- Our Mission -

To reduce disparities in access to education and health.

The Molina Foundation is a national nonprofit organization focused on reducing disparities in access to education and health.

Since its inception in 2004, The Molina Foundation has worked with more than 3,000 organizations and schools towards this end, donating over 11 million books and hosting workshops and programs for educators and families.

The Molina Foundation works hand-in-hand with community-based organizations in vulnerable communities. We partner with preschool programs, clinics, schools, family service organizations, churches, and other civic organizations serving low-income and at-risk families.

We have a special focus on working with organizations which are making measurable impact in the lives of children and families.

Martha Molina Bernadett, M.D., MBA is the President and CEO of The Molina Foundation.

Dr. Martha was working with low-income patients in Southern California and recognized many were struggling with basic literacy skills – the very skills necessary to read directions on a medicine bottle; understand preventive care for families, like immunizations; and track developmental milestones for children in speech, motor skills, and more. She recognized how the struggle with literacy was impacting the health of families and wanted to help. Dr. Martha and her husband started The Molina Foundation in 2004 with a mission to reduce disparities in access to education and health.

For 20 years, our Book Buddies program has been encouraging children to read for pleasure – and providing them with new books to do so. Recognizing that many low-income children are growing up without books in their homes, through Book Buddies we have given away more than 11 million new children’s books through a network of 3,000 partners throughout the United States. We give away hundreds of thousands of books each year.

Through our national network of community partners, we are acutely aware of gaps in the availability of resources for families, beyond just books. To fill those gaps and to address post-Covid-19 learning losses, through our On My Way and WordUp programs we curate and create content that is fun, easy-to-read, and addresses the shortage of resources in at-risk communities. We reach thousands of children and families each year with fun ideas, activities, and tips to reinforce basic health and literacy skills.

Financials and Annual Reports

2022 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

For more information about our financials, you can visit The Molina Foundation profile on Guidestar.