Who We Are.

The Sacramento Literacy Foundation, formerly the Sacramento Public Library Foundation, has raised more than $11 million for the Sacramento Public Library and recently has changed its name and broadened its focus on Literacy. The Literacy Foundation remains a community literacy convener and will direct all future fundraising toward accelerating language literacy rates in the Sacramento Region. Through donor support we have been able to make strategic investments in children’s literacy with positive results.

Revenue is generated by the Foundation through an annual giving program supported by more than 5,000 donors; major gifts from individuals including donor-named and donor-advised funds; foundation grants and corporate sponsorships; direct mail; and many planned giving opportunities including outright gifts of securities and gifts of life insurance, bequests, Revocable Living Trusts, Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Remainder Trusts as well as gifts of property.

The Foundation is an independent charitable organization.

Meet The Board President

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James Deeringer has spent a lot of time during his adult life reading to children. Of that experience he says, “I’ve seen the magic that occurs when a child’s imagination is fired by the written word, especially when read aloud. Reading connects kids to the wider world and lets them know that there are many different ways to be in this world.” Jim comes to the Foundation board with extensive experience in non-profit governance, having previously served on the boards of the Sacramento Symphony, KVIE Public Television, and the Crocker Art Museum.

As an estate planning attorney, Jim also brings expertise in planned giving and has a special interest in endowment growth. He says, “I’m excited about the Foundation’s children’s literacy mission and look forward to helping the organization expand its service to this community and particularly to children of less advantaged families.”

Meet The Board Officers

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Robert Honaker

Vice President

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Sean Burke


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Denise Timmons


Meet The Board At Large Members

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Ahamadou Bocar

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Clark Carter

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Randy Getz

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Abby Lunardini

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Mary Ellen Shay

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Neill SooHoo

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Jeannie Wong

Education Advisory Committee

The Education Advisory Committee is a formal group of educators and experts that inform the Foundation as we fund and support literacy programs.

  • Julius Austin, SHRA Promise Zone
  • Dr. JaNay Brown-Wood, CSUS
  • Todd Collins, California Reading Coalition
  • Araceli Sandoval-Gonzalez, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • Elise Spang, Zaner-Bloser
  • Becky Sullivan, Sacramento County Office of Education
  • Tami Wilson, Sacramento County Office of Education

Foundation Staff