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The Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in 1993 in honor of Dollar General’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate with only a third grade education. He was a farmer’s son who dropped out of school when his father was killed in an accident. With determination and hard work, he began what has now become a successful company.

We understand that sometimes various life circumstances prevent individuals from learning to read or graduating from high school, but it’s never too late to learn. We believe that every individual deserves an equal opportunity to receive a basic education. Through our funding initiatives, we are committed to helping individuals of all ages receive the educational foundation they need to increase their ability to access post-secondary education opportunities and attain increased employability.

Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $97 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools that have helped more than 5.8 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency test, or learn the English language.

Dollar General grant programs are available to qualifying non-profit organizations in states where Dollar General is located.

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  • Increase access to programs that are designed to help adults and youth who are struggling with basic literacy and education.
  • Ensure individuals are able to read English at proficient levels to advance toward and obtain their high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Help create models of success/best practices that can be replicated in order to help increase the high school graduation rate and GED attainment rate in the United States.

  • Every year in the United States, one in every three young adults drops out of school.
  • More than 30 million adults in the United States read at the lowest level of literacy.
  • Among the 30 members of the OECD, the United States is the only country in which the younger adults are less educated than the previous generation.
  • More than 35.7 million adults ages 18-64 do not have a high school diploma.