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Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh receives $15,000 Education Improvement Tax Credit Grant from Duquesne Light Company and DQE Communications

Pittsburgh, PA—Reading Is FUNdamental (RIF) Pittsburgh received a $15,000 Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) grant from the Duquesne Light Company and DQE Communications. RIF Pittsburgh plans to utilize the funds to deepen the impact of their programming by providing more books and literacy resources to the children and educators in the community.

“We are able to use EITC funding to support all of our programs,” said Florri Ladov, Executive Director of RIF Pittsburgh, “With this grant, we are able to further our mission by increasing children’s access to high quality books and positive literary experiences. Duquesne Light and DQE Communications has been a long time partner and we are thrilled to have their continued support.”

The EITC program is administered by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). It provides tax credits to eligible businesses who provide funding to approved community and educational organizations who are committed to educational improvement.

RIF Pittsburgh’s programs form a literacy continuum, allowing them to create a pipeline of literacy support that follows children from birth into their teens. RIF Pittsburgh’s goal is to ensure that all of their programs work in tandem, building upon each other to create a web of services aimed at mitigating the literacy gap. This layering ensures that books, and reading, become an integral part of the community’s educational landscape.

About RIF Pittsburgh

Reading Is FUNdamental (RIF) Pittsburgh is an independent affiliate of Reading Is Fundamental, Inc., the oldest and largest children’s and family nonprofit literacy organization in the United States. Founded in 1981, RIF Pittsburgh addresses the critical literacy needs in our community by offering consistent, high-quality “pushed-in” programming for more than 22,000 economically disadvantaged children in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities. In the last year alone, we put more than 103,000 self-selected books into the hands of the children and families that need them the most.