Your support changes lives.

When you donate to First Literacy, you help graduates from Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency (HiSET), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs get the financial and educational support they need to pursue a college degree or advanced skills training.

When you donate to First Literacy, you help fund innovative programs that give thousands of adult learners the necessary tools to achieve their goals and support their families. You help create professional development opportunities for the staff and teachers of ABE and ESOL programs so that they can share and incorporate best practices to improve their programs and their own teaching skills.

Make an online donation via PayPal

Make an online donation via First Giving

or download a printable mail-in donation form

You can also give from your donor-advised fund via

For information on more donation options including named scholarship endowments, corporate matching opportunities, gifts of stock or assets, and planned giving, please contact us at or call 617.482.3336.

Phillis Wheatley Society

Phillis Wheatley was an inspiring African American woman who transcended the social boundaries of her time through the power of the written word. Each spring First Literacy celebrates and thanks donors who have given a gift of $1,000 or more at a special reception. These donors help continue Phillis Wheatley’s legacy by supporting the efforts to give others the power to read, write, speak, and understand English.

Corporate Matching Funds

Make your dollars go further! Many corporations match, double or even triple all charitable donations made by their employees. Click here to find out if your company will match your gift to First Literacy. If you don’t see your company name on this list, contact your Human Resources department for details.

Donate While You Shop

Amazon donates a percentage of your purchases to First Literacy when you shop through AmazonSmile with First Literacy as your selected charity.