Support the CBLDF and Reading With Pictures this #GivingTuesday

giving-tuesdayThe holiday season us upon us and the end of the year is coming soon, and that means it’s the second year of #GivingTuesday, highlighting charities and the need to support them through donations (which often are tax-deductible). December is usually the most important fundraising month for charities. Graphic Policy is asking you to support two worthy causes, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and Reading With Pictures.

The CBLDF receives more than a quarter of their annual budget in the year-end gifts from supporters like you. If you are still finalizing your charitable giving plans, we ask you to please consider their worthy efforts. Donations to CBLDF are fully tax-deductible in the year they are given.  Please help CBLDF continue their important work by making a donation today, either by giving a holiday gift of a signed graphic novel, becoming a member, or making a tax-deductible cash contribution.

All year round, the CBLDF works hard to protect the right to read. Their efforts combat the rising tide of censorship facing students, educators, and libraries, and we continue to provide a valuable safety net for creators and retailers.

If you give today, they’ll thank you with their #GivingTuesday edition of Defend Comics, a 54-page all-star anthology featuring stories by Neil Gaiman and Jim Lee, Jason Aaron and Moritat, Andy Diggle and Ben Templesmith, Terry Moore, Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier, Evan Dorkin, Amy Chu and Shannon Wheeler, and many more! This anthology is only available on #GivingTuesday, December 2, until 12:00 a.m. PT.

You can find out more about what the CBLDF has done this past year and make a contribution today.

Reading With Pictures has become a major player in the field of visual literacy. Since their inception, they have:

  • Provided hundreds of professional development seminars in schools and at comic conferences around the country. These delivered practical advice and material assistance to educators and curriculum developers in their efforts to bring comics into the classroom.
  • Developed programming tracks for dozens of academic, educational and library conferences, comic conventions and literary festivals including the American Library Association, C2E2 and NYCC.
  • Gave numerous lectures in schools, universities and important professional conferences such as the International Reading Association.
  • Garnered major media attention from the Chicago Tribune company, G4 TV, Time Out Chicago, School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly and Wired.com.
  • Built a 2000+ person network of educators, academics, cartoonists and librarians that we interact with on a regular basis through our website, mailing list, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Published Reading With Pictures: An Educational Comics Anthology, a proof-­‐of-­‐ concept book designed to demonstrate how comics can bridge the gap between entertainment and education. Nominated for two Harvey Awards for Best Anthology and Best Children’s Book, The Anthology was produced entirely through volunteer efforts and financed via donations secured through the crowdfunding website www.kickstarter.com.

You can contribute to Reading With Pictures here.

Please donate so these two worthy organizations can continue their good works.