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Small Scale, Huge Impact, World Give Day 2011

Our friends at Open Books were kind enough to write TWO blog series posts for us.  Please take a moment and read this post about Open Books, and how small scale donors make what they do possible.

Small Scale, Huge Impact: World Give Day 2011

By Stacy R. | May 3rd, 2011


“Small scale donors are the backbone of philanthropy.”

– World Give Day, 2011


In 1974, my father published a paper that would eventually cement his reputation in the now-crucial field of nanotechnology. Because I am not (and never will be) a scientist, I asked him to explain what was so important about it, and he told me: things at the small scale are fundamentally different, and because of that, they change what is possible. Stained glass looks the way it does because nanoscale impurities change the perceived color, for example, and circuits that are only a molecule wide have conductive properties that larger construction cannot duplicate. And although I am newer to my job than he is to science, I know that what is true of nanomaterials is just as true for nonprofits: things at the small scale have the unlimited power to change what is possible.

In 2006, brand-new to the world and not even yet certified as a 501(c)(3), Open Books tentatively announced our existence and that we were accepting book donations. As the collection overflowed first my house and then a storage unit and then ten more storage units and then a small warehouse space, we realized we were being given the opportunity to build self-sufficiency through earned income as soon as we could find the right place to sell them. Now, with our bookstore and online sales operations going full-speed, we know more than ever how crucial every single book is to our goal of financial independence. Small-scale book donors make Open Books possible, one book at a time.

Continue reading about the impact small-scale donors have had on Open Books.

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Open Books

Most of the World Give Day partners are all pretty dedicated bookworms so it seemed only natural to reach out to our buddies at Open Books to write about what giving means in their world.

Check out this inspiring post and then head over to Open Books to pick up a good read!

World Give Day: Small-scale Donors are the Backbone of Philanthropy

By Erica | April 20th, 2011

To begin, let me shed some light on the mission of World Give Day, which is May 4th this year.  World Give Day is one day a year when people all over the world come together to support the causes they care about most, whether that means a donating to a local charity, volunteering with a nonprofit, or spending time with a person in need in your community.  The focus is to call attention to the positive impact of a culture of giving.

While every nonprofit dreams of a hitting a grant jackpot which would secure them unlimited funding, we cannot depend solely on receiving grants or winning awards to fund our organization.  We rely on the compassion of individuals.  These small-scale donors are the building blocks of a nonprofit; They help us make ends meet and provide our organization with the human capital to power our programs. At Open Books, we are fortunate enough to see individuals who give of themselves every day, from the donors who give us their used books, to the mentors who work with our students, and the volunteers who staff our bookstore.

Continue reading Erica’s awesome post here.

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