Awards and Recognition


  1. BulletIn December 2008, Reading and Beyond was given a “Champion of Compassion” award by the U.S. Department of Education.   Kerri Briggs, U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, visited Fresno to honor Reading And Beyond for its work and contribution to the community.

  1. BulletIn 2007, at a White House Conference, the U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spelling, highlighted Fresno Covenant Foundation in her speech about about success stories of youth and education within the Hispanic community.  Click here to read Secretary Spelling’s speech.

  1. BulletExecutive Director, Luis Santana has been invited five times by the White House, to participate in literacy and education forums and share best practices.

  1. BulletReading And Beyond was one of only four organizations nationwide to receive a grant to expand its Early Childhood Education program in 2005.


  1. BulletIn June 2009, Reading and Beyond’s Executive Director, Luis Santana was one of six people in the State of California to be awarded the James Irvine Leadership Award. The award recognizes Californians who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to critical state issues.

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  1. BulletIn November 2007, Reading And Beyond was voted “Best Non Profit” by Fresno Magazine’s Best of Fresno readers poll.

  1. BulletIn September 2007, Executive Director, Luis Santana was awarded a “Local Hero” Award, by Union Bank and Valley Public Television for the organization’s impact on the community

  1. BulletIn September 2007, Executive Director, Luis Santana, was awarded a “Portraits Of Success” award by the local media (KSEE-24) for his impact on the community through Reading And Beyond.

  1. BulletIn September 2006, Reading And Beyond was awarded the Salute To Small Business award for “Best Non-Profit.

  1. BulletIn October 2006, Reading And Beyond’s Health Program was highlighted by “Healthy Fresno” as providing effective Health Education for Fresno’s families and children.

  1. BulletFresno Covenant Foundation has been awarded twice by Fresno Unified School District for leadership in serving children in the district.