Register for the FMF and NWSA International Book Drive Campaign
Here are two other organizations that collect books!
Bridge to Asia
Newton Liu, firstname.lastname@example.org
BTA is a non-profit organization that has sent 6 million books to 1,000 schools in China, Vietnam, and other developing countries in Asia
Student groups must raise enough money to send the books to a BTA location in the U.S. as well as budget for about $10 per box to help cover the international shipping fee
BTA collects books with a focus on women's studies, history, sociology, literature, political science, law, gender, and minority studies.
International Book Project
Lynda Jeffries, email@example.com
IBP promotes long-term literacy needs around the world, but also focuses on sending books to areas affected by natural disasters domestically
Your group can adopt one of the over 700 groups in 100 countries that have different needs and interests, as the recipient of your donations
Groups need to raise money to ship the books to a domestic collection center, as well as sponsor the mailbag to be shipped internationally ($100)
If the group does not want to collect books, you can still sponsor a mailbag
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In April, at the Feminist Majority Foundation's National Collegiate Global Women's and Human Rights Conference speakers, one of our featured speakers was Hauwa Ibrahim, a Nigerian civil rights lawyer. She gained international recognition for defending Amina Lawal, a Nigerian woman who was sentenced to death by stoning under sharia law for committing adultery. When she visited our FMF office, she told us that at the law school where she teaches, 2,000 law students must share 200 books. FMF began to solicit law journals from a Washington D.C. law firm and mailed 61 banker boxes full of books that would otherwise have been thrown away to Hauwa's Nigerian office. These books can now be used by students at the university.
After the FMF's success with our own personal book collection, we wanted to find a way for students to get involved. The FMF and the National Women's Studies Association have teamed up to help your FMLA/affiliate collect used class books, donate them to international book organizations, and make a difference on a global scale!
To make the process as simple as possible, we are collaborating with Better World Books and Books For Africa, who collects books on behalf of libraries, schools, and hundreds of non-governmental organizations, who then distribute the materials among communities in need. Better World Books (BWB) began as a book-drive run by three friends on a university campus - now, it's a nation-wide effort with thousands of people involved, all working to improve people's quality of life through literacy. One of their biggest partnerships is with Books for Africa, whose mission is to help end the book famine in Africa; since 1988, the organization has shipped over 10 million books to 26 countries in Africa.
At the BWB collection center, the books are sorted; some are donated to Books for Africa directly, and others are offered for sale online to generate funds for the shipment of containers of books to Africa. BWB has raised $500,000 for BFA through online book sale, and every book sold online sends 5 to Africa.
FMF will help your organization get started by providing you with instructions for collecting and sending donated books!
- If you are interested in participating please contace firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and we will provide you with all the information and instructions that you need. Better World Books provides all these materials, FREE!
- Drop/Collection boxes to collect books
- Pre-paid book cartons/packaging boxes to ship books to them via UPS
- Posters, flyers, buttons, brochures, and background literature about Books for Africa
- Reach out to other groups who may be interested in getting involved and lead your campus' effort to collect books
- Make students aware of the book drive by posting flyers
- Set up collection boxes in high-traffic areas around campus and also, reserve a table during book buy-back to increase donations
- Pack the books and ship them to BWB's collection center
- Your group will be compensated 40 cents for each book that qualifies as a sellable book! After you receive your check from BWB, your group can use those funds, you can use it towards other feminist activism on campus.