In Memory



Jim Wolford’s philanthropy, kindness and compassion were unmatchable. Through his companies he contributed millions of dollars to the arts, mental health, cancer research, veteran support, refugees, disabled persons, youth programs, homeless shelters, food banks, green energy, and many others. And when Start Reading Now was struggling to stay open, Jim took control and funded operations indefinitely so thousands of kids would continue receiving 10 free books a year. 

In order to ensure Jim's desire to make change through literacy, his friends and family have stepped up and made considerable donations to SRN in his memory. Thanks to you, we've raised over $30,000.

While the reason for these donations weighs heavily on our hearts, we look forward to continue making Jim's vision - to change the world through reading - a reality. 



John Wolford

Kathleen H. Wolford

Brittany Corwin 

James Klann 

FC Cincinnati 

Theresa Ashmore 

Robert & Diane Zawislak 


Maggie Rei 

Joseph Kyobe 

Nicolas Somoano 

Anne-Marie Kuiper 

Jodie Korinek / PM&J LLC 

Scott Evangelist 

Chad Eckes 

Julia Gutz Moller 

Gretchen M. Camp

Joy Martin

Julie Ekkers 

Tony Sparrow

Waters Senior Living Group

Mary Adair

Gina Halvorson

Minneapolis Foundation

Pam Sartell

Eric Hermanson

Fiduciary Counselling, Inc.


Nancy Schamber


Maureen Smith / RBC Wealth Management 

David Miller 

Brigid Shea

Cody Parsons 

Jarrod Dillon 

Adam Kroeger 

Robert Loken 

L.A. Williams 

Jacob Gale 

Dahir Mohamed 

Melissa Stachovich 

Steve Semler 

Clarity Cloverdale Fury 

Matthew Mason 

Mark and Alice Jaksich


2023 Great Clips MARC

Cortney Woodis

Large Venue Tech Collective Lvtc

Sylvia Sapp

Nazie Eftekhari, Jeff Bakke and the Health EZ team

Summit Academy OIC

Great Clips, Inc.

James Klann

Dawn, Brian, Henry and Oliver Parizek

Dan Peterson

John Santini

Richard Rabe

Amy Kloefkorn

Tracy Sarel 

Alex Zetah

Consolidated Communications 

Denise Eide

New Theory Ventures 

Andrea Zuber

Charles Ellwein 

Kay Kacheroski 

Clint Serrano 

Alex Yantifovich 


Zeus Jones 

Lauren Beek 

Bellisio Foods

Lori Coutts Fraase

Mary and Dan Deziel

Allison Buttress

Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.P.

Kraus-Anderson Insurance

S. Richard and Julie Staniszewski

Orlando City Soccer Club

Sunrise Banks

Philadelphia Union

Mary Santi

John Levy

Ed Fenendael

Frank Villigan

Vicki Bachmann

Tom Belka

Peggy Smith