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Celebrating a Successful Campaign for Literacy

The generosity of the LCNV Community never ceases to amaze me. Add the thoughtful and strategic leadership of the LCNV Board and you land on brilliant success. That describes the LCNV Campaign for Literacy.

It was shortly after LCNV was recognized with Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builder’s Award: a $200,000 grant awarded over two years for an innovative approach to strengthening communities, that the LCNV Board realized the scale of this new initiative. LCNV received that award for our Model for the Future for ELL Adult Education, and both staff and board knew that this new model would take longer than two years to build. The LCNV Board solicited advice from a fund-development consulting firm to discuss the idea of continuing the same funding awarded by Bank of America for another two years through a major gift campaign. Based on their recommendation, the LCNV Board launched and just sixteen months later successfully raised an ambitious amount of $250,000 in new funds to support the change process. That is an extraordinary achievement! The LCNV community recognized the significance and relevance of the new educational approach, and invested in the future of our learners in the most generous outpouring of new gifts. We cannot thank you enough. A special thank you goes out to the campaign's co-chairs, Tom Depont and Rob Abbot, and the Campaign for Literacy Steering Committee. At the time of publication, LCNV had pledges of over $253,000 and the campaign is still running.

LCNV is a responsible steward of your confidence and financial investment. The money raised is supporting the development of curriculum for the basic skills classes, including writing, grammar, reading, and computer literacy, and for workforce curriculum development for Destination Workforce®. LCNV has also improved its integration and use of technology both in volunteer training and in our academic programs. We are expanding library resources as well as updating the database management system to better track learner outcomes and evaluate program results. The improvements are learner-focused. We believe in the future of every adult we serve, and we are so grateful that you believe in LCNV. Thank you for making our Campaign for Literacy a success.

Author: Patti Donnelly