Without citizens who can read and think critically, democracy is threatened and our freedoms—personal, social, and political—are subject to dissolution.
Who We Are
The Great Books Foundation works toward a sustainable and just democracy. We create reading and discussion programs for students and adults with the conviction that literacy and critical thinking help form reflective and well-informed citizens. We believe that civil and open discussion of the world’s enduring literature promotes empathy, understanding, and community, and that by working to develop reading and thinking skills, we advance the ultimate promise of democracy—participation for all.
What We Do
We inspire people of all ages to become more knowledgeable, reflective, and engaged citizens.
- We build communities of lifelong learners who explore contemporary and perennial issues through reading and discussion.
- We teach pre K-12 students how to think critically—sparking a passion for literature and ideas through the discussion of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction.
- We provide instruction for teachers, parents, and adult volunteers in Shared Inquiry™, a method of learning developed by Great Books that promotes close reading, careful questioning, active listening, and the respectful exchange of ideas.
- We create partnerships with educational and community organizations to advance reading and discussion as a means for exploring shared concerns and common ground.
The Great Books Foundation is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization. Through Shared Inquiry™ discussions of enduring literature, we advance social and civic engagement and help people of all ages think critically about their own lives and the world we share.
The Great Books Foundation Financial Report
Copies of the annual financial report, the IRS 990 form, and other relevant public documents are available from the Foundation upon request.