CUNA Mutual Group Foundation announces $200,000 gift to support adult learners at Literacy Network

On Jan 25, 2018, the CUNA Mutual Group Foundation announced a $200,000 gift to support Literacy Network’s Capital Campaign. “One in seven adults in Dane County struggles with literacy. That’s 55,000 people. Literacy Network helps open doors and reduces poverty. That’s why we are such a huge supporter,” said Beth Cutler, Community Relations & Foundation Leader of CUNA Mutual Group.

The gift brings the total raised to more than $2.5 million – approximately 85% of the total goal of $3 million. More than 500 donors have made gifts to the campaign.

The organization has recently purchased and renovated a building at 701 Dane Street, which now serves as the organization’s main office and learning center. Literacy Network serves approximately 1,200 adult learners in 29 locations. These adults are improving their reading, writing and English language skills along with building their capacity to use technology.

“Each day there are many successes — asking a stranger for directions, making an appointment at a doctor’s office, earning citizenship, finding a new job, and reading to a child. Adult learning is a commitment – learners must study at least 100 hours to advance an educational level,” said campaign volunteer Corkey Custer, managing partner at Custer Plumb Financial Services.

“Adult literacy is the key to better wages, improved performance for young people in school and a healthier life. We are thrilled that CUNA Mutual Foundation Group is supporting our learners and their dreams with this amazing gift,” said Literacy Network Executive Director Jeff Burkhart.

Those interested in learning more about the campaign and the organization are encouraged to call 608-244-3911, or visit their website at


January E-News Release

We are so grateful to have closed out 2017 with so much support from our community. Read how Veronica celebrated passing her citizenship exam and how you helped us exceed the challenge match goal.

Match Challenge goal exceeded, raising more than $266,000 from the community at the end of 2017 

On Thursday, November 9th, Literacy Network announced a match challenge of $125,000 from several of our most loyal and generous donors. By the end of the evening, additional donors contributed $68,800.

I am an assembly person at Ultratec and worked there for 7 years.  I use English a lot.  My supervisor told me that my English is better than when I started.  When I started I learned everything by watching their hands.  I did not understand what they were saying.” – Celia Gomez who spoke at our Growing Through Literacy Reception

We are happy to share that 89 donors helped us exceed our match goal, raising $141,760 by the end of 2017!   We are so grateful to the donors who believe in this work. Gifts to the capital campaign ensure that we can continue to increase the number of students served.  They ensure that our doors remain open and welcoming to all the adults who need to improve their literacy skills.
Thank you for being part of adult literacy education. Thank you for moving us closer to the goal of raising $3 million to increase our impact. The campaign will continue in 2018 as we work to ensure that more students have access to services in Dane County.