Thank you for your interest in Spread the Word Nevada.

Spread the Word Nevada is dedicated to advancing childhood literacy within low-income communities by changing lives one book at a time.

This is what you can make happen with a grant of $1,000 to $10,000.

Our current funding priorities are:

1. For school year 18/19, we initiated our first Washoe County School District (WCSD) school adoptions at Cannan and Greenbrae elementary schools into the Spread the Word Nevada (STWN) family for literacy services. Funding provides support for new and gently used books to develop their very own “keep at home” library of books to learn from, and share with their families. It also supports a program manager and facilitator, program materials such as tote bags for students to easily hold their new library and literacy activities, breakfast food items, recruiting volunteers to clean and prepare donated books, and engage community book drives. Over the past 18 years, Spread the Word Nevada grew into serving now 60 at-risk elementary schools within the Clark County School District. The reputation of Spread the Word Nevada has been rated as a “Four-Star” Charity by Charity Navigator several years with recognition for adhering to good governance, ethics, transparency, and fiscal responsibility attributed to receiving the “four-out-of-four stars” distinction.

2. Through our two unique literacy programs, Kids to Kids and Breakfast with Books, Spread the Word Nevada is committed to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. We are dedicated to changing the lives of our at-risk children, one book at a time. We provide early intervention services within the school for PreK- 5th Grade. Each year, every child in the newly adopted schools will receive 13 Kids to Kids books throughout the school year and one eco-friendly tote book bag, which starts their very own “keep at home” library. There will be eight Breakfast with Books family literacy programs, provided monthly, with a breakfast included for the children and their family members that offers an additional book to all attendees. Our book needs ongoing at Cannan and Greenbrae are 6,600 books per adopted school.

3. In addition, we provide Books on Break wrap-around services during the summer that inspires continued learning to combat reading loss to avoid the “summer slide”. We want to encourage reading for pleasure in an effort to increase literacy and contribute to maintaining the skills they’ve just learned. Providing early intervention services is our objective to improve personal wellbeing, create safer and stronger communities and strive to better their economic future of success by breaking the cycle of illiteracy for disadvantaged youth. Far too often, the books provided through our programs are the first books these children have ever owned. We believe future generations should be equipped with the right tools that empower and champion literacy needs for young learners.

Contact Director of Development – Pam Lang to talk with her about these exciting grant opportunities at 702-564-7809 or

To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, please contact a member of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada Stewardship Team at 775-333-5499.