Grassroots Fundraising Ideas for Bernie’s Book Bank

Bernie’s Book Bank has become a growing, thriving community of book donors, funders and fans who share a common mission: to significantly increase BOOK OWNERSHIP among at-risk children so that all children have the opportunity to succeed in school and in life. We could not be serving 250,000 children without you!

People get involved in Bernie’s Book Bank in a variety of ways – as volunteers in our warehouse, as book donors, as financial donors and as grassroots fundraisers. Whether you’re running a race, celebrating a bar mitzvah or just having a party, you can make a significant impact on Chicago-area children by choosing Bernie’s Book Bank as your charitable recipient.

Below are some creative and fabulous ways that Bernie’s Book Bank fans are raising money for us every day.

The Indian Princess chapter in Lake Forest collected loose change throughout the school year and donated nearly $200! (Shown at left with former Managing Director Catherine Driscoll)

Lifelong friends Mary Mohr of Chicago and Justin Carlino of Libertyville throw a great party every year at the Highwood Bocce Club. In 2012, they decided to transform this private party into a fundraiser for Bernie’s Book Bank. They collected items for a silent auction and their friends each contributed $30. ¬†Justin, Mary and their friends raised $3,000 for Bernie’s Book Bank – enough to serve 1,000 children with 12 books each!

The Librarian’s Pub Crawl in Chicago – a crazy, colorful event that raises money for a different charity each spring – has chosen Bernie’s Book Bank was the beneficiary in 2013. (

Nine-year-old fan Blythe Karras and her friends sent us $11 – the proceeds from a recent lemonade stand. The Sotos Family children from Riverwoods also held a lemonade stand and donated $39 to Bernie’s Book Bank.


Suzanna Pearson, a local fashion consultant and owner of Wear It Well, sponsored a fashion and color demonstration for her clients. Each was encouraged to donate accessories that she no longer uses (scarves, handbags, jewelry) which were then sold. In all, Suzanna and her friends raised $197 for Bernie’s Book Bank.



We would be happy to provide you with logos and Bernie’s Book Bank materials to help make your event a success. Please contact us for more information at [email protected], or call 708-480-BANK (2265).

Once your event is completed, just send us a check and we’ll send you a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.

Bernie’s Book Bank is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization¬†(EIN 27-0914453).


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