After you’ve picked the best Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber ââMonday deals, it’s time to celebrate Giving Tuesday. Launched in 2012, Giving Tuesday is an annual one-day global generosity movement that takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and encourages people to do good and give back to their community. For avid readers, there’s no better way to commemorate and participate in Giving Tuesday than by finding literary and book-based nonprofits to donate or contribute to. Fortunately, there are plenty of book-based organizations to choose from – and to help you get started, we’ve rounded up eight of the best to check out.
These organizations provide literacy support across the world in a variety of ways, from providing millions of books to children and families in underserved communities to offering programs that help improve reading and literacy skills. writing to encourage and raise diverse voices. To be a part of the international philanthropic movement and participate in Giving Tuesday, learn more about the work of these organizations – and how to support them – to come. Whether you donate your funds or your time, you will be contributing to a good cause.
Check out eight nonprofits and programs to support on Giving Tuesday:
Lambda Literary is a non-profit literary organization that supports LGBTQ writers and their creative endeavors. Founded over 30 years ago, the organization has provided programs, tools and a space to assert the value of LGBTQ literary life and build community. To continue its mission, Lambda Literary strives to bring more LGBTQ books to schools, offers scholarships to emerging writers, and shines a spotlight on LGBTQ literature.
Founded in 1992, First Book has distributed over 200 million books and educational resources to programs and schools in low-income communities in the United States and Canada. With a rapidly growing network of educators across the country and services in classrooms, after-school, shelters, health clinics, libraries, and military support programs, First Book averages 5 million children every year.
Room to Read focuses on literacy and gender equality in the education of children in low-income communities in Asia and Africa. The organization develops literacy and reading skills in elementary school children and helps girls complete high school. With 87% of employees coming from the countries in which they work, from Tanzania and South Africa to Bangladesh and Cambodia, Room to Read is also personally involved in the countries where it operates.
The National Center for Family Learning
The NCFL works to provide literacy and learning programs for families and communities. The organization helps entire families with low incomes and low literacy rates together improve their reading and writing skills. Working with 150 communities in 39 states, the NCFL has reached more than 4.5 million parents and children across the country.
World Literacy Foundation
The World Literacy Foundation is a global nonprofit organization that provides educational resources, books and literacy support to underprivileged children who have difficulty reading and writing. The organization also uses innovative technology, e-books and digital activities to advance the learning of children in remote communities in English and in their mother tongue. Over the past year, the World Literacy Foundation has reached over 116,000 children, parents and communities through programs and services that provide book distributions, reading sessions and literacy mentorship.
Girls write now
Based in New York City, Girls Write Now is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring girls and gender non-conforming youth. The organization aims to encourage young women from underserved communities to find their voice through the art of creative writing. Girls Write Now earned the distinction of being named one of the nation’s best after-school programs three times by the White House.
Book International Aid
Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity. The organization makes new books available to approximately 19.5 million people every year in libraries, refugee camps, hospitals and prisons around the world. To support Book Aid International, you can donate books, participate in fundraising efforts, or join the Reverse Book Club to make a monthly donation of your choice.
Books for Africa
Founded in 1988, Books For Africa collects, sorts and distributes books, computers, e-readers and library materials to African children. Since its inception, the organization has shipped over 52 million books to 55 countries in Africa. They accept new or lightly used books of various genres and age groups. You can also donate through one-time or recurring donations or choose specific projects to contribute to.
Bookish nonprofits are just one way to do good. Find out more information on where to donate or recycle books, as well as easy ways to support your local libraries.