Our In Kind Advisors and our Organic Philanthropy

ID Identifying Discourse Inc. 501 (c) (3) is a small team of community members from around the world who advocate for equal access to educational resources within disenfranchised communities that are at high risk for poverty and illiteracy. The correlation between illiteracy and poverty levels is staggering worldwide 
(please review the list of links below for further analysis of this idea).

With over 30 years of collective community advocacy and organizing experience our interests meet in the middle on the issue of literacy development initiatives. We organized a meeting, discussed issues of poverty and illiteracy and worked towards creating ongoing practical strategies which would aid communities in developing their own grass roots type projects and we all agreed that providing communities with books would at least provide a platform for literacy development,  encouragement of the study of foreign languages as well as promoting wholesome discourse around social issues.

Organic Philanthropy

Our model of organic philanthropy is simple and serves as our golden rule of operation.Through dialogue over debate we balance our idealism with reality. Our team engages in single pointed, ethical and holistic experiential dialogue through genuine intercultural exchange with youth and with rural and urban communities around the world. Nationally, ID Identifying Discourse Inc. is available to assist communities struggling with sufficient educational resources, as well as communities recovering from natural disasters. ID Inc. and supporters were onsite in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina and hurricane Sandy in New York City.


Our advisory team has worked for and managed grants from the following foundations:

  • The Ford Foundation
  • 21 Century Foundation
  • The Funding Exchange
  • Vanguard Foundation
  • Tides Foundation
  • Woman's Funding Network

Our advisors have also served holiday meals at the Bowery Mission in the Lower East side/ East Village of New York City with Diane Sawyer and her family, worked with Cirque de Soliel, Dancing With The Stars, Dance Theater of Harlem, Oakland Ballet, Complexions Dance Company, and have been active in the areas of fundraising and philanthropy around health and housing issues in poor urban areas and workplace opportunities for women. We also have extensive experience in: youth development programming cultural anthropology, ethnomusicology, public policy, sociology as well as decades of performing and and integrated visual arts experience.

Our bottom line is this:

Our advisors are not rich in financial wealth. We travel the world and have been traveling for over 20 years now and living within the communities and amongst the populations for whom we advocate . We do not travel and amass large expenses and tuck ourselves away in expensive ivory towers shut away from the community and the nuances of culture. We actually live amongst the people, we travel off the beaten track, we work for the people in a non discriminatory way because we are the people. Sometimes we don't hit the mark as intended and sometimes face tough challenges yet these lessons are all a part of the process of learning and becoming a stronger organization and force for helping others in need, and sometimes the only real need that people have is being shown that other people care about them. Compassion is a timeless virtue.

Studies and information on Literacy, Poverty and Crime

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2012

"Illiteracy still holds back more than 120 young people."

The report is available in all UN languages. ArabicChinese,EnglishFrenchRussian and Spanish.

The State of the World's Children: Education, 2012


More than half the world’s 7 billion people now live in urban areas. What does this mean for children? The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World examines the situation of children growing up in urban settings and finds that denials of children’s rights to survival, health, nutrition, education and protection are widespread. It sheds light on the scale of these urban inequities and suggests ways to ensure that urban childhoods are safe, healthy, participatory and fulfilling.  



Literacy Statistics

Literacy statistics and juvenile court:

  • 85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.
  • More than 60 percent of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate.
  • Penal institution records show that inmates have a 16% chance of returning to prison if they receive literacy help, as opposed to 70% who receive no help. This equates to taxpayer costs of $25,000 per year per inmate and nearly double that amount for juvenile offenders.
  • Illiteracy and crime are closely related. The Department of Justice states, "The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure." Over 70% of inmates in America's prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.


Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2006


“Illiteracy remains prevalent among women, the elderly, in

rural communities and among members of poor households.

Opportunities for acquiring literacy are especially limited

among socially excluded groups such as the indigenous, the

nomadic, the migrant, the homeless, the internally displaced

and people with disabilities.”



The State of the World's Children: Education, 1999


“Nearly a billion people will enter the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names and two thirds of them are women. And they will live, as now, in more desperate poverty and poorer health than those who can.

They are the world’s functional illiterates—and their numbers are growing. The total includes more than 130 million school age children, 73 million of them girls, who are growing up in the developing world without access to basic education. Millions of others languish in substandard schools where little learning takes place.”



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