Our Mission

The mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life for Houstonians of all ages through the power of literacy—the ability to read, write, speak clearly, and think critically.

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to reach his or her God-given potential, which is why it is critically important that we attack Houston’s literacy crisis with every resource possible and invest in effective strategies as outlined in Houston’s Literacy Crisis: A Blueprint for Community Action.”
— Neil and Maria Bush

Key Roles for Impact


Serve as a champion for the literacy cause in Houston by uniting literacy organizations around common messages and consistent data and providing timely and relevant information to the community.


Expand the capacity of school districts, libraries, and nonprofit literacy service providers across Houston to boost literacy rates through the use of volunteers who give of their time and talent.


Spawn innovation and issue literacy-focused publications on pertinent topics that inform constituents of effective strategies and tools to increase literacy skill development and
achievement levels.


Provide financial and other resources in support of neighborhood-based collective impact efforts that bring together cross-stakeholders focused on improving literacy rates and breaking the cycle of poverty.