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New York Family Magazine, November 9, 2017
Spreading Love Locally: 4 Top Charities to Donate to This Season

If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2017 has been quite an emotional rollercoaster. From fraught political headlines to a myriad of natural disasters, and not to mention social justice and refugee aid movements, it seems like everywhere you turn, there is a cause in need of help. That’s why we chose to spotlight four charities that are doing a world of good right here in New York City by caring for animals, increasing literacy, helping impoverished children, and feeding hungry children. In the spirit of giving, what better way is there to teach your children how to be caring and compassionate than to give back to those less fortunate? See More

ProLiteracy, October 25, 2017
Member Spotlight: Literacy Partners of New York City

ProLiteracy directly supports our members’ programs and initiatives that have helped millions of adults gain the vital literacy skills they need. For this week’s ProLiteracy member spotlight, we want to talk about Literacy Partners. Since 1975, Literacy Partners has helped over 25,000 adults achieve better lives for themselves and their families through free education classes in New York City. See More

Publisher’s Weekly, August 18, 2017
PRH Goes to the Park

Penguin Random House has long-standing partnerships with both New York City’s Public Theater, to support its Shakespeare in the Park series, and with Literacy Partners. For this summer’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, PRH brought the two together for a special philanthropic book program. See More

mOppenheim TV, August 16, 2017
Nonprofit Spotlight: Literacy Partners Providing “Dual Generation Approach” to Education

According to the Literacy Partners website, 1.6 million adults living in New York City are not fluent in English and ultimately “lack the skills required for daily living and employment tasks beyond the most basic level.”  For adults who are parents to young children, Literacy Partners works to educate and increase English proficiency skills among low-income families. “The overall mission of Literacy Partners is to empower parents through education,” said Anthony Tassi, the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. See More

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, August 1, 2017
Fun With Books: Helping Parents Read to Their Kids

Literacy Partners has long taught adults in New York how to read and improve their English. Several years ago, the 45-year-old charity decided it also wanted to improve the academic prospects of the city’s youngest residents. So the organization reshaped its programs to focus on parents and their young children. “We’re serving the adult,” says Anthony Tassi, the group’s executive director. “But we have impact on both generations, trying to get ahead of the curve to prevent the next generation of educational failure.” See More

Crain’s New York Business, June 18, 2017
SNAPS: Literacy Partners Fundraiser

Maurice DuBois, Alina Cho


Reading was the theme of the Literacy Partners fundraiser May 24 at Cipriani 42nd Street. The organization helps adults learn to read and improve their skills. Writer and actress Jill Kargman recited passages from her book Sprinkle Glitter on my Grave. Honoree Sheila Nevins, president of documentary programming for HBO, entertained the crowd with excerpts from her best-seller You Don’t Look Your Age…and Other Fairy Tales. See More

New York Social Diary, May 30, 2017
Liz Smith: Literacy Partners Raised the Roof

“NO matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” Said Confucius.

SHEILA Nevins knocked their socks off when Literacy Partners honored her by giving her “The Lizzie Award” last week at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. This irrepressible woman read to us from her new book “You Don’t Look Your Age … and other Fairy Tales,” which just hit the New York Times Bestseller list. Read More

New York Post, May 25, 2017
Cipriani Literacy Gala Honors Fareed Zakaria Among Others

Publishing and literary world elites gathered at Cipriani 42nd Street on Wednesday evening for the Literacy Partners Evening of Readings and Gala Dinner.

The event honored CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, USA Today editor Joanne Lipman, Literacy Partners board member John Josephson and HBO documentary queen Sheila Nevins. Nevins shared a passage from her new book, “You Don’t Look Your Age . . . and Other Fairy Tales,” which recounts her comical face-lift experience. Read More

New York Social Diary, May 25, 2017
An Evening of Readings

Last night at Cipriani 42nd Street, Literacy Partners held their annual “Evening of Readings” at a fund-raising gala. Hosted by Maurice Dubois, they honored Joanna Lipman, Chief Content Officer of Gannett (Editor-in-Chief of USA Today), introduced by her friend Katie Couric; Fareed Zakaria of CNN, who was introduced by Peter Brown. Liz Smith introduced her friend HBO Documentary Film’s Sheila Nevins who was presented with the Fifth Annual “Lizzie” Award (named for Liz who with Parker Ladd and the late fashion designer Arnold Scaasi and more than a little help from their friends founded this wonderful organization). Read More

        Joanne Lipman, Katie Couric

Huffington Post, May 25, 2017
Literacy Partners Gala 2017

Abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass declared, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free”. Literacy Partners hosted their 31st annual Evening of Readings & Gala Dinner Dance on the evening of Wednesday, May 24th at Cipriani 42nd Street.

The black tie event raised 1 million to continue the organization’s mission to end illiteracy, one adult at a time. Literacy Partners strengthens families with free classes to low income and immigrant parents in New York City. With more than two million adult New Yorkers still struggling to read and write English at an 8th-grade level, Literacy Partners is taking a dual- generation approach to education. Read More

USA Today, May 25, 2017
Joanne Lipman Honored at Literacy Partners’ Gala

Literacy Partners recently honored Joanne Lipman, Gannett’s Chief Content Officer and editor-in-chief of USA TODAY and the USA TODAY NETWORK, at its Evening of Readings Gala. The event, held Wednesday the 24th at New York’s Cipriani 42nd Street, honored Lipman for her “devoted work in literacy and philanthropy.”

The fundraiser was held to further Literacy Partners’ mission to “end illiteracy, one adult at a time,” and the funds will assist in the expansion of the organization’s community-based literacy programs. Since its establishment 44 years ago, Literacy Partners has provided the greater New York City area with literacy services including free classes, serving upwards of 25,000 adults. Read More

Luxury Listings NYC, May 25, 2017
Liz Smith, Fareed Zakaria, Sheila Nevins & Jill Kargman Toast Literacy

Literacy Partners held their annual gala dinner dance at Cipriani 42nd Street yesterday raising $1 million to promote family literacy.

The black-tie event included a reading from actress Jill Kargman from her book “Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave.” Award-winning journalist Maurice DuBois was the emcee for the evening.

USA Today editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman and CNN host Fareed Zakaria were honored at the event. Longtime Literacy Partners board member John Josephson was honored with the Champion of Literacy Award and Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, was also honored with The Lizzie Award. Read More

Elizabeth Peabody, Liz Smith, Sheila Nevins

Avenue Magazine, May 25, 2017
See Liz. See Liz Raise Money.

The Michael’s lunch bunch came out in force last night at the Literacy Partners Evening of Readings & Gala Dinner Dance at Cipriani 42nd Street. The black-tie event, which honored CNN Host Fareed Zakaria, HBO documentarian Sheila Nevins, USA TODAY Editor-in-Chief Joanne Lipman, and longtime Literacy Partners board member John Josephson, and included readings from Jill Kargman and Nevins, raised $1 million to further the organization’s mission to promote family literacy.

Formed in 1973 as Literacy Volunteers of New York City, the organization gained national prominence and fundraising clout after gossip columnist Liz Smith joined its board a decade later. In 1986, she attracted the dressmaker Arnold Scaasi and his business and life partner Parker Ladd to the board. The latter organized its first gala that year. By 1991, the event was bringing in half a million dollars a year. In 2012, it gave its first Lizzie lifetime achievement award to Smith. Read More

NY1 Noticias, March 22, 2017
Protestan por recorte de fondos en programas de enseñanza de inglés para adultos

Former Literacy Partners student, Lourdes de la Cruz, spoke about the importance of adult English education at a press conference/rally for more adult literacy education funding in New York City.

Watch here.

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BBC News, June 24, 2014
Hispanic mothers learning English to be better parents

A Literacy Partners class in the South Bronx helps immigrant moms improve their English and advance their children’s early intellectual development–a key strategy in closing the achievement gap among children.

Watch the full video on BBC.

NPR, November 4, 2013
Adding Up The Cost Of Low Literacy Among Adults

Anthony Tassi, executive director of Literacy Partners, says educating adults has a multiplier effect.

“By focusing on parents, you can at once help cure the problem today and also prevent it long term,” he says, “because as you enhance parents’ skills, they will automatically transfer those skills to their children. You don’t need to do anything extra.”

Read the full article on NPR.

Faces of Philanthropy

Anthony Tassi and Literacy Partners champion Liz Smith discuss the under-recognized challenge of illiteracy in New York City.