KPMG's Family for Literacy

KPMG is passionate about corporate citizenship, and dedicated to supporting the communities in which we live and work. The firm established KPMG's Family for Literacy in 2007 to support and expand upon its philanthropic focus on youth and education. The program provides children from low-income families with their own new books — and in many cases, their very first book.

The program's objectives are to:

  • Promote and improve literacy in our local communities.
  • Reaffirm the firm's commitment to and impact on youth and education.
  • Provide an opportunity for KPMG's partners and employees; alumni, retirees, and interns; and their families to contribute.
  • Strengthen our relationships with each other by enabling us to work together toward a common goal.

Debbie Ozanus

Since its inception, KPMG's Family for Literacy has distributed more than 2 million new books to low-income children in more than 90 communities across the United States. What distinguishes it from most other corporate philanthropic efforts is that it was developed not only for our partners and employees, but also for their spouses, significant others, children, and other relatives, as well as KPMG interns, alumni, and retirees across the country.

The result is an extended family of volunteers working together to impact children's education from the very start, laying the foundation for their future success, while helping eradicate illiteracy in the United States.

Interns Join the Cause

To date, our interns have donated more than 200,000 books to over 70 local communities and raised over $170,000 to support KPMG's Family for Literacy.

Get Involved on Your Campus!

First Book Advisory Boards are committees of volunteers, representing a community or campus, that come together to raise awareness and funds in order to provide new books to local literacy programs serving children from low-income families. Find out how you can volunteer with First Book.

Awards

The passion of our volunteers and the extent of their reach in helping low-income kids to broaden their horizons through reading have been acknowledged publicly: In the program's first year, the Points of Light Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting volunteerism as a solution to serious problems, honored KPMG with a Connect America Partner of the Year Award for the Family for Literacy program. Additionally, Family for Literacy was a key reason that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently recognized KPMG with its prestigious Corporate Stewardship Award.

Moving forward, our goal is to build upon the strong foundation the program has in place and expand our efforts even further.