CHARITABLE PRINTING — LENDING A PRESS
The printer is owned by a nonprofit entity, the Eschaton Foundation in Santa Cruz, which promotes peace and social justice, according to Shelly d’Amour, financial manager. Community Printers is separately incorporated, and Eschaton holds its assets in a trust. Community Printers declares a dividend every year, which is put into a trust by Eschaton, and that money is used to donate printing to local groups.
Print donations are based on previous year’s sales. In 2004, the figure was around $31,000; for 2005, it shot up to the $41,000 range.
“We get a fair number of requests,” states John Begley, a CSR for Community Printers. “A lot of it is word of mouth; we don’t advertise. We do a lot of brochures that explain what an organization does, and flyers promoting fund raisers. We help the Second Harvest Food Bank quite a bit, producing a fundraising letter that they send out once a year for their big holiday food drive.”
Community Printers has taken activism to a new level for printers by partnering with Trees for the Future, which strives to replenish the tree populace in countries and areas where deforestation by human and natural phenomenon have contributed to global warming.
For its part, Community Printers—using a formula that calculates the volume of paper that it uses for the year—is donating money to replant the equivalent in tree seedlings, thus replacing what it consumes from the environment.
Cliché or not, when it comes to donating, every little bit helps.