Step 5 - Raise funds to cover mailing to New Orleans and shipping to Africa
Each book drive organizer is responsible for covering the costs of mailing the books to the warehouse in New Orleans and for shipping the books to the African destination. Most book drive organizers organize events to raise the needed funds and get others in the community involved.
For one library of 1000 mainly paperback books, you will need to raise from $150-$350 dollars to mail the books to our warehouse in New Orleans by USPS media mail. You may need to raise more if you are sending many hard cover books. The book drive organizer will pay the post office for mailing costs. Though ALP cannot provide tax receipts, you may use the post office receipts as proof of contribution for your taxes.
The second stage is sending $250 to ALP to cover your share of the international shipping charges of the container of libraries from New Orleans to their African destination. This money comes directly to ALP, and we issue tax receipts directly to you or anyone else who has donated to help with the shipping costs. You can check on how much money has been to sent to ALP by entering your book drive code here. More information about shipping will be included in the shipping instructions sent to book drive organizers towards the end of their drives.
The best kind of fundraiser gets your entire community into the spirit of contributing to a great cause. You want a lot of "buzz" so that everyone is talking about your library project.
- Create your fundraising plan at the beginning of your book drive, not the end.
- Set a specific dollar goal and let people know how the money will be used.
- Let people know that they are contributing to a great cause! Tell them how the money you raise will be used to ship 1000 (or more) books to Africa to start a library.
- Pick fundraising ideas that you and your volunteers will enjoy doing. Make it fun!
- Groups of all sizes have successfully raised money by setting up a GoFundMe account. Remember that GoFundMe will charge 10% of the funds raised, so set a slightly higher goal to cover that cost.
- Consider including some education in your fundraiser so that everyone learns more about Africa and the African Library Project. For example, show African Library Project DVD, House of Books (available on YouTube) to your donors to kick off your fundraising and book collection efforts.
There are countless traditional and creative ways to raise funds for your project. Browse the section Book Drives in Action to see what other groups are doing. And for ideas that will fit your situation perfectly, check out some of our favorites:
Remember: Everyone is more likely to be generous when they understand what you are trying to do and how their money can make a difference.