Back to School Drive

Budget cuts, larger classrooms, low supplies… our local schools need your help. 

City National’s 9th annual Back to School Drive helps provide students and their schools with backpacks and essential school supplies they need to succeed.

When you make a donation to City National’s literacy program, Reading is The way up®, City National will separately make a donation directly benefitting schools and organizations in the communities where we work and live. Simply donate to Reading is The way up® and the funds will be used to buy and donate backpacks and essential school supplies to schools and organizations in our communities. The more you donate to Reading is The way up® the more backpacks City National can provide to low- to moderate-income children.

In 2017, we donated over 1,800 backpacks to 69 schools and organizations and hope to do even more in 2018. View the list of recipient schools and organizations from 2017 (pdf).. (pdf)

Your donation to Reading is The way up® through the California Community Foundation / Reading is The way up Fund (Tax ID# 95-3510055) will be tax-deductible. And thank you for your donation.

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