Literacy ends poverty. With magazines for every reading age, interest, and language, magazines and comics are the most powerful literacy engines on the planet. Our passion is to create the largest literacy marketplace in the world!
The seed for MagazineLiteracy.org was planted in 1994, while organizing community hunger relief efforts. We realized that homes without food, a basic necessity, probably had very few reading materials – a major factor that contributes to a cycle of illiteracy and poverty for children and families. We felt that magazines and comics were special and untapped for literacy, so set out to provide the reading materials that we all love to feed children and families hungry to read.
The Magazine Publishers Family Literacy Project – a 501(c)(3) charity – was launched in time to celebrate the United Nation’s International Literacy Day in 2004 with a mission to deliver the joy of reading magazines and comics to at-risk children and families, while strengthening their literacy skills and self-esteem. Since then, we’ve supplied new and recycled magazines and comics to hundreds of thousands of at-risk children and families. Early successes were made possible by financial support from Austin Kiplinger and his family, with the counsel of Managing Editor Ted Miller at Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine, generous annual grants from Foster Printing, and sponsorship from the Majeski Foundation, Pretium Partners, Prince Sports, and Stacie Jones, a Harlem Subway Sandwich Shop owner.
With favorite new magazines and comics sponsored by local businesses and consumers, and surplus and gently read, recycled magazines and comics rescued from throughout the supply chain – publishers, printers, distributors, wholesalers, newsstands, and consumers – MagazineLiteracy.org puts wonderful reading materials into the hands, homes, and hearts of children and families who want to learn and love to read.
Help us change the world – one reader, one magazine at a time.