Raising Readers in Story County

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In 2008 Jennifer Thiel brought 3-month-old Alice to family classes hosted by Raising Readers in Story County. After participating Jennifer wrote this feedback. “The Raising Readers classes have made our play times with Alice more interesting for her and for us! I think fathers especially appreciate fun ideas for relating to their babies. We learned to be more purposeful in verbal play. At 3 months old, our Alice is good at sounds and getting more interested in books. I was amazed that we not only got books, but also did crafts and got ideas of things to do easily at home. It was good to meet other parents.” In 2014 Jennifer says she continues to benefit. “I learned skills in the Raising Readers classes that I’ve used on a daily basis the past six years. Alice started reading independently the summer before her fifth birthday, and she really likes to read. At age six, she is reading at the second grade level and she has a hunger to learn. Our second daughter Cindy is three, and she loves books and is learning sight words. I am also a day care provider, and reading and literacy activities are a regular part of our day.”

Giving Opportunities Include:

Annual Fund

You can spread the joy of reading! Donations to the RAISING READERS IN STORY COUNTY ANNUAL FUND are used where the needs are greatest now.

Donate online by credit card:

Donate by check:
  • Write the check to Raising Readers in Story County

  • Include your name, address, phone, and email.

  • If the gift is in honor or in memory of someone, give the name and address of the person(s) to be informed.

  • Raising Readers in Story County publicly recognizes donors in our Annual Report. Please indicate if you prefer to be anonymous.

  • Send to RRSC at P.O. Box 2374, Ames, IA 50010.

  • If your employer has a Matching Gift Program, please send their form with your check.

RRSC is a non-profit organization registered in Iowa and exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. RRSC will provide an IRS acknowledgement letter to all donors.

Endowment Giving

Donations to the RAISING READERS IN STORY COUNTY ENDOWMENT FUND provide long-term stability and continue to meet needs for years to come.

Donate ONLINE
Donate by check:
  • This fund is eligible for the Endow Iowa tax credit (a 25-percent credit on Iowa income taxes) and more information may be found here.

  • Include your name, address, phone number, email address.

  • If the gift is in honor or memory of someone, give the name and address of the person(s) to be informed.

  • Raising Readers in Story County publicly recognizes donors in our Annual Report. Please indicate if you prefer to be anonymous.

  • Mail to: Story County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1666, Ames, IA 50010-1666. The Foundation will provide a tax deduction letter and the form to complete for Endow Iowa Tax Credits.

Matching Challenge (Donation matched dollar for dollar when you donate to both the Annual Fund and the Endowment)

The 2016 Annual Appeal includes a Matching Challenge. When a donor contributes to both the Annual Fund and the Endowment Fund, a match will be made to the RRSC Endowment Fund by an anonymous donor. The Annual Fund helps meet today's need, while the Endowment Fund ensures we help well into the future.

Memorials & Honorariums

Gifts to RRSC can be made to honor or remember a loved one. Please specify when you make your gift.

Other Ways to Support Raising Readers

Raising Readers in Story County receives a portion of the sales for any purchase made when you shop at Amazon.com through their Smile program. Just go to www.smile.amazon.com and select Raising Readers in Story County as your non-profit organization.

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