Guest blogger Greg Perlstein is the Coordinator of Strategic Alliances at First Book, our nonprofit partner that provides new books to children in need and addresses one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books.
Here at First Book, we could not be more excited about all that we’ve accomplished with Demand Media Studios in the past few months. First Book is a nonprofit organization that has put more than 70 million brand new books into the hands of kids in low-income communities. In the past year alone, Demand Media Studios has helped us get 40,000 of those new books to children in need across the United States.
In August, the incredible writers and editors at Demand Media Studios came together to launch the most successful Write for a Cause campaign yet. The articles you all created in just two weeks triggered a donation of more than 15,000 books to underserved kids from California to Virginia. Our First Book recipient groups could not have been more thrilled – check out what they had to say about your generous help:
More recently, I personally had a chance to spend time with the Demand Media Studios team at BlogWorld, the largest social media conference on the planet. During the Expo, I was really excited to learn about the Blog Distribution Network and the Talent & Experts Network. Demand never fails to impress me with the new, innovative ways that it supports and showcases the members of its community. The guests at BlogWorld were quick to scoop up pamphlets about becoming part of the Demand team – and it wasn’t just because Demand had great notebook giveaways at its booth!
First Book is very grateful to have the support of Demand Media Studios and its kind-hearted, dedicated network of writers and editors. Over the past year, your support of education and literacy has made the young recipients of 40,000 brand new books very, very happy. We can’t wait to see what the second year of our partnership holds!