Better World Books announced it reached a major milestone on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Sometime Tuesday, Better World Books the amount of money Better World Books had raised for literacy exceeded $15,000,000.
Some of the money from every purchase from BetterWorldBooks.com goes toward literacy efforts. Every time someone purchases a book, the company donates a book to a literacy group under the Book for Book program, introduced August 15, 2011.
Better World Books has donated over 10,000,000 books. It has saved 115,000,000 books that would have otherwise gone into landfills.
Better World Books has raised over $8,000,000 for libraries and over $7,500,000 for eighty non-profit literacy and education groups. The organization has contributed over $3,100,000 to college service clubs that ran book drives.
It has donated 8,800,000 books to Books for Africa, Worldfund, Room to Read, and the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL). Better World Books donated over $2,600,000 to Books for Africa, over $643,000 to Room to Read, over $1,000,000 to the National Center for Family Literacy, over $363,000 to Worldfund, over $144,000 the Robinson Community Learning Center, and over $80,000 to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation.
LEAP (Literacy and Education in Action Program) Grants are awarded to literacy groups and libraries to fund specific projects. Applicants explain what they will do with the money (if they get it) down to the dollar, “and then” Better World Books explains “we fund the projects we think will have the biggest bang for the buck.” This is a list of past LEAP Grant winners.
Previously, Better World Books funded literacy projects via the Readers’ Choice Literacy Grants. These grants were used to do things like give sixty-five primary school teachers in rural Guatemala training in reading instruction and 2,340 books.
The organization has reused or recycled more than 146,000,000 pounds of books. Better World Books states, “We have reclaimed more than 900,000 pounds of metal shelving from libraries across the United States.”
Better World Books also offers carbon offsets. “Every order at BetterWorldBooks.com has the option to be shipped carbon balanced for just a few cents extra. So far, we have reached 39,000 tons of carbon offsets on BetterWorldBooks.com shipping.”
We partner with 3Degrees, a leading green power and carbon balancing firm to secure verified carbon offsets and RECs from wind farms. Specifically we are using our carbon offsets to support the Tatanka Wind Farm, the largest renewable-energy project in North and South Dakota. This landmark wind farm will generate enough clean energy to power more than 60,000 homes!
As of 6:37 p.m. Central Daylight Saving Time, Better World Books has donated 10,187,183 books and reused or recycled 114,616,297 books. It has raised $15,001,030.00 for libraries and non-profit literacy groups.
Libraries can give discarded and donated books to Better World Books to sell and then Better World Books will share the proceeds with the libraries and the above-named non-profit literacy partners. Once a library has a box or boxes of books ready to ship, Better World Books pays for shipping to its warehouse in Mishawaka, Indiana.
Better World Books sorts and scans the books and lists salable books for resale on fifty-three channels, handling inventorying, marketing, selling, and shipping. The library receives a commission for each sale. Since the inception of this Better World Books program, 3,000 libraries across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. have joined.