The Generosity Project

Generosity. We encourage you to make donations to help projects (of ours) with community benefits . . . and also to help organizations around the Midwest and nation that help build literacy and healthy families and fight poverty, racism, and social injustices like bullying. Books can make a difference. So can you. [NOTE: This page is in development. Donation links soon.]

A few of our projects you might wish to support.

• Didn’t We Have Fun, donations of new copies to Milwaukee’s Next Door organization, serving central-city kids and families. DONATE / LEARN MORE NOW [info page with donation feature, to come].

• Forthcoming! The WAKA series of photo-documentary picture books that feature children involved in wildlife preservation efforts around the globe. [We will be launching a crowd-funding campaign; info to come.]

Our track record of generosity.

• March, 2014. We donated more than 3,000 books, mostly older inventories of middle-grade fiction, to Read Indeed, a Minnesota-based nonprofit giving books to kids in need.

• In past years, we have donated hundreds of books to Milwaukee’s Next Door nonprofit program, working with central city families to build literary and educational skills.

Some literacy & book giveaway programs worthy of our mutual support.

Read Indeed. Minnesota (Hopkins, in Twin Cities area.. Read indeed is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that gives books to children to keep. Founded by Maria Keller at the age of 8 (she’s now 13, in 2014), a book-loving kid who wants to make the world a better place—one book at a time. Her original goal was to collect and distribute 1 million books to kids in need by the time she turned 18. She accomplished that goal at the age of 12! Now Maria aims to distribute books to all 50 states in the U.S. and every country in the world. Having donated more than $4 million in books, Maria has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.

Next Door. Milwaukee. Located in the Metcalfe Park neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Next Door is an early education center that works with thousands of children and families, offering diverse programs, including promoting language and literacy development, to give Milwaukee central city children and families the skills they need, not just to get by, but to achieve sustainable success. Their “BOOKS FOR KIDS GIVING LIBRARY” seeks gently-used or new children’s books, in particular, infant-toddler picture books.

First Book. Nonprofit that provides new books to kids in need. To date, First Book has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.

826 National. Nonprofit that provides leadership, administration, and other resources to support eight writing and tutoring centers. The centers offer one-on-one attention to develop strong writing skills, as fundamental to future success, in young urban kids. Centers in Boston, Chicago, Washington (Columbia Heights), Los Angeles, Ann Arbor/Detroit/Ypsilanti, New York City, Seattle, and San Francisco. In 2013, it served 31,669 students, including 351 writing workshops.