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The Toronto Women’s Bookstore is in crisis and needs your help!
Independent businesses and bookstores have been closing their doors this year, and after 36 years it is possible the Toronto Women’s Bookstore will have to do the same if they are not able to raise enough money to survive. TWB is one of the only remaining non-profit feminist bookstores in North America, but despite all of the events, courses, workshops, community resources and additional services they offer, the fact that TWB is a store means it receives no outside funding and relies entirely on sales and the support of customers to stay in business.
Over the past few years, sales have not been enough to sustain the bookstore, and this is why TWB is coming to you, the community, for help. All donations will go directly towards covering the bookstore’s costs, and are a part of a larger plan of action and structural change to make the business sustainable in the current economy.
In the past, when feminist bookstores were closing down all across North America, the support of the community is what kept TWB alive. You are the reason that TWB is still here today, and with your help TWB can continue to be an organization where so many of us as readers, writers, feminists, artists, and activists have found a home.
You can make donations over the phone, on TWB’s website www.womensbookstore.com (paypal link available soon), or in person at the store. As a non-profit store we are not eligible for charitable status and cannot offer tax receipts, but we are hoping to be able to offer tax receipts for donations over $100 in collaboration with a non-profit charity who shares our mandate, and we will have that information available on our website and in store as soon as possible.
You can also help by spreading the word to your friends and community, contacting us if you know of any funding TWB might be eligible for, promoting this fundraising drive in your paper or on your blog, website or radio show, organizing your own save the bookstore fundraisers or just passing the hat at your holiday parties, giving a TWB donation as a gift, and of course, coming in and bringing all your friends to the store for some holiday shopping!
Thank you all for your support.