Collecting magazines at home to recycle to new readers

Thank you Tiffany for helping organize this Getting Started article for people who want to collect magazines at home to recycle to new readers. Join us to start recycling magazines today.  Here’s another article for those who want to be part of a local magazine recycling team.

Hello and welcome to magazineliteracy.org where our mission is to change the world— one magazine at a time. Out of the goodness of your heart, you have decided to donate some magazines to one of our wonderful programs. We are so appreciative and thrilled that you have decided to do this!

The process of recycling is easy and we want to make the process as simple as possible for you so you can feel comfortable about donating again and again! This article will  explain the process step by step for you.

First things first – gather all your gently used magazines – clean, with not torn pages or covers, and in good or very good condition.  Carefully remove any paper mailing labels and black out ink labels with a permanent marker.  This protects your personal information and allows for a more dignified experience for the new magazine owner and we want your magazines, NOT your personal information.  Once we receive your magazines, we will put our own “gift” labels over the spot where the old label was.

That’s all there is to it.  Just bundle up your magazines for a local donation bin or ship them to us.

So, that is the process for donating your gently used magazines! Super simple right?! I hope this article helps! If you have any questions, please be in touch.

Tiffany

Getting a local or school project started for recycling magazines to new readers

Thank you Tiffany for helping organize this Getting Started article for our local teams. Join us to start recycling magazines in your town for new readers nationwide.  Here’s another article for those collecting magazines at home to donate.

The Magazine Recycling Process

Hello and welcome to MagazineLiteracy.org where magazines are our specialty and our mission is to change the world—one magazine at a time!  A brief overview of what we do:  We collect and donate new and gently used magazines to the various programs we work with to share the magazines we love and to support literacy:  domestic violence and homeless shelters; foster care, youth mentoring centers, etc.  In this article, you will read just what we expect from you to help us spread the joy of reading with thousands of families all around the world!

We say “…The process of recycling is easy as 1, 2 3!…” and we really do mean that!  The first step is to start collecting magazines.  This can happen at the local grocery or book store, at your school, club or business, or even in your own home or apartment building.

 The magazines we share with new readers should be in good or very good condition – clean, with no torn or cut covers or pages.

An important step is to remove any mailing labels, to protect personal information and to allow a more dignified experience for the new magazine owner.  Carefully remove paper labels and black out ink labels with a permanent black marker.  Then cover the spot with one of our “gift” labels.   Contact us to get some.   Simply place the “gift” label over the blacked out information or where the paper label once was.  Repeat this with every magazine.

Next, sort your magazines by age group and topic.  Once your bundle is ready, we’ll help get it posted where literacy programs can find it and request it.  Be in touch for more information about this step.

That’s it!  You have just helped a child, their family, or a few dozen children and their families experience the joy of reading!  What a wonderful feeling that is…I hope you found this article informative and if you have any problems or comments, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Tiffany

Beautiful Maggie the Literacy Bee is born today!

Max and Maggie the Literacy Bees

Max and Maggie abuzz about Literacy!

MAGnificent Maggie the Literacy Bee joins Max to promote our magazine recycling to new readers. Maggie and Max were created by a most talented children’s illustrator, Aja Wells. We are looking forward to buzzing around with them to tell our stories and to inspire people and businesses to recycle magazines to moms, kids, and families who love to read them.

Max hams it up for MagazineLiteracy.org

Max Subscribes to Literacy

Max Subscribes to Literacy

Just hours old, Max the Literacy Bee is already buzzing around town to encourage people everywhere to recycle their magazines to new readers.  This is another great illustration by the incredibly talented Aja Wells.  We are so appreciative of her beautiful work.

Introducing Max the Literacy Bee!

Max the Literacy Bee

Let's recycle magazines to new readers!

We are so thankful for the wonderful illustration work done by the very talented Aja Wells to bring Max to life to represent and promote our magazine recycling to new readers.

Aligning the planets for Magazine Literacy on (EARTH) Day

The sun is shining on recycling magazines to new readers.We are aligning the planets for our 2012 (EARTH) Day magazine recycling juggernaut – sharing magazines with new readers.
(MERCURY) – get the word out to friends
(VENUS) – share your love of magazines
(MARS) – marshal troops and treasure
(JUPITER) – go big!

Join us!

Stakeholder financial support for operations allows us to dedicate 100% of public donations to literacy

We strive to raise dedicated funds for operations from private donors and magazine industry champions, so we can reach our objective to spend 100% of the consumer and local business funds we raise on direct literacy programs and services – getting new and recycled magazines into the hands, homes, and hearts of the children and families we serve.

Dedicating 100% of public donations directly to address our literacy programs is an audacious goal and bold statement.  It’s only possible with generous corporate, magazine industry, and stakeholder support.

The Magazine Publishers Family Literacy Project (MagazineLiteracy.org) is a 501(c)3 charity.  We rely on financial support from any and every magazine industry stakeholder throughout the supply chain – editors, publishers, circulation pros, printers, distributors, fulfillment shops, ad agencies, and other champions to pay our administrative and operational expenses.

We know that your financial support is precious and greatly appreciate every bit.  We strive to use those dollars in a responsible, effective, and efficient manner.  Every organization has administrative and operating costs to sustain their missions, and we are no different.  We have to “keep the lights on” to conceive, plan, execute, and manage our literacy projects and to grow to our full potential to meet our responsibility against enormous literacy challenges.

With private, corporate,  and magazine industry stakeholder donations covering our operating expenses, we can achieve our goal of dedicating 100% of public donations to direct literacy programs and services, inspiring even more giving by the consumers and local businesses who support our community programs.

To stretch those operating dollars far, we run our operations extremely lean and achieve a very high rate of return on the funds invested in our operations.  Here’s how:

  • We leverage advanced technology, open source software, cloud-based services, crowdsourcing, and strong partnerships with technology and media powerhouses, such as Google Apps, Salesforce.com, Automattic, the inventors of WordPress, Crowdspring for pro bono graphic design, Texterity, Auryn Creative for web design, Publish2Profit,  Texterity, and many others for communications, volunteer support, community organizing and collaboration tools, and social media.
  • We actively develop and train a network of thousands of volunteers in hundreds of communities and campuses who deliver all of our essential activities from grassroots outreach to magazine collection and delivery logistics to public relations and fundraising.
  • We manage our project online from virtual locations, and utilize cost-effective shared cooperative “coworking” office space, as well as partnerships with other agencies for handling logistics.
  • We collect and process financial donations online in a partnership with Network for Good – a very effective and efficient method for engaging the consumers and businesses who support our literacy programs and operations.  Network for Good is a turnkey solution with tremendous experience in the charitable market and excellent, reliable fundraising tools and customer service.  Most important, their 3% transaction costs are at or below any alternative for credit card processing.