Reading Is FUNdamental (RIF) Pittsburgh is an independent affiliate of Reading Is Fundamental, Inc., the oldest and largest children’s and family nonprofit literacy organization in the United States. Founded in 1981, RIF Pittsburgh’s mission is to provide children with the resources, motivation, and opportunities to develop a life-long love of reading.
RIF Pittsburgh focuses its efforts on the early childhood centers, schools, community centers, after-school programs, and public housing communities serving our city’s most economically disadvantaged children. We address the critical needs in our community by offering consistent, high-quality “pushed-in” literacy and educational programming for more than 22,000 economically disadvantaged children in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities. In the last year alone, we put more than 103,000 self-selected books into the homes of the children and families that need them the most! Our research-based programs work to bridge the local literacy and achievement gaps and aim to spark a life-long passion for reading and learning in the children that we serve.