Act Now, or React Later? The Choice is Clear

By Giving List Staff   |   January 3, 2024

Imagine that you could invest $1,500 to prevent a house fire. Without that investment, the cost to rebuild this hypothetical home soars upward of $460,000. This doesn’t include the devastation that goes along with the loss, the inevitable heartbreak as you and your family rebuild and recover from the trauma – and that’s if all of you make it out alive. Wouldn’t you rather spend $1,500 to keep your family, your home, and your future intact? J3 Foundation is asking that very same question – but for the future of our nation’s children.

J3’s free reading intervention program can work to prevent the following devastating statistic:
“Two-thirds of fourth graders who are reading below grade level will end up in prison or on welfare.” (NAAL)

When we lose these kids, and they end up in prison as adults, California spends approximately $460,000 over the life of an average inmate’s incarceration. J3’s goal: intervene early and use the power of literacy to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. It takes only $1,500 per J3 student to keep the community, the families, and these kids’ futures intact.

The price tag for incarceration is far greater than the cost of supporting J3’s reading intervention – help kids now, when it counts the most.

This isn’t just charity, it’s strategic; a transformative shift. Will we wait for grim statistics or proactively shape a brighter future for these kids, for our community?

Schools: Too Little, Too Late

In 2023, J3 reached 565 lower-income kids in 16 partner schools

Reading instruction ends after grade 3. Although California recognizes that low literacy students are at risk of falling behind, vital programming is focused on beginning readers. Sadly, many fourth graders have “aged out” of literacy programs.

Even before the pandemic, student achievement was plummeting, and the steepest decline occurred among lower-income students of color. Post-pandemic, a  Brookings Institute study found that reading test score gaps expanded dramatically between students in low-poverty and high-poverty schools. The gap “grew 15%, primarily during the 2020-21 school year.” Without intervention, struggling kids could instead become high school dropouts – a group 3.5 times more likely to be arrested than kids who graduate. What if we could turn today’s below grade readers into tomorrow’s highly effective adults? J3 is filling that strategic need in the greater Los Angeles area.

Your Support Can Change Lives

J3’s programming creates and fosters fundamental reading skills such as vocabulary and decoding, and more sophisticated learning strategies including reflection and discussion. The Cozy Reading Club builds strong connections to joy and achievement in reading and learning. 

Supporting J3 can change the trajectory of a child’s life—especially when compared to the real-life dollar costs of not intervening. A single school can receive an entire year of J3’s transformative services for just $36,000. A contribution of $100,000 enables J3 to open three additional schools and change more than 120 lives. 

Back J3 Foundation, and be part of rewriting these young lives’ stories. The stakes are high, the cause urgent – the choice is clear.

Students in J3 programs benefit from an average 36-point increase in their standardized assessment scores. [reference: 2021-2022 testing data]

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J3 Foundation

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(310) 924-2422
Director of Operations: Bobbie Boggs-Miller

Matching Funds — $1,500 Funds a Young Reader

One of the reasons J3 Foundation has been so effective is that it’s stayed laser focused on what it does best: teaching kids to read. The Cozy Reading Club anticipates serving 700+ students this year and J3 hopes to double that number by attracting more private donations. Creating a new reader who will grow up to be a positive contributor to society costs the organization just $1,500 annually.
“I think it’s the best $1,500 we as a society could ever invest,” says Joe Blackstone, J3 Foundation co-founder. “And that number will go down as we get more students.”
Glaser Weil will match every dollar raised, up to $10,000.


To equip 4th grade scholars with the skills, habits, confidence, and book access they need for a lifetime of reading success

Begin to Build a Relationship

We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s director of development and/or Executive Director.

I appreciate J3 for the organization’s commitment to doing everything possible when it comes to reading proficiency. It’s rewarding to see your dollars make an impact immediately. J3 Foundation is so well run that I don’t have to think twice about the actual support that’s being implemented. The rate they’re scaling is just amazing. J3 sees every child’s potential and never gives up on its mission.
– Carron Brown
J3 Advisory Board Member Vice President of Strategy,
Planning and Operations: Warner Bros. Discovery

Key Supporters

LA Lakers Youth Foundation
Warner Bros-Discovery: BOLD
CTBC Bank Corporation
Glaser Weil LLP
Armanino LLP
Barry Family Foundation
Joel & Sherry McKuin
Humberto & Maria Gray
The Book Foundation
Ocean Direct
Jeffrey & Nicole Westheimer
Bob & Karina Matuszak