Corporate Giving Opportunities
Three Paths for Corporate Giving
We provide three paths through which corporations, civic groups, and organizations can give back to their communities through Little Free Library:
- Donating to Little Free Library, either directly or through a matching gift program.
- Sponsoring Little Free Library book exchanges in the community.
- Assembling book exchanges as a community service or team-building activity.
These paths offer unique ways to generate camaraderie and a sense of accomplishment among staff, demonstrate community commitment, and have fun!
Contact Branden Pedersen at bpedersen(at)littlefreelibrary.org for more information!
Path 1: Make a Direct Contribution to Little Free Library
Little Free Library welcome donations to its general fund and to its Impact Fund.
General fund contributions are especially welcome because they help support Little Free Library’s ongoing program development and operations. One such program is our new Action Book Club™. In this twist on the traditional book club, members engage in service projects as a result of their reading and discussion. Other local programs, inspired by our stewards, are included under our Little Free Library Neighborhood umbrella.
Impact Fund contributions from individuals and organizations are pooled with a portion of Little Free Library’s sales revenues and are used to provide book exchanges where they can have meaningful public impact.
Little Free Library receives applications for Impact-Funded Libraries from all over the country on a continuing basis. These are evaluated each month on the basis of demonstrated capability of the applicant to maintain the Library and the potential value the Library may bring to the local community. Many applications are received from neighborhoods where books are scarce.
Path 2: Sponsor Little Free Library in the Community
A single, well-placed Little Free Library can have a real impact upon its neighborhood. What’s more, it can inspire others to establish their own Little Libraries.
The impact of Little Free Library book exchanges increases as more are set up and they become woven into the fabric of the community. By adding your corporate logo to the outside of each Library, an organization will increase its visibility within a community while making a meaningful contribution to book access—essential to reading readiness and later literacy—by sponsoring multiple Libraries.
Little Free Library can work with organizations to identify potential stewards and preferred locations while helping the organization receive recognition for its efforts.
Path 3: Hold a Library-Building Event (Ideal for Corporate Meetings and Sales Incentive Programs!)
Library-building events, in which teams assemble book exchanges from ready-to-assemble kits, can be a powerful—and fun—way for people to share a positive, community-service experience.
- Demonstrate commitment to literacy, community-building, and creative expression.
- Can be effective internal team-building activities.
- Can provide a bridge between an organization and members of the community.
- Have been successfully conducted by scouts, civic organizations, churches, police departments, schools, and businesses.
- Are flexible in scale with results totaling four to one hundred completed Libraries or more. A team of two to four people can assemble a Library in 90 minutes or less.
- Require no experience or special skills; everyone can participate.
- Result in finished Libraries that can be distributed to event participants, local organizations and individuals, or returned to Little Free Library for distribution through its Impact Fund program.
Little Free Library:
- Provides kits, tools, and print and video instructional materials as well as starter sets of books for finished Libraries.
- Provides dedication cards that team members can personalize and place in the window of the finished Library. This creates a connection between the assembly team and the recipient.
- Brings recipients of the completed Little Libraries into its network of stewards.
- Can provide on-site staff support.
- Can arrange for relevant entertainment, readings, and children’s activities to make a truly memorable experience.
- Can assist in distribution of finished Libraries to a designated community or through its Impact Fund program.
- Attendees get involved by bringing and donating gently-used books, or purchasing new books to add to each Library.
Making the Most of your Generous Efforts
Customized Book Exchanges
Little Free Library can produce book exchanges that are coordinated with an organization’s visual brand. These elements can range from color schemes to special recognition signage. The results can assure ongoing community presence for the organization’s efforts.
Stories about local Little Free Library efforts have considerable appeal to regional news outlets, as demonstrated by the volume of organic news coverage Little Free Library receives (more than 17,000 stories in 2015). The finished Libraries are found to be charming and photogenic on their own, but the assembly and installation of a book exchange can be especially appealing on screen.
Little Free Library enjoys a large and growing number of social media followers. Our email list exceeds 30,000, we have more than 100,000 Facebook followers, and we have additional reach on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Little Free Library can coordinate news and notices about projects and campaigns with an organization’s marketing and communications staff.
Ready to get started? Contact Branden Pedersen at bpedersen(at)littlefreelibrary.org for more information.
For corporate meetings and/or sales incentive programs, including team-building events, contact Lucy Eisele at leisele(at)littlefreelibrary.org