Who we are and what we do

The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation is a registered not for profit organisation run by volunteers. The foundation was created by Caroline Jane Knight, Jane Austen's fifth great niece, to harness the global passion for Jane Austen to support literacy through volunteer programs and fund literacy libraries for communities in need across the world.  

We believe that everyone, no matter gender or circumstance, has the right to learn basic literacy skills. Many of us are very lucky and have the opportunity to receive an education where we can learn these invaluable skills. However, there are communities around the world where this is not so. Literacy rates in developing, low income and war torn countries are staggering, and the gap between men and women even more so.

We fund e-readers and e-libraries for communities in need and work alongside reputable charitable organisations such as Worldreader and the Indigenous Reading Project.


Our Mission

To improve literacy rates by engaging the Jane Austen and book loving community in volunteering for literacy projects and supporting libraries as centres of literacy and learning.

Our Vision

A world where everyone, regardless of gender and circumstance, has the literacy skills they need to inform their choices, achieve their ambitions and contribute to their community.


Jane Austen Literacy Foundation Est. 2014

The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation was founded by Caroline Jane Knight in 2014. Caroline is an award-winning businesswoman who has worked in international markets for over 15 years. 

Caroline is also the 5th great niece of Jane Austen, and is the last of the Austen descendants to grow up in Chawton, in the south of England, where Jane herself lived, wrote and published her most famous works. 2013 marked the 200 year anniversary of Pride & Prejudice. The celebrations stretched globally from England to Australia and inspired Caroline to establish a charitable organisation to honour Jane's legacy and help communities in literacy crisis.

Since then, Caroline has gathered a professional and dedicated board to help grow the organisation. A team of passionate volunteers across four continents assist in the fundraising efforts and the running of the foundation.