“SM Northwest French club donates children’s books to KC area refugees”

You may have noticed that I love stories about various folks & groups donating books 🙂

The Shawnee Mission Northwest High SchooL French National Honor Society chapter gathers recently to collect books for a family of refugees in the Congo. Seated, from left, are Rachel Tao and Caroline Sanders;  standing, from left, are Rachel Albright, Lauren Spear, Henry Tomasic and Mabel Anstine. Not pictured: Jackson Burnett

Giving back is the essence of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School’s French National Honor Society.

Last month, the organization completed one of its first major service projects of the school year by collecting and donating 124 new and gently used children’s books to a family of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Continue @ The Dispatch

Trash to Treasure: Why a library of abandoned #books highlights need for literature donations

I’m not crying, you’re crying.

But really, if you aren’t getting a little emotional over the recent CNN article  where Turkish garbage collectors rescued discarded books and turned them into a free public library, I’m not sure we can be friends.

According to the article, garbage collectors began collecting abandoned books they’d found, and with the help of their neighbors’ donated books, eventually had enough literature to open a public library with over 6,000 books including fiction, comics, and books in different languages.

Read at: The Daily Collegian Online

How valuable is great exposure for free art, labor

A must read for those new to the arts industries – watch out for the “Do it for the exposure” line you will hear often.  Establish your rules and how you will handle donation of services or products now – while your career is still young.  Set your parameters up now and stick to them.  It’s much easier to say “No Thank you, but I am willing to do this…” and then explain what you would be willing to do to help, if anything.  Don’t be bullied or made to feel guilty or tricked.  Study up on the business side of your art – because you will need to understand this side to truly be successful.  Good Luck!

This time of year, artist’s inboxes fill up with requests from nonprofits looking for “local” art donations for fundraising. Phrases such as “100% Tax Deductible” and “Great Exposure” fill the introduction letters to entice artists to donate their art.Guess what? Tax law only allows an artist to deduct the cost of materials, not the value of time put into a piece. Blame Nixon. Yes, the former president – Nixon wrote-off millions of dollars for donating his own manuscripts to a library. Then Congress enacted a law with some loose enough terminology to include artists that, basically, states creators can only deduct material costs and not a donation’s fair market value.

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