“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” —Kofi Annan
We, at Grammarly, are dedicated to helping people improve their written communication. However, we know that writing involves so much more than putting pen to paper. For example, the ability to read and write are closely intertwined — and have a larger impact on your future than you might think. Literacy not only affects children at school but also adults in the workplace.
That’s why we’re teaming up with authoritative bloggers with solid followings to promote literacy as part of our Promote Literacy Program. In return for helping us spread the word about the importance of literacy — simply by referring to this page on your blog — Grammarly will donate under your name to one of the following charities of your choosing:
Why all the fuss? Let’s look at some statistics:
- Low literacy affects more people than you think. About 22 percent of American adults have minimal literacy skills, which prevents them from effectively communicating. (National Center for Educational Statistics)
- Low literacy is correlated with chronic unemployment. 50 percent of the chronically unemployed are not functionally literate, which prevents them from maintaining jobs. (Ohio Literary Resource Center)
- Low literacy is correlated with imprisonment. 65 percent of prison inmates (or one million Americans) have low literacy. (Literacy Partners)
- Low literacy is correlated with poverty. 43 percent of Americans with low literacy are impoverished, lacking basic reading and writing skills to help them overcome their situations. (Literacy Partners)
- Low literacy affects the American economy. Experts estimate that low literacy costs the American economy $225 billion a year in lost productivity. Improved workplace literacy can increase employees’ efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity on the job. (Reach Higher, America)
The good news? We can help by contributing to charities that emphasize the importance of literacy and help people achieve effective communication skills that can lead to brighter futures. In fact, effective writing can even empower you at work by increasing the chances that you will be promoted and/or make more money: “Good Grammar Will Get You Promoted.”
If you are a blogger interested in learning more about Grammarly’s Promote Literacy Program, please give us a holler at firstname.lastname@example.org.