MagazineLiteracy.org

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MagazineLiteracy.org – Who, What, Where, When, Why

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by John Mennell

Magazine publishing stakeholders in every corner have been supportive of our program, but our goal is to create a complete industry-wide celebration – representing every person and every company in the supply chain, from the board room to mail room,  from publisher to consumer, printer to paper company – ad men and women, editors, and circulation pros, and association leaders and members. We need that support to achieve our full promise – delivering magazines to millions of readers, and we need the support for operations to keep our promise that 100% of funds from individuals and businesses is used to send magazines to readers.

I founded MagazineLiteracy.org for many reasons, but at the core because of my own love for magazines and the feeling I get when they arrive in the mailbox or when I am drawn by a force to find the newsstand as soon as I walk into a grocery store, pharmacy, airport or bookstore. Officially, it started with a meeting I had with Austin Kiplinger who I knew from Cornell and who later was the first publisher to make a financial investment in the project.  I will never forget how he shared his own love for magazines and especially for children’s magazines.

While working full-time – first on Capitol Hill, then running for office (badly) then on Wall Street, and now with an IT consulting firm, I’ve spent the same 25+ years organizing hunger relief efforts – food drives and hotlines that began while knocking on doors during my campaign for state office.  One of those doors opened to a home that was actually a food pantry with empty shelves, so we pivoted to fill them and many more after that.

Early on – back in 1994, I realized that there are very strong and fundamental parallels between feeding people food and feeding them reading materials – and that, while there were many industry-wide literacy projects that involved books and even newspapers, and some magazine literacy events, not on a permanent basis. Yet, for many reasons, magazines offer the greatest power for literacy and for building self-esteem. There are magazines for all ages, reading levels, and subject areas. Periodicals deliver fresh information with regular frequency. A name on a mailing label fosters a sense of ownership and helps to build self-esteem. Magazines retain their beauty and relevance for years, so as much learning and entertainment can happen reading a magazine from one or three years ago as when reading a current issue.

With hundreds of volunteers over many years, we have learned many lessons delivering new and recycled magazines to tens of thousands of readers – at-risk children and families in homeless and domestic violence shelters, mentoring and job training programs, and foster care –  and are now stepping up our operations to reach millions of people – consumers and readers, but need partners to get there:

As you can see in the stories in our blog, people love magazines and especially love to share them in so many ways – whether funding new magazines shipped to literacy programs or bundling their own to recycle.

Magazine publishing stakeholders in every corner have been supportive of our program, but our goal is to create a complete industry-wide celebration – representing every person and every company in the supply chain, from the board room to mail room, from publisher to consumer, printer to paper company – ad men and women, editors, and circulation pros, association leaders and members.

We need that support to achieve our full promise – delivering magazines to millions of readers, and we need the support for operations to keep our promise that 100% of funds from individuals and businesses is used to send magazines to readers.

Given the compelling parallels and the enormous win-win-win value that we can create in partnership with publishers, we are on a mission to marry the magazine and food bank supply chains.

Join us.  Help us to change the world – one magazine, one child, one family, one home at a time.  Help us share wonderful magazines and to put magazines into the hands and homes and hearts of people who want to learn and love to read.

  • New York Foundling

    New York Foundling

    Foster Care
    18 boys and 24 girls
    New York, NY USA
    Needs: 42 Magazines
    Magazines Requested: LUCKY magazine, J-14, Popstar, Teen Voices, Girls Life and Sports related.

  • Mile High Youth Corps

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    501(c)(3) charity
    Education
    Needs: 30 to 100 magazines
    Magazines Requested:
    For Corps members to read to their children: -Kids -Kids Discover -Sports Illustrated Kids -Humpty Dumpty -Hop scotch for Girls -Chick-a-dee -Highlights -Hello -Turtle -Yum for Kids.
    For Corps members to read on their own: -Readers Digest -National Geographic -Sports Illustrated -Make -Men’s Health -Ebony -Kiplinger -Self -O -The New Yorker -Wired

  • Casa Ramona Academy for Technology, Community, and Education

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    School or Library
    San Bernardino, CA
    Need magazines for 22 males and 18 females between the ages of 11-16 years old
    Magazines Requested: Boys Life, Girls Life, National Geographic, Odyssey, Dig, Owl, Cobblestone, Ask en Español, Faces, Jack and Jill

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