Category Archives: Funding

Thank you for your support of Family Literacy!

Give to the Max Day 2016 was successful thanks to the generosity of several donors. We are happy to report that we easily met a $500 matching gift that was given in memory of Staff Sergeant Adam Thomas. Several donors gave in memory of Adam on #GTMD16 and in the days that followed. We raised nearly $1,800, which is a great start to our $30,000 Families Learning Family Literacy Campaign. These funds will allow us to add one or more family literacy classes in 2017 with an early childhood and adult education teacher working side by side with volunteer tutors to teach and learn from English language learner families.

We hope to finish our first targeted campaign by the end of February in time for a celebration on March 2, 2017, which also happens to be “Read Across America Day.” If you are interested in learning more about our plans or want to be involved, please contact Candace at 507-401-7337, or email



Growing Give to the Max in SW MN

IMG_0818 Thanks go to Stacy Frost, Director of Development for the SMSU Foundation, for arranging a meeting place for nonprofit staff and community members to gather on Give to the Max Day.  We are already making plans for 2016 to have a bigger community event that brings together more people.  Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce’s Brad Gruhot noted that it would be great to see more area non-profits, schools, and religious organizations participate in the “Minnesota Day of Giving.” Thanks go to donors who have contributed to Literacy Volunteers of Southwest Minnesota and to all area organizations who are making our communities better places.

Give to the Max – and double your donation!

GTMD Logo_GrayscaleGive to the Max Day is almost here, and GiveMN has taken many steps to ensure that the site will run better this year.  You can make your pledge before 11/13/14 to avoid the wait time.

Your donation to Literacy Volunteers will be doubled in value because of a $15,000 challenge grant we have from the Otto Bremer Foundation.

What are you supporting?

  • Matching an adult learner with a tutor who can help the learner improve his or her English, pass the GED test, help her kids with homework, advance at his job, or prepare for college.
  • An after-school program for middle schools students from English language learner families that offers enrichment opportunities in STEAM (Science-Tech-Engineering-the Arts-Math) literacy.
  • In-school classroom support for beginning and intermediate English language learners at Marshall High School
  • Family literacy programs
  • Intro to computer use classes for adults, including seniors who are eager to travel the information highway.

Even if you cannot donate this week, you can go to and make an online donation at any time between now and May 1, 2015.  You can even set up a regular monthly donation.  If you prefer to write a check, we happily take those as well.  You can mail donations to us at: Literacy Volunteers of Southwest Minnesota, P.O. Box 737, Marshall, MN 56258.

GiveMN will email you a receipt for tax purposes, and we will also document this donation. If you mail your donation, we will send you a letter of receipt.

Thanks for your help!