Numerous studies show that a child’s reading skill is a key determinant of future success both inside and outside the classroom. Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, is announcing 26 grants totaling nearly $1.4 million to 23 Wisconsin nonprofits that promote childhood literacy and increase access to higher education.
Eighteen Northwestern Mutual grants strengthen kindergarden-to-12th grade reading programs that build academic aptitude and help increase high school graduation rates.
The remaining eight grants support higher education programs, including scholarship awards for first generation college students.
“Few things shape the stability of a child’s life and a community’s future like education, and it all begins with being able to read,” said John Kordsmeier, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “By investing in effective literacy programs, more children will be able to reach their full potential and we’ll build a stronger community.”