The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Celebrates Largest One-Day Grant Awards with Uplifting Recipient Video

August 03, 2020

Foundation Awards More Than $1.9 Million to Middle Tennessee to Support Literacy

Goodlettsville, Tenn. – August 3, 2020—The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently announced its largest one-day literacy grant donations of more than $1.9 million to middle Tennessee organizations. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support the meaningful work to support literacy and education in the Nashville area continues, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recipients expressed their gratitude through a virtual celebration to commemorate the milestone and receipt of funding.  The video is available here:
“During these extraordinary times, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to support our hometown communities’ literacy and educational advancements through funds that will impact students across Middle Tennessee,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member.  “We are proud to support the meaningful and impactful work of each recipient and support their ongoing efforts to help individuals improve their lives through literacy and education.”
“For more than 26 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has invested in local programs that help uplift and empower others through education,” said Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. “In the wake of the pandemic as more youth are in need of academic support and an increased number of adults are looking to enhance their basic skills and employability, we proudly continue our support of basic education and literacy initiatives for individuals of all ages. We are grateful for the hardworking teachers and nonprofit leaders who are serving students in our hometown community and hope these funds help advance their efforts.”
Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards funds to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.  Through partnerships with national literacy organizations like the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, XPRIZE Foundation and the American Libraries Association, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports organizations that increase access to educational programming, stimulate and enable innovation in the delivery of educational instruction and inspire a love of reading.
A complete list of grant recipients may be found online at  Middle Tennessee grant recipients include:
Organization City County
Antioch Middle School Antioch Davidson
Backfield in Motion, Inc. Nashville Davidson
Bedford County Department of Education Shelbyville Bedford
Belmont University Nashville Davidson
Book Em Nashville Davidson
Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County - Murfreesboro Unit Murfreesboro Rutherford
Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County - Shelbyville Unit Shelbyville Bedford
Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County - Smyrna Unit Smyrna Rutherford
Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nashville Davidson
Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. Nashville Davidson
Christian Women's Job Corps of Middle TN Nashville Davidson
Communities in Schools of Tennessee Nashville Davidson
Conexion Americas Nashville Davidson
Elijah's Heart Nashville Davidson
Fannie Battle Day Home for Children Nashville Davidson
Friends of the Gallatin Public Library Gallatin Sumner
Gentry's Education Center at the Store Front Franklin Williamson
Glencliff High School Nashville Davidson
Global Outreach Developments, Intl. Old Hickory Davidson
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee Nashville Davidson
Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary Nashville Davidson
Humanities Tennessee Nashville Davidson
Improve Hendersonville Hendersonville Sumner
Instruction Partners Nashville Davidson
LEAD Public Schools Nashville Davidson
Legacy Mission Village Brentwood Williamson
Literacy Council of Sumner County Hendersonville Sumner
Martha O'Bryan Center Nashville Davidson
Martin Methodist College Pulaski Giles
McNeilly Center for Children Nashville Davidson
Monroe Harding, Inc. Nashville Davidson
Nashville Adult Literacy Council, Inc. Nashville Davidson
Nashville International Center for Empowerment Nashville Davidson
Nashville Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. Nashville Davidson
Nashville Public Library Foundation Nashville Davidson
Nashville Public Television Nashville Davidson
Nashville Safe Haven Family Shelter, Inc. Nashville Davidson
Project Transformation Tennessee, Inc. Nashville Davidson
Read To Achieve Nashville Davidson
Read To Succeed Murfreesboro Rutherford
Riverdale High School Murfreesboro Rutherford
St. Luke's Community House Nashville Davidson
STEM Preparatory Academy Nashville Davidson
Sumner County Adult Education Advisory Council Gallatin Sumner
Sumner County Schools Gallatin Sumner
Teach For America, Inc. Nashville Davidson
Tennessee Foreign Language Institute Fund, Inc. Nashville Davidson
Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) Nashville Davidson
The Branch of Nashville, Inc. Antioch Davidson
The Institute for Educational Volunteer Programs Mount Juliet Wilson
The King's Daughters Day Home Madison Davidson
University School of Nashville Nashville Davidson
Why We Can't Wait, Inc. Goodlettsville Davidson
Workers' Dignity Project Nashville Davidson
Young Men's Christian Association of Nashville and Middle Tennessee Nashville Davidson
YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee Nashville Davidson
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation opens applications to apply for adult, family, summer and youth literacy grants each year, beginning in January. Applicants interested in learning more about the grants offered by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation can visit for more information.
Dollar General’s commitment to literacy and education is rooted through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the company’s co-founder, J.L. Turner.  Turner had a third-grade education and was functionally illiterate after dropping out of school to support his family.  His grandson and former CEO, Cal Turner, Jr., founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in 1993.  Since its founding 27 years ago, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $182 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
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About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $182 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit
About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 80 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 16,500 stores in 46 states as of May 1, 2020. In addition to high-quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg's, General Mills, and PepsiCo. Learn more about Dollar General at                                                                                   

About Dollar General Corporation 

Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) is proud to serve as America’s neighborhood general store. Founded in 1939, Dollar General lives its mission of Serving Others every day by providing access to affordable products and services for its customers, career opportunities for its employees, and literacy and education support for its hometown communities. As of August 4, 2023, the company’s 19,488 Dollar General, DG Market, DGX and pOpshelf stores across the United States and Mi Súper Dollar General stores in Mexico provide everyday essentials including food, health and wellness products, cleaning and laundry supplies, self-care and beauty items, and seasonal décor from our high-quality private brands alongside many of the world’s most trusted brands such as Coca Cola, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, General Mills, Hershey, J.M. Smucker, Kraft, Mars, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble and Unilever.  Learn more at

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