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These are the most common questions asked about donating books, cds and dvds through Books4Cause, Inc. s city book donations and campus book drives. If you have a different question, call 800-570-3698 or send an email to: info[at]books4cause.com.
We run book drives on campuses across the U.S. and accept books, CDs, and DVD donations in Chicago. We are a for-profit social venture and help fund and support various initiatives locally, nationally and around the world. Books4Cause doesn t raise funds or rely on government grants. All funding comes from selling a portion of books donated.
We accept any CD, DVD and book in good condition. We don t discriminate on age or condition. With that being said, if you know a book needs to be recycled we would prefer for you to do this.
Yes, we accept old books. If the information is no longer relevant then it will most likely be recycled.
If you are in the Chicago area you can drop off books at our warehouse in Skokie. We do pickups on campuses across the US. Contact us to find out our schedule. You may Schedule a campus pick-up by filling out our form, contacting us via email or by calling 800-570-3698
We are based in Chicago. We run campus book drives at schools from the Midwest to the East Coast. Discover how book drives change lives. Find out where to donate books.
We currently set up libraries with the help of the African Library Project, our own Book Match program, and Human Service Resources, Inc. (HSRI). We send HSRI money, books, and store all of their other educational supplies that are sent to Ghana.
Books4Cause finds the best possible use for each CD, DVD and book collected in support of our mission to help worthy causes. k-12 books are donated to African Library Project or Bernie s Book Bank. Some College level books are donated through African Universities depending on demand. Some books are sold to raise money for operations and the shipment of books to Africa. If we can t find a home for a book it is recycled. CDs, DVDs, and electronics are sold to pay for operations./p>
Around 25% of the books are sold to for operations and shipping costs. Around 50% are sent to one of our non-profit partners for use in their programs and around 25% are recycled if unsuitable for sale or partner use.
We work directly with universities in need of higher level learning books.
We never throw books away. We genuinely have a love for books and reading and often marvel at the diverse and interesting books that come our way. We also pride ourselves on our ability to derive the maximum value from every book collected. Any book that cannot be sold or used directly by our literacy programs is pulped and recycled. We have recycled thereby diverting hundreds of thousands of books from landfills.
In 2015 we have decided not to offer tax receipts. The reason is because we want to make it clear that we are a for-profit social venture. If you donate money to The African Library Project we will help furnish a receipt.
All k-12 books are sent to Africa or distributed to kids in Chicago.
College level books are either given to an African University Library or resold. This is dependant on the needs of African Universities
The rest of the books are either sold, given away or recycled.
The sold books pay for operations and shipping expenses to Africa.
We are always grateful for the support of the community in the form of donations of books for our prison libraries.
There are certain kinds of books we always need, and others that usually aren t particularly useful to us. For example, we always need dictionaries, thesauruses and atlases. But resources like out-of-date law books, university texts and computer manuals are generally not useful.
What we need most are paperback books which are new or in very good condition (no falling out pages or extensive underlining) in the following categories:
Before donating books, please make sure any personal information is removed (for example names and addresses). Also check for photos, letters or other personal items.
Books can be dropped off by arrangement. Please contact one of our librarians or library assistants for details (see below).
If you have books you wish to donate, but getting them to us is difficult, we might be able to help.
Don’t let your Bibles and Christian books collect dust on a shelf. Put them in the hands of people in prison and see how God will use them to change lives.
Christian Library International is in need of new and used Bibles and Christian books to distribute to over 1,600 correctional facilities nationwide. Spanish language Bibles and books are also a huge need.
CLI can take gently used or new Christian books, Bibles, CDs, DVDs and tracts. Spanish materials are also needed. We accept all kinds of Bibles: study, large print, youth and compact. Prisoners read fiction, nonfiction, commentaries, history, biography and on just about any Christian subject. We serve youth detention centers, ages 10 – 18 years old so Christian children’s books with reading levels of 3rd grade and up are welcome.
Christian books are like silent missionaries going into dark and dangerous places. We receive letters each week attesting to changed lives from the people who receive them. Plus, they can be used by many people, impacting countless lives.
Christian Library International
4724 Hargrove Rd Ste 100
Raleigh, NC 27616-2802
Please call our office at 919-790-6987 first to send us larger donations.
CLI Georgia at Performance Associates
940 Sherwin Pkwy #100
Buford, GA 30518
Please call 678-551-5647 first to schedule larger donations.
We accept all types of Christian books including, biographies, fiction, non-fiction, Bible studies and theological texts. They may be hard cover or soft cover. Chaplains have requested we NOT send spiral or notebook ringed materials . Magazines and pamphlets are also discouraged.
Shipping Christian materials to prisons is expensive. For those of you who can afford it, we prayerfully ask that you consider including a check for $25 with your donated books to help defray some of these costs.
Because it’s illegal to pay donors here, donated sperm mostly comes from the U.S. and Europe.
How many sperm banks are there in Canada?
The most recent records suggest there are just three that accept donations. ReproMed in Etobicoke is the largest, and the only one that ships semen to people who aren t patients at its clinic. Procrea Cliniques and Ovo Clinique de Fertilit in Montreal also have small donor banks.
A handful of other clinics in Quebec and Ontario supply imported semen.
How did we get here?
The 2004 Assisted Human Reproduction Act made it illegal to pay someone for their sperm. A 2010 Supreme Court ruling found much of the law unconstitutional because it infringed on provincial jurisdiction, but the section banning paid sperm donation remains on the books.
How much of our donor sperm comes from the U.S.?
Health Canada doesn t track where donor sperm comes from. But a 2010 study commissioned by the federal government found that of the roughly 200 potential sperm donors available to Canadian women at that time, more than 160 were from the U.S. and Europe.
How much do sperm donors get paid?
In Canada, nothing. (Remember, it s illegal to pay donors for semen.)
In the U.S., the industry average is about $100 per donation.
What does the typical American sperm donor look like?
A tall university student, essentially.
Clinics generally require than potential donors be at least 5-foot-10 and between the ages of 18 and 35. But in her research on the subject, Yale sociologist Rene Almeling found that most donors were students, since that s who needs the money.
How many women can U.S. donors inseminate?
There s no legal limit. No government body regulates that aspect of the practice.
Some clinics allow men to donate two or three times a week. In fact, because of the investment sperm banks make to find and screen men with good genetic characteristics, they often require successful applicants to become long-term regular donors, pumping out dozens of samples over the course of a year.
Each ejaculate is then separated into between two and eight vials. That means a single donor who deposits semen once a week for a year could potentially impregnate hundreds of women.
But since sperm banks don t require women to report back when they get pregnant, it s hard to say whether donors such as James Christian Aggeles, who allegedly fathered 36 children, are the rule or the exception.
Nobody s keeping track of that information, said Almeling, author of Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm. It s just like a giant guessing game.
How much do women pay for a vial of sperm?
Anyone can donate as long as the guidelines listed below are followed. We encourage all of our donors to go to a salon they are already familiar with to ensure their comfort when donating.
The Hair Donation Form is not required to donate hair. If you are having trouble downloading or printing the Hair Donation Form, just provide your name and address on a full size separate sheet of paper and include it in the envelope with your donation so that we may send you an acknowledgment.
Hold your own Locks of Love event or become a Participating Salon! Download our Locks of Love Registration Packet to organize your own event or become a participating salon. Locks of Love fund raising events are going on all over the United States. If you would like to organize an event in your area, please download the registration packet and submit your information by mail or fax to (561) 833-7962.
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Locks of Love is looking for volunteers in Palm Beach County to open mail and enter data. We need individuals as well as groups, including:
If you are from Palm Beach County, Florida and would like to donate your time at our office between the hours of 8:30-4:30 M-F, please call (561) 833-7332.
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You may be an avid reader, but the dusty pile of books in your room is starting to be a nuisance. You don’t have the heart to throw your old books away, but you don’t have much of a use for them anymore. To get rid of your old books, you can either sell them, donate them, or use a few other handy tricks.
Book drop-off: Books can be dropped off at our office (directions) during volunteer hours.
Mailing Books to PBP: We accept book donations by mail. Our address is at the bottom of this page. Because shipping books can be expensive, we strongly encourage you to consider donating your books to one of our sister books to prisoners programs that may be geographically closer to you or to a local jail or prison. Please review our guidelines carefully or email firstname.lastname@example.org before mailing your books. We cannot return books that we find inappropriate.
Books we can and can t use:Prison restrictions and prisoner requests determine which books are sent to prisoners and which are not. This table summarizes our needs, but it is not exhaustive. If you have books that aren t listed, feel free to donate those too. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Books we cannot use are passed onto Better World Books or Big Hearted Books. These organizations either sell them on our behalf, pass them onto other organizations that can use them or recycle them if they are unusable.
Gently-used, like new or brand-new condition
Self published books written for the prison population are OK
Advance reading and review copies are OK
Spiral or comb bound
Multi-level sets – encyclopedias, etc
Self-published (unless written for the prison population)
Missing pages or covers
Yellowed, or have brittle spines
Too old to have a UPC on back cover
Have writing/notes in the margins (light highlighting is OK)
Children’s picture books
Action/Adventure (Dean Koontz, etc)
Classic Literature (Moby Dick, etc)
Ethnic (Af-Am, Native-Am, Hispanic)
Science Fiction Fantasy
College literature compilations
Have weapons on the cover
Art, especially drawing
Computer science – popular programming languages published in the last 6 years
Cultural – African American, Hispanic, Native American
Exercise (esp weight lifting and yoga)
Foreign language study and books in Spanish
Games (Sudoku, puzzles, chess, etc)
History current events
Legal dictionaries and basic criminal law
Psychology self help
Secret societies and the occult (e.g., Masons, Rosicrucian Order, extra terrestrials, etc.)
Small business startup
Social Sciences (archaeology, anthropology, philosophy, activism, political science)
Spirituality Religion – especially
– Bible concordances dictionaries
– non-mainstream religions such as Wicca, Paganism etc,
– New Age spirituality
The Autobiography of Malcolm X and works about or by MLK Barack Obama
Trades (i.e. woodworking, automotive, etc.)
Travel essays and travelogues
Computer science more than 6 years old
Legal journals and attorney-level legal reference
Textbooks more than 10 years old
Travel guides (travel essays and travelogues OK)
Written specifically for women
Almanacs less than 10 years old
Single volume encyclopedias
Foreign language dictionaries
GED study guides
Spanish/English dictionaries and books in Spanish
Updated August 30, 2015 17:59:21
A growing number of single women, infertile couples and same-sex couples rely on donated sperm to fulfil their dreams of having children.
But demand for donor sperm continues to outstrip supply, prompting clinics to launch recruitment drives or import frozen vials from overseas sperm banks.
Experts estimate about 60,000 people have been born as a result of sperm donations in Australia, where assisted reproduction is regulated but laws vary from state to state.
Here are five things you need to know about sperm donation.
Donors must produce good quality semen and have no evidence of any hereditary illness or sexually transmissible disease.
Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) chief executive Louise Johnson said men who donated sperm were not paid and did so “thoughtfully”.
“The donors have formed their families and appreciate the significance that children bring to people’s lives, or they know somebody who is experiencing difficulties in conceiving and they want to help,” she told the ABC.
Ms Johnson said most Victorian clinics used sperm donors aged between 25 and 45 years old.
“Forty-five tends to be the age the clinics use as a policy cut-off. If you use an older sperm donor there is an increased risk of more DNA mutations in the sperm,” she said.
“Children born from older fathers are also at a slightly greater risk of inheriting a range or disorders including autism and some mental health problems.”
Donor insemination has in the past been based on the principle of anonymity.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies said legislation and donor conception practices in Australia have “evolved significantly to encourage greater knowledge and openness”.
There are central sperm donor registries in the states of Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.
In other areas, the details of sperm donors are kept by clinics as an accreditation requirement.
The identity of a donor is protected until the child becomes an adult and can apply for this information.
Under Australian law, a sperm donor who donates through a fertility or IVF clinic will not be named on the birth certificate.
However, in Victoria, when a donor-conceived person applies as an adult for their birth certificate, they will receive an addendum stating that further information about this birth is available from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Ms Johnson said.
A person is not legally excluded from having parental rights or responsibilities if he donates outside the clinic system using artificial insemination.
It is illegal for donors in Australia to take payment for human tissue including sperm and embryos, although they can be reimbursed for travel and medical expenses.
Dozens of unregulated websites and online forums also attempt to match sperm donors with recipients, usually for free.
One of the most popular sperm donation websites is the US-based Known Donor Registry, which launched in 2010 and reportedly boasts 16,000 members.
Once a “match” is made online, women and donors choose a method to conceive: by artificial insemination using sperm deposited in a sterile cup or natural insemination involving sexual intercourse.
There has also been a surge in online sperm donations in China, the New Daily website reported, where donors are paid 5,000 yuan (around $1,000) for their sperm.
In July, China-based e-commerce firm Alibaba teamed up with seven sperm banks to launch an online campaign via its special promotion site, Juhuasuan.
Alibaba said the three-day campaign aimed to “raise awareness of sperm banks in China and make it easier for them to reach potential donors”.
The initiative, which reportedly attracted over 22,000 replies in under 48 hours, was a response to the country’s chronic shortage of sperm donations.
While Victoria and Western Australia publish data about donor numbers in their respective states, there is no national data available on the total number of donors used in IVF and insemination cycles.
The people needing to access donor sperm include heterosexual couples having difficulty conceiving because of male infertility, single women and women in same-sex relationships keen to start a family.
According to VARTA’s 2014 annual report, the supply of sperm donors in Victoria has fallen by 23 per cent while the use of donor insemination has almost doubled.
Ms Johnson said while Victorian clinics worked hard this year to successfully recruit more sperm donors, more were needed.
“It is a myth that an end to anonymous donation has affected the number of sperm donors,” she said.
“The supply of donors has remained steady when legislation changed.
“When legislation changed in 1995, requiring sperm donors to agree to provide identifying details to offspring when they reach 18, it didn’t reduce the number of donors coming forward.
“But what has happened since the implementation of those and more recent legislative changes is that the number of women and couples wanting to access treatment has increased.”
This is the case across Australia.
To meet the demand, VARTA said, clinics from Queensland, NSW, the ACT and Tasmania are importing donor sperm from the United States.
Victorian clinics are currently engaged with the statutory authority about the potential for a class application to import sperm from US sperm banks, it said.
Dr David Wilkinson, fertility specialist at the City Fertility Centre in Melbourne, said going through an accredited clinic was more expensive but offered better protections for the mother and child.
“We do genetic screening, hormonal tests, assisted fibrosis, a whole lot of things which are quite expensive . but I guess the benefits are that it is a lot safer,” he told the ABC.
“And because we are carefully timing ovulation or we are doing IVF treatment, the chance of a pregnancy is much higher than it would be for just trying naturally.”
Donors in Victoria are given extensive counselling to make sure they “fully understand the ramifications” of their choice before proceeding with the donation, Dr Wilkinson said.
“We make sure as much as we can that the donor . understands what they want out of it,” he said.
“We provide some parameters in terms of the physical appearance of the person, the racial background, educational background, sometimes a bit of a bio, too, in terms of what you know they like in life and things.
“So to a degree you know what you are getting. We go to considerable steps to make sure that everything is done by the letter of the law.”
He said Victorian clinics as well as those in South Australia could use one donor for up to 10 families.
In New South Wales, maximum number of births from a single donor is five.
A donor’s sperm are cryopreserved in liquid nitrogen and stored for use in a treatment cycle.
“Routinely we keep it for 10 years — we can extend that with application,” Dr Wilkinson said.
“When we come to use the sperm it is thawed and we can use the sperm for its intended purpose. Either donor insemination or sometimes we use it in IVF treatment.”