NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, August 3, 2022

Funds raised will support book choice and access for our most-at-risk children as RIF and Macy’s partner to close the literacy gap

NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, August 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In order to provide books and reading resources to children living in the most disadvantaged communities in our country, Reading is fundamental (RIF) and Macy’s announced that more than $1.5 million was raised last month as part of Macy’s Mission each socially oriented initiative, which included an in-store drive and an online donation campaign to support student literacy across the country. Funds raised during the campaign will support RIF Race, Equity and Inclusion work by providing various books and reading resources to underserved communities in an effort to help close the literacy gap, while supporting the RIF’s second annual reading initiative, Gathering to read 100.

For 18 years, Reading Is Fundamental, the nation’s leading children’s literacy organization, has partnered with Macy’s to foster a love of reading and learning. Macy’s longstanding partnership has resulted in a total contribution of more than $46 million towards children’s literacy, distributing nearly 15 million books and creating more than 20,000 additional literacy resources and tools available free to all children at

“Literacy is the very foundation of learning, and we are grateful to work with an organization that values ​​giving at the heart of its values ​​and prioritizes children’s literacy,” said Alicia Levi, President and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental. “Thanks to Macy’s generous donations, Reading Is Fundamental can continue to provide meaningful reading resources to children, educators and families. This is especially important as we work to address the many learning losses created by the pandemic, which has only widened the literacy gap in our countries most under-resourced communities.”

“One of the goals of Macy’s social purpose platform, Mission each, is to empower young people and create a brighter future with bold representation for all. A central pillar of this initiative is our goal to provide young people with opportunities to learn, dream and create a successful future without borders. RIF is an essential partner in realizing this vision for Macy’s,” said Sam DiScipio, Senior Director, Corporate Communications – Donations and Volunteerism at Macy’s. “Macy’s has partnered with RIF for 18 years now and in 2020 was a founding partner of their Race, Equity and Inclusion initiative. Through our partnership with RIF, we not only provide free access to resources and books to young people in communities under -represented, but ensuring that these books serve as mirrors and windows; they are full of like-minded characters, written by authors they admire, and allow them to rediscover their joy of reading and chart their paths towards a bright future.”

RIF is also thrilled this year to have the support of a teacher-turned-actor, musician, two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, entrepreneur and Grammy-nominated poetic voice, Sekou Andrews. To support this month-long campaign, Sekou has created five short poet voice videos, as seen on the campaign sitelet and Macy’s TikTok channel, which powerfully communicate the importance of reading and books. to empower children for a better future.

RIF appreciates Macy’s once again choosing literacy as part of this campaign and was honored to win the 2022 Gold Halo Award with Macy’s in the Best Education Initiative category for the Back-to-School Gathering campaign, a similar campaign that took place in August 2021. Halo prizes are North America the highest honor for corporate social impact initiatives that highlight outstanding consumer engagement or employee engagement efforts.

About Macy’s:

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE: M) serves as a source of style for generations of customers. With one of the nation’s largest e-commerce platforms powered by and a mobile app, combined with a national network of stores, Macy’s offers the most convenient and seamless shopping experience, offering great values ​​in clothing, home, beauty, accessories and more. . Macy’s is giving customers even more ways to shop and own their style with a discounted assortment at Macy’s Backstage and our highly curated, smaller store format, Market by Macy’s. Each year, Macy’s provides millions of people with unforgettable experiences through the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® and helps our customers celebrate special moments big and small. We are guided by our purpose – to create a better future with bold representation that gives more voice, choice and ownership to our colleagues, customers and communities.

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About Reading is fundamental:

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is committed to a literate America by inspiring a passion for reading in all children, providing quality content to create impact, and engaging communities in the solution to give every child the basics of success. As the nation’s largest nonprofit for children’s literacy, RIF has provided over 422 million books to more than 129 million children in all 50 states, inspiring generations to read, learn and grow. . Learn more about


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