The ability to read empowers a child for a lifetime of learning, but we can’t do it without you.


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A gift of any amount will make a difference. Below are a few ways you can fight illiteracy in our community.

Make a difference year round by becoming a monthly donor to Literacy First.
Donate now at UT Austin’s online giving page at any amount, starting at $5 per month.

Are you a UT Austin employee? Consider becoming a monthly donor with a pre-tax donation to Literacy First each pay period! Click here for more info.

Not ready to become a monthly donor?
No problem! Click here to make a one-time gift on UT’s secure giving page.

You can support early literacy by sending gifts in the mail. Mail checks to:
Literacy First
Charles A. Dana Center

The University of Texas at Austin
1616 Guadalupe St., Suite 3.206
Austin, Texas 78701

The impact of your gift to Literacy First may be doubled or possibly tripled!
Many corporations will match your charitable gift dollar-for-dollar. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Click here to see if your organization will match your donation to Literacy First.

By including Literacy First in your retirement and estate planning, you can diminish your tax burdens while supporting early literacy.
Considering making a planned gift to Literacy First? Click here for more info on planned giving or email our Development Director, Rachel Mallernee.

Are you a UT employee?
If you work at The University of Texas Austin, you can give to Literacy First through payroll deduction. Just select “Natural Sciences, College of” in Step 1 and type "Literacy First" in the box in Step 2.

Corporate and Foundation Gifts
Forming partnerships with foundations and corporations enables Literacy First to teach even more children how to read each year. Contact Rachel Mallernee for more information by email or phone at 512-471-4924.

Literacy First, formerly named ACE: A Community for Education, is a program of the Charles A. Dana Center in the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. We are fully self-supporting through grants and donations from individuals.