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Village Books Donation Program

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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 organizations that promote literacy, reading, environmental education, and groups that raise awareness of social problems or meet basic human needs. 

To be approved, your organization must be non-partisan and non-commercial. The Foundation prefers to donate gift certificates to Village Books and Paper Dreams, 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. Please allow two weeks for us to process your donation request. For questions about our program, email

Village Books
1200 11th Street, attention: donations
Bellingham, WA 98225