons ​

We are half way toward realizing the Liz Smith Center for Adult & Family Literacy. We are grateful for your continued generosity.

Liz Smith Center Co-Chairs

Joni Evans
Lon Jacobs
Cynthia McFadden
Elizabeth Peabody

Joni Evans

Lon Jacobs

Cynthia McFadden

Elizabeth Peabody

Liz Smith Center Honorary Board

Barbara Taylor Bradford
Joan Ganz Cooney
Jacqueline Weld Drake
Katharine Raymond Hinton
Mellody Hobson

Todd Larsen
Mary Wells Lawrence
Mark Haas Foundation
NewsCorp
Sheila Nevins
Sabastian Niles
William Rondina
Lesley Stahl
John Studzinski
Mark Subias
Holland Taylor
Bruce and Emma Willis

Barbara Taylor Bradford
Joan Ganz Cooney
Jacqueline Weld Drake
Katharine Raymond Hinton
Mellody Hobson

Todd Larsen
Mary Wells Lawrence
Mark Haas Foundation
NewsCorp
Sheila Nevins

 

Sabastian Niles
William Rondina
Lesley Stahl
John Studzinski
Mark Subias

Holland Taylor
Bruce and Emma Willis

Help us reach our goal. Together, we can help 3,000 families build a brighter future.