How to Apply to Be a Beneficiary

 

 

As we move forward for this year’s sale, we are also looking towards next year’s sale and to that end, we have revamped the application process somewhat.

Instead of “just a letter”, we now have a 3-page application form (not that complicated, just ample space for your answers) and we’d like a letter too and a few supplemental materials– all towards helping us making the best choice we can. (And it is a hard choice, my friends, a very hard choice.)

We admit a slight favoritism towards smaller organizations.  We enjoy knowing that the money that we work so hard to give away really makes a difference. Tim, from Caesar’s Ford Theatre Company (one of last year’s beneficiaries) stopped in yesterday (with some books) and good news that the feasibility study that we helped fund is paving the way to not just their success, but ultimately their survival.  When we gave the check to Learning Tree Farm (in 2016) it came just in the nick of time– they had to drill a new well for livestock at the farm, in the dead of winter.

But if you’re a larger organization, that doesn’t mean you’re out of the running. We understand that budgets are a funny thing and that you may have an important project that you can’t finance unless you have some money from some other source– like the Book Fair Foundation.

Some people probably find it corny, but really we are serious about community networking and building relationships with the beneficiaries that we choose. Some years this works better than others. If we’re going to just be one of a big list of donors to you this year, we may not be a good match for each other.  There are many pieces in the pie that is our mission (Mmm, pie. We love pie, did I mention that?) : keeping books circulating (and out of landfills!) funding a few local non-profits, helping people part with their books in a meaningful way, providing packing and pick up service for those who need it, community development, furthering projects in literacy,  and keeping idle bibliophiles off the streets.

We’d like to hear from you. The application packet is below. To be considered it must reach our offices by Tuesday, December 18th (it can be hand-delivered) or be post-marked by Saturday, December 15th.

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How to Be a Beneficiary

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As it’s “Giving Tuesday,” this seems an appropriate time to talk about how to apply to be a beneficiary of the the Book Fair Foundation, and what the process is for choosing next year’s beneficiaries.

The application process could not be simpler— there’s no form or report or presentation. We simply need a letter from your group. Your letter should tell us something about the group’s mission, your role in our community, and how you envision a partnership with the Book Fair Foundation.

There are three requirements for application:

  1. Your group must be a registered organization in the State of Ohio.
  2. Your location must be within 25 miles of the city of Dayton
  3. You must be a 501c3.

Letters must be received by December 31, 2016.

The board will meet early in January to talk about the applications we’ve received. Some of the things that we consider is what kind of “match” the applicant feels like for us— does this seem like a group whose mission is in concert with our own? We also look at the 990-N documents that each organization has filed. We work very hard to make the book fair a success. We’d like the gift we give to have significant impact on the organizations we choose.

Dayton Book Fair beneficiaries share equally in the net proceeds generated by the fair– and this year we will again choose three organizations.

If your group is chosen as a beneficiary, there are certain requirements you should be aware of.

We require 40 volunteer hours from your organization. It can be 40 people for one hour, 4 people for ten hours, one person for 40 hours— the volunteer hours can be at the sale, or during one of our two roundups or during the year at the Book Loft, or a combination of any of those. At least four of those forty hours must be fulfilled on the afternoon of November 13th,2017 the Monday following the sale.

Additionally, we expect that you will promote the 47th Annual Dayton Book Fair among your own volunteers, staff and fans– through newsletter, website, Facebook page, emails or tweets. We want the people who love your organization to help support you by supporting the Book Fair.

Letters of application should be sent to the Book Fair Foundation, 2181 Embury Park Rd, Dayton, OH 45414. You are also welcome to drop off your letter at our Embury Park Road office. (Look for the big red sign in the yard.) We are open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 to 3 and Wednesday 1 to 7.

We will announce the beneficiaries of the 2017 Dayton Book Fair on Monday, January 16th, 2017 on this site, on our Facebook page and on our telephone greeting.

And remember, if we don’t choose you this year, that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t choose you another year, so even if you are disappointed, be sure to apply again.