The Sugar Quill Literacy Project
Undertaken in honor
of Harry, who gave his books to Ginny,
and still shares his books with Ron.
December 2007: This project is now closed.
September 13, 2005: So far, we have made one $300 donation and one $600 donation
to First Book! In addition, we have donated
$100 to Leaky, Inc.
in support of the drive to purchase the "Order of the Phoenix" card.
That money will eventually find its way to Book
Aid International, which is also a literacy charity.
SEE OUR PREVIOUS T-SHIRT DESIGNS!
What are we doing?
We, the Headmistresses and Professors
of The Sugar Quill, have decided to organize a charity drive. We are selling
T-shirts with our site's name printed on them, in order to raise money
for First Book. First Book is an organization that gives children from
low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.
Why are we doing it?
JK Rowling is an inspiration to us as writers and as people.
Her generous authorship of Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic
Beasts and Where to Find Them has raised a great deal of money for
Comic Relief, UK (an excellent organization that primarily funds famine
relief projects). We wish to follow in her footsteps. Her Harry Potter
universe has given us The Sugar Quill, which in turn has given us (and
many of our members) a lot of joy. It's time to give back.
Why First Book?
First Book is a national nonprofit organization, whose "primary goal is to
work with existing literacy programs to distribute new books to children who,
for economic reasons, have little or no access to books. In this way, First
Book effectively leverages the heroic efforts of local tutoring, mentoring,
and family literacy organizations, as they work to reach children who need help
the most." First Book has also developed national partnerships with companies
that help them to achieve their goals, by providing them with discounted books.
Among these companies is Scholastic, Inc. (which, many of you know, is the company
which publishes the Harry Potter books in the US). To read more about this wonderful
charity, visit ww.firstbook.org.
We choose to support literacy because
we feel that this is in step with the spirit of our website. We're here
at sugarquill.net because of some powerfully magical books. Books are
magical - they kindle fires within us, they take us on adventures,
they teach us and challenge us. Many of us learned to love reading as
children; for us, a childhood without books is unthinkable. To give a
child a book is to encourage the development of comprehension and imagination.
We think that's essential.
Why an American charity?
Some of our members have expressed
that since our site is multi-national, it would be more fitting to donate
all monies raised to an international charity. But our main concern was
to find a charity whose aims we agree with, for whom we can actually effect
results with a small donation. By choosing First Book, we know that for
every $300 donation we make, that charity will distribute 100 books to
children. We were unable to find a comparable international charity. First
Book it is.
What is our goal, and where will the money go?
Our goal is to raise money in batches
of $300 and to provide 100 books to underprivileged children. ALL proceeds,
with the exception of bank fees and postage, will go to charity.
How will I pay?
We will accept checks or money orders.
No credit cards will be used at this time, as many of our members are
under 18 and don't possess them. Also, if we employ the use credit cards
through PayPal (or a similar web-based program), we will be charged a
percentage of the total sale. We have decided to avoid this; the money
we take in is going to charity and it would be foolish to waste any of
it on credit card fees.
What if I don't live in the
Don't worry! We'll still ship you a shirt.
We know (thanks to Lynds) that in England, you can go to the bank and obtain
a money order. There is a way to do everything. If you want a shirt, and you
want to donate to the cause, then we'll find the least expensive way to make
How can I order my T-shirt?
Click here for an order
form, which will be processed by one of the Headmistresses or Professors.
Not For Profit Disclaimer
The Sugar Quill is a non-profit adventure
controlled by Zsenya and Arabella, who are running at a loss. We do not own
Harry Potter, or anything connected with it. We intend no copyright infringement;
our actions are meant in the spirit of the books and the author who created
them. In short: this charity drive is just that. We won't be making a dime.
Every cent that doesn't go to recapture costs and provide postage will go to
First Book. You have our word on that. And why should you trust our cyber-word?
Well, sugarquill.net has been running happily for over two years now. The Headmistresses
and Professors have, all that time, provided a free beta-reading service because
we think it's important to promote the tools of creative, written expression.
We're trustworthy folk.
And a word from the First Mate…
"These T-Shirts are
going to ROX and they are a MUST HAVE for anyone that frequents the Sugar
Quill. They are also less painful than a tattoo."