Better Basics

Agency Profile

Better Basics

Phone: 205.944.2928
Detail: Better Basics works determinedly to combat the persistent educational disparities across Central Alabama with reading and math literacy programs and book distribution projects that equip underserved and educationally vulnerable children with the academic skills needed to become college and career-ready.
2024 Allocation: $169,325

Better Basics is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization advancing children’s reading and mathematics literacy. Better Basics was founded in 1993 by John Glasser, who saw the direct correlation between poverty and illiteracy.

Better Basics works to eradicate illiteracy among children in Central Alabama. We deliver reading and math instruction and resources to empower the educationally vulnerable.

Better Basics advances educational equity in Central Alabama with a comprehensive range of research-based academic intervention and enrichment programs for children from birth to 12th grade in Central Alabama through collaboration with public schools, partners, and community organizations in underserved areas.

Better Basics provides books and literacy outreach services directly to vulnerable communities in Central Alabama.

2022 – 23 Books Given Away:


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