KPMG is donating $250,000 to the nonprofit organization First Book to distribute more than 200,000 books this year to needy children.

First Book is partnering with KPMG’s Family for Literacy initiative, which organizes volunteers to fund the purchase of books, conduct reading programs in schools, and work with existing literacy programs to distribute books supplied by First Book. The program launched in seven cities this year, including Denver; Minneapolis; Washington, D.C./Tysons Corner, Va.; Short Hills, N.J.; Montvale, N.J.; Stamford, Conn.; and Houston.

Current KPMG partners and staff will be joined by family, friends, alumni and retirees of KPMG in the project to distribute the books to disadvantaged children. KPMG’s Family for Literacy participants will reach out through their own professional and personal networks to register existing community literacy programs with First Book to help these groups gain permanent access to a steady stream of new books for children.

“Encouraging children to read is absolutely crucial to their development and future learning potential,” said KPMG chairman and CEO Timothy P. Flynn in a statement.

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