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“What FundLibraries.org does is bring together a huge network of people who believe in the transformational work of librarians with great ideas that those librarians need to get funded.” – says John Chrastka, executive director of the EveryLibrary Institute.

RIVERSIDE, Ill.

The EveryLibrary Institute announces the launch of FundLibraries.org, the first and only crowdfunding website dedicated solely to innovative library and literacy projects in school, public, and academic communities. Fundlibraries.org is a simple to use, one-stop fundraising platform for libraries and library support organization that connect great ideas in need of crowdsourced funding with tens of thousands of potential donors across the country.

As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the EveryLibrary Institute acts as the fiscal agent to collect charitable donations from individuals and corporate partners and disburses them directly to libraries, Friends groups, library foundations, and campaign managers in the United States and abroad at the close of a crowdfunding campaign. The core donor audience is EveryLibrary’s network of 300,000 Americans across social media who have self-identified as stakeholders and donors in the future of libraries.

“Crowdfunding campaigns need more than just a good idea to succeed,” says John Chrastka, executive director of the EveryLibrary Institute. “What FundLibraries.org does is bring together a huge network of people who believe in the transformational work of librarians with great ideas that those librarians need to get funded. From new programs that need funding to collections that support the school library to moving a capital campaign forward, FundLibraries is ready to help your ideas get the funding it needs to succeed.” Unlike other crowdfunding sites, FundLibraries.org will dedicate advertising dollars and use its proven expertise marketing libraries to create and cultivate an audience for every campaign on the platform. “We know that 'the crowd' we have gathered is open to giving, interested in libraries, and engaged with helping librarians succeed in your mission,” adds Chrastka.

The crowdfunding platform was launched with an inaugural set of campaigns that represent a diverse set of projects that can be delivered to improve library and literacy services to people in need around the world. For example, Every Kid Deserves Joy is a project by Urban Librarians Unite to put hundreds of books into the hands of approximately 120 unaccompanied minors between the age of 3-17.

Another campaign by Fairmont Public Library in Indiana is attempting to raise money to replace aging computer equipment for the public and staff before Windows 7 support expires in 2020 and the computers become obsolete. The project, entitled Help South African Mobile Village Libraries & Reading Clubs, is attempting to help establish youth-run Mobile Village Libraries and Reading Clubs in rural South Africa. There are currently dozens of other exciting projects being developed by a wide range of organizations seeking to improve the lives of Americans with better funded literacy resources and projects.

Library and literacy projects of all sizes are invited to put their campaigns on the FundLibraries.org platform and engage the EveryLibrary Institute in their fundraising success. Categories include collections, programs, capital campaigns, literacy projects, little free library build, furniture, and maker spaces, among others. Libraries do not need to have a 501c3 partner to receive donations through FundLibraries.org. Domestic and international projects are welcome. All donations are secured and cleared via Stripe. Donations to fundraising campaigns are tax deductible for charitable purposes; please consult your tax advisor for more information.

Since its founding in 2018, the EveryLibrary Institute has taken steps to help libraries keep their doors open and secure funding that would not have been available to them. We are excited about this new crowdfunding platform and believe it can be a big step in keeping libraries open and thriving in the future. Visit FundLibraries.org and click on “Sign Up” to launch start your campaign or click on any project to add your donor support to a great library idea.

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