Glaucia gives to support immigrant families

“I wish there had been a program like this for my parents when we were new to America. It allows kids to stay kids when parents can speak and access information for themselves.”

Upcoming Book Sale in June

Thank you to everyone who has donated their used books! Literacy Network books sales help raise hundreds of dollars to support literacy education. Join us June 8 and 9 (times below) for the next big sale!

Match Challenge goal exceeded, raising more than $266,000 from the community at the end of 2017 

On Thursday, November 9th, Literacy Network announced a match challenge of $125,000 from several of our most loyal and generous donors. By the end of the evening, additional donors contributed $68,800.

I am an assembly person at Ultratec and worked there for 7 years.  I use English a lot.  My supervisor told me that my English is better than when I started.  When I started I learned everything by watching their hands.  I did not understand what they were saying.” – Celia Gomez who spoke at our Growing Through Literacy Reception

We are happy to share that 89 donors helped us exceed our match goal, raising $141,760 by the end of 2017!   We are so grateful to the donors who believe in this work. Gifts to the capital campaign ensure that we can continue to increase the number of students served.  They ensure that our doors remain open and welcoming to all the adults who need to improve their literacy skills.
Thank you for being part of adult literacy education. Thank you for moving us closer to the goal of raising $3 million to increase our impact. The campaign will continue in 2018 as we work to ensure that more students have access to services in Dane County.

2016 was an amazing year thanks to your dedication to adult learners.

On September 12, we moved into our new learning center, expanding our space by more than three times. Most importantly, the new learning center provides dignity and respect to adults who have had negative experiences with education. You opened doors to new opportunity for nearly 1,200 adults. Thank you so much for your support!

As you’ll see in this report, we have celebrated many amazing achievements – people who became U.S. citizens, helped their children succeed in school, got new jobs, and gained promotions because of their hard work in our individualized literacy programs. Lupe is a student in one of our customized workplace English programs at North Central Group. Lupe says the classes have helped make communicating with guests and coworkers easier. She’s not afraid to answer the phone, and she finds it much easier to speak with the maintenance crew. Her goal is to become a housekeeping manager by taking classes to improve her English. We were honored to partner with NCG, their employees, and so many other organizations and companies in Dane County to reach more adults in 2016.

1 in 7 adults in Dane County needs us. With a new facility, more community support, and increased numbers served, we are poised to continue meeting the literacy needs of residents here in Dane County. We thank you for your continued dedication to supporting the hopes and dreams of adults and families in Dane County.


Jeff Burkhart, Executive Director
Maureen Miner, Board President

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Rennebohm Foundation boosts Literacy Network capital campaign over two-million-dollar mark with $50,000 gift

Literacy Network and Madison Path to Citizenship receive UW-Madison Community-University Partnerships Award

$250,000 Challenge and Match


A group of very generous donors has stepped up to issue a $250,000 challenge. Gifts to the campaign of any amount from now until January 31 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $250,000.

Your gifts will help Literacy Network build capacity to double the number of adult learners we serve. Here’s a snapshot of our services this fall:

  • More than 730 people are participating in Literacy Network classes
  • 252 of those adults are receiving one on one tutoring
  • 283 volunteers are serving our adult learners
  • The session began with 114 learners on the waiting list
  • Individuals may have to wait up to 6 months for a tutor

Imagine no waiting lists. Imagine every adult in Dane County who wants to improve their literacy skills and their lives has the opportunity to do so. Imagine children being read to by their parents at home. Imagine people filling out job applications confidently. Imagine people being able to read prescription labels and stop unnecessary trips to the hospital. It is all possible!

Please make your gift to our Growing Through Literacy campaign today and open the doors of opportunity for hundreds of our Dane County neighbors.

Thank you to The Goodman Foundation, Madison Community Foundation, US Bank, Tom Terry, Bea and Lau Christensen, Findorff, Dave and Terri Beck-Engel, and Fred and Nancy Gants for coming together to issue this challenge and match.




Grand Opening Photo Gallery

Thank you to all who joined us for the official Grand Opening of Literacy Network’s new learning center. We had a great time and the place was packed! Here are a few photos from the evening.

Photo Credit: Marcus Miles Photography


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Grand Opening Celebration

Please join us for our Grand Opening of our brand new home on Wednesday, October 26 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at 701 Dane St., Madison, Wisconsin 53713. 

We will have a short program featuring Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, Madison College President Jack Daniels III, a learner and Literacy Network board member along with a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of our new learning center! During the program we’ll be making an announcement about a gift to the campaign that will help propel us forward.

After the ribbon cutting, enjoy appetizers, cake and a tour of the new building!

Inside, we will unveil our beautiful donor wall created in collaboration with Dane Arts. All donors who contributed at least $1,000 will be recognized. If you have not yet contributed to the campaign, you may do so now!

Hope to see you at the Grand Opening party! Please RSVP here.



A Learner Success Story

Congratulations to Lyjya Miles, who was sworn into the Madison Police Department this week! THIS is why we do what we do!

See more of NBC 15’s coverage here: