November 30th, 2010 | by JESSICA LUTJEMEYER News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP, Business

Why In Other Words is Asking For Donations

In Other Words Feminist Community Center
In Other Words is asking its supporters for up to $10,000 a month so it can stay in business as a feminist book store and community center.

The shop lost the source of nearly half its income earlier this year—selling textbooks to Portland State University students for PSU's gender studies program. Many independent bookstores are facing a similar dilemma, thanks to a change in federal law that makes it easier for college students to order textbooks online.

If the 17-year-old non-profit comes close to its monthly goals by the end of this January, program director Katie Carter believes In Other Words will likely continue operations. But she said the problem is serious.

"There is a direness to our situation," says Carter. "A big chunk of income was taken away rather abruptly."

In Other Words is asking donors to commit to a monthly donation to keep the organization going. Carter said having people contribute on a monthly basis will make the organization more sustainable rather than asking people to donate a one-time amount.

Click here for more information about supporting In Other Words.
 
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