Better World Books to Provide $45,000 in LEAP Grants for Libraries and Non-Profits

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Social business pioneer to fund projects addressing literacy needs of communities across the country.

Better World Books, the socially responsible online bookseller, today announces their third-annual Literacy and Education in Action Program (LEAP) Grants for Libraries and Non-Profits, an initiative designed to turn company revenue into literacy support. 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 $13 million for literacy causes to date.

$45,000 in funding is available. Participants are selected using the following criteria:

  •     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.
  •     Libraries and non-profits may pitch only one project each, with an award of $15,000 maximum for libraries and $7,500 for non-profits. Please be sure to clearly outline the project elements that require the requested funds.
  •     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.

“Part of our core mission is to support and nurture literacy initiatives around the globe,” said John Ujda, VP of Marketing and Executive Chair of the Better World Books Literacy Council. “We’re thrilled to be supporting these additional organizations that help amplify our mission and spread literacy.”

The deadline for library applicants is April 5, 2013; winners will be announced May 14, 2013. Library grant recipients will be selected by the Better World Books Literacy Council. The deadline for non-profits is also April 5, 2013, but winners will be announced June 26, 2013. One non-profit grant recipient will be selected by an online vote taking place from June 10 – 21, 2013, and one will be selected by the Better World Books Literacy Council.

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.

To learn more about LEAP, visit

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About Better World Books

Better World Books ( is a for-profit social enterprise and a global e-retailer providing products and information to socially conscious consumers. Better World Books collects and sells new and used 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. Since its founding in 2003, the Atlanta, GA and Mishawaka, IN-based company has raised over $13.5 million for libraries and literacy, donated over 7 million books; re-used or recycled nearly 100 million books and achieved 35,000 tons of carbon offsets through carbon balanced shipping.

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