You can make a difference. Your time and resources will impact The Literacy Alliance adult learners. No matter how you decide to support us. 

Since 1988, our community has generously supported adult literacy programs of The Literacy Alliance with caring volunteers and valuable financial gifts.  Thanks to the commitment sustained by our friends over the years! 

Shirley Duvall earned her High School Equivalency in 2014 and is now pursuing a degree in Business at Indiana Tech.

Shirley Duvall earned her High School Equivalency in 2014 and is now pursuing a degree in Business at Indiana Tech.

As our programs grow to reach the 30,000 adults who do not have high school diplomas, our need for our community support will increase. Your gift can help us meet our goal of ending adult illiteracy.  Contributions are tax-deductible. 

The following donation amounts provide the following: $1000 – A year of adult instruction.

$500 – A semester of instruction for a parent learning English as a new language in Family Literacy Program. (monthly) (one-time)

$250 – A student studying for high school equivalency exams in a computer lab. (monthly) (one-time)

$100 – Training and support for a volunteer tutor. (monthly) (one-time).

$50 – Workbooks/Textbooks for an adult working on language and math skills. (monthly) (one-time) $25 - A scholarship for a student's portion of the high school eqivalency exam. (one-time)

Be a sponsor

·         Year-end accomplishment celebrations at learning centers

·         Beginning library for new Habitat for Humanity homeowners

·         An issue of our quarterly newsletter

·         Graduation Reception held in March 2019

Give a gift

Memorial and Honorary Gifts

The Literacy Alliance offers honorary and memorial gifts to honor friends for special occasions or to commemorate friends through a memorial gift.

Matching Gifts

Does your employer have matching gifts program? Consider The Literacy Alliance to match your gift and increase the benefits to The Literacy Alliance.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts support literacy services provided by The Literacy Alliance for adults in Allen County.  Planned gifts include bequests in a will, charitable trusts, charitable gift annuities or gifts or bequests of life insurance or retirement plan assets. Planned gifts may provide income and estate tax benefits to the donor. Your attorney, banker, accountant, insurance agent or financial planner can advise you and help with arrangements.

To discuss planned giving opportunities, contact Mike Landram, executive director, at 423-0001. Please give us the opportunity to thank you for your planned gift by notifying us of your plans. This allows us to confirm how you'd like your gift to be used.

Bequest in your will or estate plan

To remember The Literacy Alliance with a bequest in your will or estate plan, use the following wording:

“I give, devise, and bequeath to The Literacy Alliance, Fort Wayne, Indiana, or its successor, [PERCENTAGE OF RESIDUE, SUM OR DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY], the principal and income of which shall be used for such purposes as the board of directors may determine.”

Charitable gift annuity

Donate cash, securities or other income-producing property and receive fixed payments for a lifetime along with tax benefits with a charitable gift annuity based upon annuitant's age. The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne accepts and administers charitable gift annuities to benefit The Literacy Alliance to receive all or a portion of the remainder of the gift upon your death. 


A gift of insurance can benefit The Literacy Alliance. Name The Literacy Alliance as a beneficiary for an existing policy or you can donate a current policy to The Literacy Alliance as the owner and beneficiary; future premiums paid become cash gifts. If future premiums are not paid by donor, The Literacy Alliance may elect to cash in the policy.

Retirement assets and charitable trusts

Retirement plans often include assets which have been increasing in value tax-free. Gifts of retirement assets may save heirs from tax burdens. Retirement plan assets which are bequeathed directly to The Literacy Alliance will not be taxed. You can also establish a charitable trust with retirement assets. The trust provides life income to the beneficiary. The assets which remain in the trust will be distributed to The Literacy Alliance.


Gifts of appreciated stock can result in tax benefits for the donor. The full fair market value of the stock can be tax-deductible and the donor is not required to pay capital gains on the donated stock. 

Contribute to our Wish List

Items can be dropped off at our offices, located at The Summit, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Instructional materials

·         Pencils, highlighters, dry erase markers

·         File folders, pocket folders

·         College-ruled note paper

·         New or gently used books for leisure reading, including books for young adults

·         Official TASC calculators

·         Measurement & geometry manipulatives

  Office items

·         File folders

·         Post-it-notes

·         Paper for photocopier