Press Release: Better World Books Donates $50,000 to Local Literacy Programs (Remote Employee Locations)



Mishawaka, Indiana U.S.A.— November 18, 2021—Better World Books (BWB), the world’s leading socially conscious online bookseller, announces the donation of $50,000.00 to twenty-three (23) organizations and schools. President and CEO of Better World Books, Dustin Holland, noted that “Better World Books is proud to support local organizations who believe in the power of knowledge and access to information. Our commitment to education and literacy is unparalleled, and these impressive organizations are deserving of our recognition and financial encouragement.” Better World Books historically has donated over 31 million books, has raised over $32M for literacy and libraries, and has managed the reuse or recycling of over 386 million books. 

In April of 2021, all Better World Books employees were given the opportunity to nominate an outstanding organization local to them working to improve literacy and to expand access to education. The Better World Books Literacy Council reviewed and contacted twenty-three (23) nominated organizations and selected the following organizations from the communities of our remote employees to receive local literacy grants:

Recipients Local to Better World Books Remote Employees:

  • City of Refuge–17 Fund (U.S.)–awarded $5,000 to provide financial assistance to minority students choosing to attend college or technical school upon graduation.
  • Teen Readers Society (U.S.)–awarded $2,500 to support a program providing Afghan teenagers resettling in the United States with books as a part of Phase One of a new English literacy program.
  • Truancy Intervention Project (U.S.)–awarded $2,000 to decrease chronic absenteeism by pairing trained volunteers with children and their families to provide them with the advocacy, resources, and services.
  • Reforming Arts, Inc (U.S.)–awarded $1,000 to support people who are under carceral control in Georgia through arts, education, and reentry services.
  • Washtenaw Literacy (U.S.)–awarded $1,000 to help individuals improve their reading, writing, math, and English-as-a-second-language skills.
  • The Churn Project (U.K.)–awarded £1,000 to support more than twenty-five (25) different activities each week, including antenatal classes, work clubs, memory clubs, and groups marginalized by the COVID-19 pandemic.

About Better World Books

Better World Books ( is a for-profit, socially conscious business and a global online bookseller that collects and sells new and used books online, matching each purchase with a book donation. Each sale generates funds for literacy and education initiatives in the U.S., the UK, and around the world. Since its launch in 2003, Better World Books has raised $32 million for libraries and literacy, donated over 31 million books, and reused or recycled more than 386 million books. The awarded grants were made possible by the Better World Books General Literacy Fund that underwrites the donation initiatives of Better World Books. This fund, supported by global library clients, allows for libraries to support libraries and to increase their impact through Better World Books partnerships. For more information about Better World Books, contact Michael Kappes, Senior Manager of Customer Experience and Client Services, at [email protected] or at (574) 334-5826.