Nonprofits focusing on literacy, education get $100K grants from Ascendium

MADISON, Wis. — Nonprofit education philanthropy group Ascendium has awarded $100,000 each to two Madison nonprofits focused on literacy and education.

The awards went to Literacy Network, which helps adults with reading and language skills, and Operation Fresh Start, which helps people ages 16-24 become self-sufficient by helping them finish school and find jobs.

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Speaking to News 3 Now on Friday, Ascendium’s vice president of strategic communications said Literacy Network “fits the bill” in terms of supporting educational missions.

“Education is the key,” he said, “and when you look at what Literacy Network does and really helping people be able to proceed with their education journey, it’s foundational to really everything that we do.”

Literacy Network said it plans to use the money in its student services department to help connect students to classes and other basic community resource needs.

“Help is one of our main goals, and then this money, it’s so grateful to us because this means we can help more, we can spend more with our people,” student services manager Alejandra Muñoz said.