Company Partners with KPMG to Donate $10,000 to George A. Whitten Elementary; Provide Books, Backpacks Filled with Supplies to 500 Students
This week, Dollar General surprised school administrators at George A. Whitten Elementary School in Hendersonville, Tennessee with a $10,000 donation. Dollar General was also joined by their partners at KPMG LLP to provide 500 students with new backpacks filled with school supplies and a new book for each child to expand their personal library.
“We are proud to support the Hendersonville community through our mission of Serving Others to provide funds and resources that will help further George A. Whitten Elementary’s education and literacy initiatives,” said Denine Torr, vice president of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy at Dollar General. “These donations also aim to support students as they continue their learning journey through the summer and gets them prepared with tools for the next school year.”
“The KPMG Nashville office is committed to supporting our local community. The goal of our KPMG Family for Literacy program is to eradicate childhood illiteracy by putting new books and educational resources into the hands of children in need and develop the next generation of young leaders through reading,” said Sam Bennett, KPMG Nashville office managing partner. “This was a great opportunity to partner with Dollar General and provide books, backpacks, and school supplies to the amazing students at George A. Whitten Elementary School.”
Dollar General and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation have a longstanding history of supporting education initiatives. This month, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced a nearly $9.2 million commitment to literacy in May, including a $1 million donation to fund a Teacher Book Match with Donors Choose plus DGLF grant awards to support family, adult and summer literacy programs. Applications are being accepted through May 19, 2022 for DGLF Youth Literacy Grants, providing funding to schools, public libraries and nonprofits who help students who are below grade level or having trouble reading. More details are available at www.dgliteracy.org.
Since its inception in 2008, KPMG Family for Literacy (KFFL) program has donated over six million books to children in need across the country. KFFL volunteers participate in book readings, backpack drives, food and supply donations and more.
About KPMG Family for Literacy
KPMG Family for Literacy (KFFL), a fund of the KPMG U.S. Foundation, began in 2008 with the goal of eradicating childhood illiteracy. Data shows that if a child is not reading at grade level by 4th grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Since its launch, KFFL has proudly donated over 6 million books to children in need all across the country. In addition to donating books, KFFL volunteers participate in a wide variety of educational activities including book readings, backpack drives, food and supplies donations, and fundraising events.
About KPMG LLP
KPMG LLP is the U.S. firm of the KPMG global organization of independent professional services firms providing audit, tax and advisory services. The KPMG global organization operates in 145 countries and territories and has close to 236,000 people working in member firms around the world. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such. KPMG International Limited is a private English company limited by guarantee. KPMG International Limited and its related entities do not provide services to clients.?KPMG is widely recognized for being a great place to work and build a career. Our people share a sense of purpose in the work we do, and a strong commitment to community service, inclusion and diversity, and eradicating childhood illiteracy. Learn more at www.kpmg.com/us.