Books for A Better Tomorrow
“No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy.”
- Los Angeles Times, "A Child Literacy Initiative for the Greater Los Angeles Area"
The focus of Books for a Better Tomorrow is to support literacy and organizations dedicated to helping children and education. One could say this is a personal project of mine inspired by three people: Someone who never gave up on me, someone I loved and lost, and someone who instilled in me that the only way to succeed in life is to help others. This is not a foundation, but rather one author with a desire to effect change.
A wonderful local organization dedicating to supporting the arts. All of my books can be found in their darling gift shop, and a portion of the proceeds goes to the center, so if you're local, this is where to buy. My books sold here are all autographed.
AFRICA HEARTWOOD PROJECT is an organization run by a family I have known and respected for many years, and I'm honored to be able to support their organization by donating royalties from the Africa Journals. Visit their website to learn more:
KIDS NEED TO READ: The best way to combat illiteracy is to teach children not only to read, but to give them the opportunity to continuously expand their knowledge and skills. "Kids Need to Read works to create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children." —From Kids Need to Read
PROLITERACY: "Here at ProLiteracy, we believe that a safer, stronger, and more sustainable society starts with an educated adult population. For more than 50 years, we've been working with passionate people and organizations across the globe to build that society—and to create a world where every person can read and write." —From ProLiteracy.org
BOOK AID INTERNATIONAL: "Open Doors aims to create exciting, vibrant spaces in libraries where children can read, play and learn. Our hope is to set those children on a lifelong course of learning, literacy and opportunity." —From Open Doors at Book Aid International . . . READ MORE
AFRICAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION: "When the needs of humans and wildlife seem most at odds, African Wildlife Foundation brings its many resources to bear. We’re far more than environmentalists. We’re lawyers, scientists, policymakers, and more working on the ground to help address the issues that put habitat at risk—from land-use laws and agricultural growth to settlement patterns and political instability." (African Wildlife Foundation; http://www.afw.org.)
BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS: Whether donating with your time or money, this is a great organization to help youth. If you volunteer and have the opportunity to share the a passion for literacy directly with someone who may really need or want that connection.
Many authors support various charities, most often in quiet, but they help to make a significant impact and inspire others to do the same. To see how other authors have joined the fight against illiteracy (many began long ago), and how readers help to make these foundations possible, please visit the Nora Roberts Foundation, Wish You Well Foundation, and Patterson Partnership with Scholastic.