For over 28 years, Russell Books has proudly encouraged reading enthusiasts throughout the Greater Victoria area. We inspire a passion for reading and literacy through participation in community events, and provide ongoing support and partnership with groups and organizations in the book world and beyond.

Community Support Initiatives

Our Community Support initiatives assist non-profit literacy and education organizations, societies and schools in their efforts to champion reading and a love of books. This includes support through the donation of books, calendars, and gift certificates, as well as discounts for future in-store purchases at Russell Books. Though we do not provide cash donations, please note that we are pleased to provide goods and certificates to facilitate the success of fundraising events.

We aim to support as many organizations as possible on a monthly basis. Due to the volume of donation requests we receive, please note that we cannot guarantee assistance for all requests.

How to Apply

Interested organizations are encouraged to contact Russell Books in writing for materials, prizes or other forms of support to make your event a success. All requests must be made on official letterhead describing your needs in as much detail as possible. Please include the following:

  • An outline featuring your project goals and initiatives
  • A summary of your organization
  • Any pertinent deadlines.

This information assists us in making a fully informed decision for your request.

While there is no specific monthly deadline for Community Support Initiative requests, we strongly advise applicants to provide their request in writing as early as possible. Accommodation of last-minute requests cannot be guaranteed.

Russell Books responds to all donation requests and we encourage applicants to contact us again if a response is not received within one week (five business days).

Please send requests via email to or in person with a prepared written request.

Russell Books is proud to support the following community associations and events, as well as many others:

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