Wi2023 Program

Wednesday, February 22, 2023  

2:35 pm to 3:35 pm

What You Need to Know About Nonprofit Models (Bookseller Panel) 606, Level 6, Seattle Convention Center

Many bookstores have found creative financial stability and community buy-in through the nonprofit model. Others have added a nonprofit component to their business. By recognizing the intrinsic social and community benefits of independent bookstores, these bookstore owners have moved beyond the retail model and transitioned some or all of their business into a nonprofit organization. Hear from a panel of booksellers who will walk you through a brief overview of how and why they chose to operate in this way.


Speakers: Anne Waters, Hub City Bookshop (Spartanburg, South Carolina); Jamie Rogers Southern, Bookmarks (Winston-Salem, North Carolina); Sonja Coates, Seminary Co-Op Bookstore (Chicago, Illinois); Errol Anderson, Charis Books & More (Decatur, Georgia)


About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


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