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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. That is why our commitment to literacy remains strong. It is the one gift that no one can take away—the one gift that lasts a lifetime.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating over 20 years of helping individuals learn to read, prepare for the GED, or learn English. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $98 million to nonprofit organizations and schools that have helped more than 5.8 million individuals advance their literacy and basic education skills.

Founded: 1939

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