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Lead a Fundraiser or Book Drive

Lead a fundraiser

You can help raise critical funds needed to sustain the Reading Partners program.

Some of the most impactful fundraisers are campaigns created by community members like you. That’s because when individuals share a fundraiser with their network, they reach more people than the organization can alone. And most importantly, people are more inclined to donate when someone they know and trust shares a campaign. 

Fundraising campaigns can be done at any time, and many people choose to fundraise to mark special times of the year, including:

  • Birthdays, holidays, weddings, “giving season”, and other special occasions (graduations, in memory of a loved one, to honor a personal milestone, etc.)

Interested in starting your own fundraiser for Reading Partners?

There are two ways to easily start a fundraiser for Reading Partners, either through the Classy online giving platform or Facebook. A Classy fundraiser is more adaptable for sharing across any communication channel while a Facebook fundraiser is optimized to engage your friends on Facebook.

Download the Reading Partners Volunteer Fundraiser Guide for more tips and inspiration on everything you need to know to run a successful fundraiser.

Classy Fundraiser   Facebook Fundraiser

 


Lead a book drive

Girl student book shelf

“Take reading with you” is a cornerstone of the Reading Partners program. We encourage our students to build their personal libraries by offering books from our take reading with you library.

Local businesses and organizations can help Reading Partners build the take reading with you library with donations of new or gently used children’s books ranging in level from kindergarten to fourth grade, of varying topics and genres. These books go directly to students in the community, enabling them to enjoy their own reading library.

STEP 1: Let Reading Partners know you plan to host a book drive

Contact the Reading Partners location nearest you or reach out to our national office and let us know that you’re interested in hosting a book drive for Reading Partners. We can provide some pointers and give you more information about how to make your donation.

STEP 2: Determine dates and a goal for the book drive

Most groups conduct efforts for two to four weeks. It is also helpful to set a goal for the number of books to be collected, as this inspires many donors and helps you gauge success.

STEP 3: Promote the book drive to your network

Successful efforts usually include multiple messages through email, website postings, flyers, etc. Messaging should include information about Reading Partners, the need for new or gently used books, guidelines for donations, and details about when and where to drop off donations. Helpful documents, including fliers and a list of suggested books, are available from our staff. Be sure to share on social media sites!

Flyer template

STEP 4: Provide “donation bins” at selected drop-off locations and collect books.

Bins should be placed where they are most visible and should be strong enough to hold large numbers of books. In some regions, Reading Partners can loan these to your company. Remember to put a Reading Partners logo and instructions on the bins.

STEP 5: Make and celebrate your donation

As you near the conclusion of the book drive, contact your local Reading Partners team to arrange for your donations to be distributed to reading centers in your area. Don’t forget to celebrate and promote your success by sharing results with local media, employees, customers, and other stakeholders.

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