Village Books' Donation Program

How Village Books awards Donations

The Village Books Foundation was created in 1987 as a vehicle for returning a portion of its profits to the community. Each year, about 5% of the net profits of the store (a minimum of $1,000) is set aside for donation to various community organizations and causes.

The Foundation has a commitment to Whatcom County – LOCAL – programs and organizations. Preference is given to these requests: Any organization that promotes literacy , reading, environmental education, promoting awareness of social problems or meeting basic human needs. For example: PTSA groups, North Cascades Institute, Whatcom Literacy Council, the Food Bank, and Womencare Shelter, etc.

To be approved, your organization must be non-partisan and non-commercial. The Foundation prefers to donate gift certificates to Village Books, or books, which may generate greater funds in the fund-raising efforts, thereby expanding the foundation gift beyond the actual dollar amount.

Our decision to fund or refuse a request is not a judgement about the value of the effort of the requesting organization; it is simply an application of the outlined criteria within the parameters of a limited budget. Furthermore, the denial of one request by a group should not be seen as a reason not to submit a future request. Any group believing it meets the criteria outlined here is encouraged to submit an application for funding, and is further encouraged to do so a minimum of 3 weeks in advance of the funding need.

To submit a request, please fill our our Donation Request web form online, or download the Donation Request Form and drop it off in store or mail it to the address below. For questions about our program, email Brenda at

Attn: Brenda Druhall
Village Books
1200 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225