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Richard W. Dreiling, CEO

Dollar General's commitment to literacy spans the life of our company and remains strong because of the significant need in our nation. Our co-founder, J.L. Turner, was functionally illiterate when he started the company recognized today as Dollar General. We understand that sometimes various circumstances in life prevent individuals from achieving their educational goals. Whatever the circumstances that initially prevented someone from experiencing educational success, we believe it is never too late to learn. We also believe that learning to read, receiving your GED or learning the English language is an investment that opens new doorways for personal, professional and economic growth for individuals and families.

Since the Foundation's inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $84.9 million in grants across our 40-state market area. In addition to grants, Dollar General's Learn to Read free literacy referral program has provided more than 50,000 literacy referrals. Information about the referral program is available in the "Do you want to read better?" brochures displayed on our stores check-out counters.

Founded: 1939

Contact Dollar General Literacy Foundation at (615) 855-5201