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SMART Recognized as Sixth Most Admired Nonprofit in Oregon

Achieves Top Ten Ranking Out of 150 Nonprofits

Portland, OR, December 20, 2009 --( More than 1,800 Oregon CEOs and top-level managers were asked their opinions on the greatest companies in Oregon. SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) was named the sixth Most Admired Nonprofit in the state at an awards luncheon hosted by the Portland Business Journal.

Terry Shanley, SMART chief executive officer, said, “To us, this recognition demonstrates the widespread impact our program has not only on the lives of the children we serve but also the thousands of volunteers from all walks of life—presidents and CEOs, students, retirees, and everyone in between. We are proud to be recognized for the contributions SMART and its volunteers have made to the children of Oregon.”

SMART ranked sixth out of over 150 other nonprofits named in the survey. Previously SMART ranked eighth (2006) and tenth (2005). To generate the rankings, CEOs and top-level managers were asked to select three companies they most admired in eight industries.

“This honor, in combination with the recent Oregon Ethics in Business Award SMART received, makes it very clear that SMART is a valued and recognized organization and program throughout the state,” said Charles Wilhoite, chair of the SMART board of directors. “Our continuing commitment has exerted, and will continue to exert, a positive impact on the lives of thousands of Oregon children and their families.”

SMART congratulates companies who achieved the rank of sixth: Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, ESCO Corp., Jeld-Wen, Jive Software, KeyBank, Perkins & Co., and Tillamook County Creamery Association.

SMART partners with more than 200 low income schools throughout Oregon hopes to serve over 9,000 children in 2009-10. Hundreds of children are still in need of volunteer readers. Learn more and sign up online at or by calling 1-877-598-4633.

About SMART® (Start Making A Reader Today)
SMART is a nonprofit that envisions an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed. We engage community volunteers to read one-on-one with K-3 children who need literacy support. Participating children also receive new books each month to keep and read with their families. Since 1992, thousands of SMART volunteers have been inspiring little readers through storytelling. Together with support from the community, we are building brighter futures for Oregonians big and small. Volunteer or donate today. Visit or call 1-877-598-4633.

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