Better World Books to Provide $30K in Grants to Literacy Non-Profits

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Social Business Pioneer to Fund Programs Addressing Community-Focused Projects

Better World Books, the socially responsible online bookseller, today announces LEAP Grants for Non-Profits, an initiative designed to turn company revenue into support for specific programs communities worldwide. Widely recognized for its triple bottom line business model, which focuses on people and the planet as well as profit, Better World Books has already raised over $11 million for literacy causes to date.

LEAP grants provide funding for specific projects beyond the regular revenue contributions to Better World non-profit partners. This grant process is inspired by the California State Library’s “Pitch an Idea” program and is intended to solicit diverse cross section of applications.
$30,000 in funding is available; the maximum grant amount per project is $15,000. There will be at least two winners — one voted on by the Better World Books community of customers and fans, a second picked by the staff and leadership.

  •     Projects should address the literacy needs of underserved populations in their community. Literacy needs are defined by broadly identifying, understanding, interpreting, creating, communicating, and computing information to live a more fulfilling and productive life.
  •     Applicants may pitch only one project each, with a maximum award of $15,000. Please be sure to clearly outline the project elements that require the requested funds.
  •     Projects that involve partnerships with local government agencies are highly encouraged.
  •     Projects that will have a measurable and long-term impact on an underserved population and will continue to operate after grant funds have been utilized will be looked upon favorably.
  •     Better World Books looks forward to reviewing applications that bring a fresh and inspired approach to challenging issues.

“We’ve always provided funding to our major literacy partners – it’s in our DNA,” said John Ujda, VP of Marketing and Executive Chair of the Better World Books Literacy Council. “But LEAP gives anyone a chance to show us their innovative literacy project and receive a grant for that work. Our customers and book donors make this possible. We’re thrilled to be supporting these additional non-profits that are just as passionate about helping the community as we are.”

The deadline for applicants is April 9th, 2012 at 4pm ET.

Better World Books collects discarded books and resells them online, contributing a portion of the revenue to a literacy cause selected by the book's original donor. LEAP Grants draw from the pool of funds created by the sale of new books as well as those used books not earmarked for a specific cause. While this specific set of annual grants is for non-profits, Better World Books also provides a set of annual LEAP grants for libraries.

To date, Better World Books has successfully re-used or recycled more than 70 million books while raising over $11 million in funding for global literacy and donating over 6 million books to those in need. The company has also offset 29,000 tons of carbon with carbon-neutral shipping.

To learn more about LEAP or apply, visit

About Better World Books

Better World Books ( is a for-profit social enterprise that collects and sells books online matching each purchase with a donation, book for book, and with each sale generating funds for literacy initiatives in the U.S. and around the world. With more than eight million new and used titles in stock, Better World Books is a self-sustaining company that balances the social, economic and environmental values of its stakeholders. Better World Books diverts books from landfills by conducting book drives on thousands of college campuses and libraries. Since its founding in 2003, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based company has raised over $11 million for libraries and literacy, donated over 6 million books; re-used or recycled over 70 million books and achieved 29,000 tons of carbon offsets through carbon balanced shipping.

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