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 $100 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools that have helped more than 5.9 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.