For Immediate Release
November 9, 2015

Anne Killian                                                                                                                                         | (262) 373-7614

International Foundation Donates $15,000 to 'Hawaii Literacy'
61st U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference to help break cycle of under-education

Honolulu, HI (November 9, 2015) The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans is standing behind Hawaii Literacy's mission of breaking under-education and the poverty cycle in Hawai'i through a recent donation. Continuing its tradition of donating to a local nonprofit organization during its U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference, the Foundation presented Hawaii Literacy with a $15,000 contribution on Sunday, November 8 at the 61st Annual Employee Benefits Conference opening session in Honolulu.

One in 6 adults in Hawai'i struggle with reading and writing. Hawaii Literacy focuses on those with the lowest literacy skills and helps disadvantaged children prepare for and succeed in school, gives adults a second chance to learn to read and write, and trains hundreds of literacy volunteers to teach in the community. The organization provides books, mentors, literacy promotion, and the skills needed to break cycles of poverty and under-education.

"At the Foundation, we work toward providing a secure future for families through employee benefits and that future begins with learning," International Foundation Chief Executive Officer Michael Wilson said on Sunday. "Literacy is the first step toward a secure future so we felt strongly that Hawaii Literacy should receive our donation."

"We are so honored by this generous gift from the Foundation for our local literacy efforts," said Suzanne Skjold, executive director. "The Foundation's generosity will help Hawaii Literacy increase technology access for low-income youth and help parents who want to help their own children, but struggle to read themselves. How wonderful that visitors to our islands choose to give back in such a meaningful way."

Much like Hawaii Literacy, the Foundation's mission is focused on education.  The Annual Conference is a unique opportunity for labor, management, and administrative representatives of benefit funds to receive the education they need in one place. The Foundation hosts its Annual Conference in Hawai'i every five years.


About the Foundation: The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans is the premier educational organization dedicated to providing the diverse employee benefits community with objective, solution-oriented education, research and information to ensure the health and financial security of plan beneficiaries worldwide. The Foundation has more than 33,000 multiemployer, corporate and public sector members representing over 25 million lives. For additional information, visit

About Hawaii Literacy: Hawaii Literacy offers free programs to promote and increase literacy for adults and children in Hawai'i, a critical step in breaking cycles of poverty and under-education, including 1-to-1 tutoring for adults seeking to improve their reading and writing skills. They are supported by more than 325 literacy volunteers. To volunteer, donate, view the agency's current wish list, or to get reading help, call 537-6706 or visit