Bloomsbury has a significant direct beneficial impact on the community through its commercial activities. Our publishing teams share a common passion for promoting the enjoyment of reading and high-quality literature that is often cutting edge and provides new authors with opportunities to establish themselves. We have a substantial Children's division focused on promoting literacy for young readers of all abilities and ages, including specialist ranges for "Hi-Low" pupils (high age, low attainment) which provide parents and teachers with the tools needed to engage their children in reading.
Support by Bloomsbury
In addition to our direct commercial activities and with a focus mainly on promoting literature, literacy and education, we actively support numerous organisations worldwide including schools, universities, libraries and other good causes and charities. The following examples illustrate the range of our support worldwide:
Corporate volunteering and educational development
- During the year Bloomsbury responded to a letter from an inmate of an HM prison requesting books and donated a consignment of Hart Publishing and Bloomsbury Professional books to their prison library. Previously, our collaboration between Methuen Drama and Prison Reading Groups has supported and encouraged the reading of plays by the inmate community within HM prisons, e.g. by providing gratis copies of the books and arranging for playwrights and authors to visit the prisons to run drama workshops.
- Our Australia office supports the Indigenous Literacy Foundation with fundraising and time given for administrative support.
- We provide work experience days and weeks for secondary school pupils, have sponsored achievement prizes for students within US and UK universities, invite students to visit us for presentations on working in publishing and support careers fairs for students to promote publishing as a career.
- Bloomsbury's Chief Executive is President of Book Aid International that gifts approximately 500,000 books a year to libraries in Africa.
- We generally do not make cash donations or, where we do, make only a small number of targeted minor cash donations predominantly to not-for-profit organisations that support literature, literacy and education. This year, reflecting the Company's strong profit performance, we have made exceptional donations of £24,390. The beneficiaries were chosen by our employees through a separate online poll in the UK, US and India.
- Our US, UK and Australia offices donate, or provide at a reduced cost, a substantial quantity of books and games each year, which includes donations of mainstream titles to schools, libraries and organisations supporting education, e.g. our US office donated over 200,000 children's books to the Soho Center that promotes quality childcare nationally with a special focus on children's literacy, school readiness, and school success and our UK office donated over 60,000 educational books to Book Aid International. Out of many smaller examples, our UK offices donated books as prizes for children participating in an anti-poaching education scheme in South Africa; our US office donated books to First Book promoting equal access to education for those in need; and our Australia office donated books to support a growing charity with a mission that "No child should be left behind in literacy".
- Other donations of books and Osprey games worldwide have been to good causes not related to literature and education such as Barnardos, Oxfam, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and smaller organisations local to our offices worldwide e.g. our London office donated books to help the Grenville Tower tragedy relief fund and our Adlard Coles Nautical imprint donated sea-related books to the RNLI for fundraising.
- The Bloomsbury Institute (the events function of Bloomsbury) organises charitable fundraising events such as for Book Aid and to celebrate International Women's Day, with guest speakers who have included Bob Geldof, William Boyd and Aminatta Forna. Our Writers & Artists team has organised writing masterclasses to raise money for Book Aid International.
- We support good causes that promote literacy and literature, e.g. we are a sponsor and partner with World Book Day, which was established by UNESCO to promote reading amongst children and adults, and our Australia office has supported a major award that celebrates Australian women's writing.