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ATLANTA, GA (November 4, 2013) - Better World Books, the online bookstore that promotes literacy worldwide, has announced a collaboration with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the retail real estate industry's global trade association.
Better World Books will encourage its current and future landlord partners that host Drop Boxes to choose the ICSC Foundation as their literacy partner of choice. The ICSC Foundation will receive a portion of the sales from books collected at designated Drop Boxes, and the commission will be used to fund scholarships, education programs and literacy initiatives.
Better World Books will also donate up to one million books over a two-year period to support the ICSC Foundation's efforts to promote community outreach and provide educational opportunities focused on the shopping center industry.
In return for Better World Books' commitment, the ICSC Foundation will encourage its supporters to host a Drop Box on their property, and identify the ICSC Foundation as their literacy partner of choice.
"The goal is to generate a new and innovative funding stream for the ICSC Foundation and provide its supporters with an additional avenue for supporting the admirable work of the ICSC Foundation," said Dustin Holland, Vice President at Better World Books. "Ultimately, the potential to make a difference locally while increasing worldwide literacy is astounding. We're thrilled with the possibilities."
"Our mission is to encourage the shopping center industry to respond to the needs of their communities," said Norris Eber, chairman of the ICSC Foundation. "It is my hope our members will hear this call to action and join us in becoming a global literacy ambassador by hosting a Better World Books Drop Box."
Donations and proceeds from Better World Books Drop Boxes and online sales will benefit the ICSC Foundation. Better World Books also supports other nonprofit literacy partners including Books for Africa, Room to Read, the National Center for Family Literacy, Worldfund and others. As of October 2013, more than $15 million and 10 million books have been donated by Better World Books.
About Better World Books (@BWBooks)
Better World Books is a global online bookstore that promotes literacy around the world. For every book sold, Better World Books gives a book to someone in need and donates funds to libraries and literacy nonprofits. By collecting unwanted books and selling, donating or recycling them, this for-profit social enterprise keeps books out of landfills and in the hands of people who need them. Since 2003, Better World Books has raised more than $15 million for literacy, donated 10 million books and empowered millions of people around the world to experience the joys and opportunities afforded by reading. To learn more, visit: www.BetterWorldBooks.com.
About The ICSC Foundation
The ICSC Foundation promotes and rewards community support efforts and provides undergraduate, graduate-level and retail real estate practitioner's educational scholarships. The Albert Sussman International Community Support Award program is designed to recognize exceptional contributions by shopping centers or shopping center companies within their communities. Established in 1988, The ICSC Foundation is the non-profit public charity of The International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc. (ICSC).
About ICSC (@ICSC)
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 60,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world. For more information, visit www.icsc.org.
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