• 1 million books
  • 25 shipping containers
  • Annually

Can your organisation commit to fundraise or sponsor 1 or more containers annually?

A commitment of £8,000 per year to cover the cost of processing, shipping and delivering 40,000 books in a 40ft shipping container to one of our Africa offices for distribution to the hands of students and teachers. You'll receive an annual impact report, and your logo/name will be listed on our Sponsors Wall below and on relevant impact report pages.

  • Distribution offices in 4 African countries
  • Supported projects in 20 African countries
  • Impact reports published online
Other Corporate Opportunities

Setup a Books2Africa Donation Portal or Bucket

We partner with Goodbox to provide these awesome contactless donation devices that can be left (attended or unattended) at your tills and sales points, allowing your customers or clients to donate seamlessly. You can also order a traditional donation bucket. 

  • Contactless Donation Portal (£100 setup)
  • Cash Donation Bucket (£10)

Setup donations on your own Payment Gateways

We partner with Pennies to provide your customers the chance to make their pennies count for your chosen charity Books2Africa. We’ll work closely with your payment provider to enable Pennies across multi-channels, in-store, online, or app.

  • Compatible with most card reader providers
  • Comptaible with e-commerce via API

Setup a Book Bin for your students and staff

Our Book Donation Bin is perfect for academic institutions to locate within departmental receptions, students’ halls of residence, and offices, enabling staff/students donate unwanted books and you can reduce waste. You also get a reduced collection fee.

  • Book Bin (£70 - £250 depending on size)
  • Collection cost (£4 per 20kg box)

Sponsor the charity's Overheads

Every item we ship to Africa must be thoroughly checked, scanned into a database, counted and packaged at our UK warehouse by our team of paid staff and volunteers. You can help cover any of the following costs:

  • Tape, Pallet Wrap, Labels (£8k per annum)
  • Warehouse Rent (£22k per annum)
  • Staff (70k per annum)

Corporate fundraising and volunteering

Make fundraising and/or volunteering a part of your organisation’s culture and meet your CSR goals. We’ll work with you to develop bespoke campaigns, projects, events and branding that creates lasting impact on education and the environment.

  • Sponsors Wall
Special thanks to the following amazing organisations
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Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates

A quick update about what Books2Africa is doing in response to these uncertain times caused by the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and supporters. Key to this is following government recommendations closely. Thankfully no suspected cases of COVID-19 have been reported amongst our staff and volunteers. Our Processing Centre in Canterbury is still operational and well stocked with the enough books and resources to ship to Africa.

Please read our updates below on steps taken to minimise the risk to staff, volunteers and supporters.

  • Public Book Collections Suspended: Effective today, we are suspending our collection service for book donations by members of the public in the UK. Although this will affect our book donation numbers, it would reduce the workload on our paid staff who continue to work during this difficult period to ensure the charity remains operational. This will be reviewed at the end of Easter on 14th April 2020.

  • Warehouse Volunteering Suspended: Effective today, we are suspending all volunteering work at the Processing Centre in Canterbury. This means all our UK and International Volunteers are no longer allowed to come into the Canterbury site. Although this will affect our processing and sorting capacity, it makes it easier for us to enforce government advise on social distancing and minimise the risk to paid staff who continue to work normal hours, ensuring our charity shop remains operational and shipments to Africa are dispatched. This will be reviewed at the end of Easter on 14th April 2020.

  • Online Volunteering: During this suspension of warehouse volunteering, we will be assigning all our volunteers to our Education Team to work on a variety of fundraising tasks online. To this end, all our International Volunteers are required to attend an online Skype meeting with our Director of Education on Wednesday 25th March at 9:30 am. UK volunteers who would like to join in can also email [email protected] to indicate their interest in order to receive further instructions on joining the meeting.

 

 
Finally a word of encouragement – Do not be afraid, stay safe and continue to have faith that this will soon pass. 
  • The strictest hygiene standards are being followed at our Processing Centre, with hand sanitisers, disinfectant sprays, plastic gloves and posters reminding staff, volunteers and supporters to wash their hands regularly and wipe their work surfaces.

 

  • No contact deliveries: Couriers delivering boxes to the Processing Centre will no longer require you to sign by hand on delivery. Rather, they are advised to enter your initials.

 

  • Drop-offs and tours suspended: From next week, drop-off appointments by members of the public will be suspended until further notice. Until then, staff and volunteers are advised to receive deliveries without contact and avoid giving members of the public tours of the Processing Centre.

 

We appreciate your understanding as the situation evolves and reassure you that we will take necessary steps to ensure your safety whilst trying to also fulfil our charitable objectives. If you need any support or advice, you can send us an email [email protected]

Thank you for your continued support and do subscribe to our coronavirus updates if you want to be remain updated.
Books2Africa UK Team

Shipping and delivering 1 million books every year
involves the following:

Volume
  • 20,000 books fit in 1 x 20ft container
  • 1,000,000 books fit in 50 x 20ft containers
  • 4 x 20ft containers shipped monthly
Costs
  • £5,000 to process, ship and clear each container of 20,000 books
  • £20,000 delivers 4 containers monthly
Fundraising Target
  • 2,000 individuals giving £10 or more monthly, or 50 corporate partners sponsoring 1 container per year. Thank you.

30%

Processing in the UK

30%

Freight from the UK

40%

Clearing and haulage in Africa

Books2Africa is a UK registered charity number 1152599