Who we are and what we do

Founded by Caroline Jane Knight, The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation is a registered not for profit organisation run by volunteers. The foundation was created to harness the global passion for Jane Austen to fund literacy resources for communities in need across the world.

We believe that everyone, no matter gender or circumstance, has the right to learn basic literacy skills. Many of us are very lucky and have the opportunity to receive an education where we can learn these invaluable skills. However, there are communities around the world where this is not so. Literacy rates in developing, low income and war torn countries are staggering, and the gap between men and women even more so.

We work alongside reputable charitable organisations such as UNICEF and The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation and provide basic materials like colouring pencils, pens, paper and children's books to support literacy programs for communities in literacy crisis. 

The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation funds literacy kits for temporary schools run by UNICEF for the displaced children of Syria

The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation funds literacy kits for temporary schools run by UNICEF for the displaced children of Syria

 
 
 
 

The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation provided these books for Indigenous children in remote regions of Australia

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Caroline Jane Knight will donate fifteen per cent of the profits from the sale of Jane & Me: My Austen Heritage to the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation