We are grateful for our many partners including
our funders, donors, and community champions
who support our work with their time, talents, and treasure

This is a list of contributors during FY22 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). This list is updated every 12 months. If you are interested in supporting our work and contributing to the thriving of young readers, consider donating or follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and share our story with your network.  If you would like to talk through the various ways to fund our work, connect with our Institutional Giving Manager, KristinAnn Janishefski at kjanishefski@theliteracylab.org.

Our Supporters


  • Jordan Bryan
  • Sharon Butler
  • John Sta Cruz Chavez
  • Maryann Damato
  • Elizabeth Duff
  • Cindy Edwards
  • Clarence Elliott
  • Cathy Gabriel
  • Neal Glickfield
  • Monica Glover
  • Allen Hess
  • Heather Jenkins
  • Lisa Jessup
  • Praveen Jeyarajah
  • John and Patricia Klingenstein
  • Jennifer Krantz
  • Nooree Lee
  • Stu Levenson
  • Carol Lewis
  • Cora Renae Lloyd
  • Scott Mader
  • Edward Mandel
  • Marlene Moncure
  • Martin Odea
  • Mark Plotkin
  • Dorothy Pohlman
  • Andrea Reynolds
  • Joe Schmidt
  • Mackenzie Scott
  • Christina Silverstein
  • Maya Small
  • Jennifer Spykerman
  • Bweikia Steen
  • Rhonda Wells

Corporations and Foundations

  • Abell Foundation
  • Andrew and Julie Klingenstein Family Fund
  • Aviv Foundation
  • Bader Philanthropies
  • Ballmer Group
  • Baltimore Civic Fund
  • Baltimore Community Foundation
  • The Blackbaud Giving Fund
  • BCF – Renewal Foundation
  • BCF – Richman Fund
  • Bender Foundation
  • Benevity Community Impact Fund
  • Cafritz Foundation
  • Capital for Children
  • Charles H. Hall Foundation
  • Clark Charitable Foundation
  • Clayton Baker Trust
  • Community Foundation of Greater Richmond
  • Community Foundation of Western Mass
  • Dobbs Foundation
  • Durwood Foundation
  • England Family Foundation
  • Fidelity Charitable
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Georgia Power
  • Goldseker Foundation
  • Gosnell Foundation
  • Grayer Family Foundation
  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Greater Washington Community Foundation
  • Greenlight Fund (ATL)
  • Greenlight Fund (Cincinnati)
  • Haile Foundation
  • Hall Family Foundation
  • Hallmark
  • Hampton Roads Community Foundation
  • Hauber Foundation
  • The Hearst Foundation
  • Herb Kohl Philanthropies
  • Herzfeld Foundation
  • Jacob and Charlotte Lehrman Foundation
  • JW Marriott Foundation
  • The LuluMa Foundation
  • Lumina Foundation
  • Mars Foundation
  • The Morningstar Foundation
  • One Williams Center
  • Pitney Bowes
  • PNC Foundation
  • Richard E and Nancy P Mariott Foundation
  • SC Johnson
  • School Smart KC
  • Speas Memorial Trust
  • T. Rowe Price Foundation
  • TD Charitable Foundation
  • Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo Family Fund
  • The Thomas D. Klingenstein & Nancy D. Perlman Family Fund
  • TJX Foundation
  • Truman Heartland Foundation
  • Vanguard Charitable Fund
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wright Family Foundation

• Books-A-Million
• Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts
• Compass
• Covington & Burling LLP
• Fair Chance
• Georgetown Cupcake
• Hogan Lovells
• JBG Companies
• Raffa
• Spectrum Printing
• Washington Nationals
• Washington Commanders
• Whole Foods Market

Our Partners

Government Partners

  • Arizona Department of Education (ADE)
  • District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
  • Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)
  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
  • Ohio Department of Education (ODE)
  • Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
  • City of Richmond
  • Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF)
  • City of Milwaukee


District of Columbia 

  • AmeriCorps State & National
  • Serve DC


  • AmeriCorps State & National
  • Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism


  • AmeriCorps State & National
  • Massachusetts Service Alliance


  • AmeriCorps State & National
  • Missouri Community Service Commission


  • AmeriCorps State & National
  • Office of Volunteerism and Community Service

School Districts


  • Mesa Public Schools

District of Columbia

  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • KIPP DC Public Charter Schools
  • Friendship Public Charter Schools
  • EL Haynes Public Charter Schools
  • Friendship Public Charter Schools
  • Two Rivers Public Charter Schools
  • Bridges Public Charter Schools


  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Sheltering Arms Early Education & Family Centers


  • Baltimore City Public School System


  • Springfield Public Schools
  • Holyoke Public Schools


  • Hickman Mills C-1 School District
  • Center School District
  • Guadalupe Centers
  • Academy for Integrated Arts


  • Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Learning Grove – City Link


  • Richmond Public Schools
  • Henrico County Public Schools
  • Hopewell City Public Schools
  • Danville Public Schools
  • Newport News Public Schools
  • Norfolk Public Schools
  • Portsmouth Public Schools


  • Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Malaika Early Learning Center
  • Milwaukee Academy of Science
  • Next Door

Heather Jenkins



Heather Jenkins is the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining The Literacy Lab, she was the Chief People & Equity Officer at uAspire where she was responsible for ensuring that uAspire’s people, equity and organizational culture work is done with a people-first mindset to drive retention, inclusivity and sustainability. Heather has 19 years of experience working for equity and access in education including: teacher and administrator at the K-12 level; non-profit leader; diversity and equity consultant for secondary and postsecondary institutions; public and private school college readiness education consultant; and a mentor to students of color and economically marginalized youth. She has a BA in psychology, an MS in education, and a Ph.D. in sociology of education. She is the proud mother of two young women, one in college and one in graduate school.

Tom Dillon

Senior Advisor 


Tom Dillon is a Senior Advisor at The Literacy Lab. With a background in foreign language instruction, Tom brings an understanding of language acquisition and linguistic processes to the organization. Tom has experience teaching, coaching, and working in a number of academic programs in the Washington, DC area. Tom earned a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies at The College of William and Mary and holds a Certificate in Contemporary Europe from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.