Foundation Facts

The Carole Stinson Literacy Foundation (CSLF) was formed in June 2006. We are a charitable foundation dedicated to supporting organizations whose activities will enhance the literacy skills of children and adults. We also seek opportunities to provide public awareness about literacy issues.

In 2007, after considerable research, the foundation unanimously chose to award annual grants to Reach Out and Read program sites located in California.

Reach Out and Read is an award-winning national program focused on developing early literacy and school readiness. Utilizing a unique approach, Reach Out and Read provides new books to young children (from birth to five years of age) during medical check-ups. Healthcare professionals use a book to help assess each child’s developmental progress and take the opportunity to talk with the child’s caregiver about the importance of reading aloud at home. A large percentage of Reach Out and Read book recipients live at or below the U.S. economic poverty level. For many of the children, their Reach Out and Read books have been the only new books that they have ever owned.

Please click on the book icon below for a Reach Out and Read fact sheet.


Reach Out and Read


We also encourage you to visit the official website of this outstanding program.

In addition to providing support to Reach Out and Read programs, CSLF began awarding grants to worthy adult literacy organizations in 2010. Past initiatives have included reading instruction, GED preparation, job skills training, and the creation of recorded books. See our Grants page to obtain an application form.

Contributions to The Carole Stinson Literacy Foundation are used for foundation purposes only. Foundation directors, board members, and other persons affiliated with CSLF do not receive compensation for their work.

The Carole Stinson Literacy Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity. Donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations concerning charitable contributions. Our donor information will never be shared, sold, or traded.