The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Issues $6.7 Million in Grants to Support Literacy

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 14, 2010 - Strengthening its commitment to literacy in the communities it calls home, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation today awarded more than $6.7 million in grants to 476 nonprofit organizations and libraries to support adult literacy, family literacy and summer reading programs.

"Dollar General believes literacy is the foundation upon which all other success is built, from education to work.” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “We hope that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s support of these organizations will empower individuals of all ages to have a better life for themselves and their families, in turn, ensuring a promising future for our country.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded 250 grants to organizations that provide services for adults such as literacy programs, general education diploma preparation and English as a second language. Seventy-five grants were awarded to organizations that provide educational opportunities for parents and children to learn together. And, 151 grants were awarded to libraries and nonprofit organizations to support summer literacy and reading programs for children.

Since its founding, Dollar General has been committed to supporting literacy and education. The company founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in 1993 to improve the functional literacy of adults, families and youth by providing grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy. To learn more about Dollar General’s literacy initiatives and available grants, visit

To view the complete list of grant recipients, visit

About Dollar General

Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 8,800 neighborhood stores. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $47 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 2.5 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit