Northwest Literacy Foundation - Putting Books in the Hands of Readers
About Us
Founded in 1989, The Northwest Literacy Foundation is a volunteer run nonprofit that seeks to strengthen our community by putting books in the hands of young readers.  The NWLF is committed to enhancing youth literacy efforts in the Pacific Northwest by providing literature and resources through partnerships with schools and community organizations. 

The NWLF collaborates with schools and organizations throughout the area, serving students with high needs and often lacking a depth of resources.  Through grants of books, we work to “fill the shelves” of local school libraries, provide additional classroom resources, host author visits and purchase books for community organizations engaged in educational programs.

With a rich history of focusing on young readers, collaborating with schools and building effective community partnerships, Northwest Literacy Foundation has provided over 160,000 new books to children, schools and community groups.

Our Mission:

The mission of Northwest Literacy Foundation is to enhance youth literacy in the Pacific Northwest by providing literature and resources to underserved communities.

Our Guiding Principles:

  • We build partnerships and provide support to schools and community programs that work with at-risk youth.

  • We promote a continuum of programs that engage youth in learning activities that strengthen literacy skills. 

  • We believe in supporting local independent booksellers by partnering to purchase books for NWLF grants.

  • We are efficient in delivery of grants and services with low overhead and volunteer leadership.

  • We seek to provide books to youth that will engage and promote further reading interest as well as quality literature and written works that have lasting value.
P.O. Box 3514 Seattle, WA 98124
Northwest Literacy Foundation
Putting Books In The Hands Of Young People