How an Education Nonprofit Grew as Fast as Facebook

The Chronicle of Philanthropy March 7, 2018
Michelle Brown had a simple idea: Build a free online library of reading materials for teachers and students. Turning the idea into a nonprofit called CommonLit was not nearly as simple. She had to raise money, hire software engineers, and secure the rights to readings that would appeal to kids with varying interests and reading levels. For a while, she took no salary and funded the organization with money...

Top 10 Educational Websites for Literacy of 2018

Homeschool Base January 1, 2018
We use CommonLit as a base for middle and high school classes. They have hundreds of FREE short passages. Each comes with questions for students and a guide for teachers.

18 D.C.-Area Startups to Watch in 2018

DC Inno December 11, 2017
Sure, CommonLit is technically a nonprofit. The education platform has user numbers to rival those of Facebook in its early days. Startup growth in a nonprofit model is nothing to ignore. This time last year, founder and CEO Michelle Brown was moving out of 1776 and into their Eastern Market office space. CommonLit also landed a $3.9 million grant from the Department of Education last year. They’ve grown from three full-time employees to a team of 17, and Brown has plans to hire more.

The D.C. EdTech Nonprofit Growing at The Same Rate as Facebook

DC Inno November 27, 2017
Michelle Brown, CEO and founder of CommonLit, says the company hit its 1 millionth registered user in 11 months, the same amount of time it took Facebook to land its 1 millionth user. And today, CommonLit is gaining 20,000 users daily, and they have 100,000 daily active users.

Library Announces Winners of 2017 Literacy Awards

Library of Congress September 1, 2017
The Literacy Awards honor organizations working to promote literacy and reading in the United States and worldwide. The awards recognize groups doing exemplary, innovative and replicable work, and they spotlight the need for the global community to unite in striving for universal literacy. “Literacy is the first line of defense against so many problems—unemployment, hunger, poor health—and gives people a foundation for a brighter future,” Hayden said.

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