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About Us

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in 1993 in honor of J.L. Turner, the co-founder of Dollar General Corporation. J.L. was functionally illiterate with only a third grade education when he started Dollar General.

Sometimes circumstances in life prevent individuals from achieving their educational goals. However, regardless of your life circumstances, it is never too late to learn. Learning to read, preparing for the high school equivalency tests or learning the English language is an investment that opens doorways for personal, professional and economic growth. It opens doorways to a brighter future.

It is our hope that the grants awarded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will empower individuals to achieve their educational goals and dreams, one word at a time.