A recognized leader in the field of social enterprise, First Book works closely with its network of corporate partners to develop new ways to use private sector strategies for the public good.
First Book customizes partnerships to meet our corporate partner’s goals and provide new books and educational resources to children from low-income families. From award-winning cause-marketing campaigns to employee engagement programs and media-friendly events, First Book can help distinguish a company’s brand and energize consumers and employees about an organization’s support of literacy and children’s education.
TD Bank Group
TD Bank Group has helped to expand the First Book National Book Bank in Canada, bringing tens of thousands of books to First Book Canada programs in TD Bank communities. By helping to improve literacy and education, TD is creating opportunities for children in need and positively impacting children’s education.
Pi Beta Phi
Since 2007, the women of Pi Beta Phi have demonstrated their commitment to literacy by donating more than 2 million books to children in need through First Book. Collegiate chapters and alumnae clubs in both the United States and Canada fundraise year-round through letter campaigns and First Book Speed Read TM contests. In 2010, Pi Beta Phi and First Book launched the Local Literacy Initiative, a program that allows alumnae clubs to directly provide new books to schools and programs in their own communities.
Since 2002, Build-A-Bear Workshop has supported literacy and education by donating a percentage of proceeds to First Book and encouraging its young guests to read through Bearemy’s Book Club.
TELUS Toronto Community Board
In 2009, TELUS hosted reading events at schools to engage employees in promoting children’s literacy and distribute hundreds of books to children in need. They have been doing it every year now since 2009 and last year, for their TELUS 2012 Day of Service over 40 employees volunteered and came out to pick and pack over 30,000 books at our distribution centre for children in need all across the country.
Bell Aliant Pioneers
First Book Canada provides new books and the power of literacy to children served by the Bell Aliant Pioneers.
Royal Bank of Canada Foundation
"RBC Foundation believes children are our future and the future benefits from an educated, inspired and qualified workforce. That’s why we support First Book Canada’s programs that help kids grow, learn and explore their potential by providing access to new books they would otherwise never have an opportunity to own."
HSBC’s support will help provide books allowing thousands of new immigrant children to take home new books as well as provide key schools and community programs with the means to purchase new books for use in education programs.
Since 1946, our company has given 5% of its profit to support and improve the local communities in which our guests live, shop and work. We are continuing our legacy of giving in Canada. Visit www.target.ca/corporateresponsibility
BMO Financial is committed to helping improve the quality of life in the communities where we live and work. Our desire to make a contribution is deep-rooted, dating back to our first hospital donation in 1835.