Giving Tuesday 2022
SCBWI Impact and Legacy Fund is gearing up for Giving Tuesday on November 29th, 2022. This year we’re partnering with Little Free Library to support their Read in Color program, which brings diverse books to Little Free Library book-sharing boxes around the world.
Less than 25% of children’s books have nonwhite characters at the center of the story. Here at the SCBWI Impact and Legacy Fund, we believe that all readers deserve to see themselves represented in the pages of a book.
So to bolster all that good work, we are asking all SCBWI members to support Read in Color for Giving Tuesday!
Dig deep and give what you can as a tax-deductible donation. You can also send a check to 6363 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 114 Los Angeles, CA 90048. All contributions made to SCBWI ILF on November 29th will be earmarked for Little Free Library.
Contributions of all sizes make a big difference!
$25 provides Read in Color launch materials
$50 provides diverse books
$100 provides a post for library installation
$300 provides a Little Free Library kit, ready to be assembled
$500 provides the whole shebang: a Little Free Library, post, and collection of diverse books
Let’s spread the word! When you donate, take a picture of a book that inspired you to give and post on social media with the hashtags #shelfie and #givingtuesday. Tag us and the Little Free Library on Twitter and Instagram so we can celebrate with you: @scbwiimpact and @LtlFreeLibrary
The SCBWI Impact and Legacy Fund, launched in 2022, is a division of SCBWI created to support the charitable activities and community purposes of SCBWI. Its programs and initiatives are not limited to SCBWI members but are available to the entire children’s book community.
The mission of the SCBWI Impact and Legacy Fund is to provide and administer specific endowments, grants, awards, and programs that enhance the effectiveness and reach of the children’s book community. Specifically, these projects highlight the important role of children’s books and their creators, support quality children’s literature for all communities and audiences, and provide education, financial support, and public information for children’s book creators, their programs, and good works.
The projects funded by the SCBWI Impact and Legacy Fund serve the following purposes:
- Support promising and emerging authors and illustrators of children’s books
- Provide grants for excellence to creators of children’s books
- Promote equity and inclusion of marginalized voices both domestically and globally
- Increase access to quality children’s books in all communities
- Support children’s books whose content helps create a better world
- Honor the past works of great children’s books creators and recognize their legacies
- Provide public information and education on matters of freedom of expression and thought in the children’s book field
- Create connections between children’s book creators and their readers
- Partner with other non-profit children’s book organizations to support programs of mutual interest to our communities
- Contribute to the welfare of children’s book writers and illustrators, regardless of their membership in SCBWI
The SCBWI Impact and Legacy Funds has launched four initial programs:
- The Russell Freedman Award for Nonfiction for a Better World (currently closed), given to a work of nonfiction that contributes to our understanding of how to make our world and society better.
- The Student Advocates for Speech Program, a collaboration between SCBWI and The National Coalition Against Censorship to train high school students in the underlying issues related to freedom of speech and expression.
- The Stephen Fraser Encouragement Fund (open now) offers three no-strings attached yearly grants of $2,000 each to three children’s book authors, artists or translators who have traditionally published at least one book.
- And finally, the Tomie dePaola Professional Development Award (open now) offers grants of $3,500 and $1,500 to two early-career illustrators in need of professional development funding.
Future programs of the SCBWI Impact and Legacy Fund include the establishment of a grant to support endangered animals and species and the creation of a program to advance global publishing and works in translation.
The SCBWI Impact and Legacy Fund is a division of SCBWI, which is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The Fund is supported by private grants, public grants, member donations, and grants from the SCBWI reserves. The Fund would also like to acknowledge the Authors Coalition of America, an organization of 23 independent authors organizations, for their continuing support of authors and artists, all of whom benefit from programs offered by the Impact and Legacy Fund.
Under the guidance of Managing Director Lin Oliver, who reports to the SCBWI Executive Director and Board of Directors, The Fund is led by a Steering Committee comprised of the following members.
The Impact and Legacy Fund Steering Committee members are: