This September and October, let’s raise money for missions by reading!
At Sonlight, we love books and missions.
We love missionary biographies and generosity.
And we love to see children learning and growing in their love for the world.
Combining all of our favorite things, we’re excited to introduce the Sonlight Read-A-Thon! Your children can raise money for missions, simply by reading great books. And Sonlight will match the donations up to $200,000. Together let’s raise at least $400,000 to support the ministry of these participating agencies.
Together we can make a difference in lives all over the world by sharing the love of Jesus.
During this Read-A-Thon, your kids won’t only be fundraising, they’ll also be learning—both academically and spiritually!
For every page your child reads or video they watch, they’ll raise funds that directly support the ministry of their choice.
Here's How it Works
Browse the participating organizations. Which one captures your children’s hearts? Mission India, with their emphasis on children? The Seed Company, with their emphasis on the Scripture in every heart language, using technology to make the task simple?
Pick one to support, and sign up with that organization on the read-a-thon fundraising website.
Your children commit to reading for a certain number of hours, a certain number of pages or a certain number of books.
We recommend missionary biographies, stories of redemption, stories that showcase Christian spiritual growth or any spiritually edifying literature—novels, poetry, fiction, and more—you choose!
Alternately, if your children are too young to read, you can agree to read aloud and have your children listen.
You get to decide whether you also want to include ebooks, audiobooks, videos, blogs, etc.
You can find a list of suggested options here.
Share your children’s goal, and ask people to sponsor your children’s reading.
Once you sign up, this toolkit of printables can help you recruit sponsors and solidify your children's learning. You might want to share what your children are learning with their sponsors, to expand the blessing.
At the end, share your students’ progress and keep sponsors updated on what your children read.
For any funds your children raise with sponsorships, Sonlight will double it.
Far East Broadcasting Company
We communicate the Good News among the nations by media ... until every man, woman, and child has heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Join our team!
Pioneers empowers gospel-driven Christians to go to the ends of the earth in relentless pursuit of the unreached. Join our team and the relentless pursuit of the unreached.
Help Us Reach Our Goal
Pioneers | Raised: $37,977 Goal: $100,000
Mission India | Raised: $39,104 Goal: $100,000
Seed Company | Raised: $23,507 Goal: $100,000
FEBC | Raised: $14,497 Goal: $100,000
More Ways to Make a Difference
#1 Spread the Word
Share about your participation in Sonlight’s Read for Missions. Read-A-Thon! on your favorite social media channels! For every tweet, post or snap with #sonlightstories and #sonlightreadathon, Sonlight will donate a $1 towards our overall goal!
#2 Need Books?
We’ve curated a selection of more than 100 titles to get your read-a-thon going.
"Thank you for including mission projects every year! We have always participated in them but found that this years HBL 100 prayer devo book included an envelope for Mission India in it. I gave my son the choice of the readathon or making an outright donation that we would match. He chose to give $50 of his own money, which we doubled. Check went out Friday. Thank you, again, for being the BEST curriculum providers and mission advocates. Truly thankful that your mission opportunities have grown a giving heart in our child. And he really loves Mission India and knowing how many kids he can send to bible club. ♡"
— Kris T
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a way to register multiple reader profiles profile under the same account?
Yes! You can have multiple profiles under one email address:
- Log in with an existing email address they have in Classy.
- Click the "Become Fundraiser" button.
- Choose the Team you want to be a part of.
- Hit the button that says "Start New Page".
- Fill out the rest of the information using a different name.
Repeat steps 2–5 for each reader. You can change the name of your fundraiser once the new page is created.
Where can I find the toolkit of printables to help me recruit sponsors and solidify my children's learning?
The toolkit can be found in the email confirmation you receive after creating your fundraising page, or at this link:
Why isn't my image isn’t showing up on my fundraising page?
Your image needs to be 300x300 so you will have to crop the image into a square.
How do I edit my fundraising page after it is set up?
You can manage your fundraising page by following these steps:
- Log in to your Classy (the web service hosting the Read-A-Thon) account.
- Select the page to be edited from the drop-down in the top right-hand corner of the page.
- Once you are on your page, select "manage" in the top right-hand corner of your personal page.
You have the ability to change and edit many aspects of your page from there.
How can a sponsor donate via a check?
Checks should be sent directly to the agency you have picked to support. Please provide your sponsor with the address of the agency you are raising money from below. Ask them to add a note that directs their donation to Sonlight's Read-A-Thon and have them include the name of the student they are sponsoring.
Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC):
PO Box 1
La Mirada, CA 90637
PO Box 141312
Grand Rapids, MI 49514-1312
Pioneers Donor Services
10123 William Carey Drive
Orlando, FL 32832
220 Westway Place, Suite 100
Arlington, TX 76022