We are registered not for profit organisation run by volunteers with no wages or commissions paid to anyone. You can be confident that donations made to Jane Austen Literacy Foundation appeals are used to buy books and writing materials for communities in need. For example, we buy ‘School in a Box’ literacy kits to be used in temporary schools set up by UNICEF in Syria. We also buy books for disadvantaged remote indigenous children in Australia to support the fantastic literacy programs of the ALNF (Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation).
As a thank you for donating to the foundation, we give every donor their very own bookplate personalised with their name in Jane’s own handwriting. Bookplates were popular in Jane’s time and are used to label books with the owners name so they didn’t get lost when lent out or read by others. We have a news article on our website that talks all about the bookplates that Jane (and I) knew from our family library), see https://janeaustenlf.org/news
Here’s a picture of our bookplate.
Donors can choose what name goes on the bookplate, so they can now be given to other people as a gift and the bookplates are produced every few days, with each one personalised for thou to print out yourself or send on to a friend!
We're calling the campaign #LabelYourLibrary and will feature on the foundation Facebook feed any great photos people post of their bookplate posted in a book.
The bookplates will change periodically so donors can collect a full set, and they will be available throughout the year, not just at Christmas!
Please supper the campaign at https://janeaustenlf.org/support or donate now via https://janeaustenlf.org/support-us, and #LabelYourLibrary!
Written content of this post copyright © Caroline Jane Knight, 2015.