Bold Goal Coalition

The River Region Bold Goal Coalition is a community-wide effort to increase the number of students reading proficiently by the end of the third grade.


A student’s ability to read at the end of third grade is a strong predictor of that child's future success in school and what career opportunities they will have after graduation. Third grade is when students make the leap from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” Young learners who continue to struggle after third grade more likely to struggle in middle school and high school, less likely to graduate from high school, and less likely to be college- and career-ready. For struggling readers, it is difficult to catch up after moving on from third grade, and currently, more than half of fourth grade students across the River Region are not reading proficiently, according to fourth grade reading assessments. Increasing the number of students reading successfully by the end of the third grade is vital for our River Region to thrive today and for years to come.

Percentage of 4th Grade Students NOT PROFICIENT in Reading in the River Region











The River Region Bold Goal Coalition is built on a simple premise:

Working together, rather than apart, we have a bigger, bolder impact.

Launched by River Region United Way, the Bold Goal Coalition brings together the people, organizations and projects that support children and families during the first eight years of a child's life. Bold Goal partnerships will continue to do what they do best while identifying community-based solutions to shared challenges. Together, we will tackle the root causes that keep children in our communities from reading proficiently. We will drive systematic changes to help every child succeed.


Our work is driven by five principles:


The Bold Goal Coalition brings together community leaders and groups to learn from each other, identify actionable benchmarks, and further our impact beyond what we could do on our own.


The Bold Goal Coalition links the unique missions of our partner organizations around a shared community-wide vision.


The Bold Goal Coalition shares data about our area's children and the results of our collective impact. We track milestones that will bring us closer to our Bold Goal of every child reading proficiently by the end of the third grade.


The Bold Goal Coalition will identify and provide the resources needed to support new and ongoing results-focused efforts.


The Bold Goal Coalition advocates for policy solutions and strategic public investments that drive systemic change.

River Region Bold Goal Coalition Partners

Alabama Arts Alliance

Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education

Alabama Department of Human Resources

Alabama Department of Mental Health

Alabama Partnership for Children

Alabama Power Company

Alabama Reading Initiative

Alabama School Readiness Alliance

Alabama State Department of Education

Alabama State University

Alabama Talks

ALFA Insurance

All Macon County Children Matter, Inc. 
(Children's Policy Council)

Auburn University at Montgomery

Autauga County Children's Policy Council

Autauga County Schools

Boys & Girls Clubs of the River Region

Carey Center for the Advancement of 
Philanthropy & Nonprofit Studies

Central AlabamaWorks

Child Protect, Inc.

City of Montgomery

Common Ground Montgomery

Davis Elementary / Phalen Academies

Dixie Electric, Plumbing, and Air

Easterseals Central Alabama

Elmore County Public Schools

Family Guidance Center of Alabama

Family Support Center

Faulkner University

Trenholm State Community College

Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce

Gift of Life Foundation

Hancock Whitney
Helping Montgomery Families Initiative

Lowndes County Children's Policy Council

Lowndes County Public Schools

Macon County Schools

Mental Health America in Montgomery


Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce

Montgomery City Council

Montgomery City-County Public Library

Montgomery Community Action Committee & CDC, Inc.

Montgomery County Board of Education

Montgomery County Public Schools

Montgomery Education Foundation

Montgomery Family Court (Children's Policy Council)

MST CPAs & Advisors, LLC

Pike Road Schools

Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce

Prattville YMCA

Reach Out and Read

River Bank & Trust

River Region United Way

Serious Injury Law Group, P.C.

ServisFirst Bank

Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL)

The Gift of Life Foundation, Inc.

The Housing Authority of the City of Montgomery (MHA)

Tillman Davis Enterprises, LLC

Town of Hayneville

Women in Training, Inc.

YMCA of Greater Montgomery 

To view the video of our Regional Leadership Forum where we announce the River Region Bold Goal Coalition, or for additional resources

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To learn how your organization can join the Bold Goal Coalition, please contact Adam Muhlendorf: 334.625.0175