Book Dash is one piece in a giant puzzle of organisations working to get great books to children.
‘Getting beautiful, relevant and accessible books into the hands of children is a sure-fire way of creating readers for many years to come. Book Dash offers an innovative solution to doing what we consider is the most important work – growing generations of book-lovers, wordsmiths and creative thinkers.’—Mignon Hardie, FunDza Literacy Trust
Donating is the fastest, simplest way to help. Donors have already helped us create and give away thousands of beautiful books to children. You can use a card, SnapScan or an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to make a donation. Book Dash is registered Public Benefit Organisation and can provide you with a tax deductible donation certificate (details below) should you request it.
Pay with a card
Click a donation button below, and your card payment will be processed by PayFast (it’s completely secure and very easy).
Pay with PayPal
Donate to Book Dash directly through PayPal on the button below.
Pay with SnapScan
Use SnapScan? Just scan the code (click it if you need it enlarged).
Pay by EFT
You can deposit straight into our bank account. Unless you really need to be anonymous, please use your name in your payment reference, and let us know you’ve made a deposit.
Name: Book Dash
Bank: First National Bank
Account number: 62492593118
Branch: Claremont (215 Main Road, Claremont, Cape Town 7708)
Branch code: 200109
Account type: Business cheque/current account
SWIFT code for international payments: FIRNZAJJ
Please send payment confirmations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(International donors: South Africa does not use the IBAN system. Payments can be made instead with the account number, branch code, and SWIFT code. We’ll soon add credit card donations via PayPal, we’re waiting for them to process our non-profit status.)
Book Dash is a Public Benefit Organisation with Section 18A status. This means we can give you a certificate that makes your donation tax-deductible in South Africa. When you donate, please let us know if you need a certificate.
To qualify for a certificate, donations for section 18A purposes must be bona fide donations. According to the regulations: “A bona fide donation is a voluntary, gratuitous gift disposed of by the donor out of liberality or generosity, where the donee is enriched and the donor impoverished. There may be no quid pro quo, no reciprocal obligations and no personal benefit for the donor. If the donee gives any consideration at all it is not a donation. The donor may not impose conditions which could enable him or any connected person in relation to himself to derive some direct or indirect benefit from the application of the donation.”
These great organisations have helped Book Dash by sponsoring events, translations, print runs, distribution and more with their energy, money, products and other resources.
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Book Days days are the creative heart of our volunteer movement: dozens of top creatives giving their time to create books that anyone can freely translate, print and distribute. And at Book Dash translation days, volunteers translators multiply those books into other languages.
It costs R100 000 to put on a Book Dash day. That includes planning and preparation and all the infrastructure required: venue, food, equipment, stationery and more.
‘There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.’ — Nelson Mandela
Your organisation can put thousands of books in the hands of children for as little as R10* a book. The more you print, the cheaper each copy becomes. The books will be given directly to individual children by our partner organisations.
Want to arrange your own print run? Use our print-quote-specs.
* Print costs can be R10/book when printing more than 2500 copies of a single title. At 1000 copies of a title, print costs are around R20/copy. Printed in these bulk quantites, books are up to ten times cheaper than when purchased from a publisher.