Romance Writers Raise $1 Million for ProLiteracy to Benefit Adult Literacy

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Romance Writers of America has supported the adult literacy cause for more than 26 years and has donated a total of $1 million.

Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy, and Jose Cruz, ProLiteracy board member, accepting the book signing donation at the 2016 Romance Writers of America conference in San Diego, California.

Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy, and Jose Cruz, ProLiteracy board member, accepting the book signing donation at the 2016 Romance Writers of America conference in San Diego, California.

RWA’s donations to ProLiteracy have helped break the cycle of poverty, elevate workforce skills, and improve the quality of life for over 40,000 adults worldwide.

Romance Writers of America (RWA) hosted its annual book-signing event recently in support of adult literacy. The proceeds from this year’s Readers for Life Literacy Autographing was more than $39,000—bringing the total donations to ProLiteracy and local literacy programs since 1990 to $1 million.

“A million thanks to the authors, readers, publishers, and literacy partners who have helped RWA create life-long readers. A special thank you goes to the Nora Roberts Foundation for underwriting the event,” said Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy, during his speech about the importance of literacy. “Over the years, RWA’s donations to ProLiteracy have helped break the cycle of poverty, elevate workforce skills, and improve the quality of life for over 40,000 adults worldwide.”

“Funding literacy initiatives creates a gift that lasts a lifetime, and will be passed to others,” said Nora Roberts, author and sponsor of the event. “I'm honored to have a part in creating that gift.”

ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, believes that a safer, stronger, and more sustainable society starts with an educated adult population. About 36 million adults in the U.S.—and almost 800 million worldwide—struggle with basic reading, writing, and math skills. These individuals struggle to read a menu, fill out a job application, or read a bedtime story to their children. ProLiteracy removes the hurdles that stand in the way of their goals.

Romance Writers of America is a trade association with the mission to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre.

About ProLiteracy
For more than 60 years, ProLiteracy has been working across the globe to create a world where every person can read and write. ProLiteracy promotes adult literacy through content development, programs, and advocacy. Our goal is to help literacy programs increase the quantity and quality of services provided. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information about ProLiteracy, please visit http://www.proliteracy.org.

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