The Screen Actors Guild Foundation
is a non-profit
humanitarian and educational organization founded in 1985. Although it is independent of the Screen Actors Guild
and financed through private and corporate donations, it does offer some services to SAG members.
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation contributes to the advancement of literacy in communities across the country through BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools). This nationwide literacy program was first established in Los Angeles in 1993 by Barbara Bain. BookPALS currently claims 11 chapters throughout the country, with over 2000 dedicated volunteers who serve more than 100,000 preschool through 5th grade students weekly by reading aloud at public schools, hospitals, cultural institutions, and shelters, as well as on the phone and online.
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation contributes to the advancement of literacy through Storyline Online presenting digital videos featuring professional actors reading quality children’s books. These imaginatively produced videos fully captured the intricate illustrations, colors and textures of each book. Supplemental activities for each book are developed by an early literacy specialist. Together, the videos and related curriculum strengthen comprehension, verbal and written skills of English language learners worldwide. Available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, free of charge, Storyline Online ensures that... Read More