As a published author, our founder, Madi Franquiz, makes regular appearances in schools and libraries all across the country for career days or to host her writers conference. At one particular event in a North Dallas community, she was spending the afternoon with an entire elementary school. Upon the entry of the 3rd grade class, she was approached by one of the teachers. She asked “could you dumb your presentation down for this class?” “Of course” she said, but she was curious. She needed to know more! She told the teacher that she had been strategic in my creation of these programs and made certain that they were age appropriate, at a level that each grade could understand. She lowered her voice and said “Madi, these kids are reading at or below the kindergarten level.” That’s when Madi realized we have a literacy problem that has been exacerbated by the global pandemic, and something had to be done. Madi began looking for opportunities to make a difference for children in literacy.
As a result of her early childhood experience of living in poverty and her adult experiences serving in Title 1 schools, Madi is a passionate children's literacy advocate, recognized around the world for her philanthropic work. Today, alongside our international partners, Authoring Life is on a mission to ensure that every child, regardless of zip code, has the opportunity to acquire literacy skills and books to become who they were created to be.
Authoring Life operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit under the umbrella of the Women's Nonprofit Alliance. Authoring Life works to eradicate illiteracy through early intervention so that every child has the opportunity to write the story they want to read.
Through books, literacy resources, scholarships, and educational opportunities, Authoring Life is on a mission to ensure that every child, regardless of zip code, has the opportunity to acquire literacy skills and books to become who they were created to be.
Authoring Life currently aids children from 17 different countries, and 13 U.S. States. The nonprofit has received recognition for its work in literacy advocacy from the United Nations and the World Literacy Foundation.
Authoring Life operates as a program under the fiscal sponsorship of , an official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit parent organization, and our leadership adheres to their Statement of Faith. As a Sponsored Member of WomensNPA, we are able to accept tax-deductible donations. All online donations may appear on your bank statement as "Women's Nonprofit Alliance,” however funds are directly credited to Authoring Life.
Through our partnership with the WomensNPA, we have been accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) which provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, transparency, fundraising and board governance, as well as GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency for our financial oversight.