Charitable Partners

Goal: Interested in supporting education? Your wedding donations to this fund will be distributed by I Do Foundation to organizations that are providing every child with equal access to a quality education regardless of income, race, gender, or geography.

National Center for Family Literacy
Mission Statement: NCFL inspires and engages families in the pursuit of education and learning together.

Center for Law and Education

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF)
Mission Statement: To motivate young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8.

First Book
Mission Statement: First Book provides access to new books to children in need.

Algebra Project Network
Mission Statement: The strategy of the Algebra Project for the issue of math and education reform of the country's public school systems is a marriage of, on the one hand, insights gained from the organizing traditions of the Civil Rights Movement, and on the other, the sudden appearance of math literacy on par with reading and writing literacy caused by the shift from industrial to information age technologies. The Project has used organizing techniques of the Civil Rights Movement to work the demand side of math and education reform. It has raised in the public arena math literacy as a civil right and it has raised within a nucleus of young minority students the issue of math literacy as knowledge work. Such work is long-term and requires deep-rooted commitment over the next several generations. However, it appears to have a sound historical grounding. It takes advantage of a world-wide technological evolution which will play itself out across the 21st century, and push mathematics and quantitative literacy more and more to the forefront of the literacies required for citizenship in democratic countries. It injects into this technological era the only strategy that has successfully revolutionized race relations in this country, namely, the creation at the grassroots level of a demand for change among the people most debilitated by the current arrangements. i.e. It was not until the Sharecroppers demanded the right to vote in the early 1960s that the coalition of forces advocating on their behalf were able to break through the powerful institutional obstacles to their obtaining the right to vote.

It is important and useful to point out that the subtext of the movement for the right to vote in Mississippi was illiteracy. In the Mississippi Delta following the Civil War, the institution of Sharecropping promoted illiteracy among a whole people. When SNCC field secretaries took illiterate Sharecroppers to the polls to demand their political rights, they raised the argument that a people who have been denied literacy through political arrangements could not be denied access to politics because they were illiterate. Because Sharecroppers were refugeed by the millions into every urban area of the country from the end of WWII to the end of the 1960s, Sharecropper Education, the education of lowest expectations, was spread and currently thrives in every urban school district in the country. Accordingly, it is useful to point out that the subtext for the current illiteracy in these urban schools is the historical, political disenfranchisement of African Americans.

Room To Read
Mission Statement: Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
Room to Read focuses on two critical areas of educational development where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Under these two initiatives, Room to Read implements five core programmes: School Libraries, Book Publishing, School Construction, Reading and Writing Instruction, and Girls' Education.

United Negro College Fund
Mission Statement: Since UNCF was founded in 1944, opportunities for African American and other minority youths have increased dramatically. But the national need for minority education has proven as timeless as UNCF's motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste" Far too many African American and other minority students still lack the financial and other support or the rigorous pre-college education they need to gain admission to and succeed in college.

It is to the success, in school and beyond, of these young men and women that UNCF is dedicated, as much today as it was when it was founded.

"I Have A Dream" Foundation
Mission Statement: The "I Have A Dream" Foundation empowers children in low-income communities to achieve higher education and fulfill their leadership potential by providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond. By helping our Dreamers gain access to college, we are putting our Dreamers on a different academic and life trajectory, while having a broader impact on the students' families and the generations that follow.
Mission Statement: makes it easy to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers across America create classroom project requests on our site, and you can give to the project that most inspires you. When a project reaches its funding goal, we ship the materials to the school. You'll get photos of the project taking place, thank-yous from the classroom, and insight into how every dollar was spent.

Citizen Schools
Mission Statement: Citizen Schools' mission is to close the opportunity and achievement gap by expanding the learning day and engaging students in real-world learning, ensuring that all children graduate high school ready to succeed in college and careers. In partnerships with school districts, Citizen Schools increases students' total learning time by 35-40%. Its year-long academic enrichment program creates a powerful culture of achievement school-wide, and effectively builds bridges between schools, parents and community members. Citizen Schools' goal is to prepare students for school success, college graduation, career opportunities, and community leadershistrengthened oral communication and leadership skills, and increased access to positive peers, adults and experiences that are supportive of a post-secondary education.

Since our founding in 1995, Citizen Schools has worked with hundreds of school and district leaders to improve struggling students' academic performance and set them on a college pathway. Today, the organization is shifting to an Expanded Learning Time (ELT) model to help traditional public schools serving the poorest communities dramatically improve performance. In an ELT school, all students (or all students in targeted grades) will participate in Citizen Schools' programming throughout the year.

Peace Games
Mission Statement: Peace First is a national nonprofit organization that exists to create the next generation of peacemakers. We view children as natural problem solvers and creative thinkers, and invest in their ability to see themselves as leaders.

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