The Literacy Funders Network increases the philanthropic community’s knowledge and understanding of literacy as a systemic issue and a tool for community change and is a venue for collaboration and collective impact.

Many foundations supporting literacy are highly engaged in community literacy, coalition development and in strategies for community change. Literacy Funders Network, an affinity group of the Council on Foundations, was founded in 2009 in response to an identified interest from the funding community to develop a formal collaboration to advance the literacy funding field and in turn build stronger, more resilient individuals, families and communities.


Literacy Funders Network’s Annual Symposium

Let’s Meet in Washington, D.C. Feb. 17-19, 2014!

Please join us for the 2014 Literacy Funders Annual Symposium February 17-19 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 Ninth St NW, Washington, DC 20001.

We are pleased to present our annual meeting in partnership with the National Center for Families Learning.  Our annual symposium is a six-session conference track within the NCFL annual conference.  Sessions include:

  • A discussion on how the literacy community should respond to the recent PIACC International Survey of Adult Skills
  • An update on the National Results and Equity Collaborative which is creating a national data platform for educational initiatives
  • A presentation of recent research which demonstrates the benefits of collective impact initiatives such as literacy coalitions

The conference fee for attendees who plan to attend LFN sessions is $380.  We invite you to attend LFN sessions and NCFL sessions.  The conference fee for full access to the NCFL conference, including LFN sessions, is $475. LFN Symposium Registration Form. For additional information on the conference, please visit

The conference hotel rate is $159/night for single or double. Please go to to reserve a hotel room.

We are excited about this year’s annual symposium and we look forward to seeing many of our partners, colleagues and new friends.

LFN Fall Webinar 2013

October 30, 2013 Featured Presentation:

2013 International Survey of Adult Skills: Results and Program Implications

New national literacy skills data was released in early October from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). The survey is the first seminal data collected on the literacy skills and competencies of adults in the U.S. in more than 10 years…but how will this new information help us in our day-to-day work? What are the national policy and local program implications? Join us for an exclusive overview and program implication discussion.

Presenter: Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competences

Session Materials:  LFN Fall Webinar 2013

LFN Summer Webinar 2013

August 15, 2013 Featured Presentation: Data Supporting America’s Perceptions of Literacy

Liza McFadden, Executive Director of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy will share the results of their 2012 Penn Schoen Berland survey on the nation’s perceptions of literacy. What type of American views it as a civil right; the country’s split over who is responsible and the education system’s role; the likelihood someone will donate to it; and how do we all use this data for next steps?

Presenter: Liza McFadden, Executive Director of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Session Materials: LFN Summer 2013 Webinar