Book Drive Tool Kit
The purpose of these tools is to assist with your Book Drive. If you have issues downloading, please email Maria
We trust that you will use these tools appropriately, as they represent Read Indeed. Thank you for your dedication to Maria's goal of making the world a better place, one book at a time.
Hosting a Book Drive is as easy as 1, 2, 3.... 

1. Lay the Groundwork. 
Select a collection site and a contact person. Brainstorm sites that can help collect books for Read Indeed. Workplaces, schools, churches, health clubs, daycares, preschools, dance studios, etc. are all great places to host a book drive. Remember, the more places that the collection bins are located, the more books will be collected. 

Decide on the length of your book drive. What makes the most sense for your collection site and your likely donors? Could a longer time frame give you more marketing opportunities and allow your donors more flexibility with donation times, or would a shorter drive more more of an impact? 

Select a collection bin location(s). Brainstorm areas that have a lot of foot traffic or are easily accessible for people to donate. Break rooms or lobbiees are great places to place a collection bin or box because they are highly visible and will stimulate conversation among the passersby. It may also be helpful to select a location that people visit regularly. 

Set a goal. Remember to be optimistic, yet realistic. Establishing a goal will not only help you develop an 'action place' for collection, but it can also be an effective tool to use when promoting your book drive. For example, you can give daily or weekly updates to your donors that can serve as a motivator. You may also choose to hold friendly competitions among various groups. 

2. Spread the Word. 
Provide information about Read Indeed and your book drive. Newsletters, bulletin boards, payroll inserts, meeting notices, and email blasts are just a few ways you can spread the word to your target audience. 

Provide updates. As previously mentioned, a great marketing technique is to send/post periodic updates so your donor base is aware of your goal and the number of books still needed to reach that goal. 

3. Collect the Books. 
Develop a collection schedule. Depending on the size of your donor base and the length of your drive, you may need to gather the books in your collection bin(s) more than once during your drive. Choose a temporary storage place if you need to empty the bin(s) multiple times. 

Schedule a drop off time and submit a tally sheet. If you are based in the Twin Cities or surrounding area, coordinate a collection/drop off schedule with Read Indeed. If you are located outside of Minnesota, locate low-income schools, hospitals, shelters, and other organizations serving underprivileged children to receive these books. If needed, Read Indeed can help suggest places to donate the books to. We ask that you count the books and provide the tallied number to Read Indeed. 

Thank your donors. Thank your donors for all of their books and let them know how many were collected in total. 

Resources:

  • Letter to Principal
  • Media Release
  • Read Indeed Letterhead (PDF) (MSWord)
  • Book Drive Flyer (MSWord)
  • Sample Emails

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