Trident Literacy Association

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The average percentage of adults in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties who lack basic prose literacy skills (BPLS).

trident literacy lowcountry day of giving

Trident Literacy Association is proud to announce the kick off of the 2015 Lowcountry Giving Day.

Lowcountry Giving Day 2014
 raised a total of $4,003,591.62 from 7,166 individuals for 93 participating nonprofits, the highest amount collected in 24 hours of giving in similar challenges among all 50 states.

Will you help us #LiftTheLowcountry a second time? Hosted by Coastal Community Foundation, Lowcountry Giving Day will take place on May 5, and we need your help to support the Trident Literacy Association amongst 180+ nonprofits in nine counties along the South Carolina coast!

Coastal Community Foundation will channel gifts through their website, which will make it easy to give and easy to see how much we as a community donate together. You can learn more about how to support your favorite organization on their blog.

Follow Trident Literacy Association on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on Lowcountry Giving Day.

For official rules about the event and to answer frequently asked questions, please visit the Rules/FAQ page on the Coastal Community Foundation website.

If you have any further questions about Lowcountry Giving Day, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trident Literacy Association thanks you for your help and participation at our Roast for Mayor Summey!!

Trident Literacy - staff, volunteers and students thank you for a great event raising $55,000.

We received such positive comments about the roast. Everyone enjoyed the great wit of all our speakers and we are grateful for the opportunity to highlight our organization and our mission.

Your support helps us secure needed funds to continue our high standard programs offering adults, throughout the tri-county, the opportunity to improve their literacy skills, earn their GEDs and WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificates and gain the tools they need to advance to higher education and/or qualify for better jobs. This opportunity elevates not only the adults who study with us, but also their entire families, as they set a new standard of achievement and desire to succeed nd social goals.

We look forward to the next event!!

Master of Ceremonies

Glenn McConnell, President, College of Charleston

Bill Collins, Mayor, Summerville
Bobby Hitt, SC Secretary of Commerce
Dr. Jairy Hunter, President, Charleston Southern University
Andy Savage, Savage Law Firm
Bill Sharpe, News Anchor, Live 5 WCSC
Dr. Mary Thornley, President, Trident Technical College
Al Cannon, Sheriff, Charleston County


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Donate To Support Adult Literacy

Your donation makes you a partner in each student's success. Increased literacy means an improved workforce, and stronger economy.

Please help us make a difference with your donation.

  • 90% of every dollar supports students directly

$2,000 = the cost per day for 6 sites and several outreach locations
$1,000 = TLA’s annual fee for web-based WorkKeys curriculum or the cost of a classroom naming opportunity
$500 = TLA’s expense per student for one year of instruction (includes Basic Literacy, GED-prep, ESL/Civics, WorkKeys Career Readiness, Basic Computer Use)
$250 = cost to sponsor our annual “Achievement Ceremony” to honor our students who earned their GED and/or WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificates, or passed their citizenship exam
$150 = cost for one student scholarship for the GED exam
$25 = contribution to our general scholarship fund to subsidize our students’ education

$100,000 = Cost to name an endowment or specific program

$250,000 = Cost to name our main campus

In the 2013-2014 fiscal year:

  • TLA served approximately 1,500 adult students.

Since 1972, Trident Literacy Association has helped adults get results. Our student-centered approach works.

Your generosity makes you a partner in each student's success.


Please help us make a difference.

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