Books Donated To
African Universities
Donations & Microloans $
Books Reused
& Recycled
Trees Saved

Textbooks for Change is a social venture that provides affordable and accessible educational materials to students both locally and abroad.

We repurpose used textbooks to create social impact and improve the educational landscape for students around the world. We do this by:

  • Donating thousands of post-secondary textbooks to African universities annually.
  • Selling affordable used textbooks to North American students and using proceeds to help fund student-led impact initiatives.
  • Diverting thousands of textbooks from landfills by recycling them efficiently.

For every textbook donated, you positively impact students around the world. Book by Book. 

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STEP 1.

Post-secondary textbooks are collected in dropboxes and from student club collection drives. Information on dropbox locations can be seen below.

STEP 2.

50% of textbooks are donated to partner universities in sub-saharan Africa. Textbooks are accessible to students and professors in a campus library.

STEP 3.

To fund our initiative, 20% of textbooks are sold online at affordable prices to students across North America.

STEP 4.

30% of remaining textbooks are efficiently recycled.

Proceeds from dropboxes cover costs of shipping and implementation of the donated textbooks at partner African universities. Proceeds of sold textbooks from student collection drives are donated to their chosen social cause.

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OUR STORY

In 2013, Chris Janssen traveled to East Africa to teach at the University of Finance and Banking in Kigali, Rwanda. Upon his arrival, Janssen noticed a deficit in the educational material that was available to these institutions, as large groups of students were often sharing a single photocopied textbook.  Knowing that there were thousands of used textbooks back in Canada that remained unused, Janssen saw an opportunity to collect these textbooks and sustainably redistribute them to students in need. This became the driving force that helped Chris Janssen and business partner Tom Hartford cultivate Textbooks for Change into the sustainable social venture it is today.

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OUR IMPACT

CONTRIBUTE

50,000

Books Donated To African Universities

$109,200

Donations & Microloans

49,000

Books Reused & Recycled

DROPBOX LOCATIONS

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INQUIRIES

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