We plan to begin renovation in January 2016

Many thanks for your support of our work. Because of you,  we are able to serve more than 1,000 adults and families each year.

I have an exciting update on our efforts to build the capacity of Literacy Network to double the number of people we serve by 2017.

As you know, we’ve been in need of more space for several years. After a year-long search, we entered an agreement to purchase a building on South Park Street, which is the former home of the Access Wingra Community Health Center. Thanks to several generous donors, the seller SSM Healthcare and the City of Madison Community Block Grant Committee, we completed the purchase last month with no debt!

The building is 12,000 square feet. By comparison, our current building is just 2,800 square feet.

We have secured the in-kind support of J.H. Findorff & Son, who are helping to coordinate the renovation of the building. The building is only 25 years old, and needs no major structural overhaul. However, the roof and furnaces need to be replaced, new cooling units need to be purchased and internal walls need to be changed.

We plan to begin renovation of the building in January, 2016. In order to conduct the renovations, we need to raise an additional $600,000 by the end of the year.

Will you consider supporting the capital campaign?

Read more about the campaign at our website: www.growingthroughliteracy.org. I would be glad to discuss the project with you in more detail. Simply give a call 608-244-3911 and I’ll be glad to talk or give you a tour of the new space.

Thanks so much for your support of our work!


Jeff Burkhart

Executive Director
Literacy Network

The building has been purchased!

Thanks to the many campaign donors who have already contributed to this effort, Literacy Network purchased the former Wingra Clinic on June 16, 2015. We are working toward our goal of $3 million to make the needed renovations to the building before we can move in the middle of 2016.

Many thanks to the following donors who have helped us make the incredible progress we have made so far in our campaign:

Fanny Anguiano
Richard and Elizabeth Askey
Karen Bender
Laurie Benson
Richard and Sheri Birrenkott
Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
Lau and Bea Christensen
City of Madison
Carol Cohen
CUNA Mutual Foundation
Jeff Burkhart and Eva Shiffrin
Magic Pebble Foundation
First Business Bank
Marie and Dale Ganser
Fred Gants
Webcrafters Foundation
Beth and Fermin Gaytan
Michael Goldsberry
Hausmann-Johnson Insurance
Liz Herbst
Jason Iverson
J. H. Findorff & Son
Autumn Jackson
Shawn and Jessica Jackson
Burneatta Bridge and John Selbo
Stephen and Susan Labelle
Stuart Levitan
Marvin Levy
Stephen and Patricia Lucas
Peter and Jill Lundberg
Rich and Mary Lynch
Madison Gas & Electric Foundation, Inc
Dwayne McMillen
Jack Meyer
Jonathan and Maureen Miner
Nancy and Tom Mohs
Dipesh Navsaria
Jane Nemke-Earl
Bill and Mary Niedermeier
Laura Ortiz Cruz
Jennifer Peterson
Ximena Restrepo
Barb and John Rockenbach
Erika Rosales
Royalty Fund of Triangle Community Foundation
Jane Scharer
Richard and Judy Mahy Shiffrin
Julie and Timothy Snyder
Shawn Steen
Patty Stockdale
Timpano Group
Tara Torrens
US Bank

Hosting a Literacy Network 101

Literacy Network has a great story to be told, as you know if you’re already supporting us. We need more people to know about the work of our volunteers and staff.  One of the best ways to share our story is word of mouth.

At Literacy Network 101, your friends and colleagues can learn more about the challenges faced by low-literate adults. Our hour-long LitNet 101 presentation is offered every month, and is a great way to hear more about the needs of our community as well as the programs Literacy Network has in place to address those needs.

Let us introduce you to adults impacted by low-literacy and how, through working with our programs, they are able to overcome their challenges. Best of all, you’ll learn how YOU can make a difference. We can host the event here at the Literacy Network office, at your office, or in your home.  Invite your friends, family, coworkers to hear about what we do.  To schedule a LitNet 101 contact Jen Davie at jdavie@litnetwork.org or 608-244-3911.