Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Frequently Asked Questions

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, together with Indigo, its customers and its employees, has committed more than $25 million to 3,000 schools, benefiting 900,000 children across Canada.

What is the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation?

Since 2004, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has been dedicated to putting books in the hands of Canadian children at high-needs elementary schools. This is part of our commitment to transforming the lives of children across the country by inspiring in them a love of reading. Together with Indigo, its customers and its employees, we have committed over $25 million to over 3,000 schools, impacting more than 900,000 children.

Why does the Foundation choose to focus on high-needs elementary schools?

Every child needs access to new and engaging books to develop the literacy skills that are critical for educational success and to inspire a love of reading. Due to insufficient funding for elementary school libraries, many children cannot access these new and engaging books.

The Foundation works to provide books to these schools with the goal that all Canadian children have access to the resources they need to develop strong literacy skills. By providing support to high-needs elementary schools, we are equipping teachers, librarians and principals with the resources that are critical for promoting educational success and inspiring a love of reading.

How does the Foundation support these schools?

The Foundation provides support to high-needs elementary schools primarily through two signature programs: the Indigo Love of Reading Literacy Fund grant and the Indigo Adopt a School program.

What is the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Literacy Fund grant?

Through the generosity of Indigo, its customers and its employees, the Foundation grants $1.5 million in library support to high-needs schools across the country each year. Since 2004, 245 high-needs elementary schools have received a Literacy Fund grant. These Literacy Fund grant recipient schools receive funding over a three-year period. For each of the three years, the grant recipient school receives 10% of the grant in the form of cash to spend on special projects that they believe will further promote literacy at their school, such as visits by special guest speakers and other literacy related events. The grant recipient school receives the remaining 90% of the grant in the form of an Indigo corporate account for the purchase of new books at Indigo, Chapters and Coles, which are provided at a 30% discount.

For more information and to see if a school in your community qualifies for support, visit loveofreading.org.

What is the Indigo Adopt a School program?

Each year, the Indigo Adopt a School program unites Indigo, its employees, its customers and their communities in raising money to rejuvenate local high-needs elementary school libraries across Canada. Each Indigo, Chapters or Coles store adopts a local high-needs elementary school to support through in-store fundraising. As part of the Indigo Adopt a School program, the Foundation also hosts an online fundraising platform which supports additional high-needs elementary schools in fundraising for their school libraries.

For more information or to see if a school in your community qualifies for support visit adoptaschool.indigo.ca.

How is the Foundation funded?

The Foundation is funded through the generosity of Indigo, its leadership, its employees and its customers.

100% of customer donations go directly to high-needs elementary schools.

Indigo and its leadership fund all of the Foundation’s operating and administrative expenses and has also provided donations that go directly to high-needs elementary schools.

Where do customer donations go?

Every dollar donated to the Foundation by customers goes to high-needs schools in Canada to support their literacy initiatives. When high-needs schools use funding provided by the Foundation to purchase books at Indigo, Chapters and Coles, they receive a 30% discount.

Do schools receive a discount on books?

All schools that participate in the Foundation’s programs receive a 30% discount on the purchase of books at Indigo, Chapters and Coles when using funding provided by the Foundation.

How can I make a donation?

The Foundation relies on the generous donations of Indigo customers, Indigo employees and members of the public who are committed to literacy. We welcome your donations at all Indigo, Chapters and Cole stores, and online.

All customer donations go directly to high-needs elementary school libraries to support literacy and instil in students a love of reading.

Can I get a tax receipt for my donation?

Donations made in Indigo, Chapters and Coles stores are eligible for tax receipts upon request by emailing the Foundation team at loveofreading@indigo.ca with a copy of the receipt and the following customer contact information: donor’s full name, complete Canadian mailing address and email address.

For donations made online at loveofreading.org, tax receipts will automatically be provided if the donation is $20 or more and will be provided upon request if the donation is less than $20.

To request a tax receipt, please email the Foundation team at loveofreading@indigo.ca with a copy of the receipt and contact information including: donor’s full name, complete Canadian mailing address and email address.

More Questions?

Please refer to the Foundation’s website loveofreading.org or email the Foundation team at loveofreading@indigo.ca.

Summary Financial Information
The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation
Fiscal Years 2006 to 2017

Funds Received by the Foundation

Donations made to the Foundation by Indigo, its leadership and employees
Donations received from Indigo customers
Donations received from suppliers, partners and other sources
Total Funds Received by the Foundation

Grants and Awards

Love of Reading Literacy Fund grants (awarded)
Love of Reading Literacy Fund grants (to be awarded Spring 2017)
Adopt a School awards and Special Initiatives for high-needs schools
Total Grants and Awards

Total Operating Costs

Administrative, salaries and supplies
Awareness Initiatives (including documentary productions)
Total Operating Costs (17% of Total Funds Received)
Cash balance remaining for future grants and operations