How can a company improve adult literacy?

Sage is a British multinational software company based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Through their unique 2+2+2 model and their partnership with Literacy Action, they are working towards building a better future in local communities and improving adult literacy.

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Sage Foundation follows a unique 2+2+2 model to aid their big sustainability ambitions: 2% of time, 2% of cash flow, and 2 licenses donated. Together with the ‘2’s’ not only encourage Sage employees to participate in volunteering in their local communities, but the Sage Foundation also provides grants that create social, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities. It also donates licenses to eligible charities, social enterprises and non-profit organisations through their software donation program.

Literacy Action

Sage Foundation has partnered with Literacy Action to ensure that every adult – no matter their background, economic circumstance, or access – has the right to an education. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta, Georgia, Literacy Action teaches literacy, life, and work skills to more than 2,000 undereducated adults each year.


Sage recognises that successful nonprofits need more than donations; they need technological solutions to move their mission forward. That is why Sage has launched its award-winning, real-time Sage Live accounting solution for nonprofit organisations. It gives nonprofits, like Literacy Action, access to cloud accounting technology and tools tailored to their needs, including; balance sheet, Statement of Financial Activities (SOFA) reporting, general processing and fund management capabilities.

This story shows how Sage supports Goal 4: Quality Education, specifically Target 4.6: “By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.”

About Sage

Sage is a British multinational software company based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Today, Sage has 13,000 employees and serves over three million customers in 23 countries across mainland Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Latin America.

Learn more about Sage and Literacy Action.

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