Is Fundamental, Inc. prepares and motivates
children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to
those children and families who need them most.
Founded in 1966, RIF is the
oldest and largest children's and family nonprofit literacy organization
in the United States. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved
children from birth to age 8. Through a national, grassroots network of
community volunteers at 21,000 program sites, RIF provides 5 million
children with 17 million new, free books and literacy resources each
All RIF programs combine three
essential elements to foster children's literacy: reading motivation,
family and community involvement, and the excitement of choosing free
books to keep.
RIF's accomplishments are due in
part to the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education,
corporations, foundations, community organizations, and thousands of
Many of our nation’s children lack the
motivation to read. Researchers have described motivation as the “skill
and will” to learn. Students who reported reading more
frequently for fun have higher reading proficiency scores than those who
reported reading less frequently. Interestingly, a positive correlation
also exists between the amount of time children read for pleasure and
their math and science achievement.
Every RIF program includes motivational activities as a
cornerstone of program delivery. Through carefully crafted
motivational activities, RIF provides children with a wide range of
experiences that make reading fun. RIF designs these activities to
encourage children to become fluent and able readers.