We set up the Massive Bookshop to make it relatively easy for us to support community projects and organizing efforts where we and our customers live. By keeping our overhead low, we can supply you with books without taking out loans, renting a storefront, or doing a lot of work. Any profits that we have generated have gone to individuals and groups who actually do a lot of work but don't get paid for it.
As the business has evolved our friendships have as well. You can see the contributions that we've made so far (both cash and books) in the table below. Because it's your money we're using for this, it's fair to say that these are your contributions, not ours.
In 2022, we made the decision to commit all profits from our book sales towards expanding the capacity of community bail funds. Through our partnership with Decarcerate Western Mass, we've been using our profits to bail folks out of jail in Franklin and Hampshire counties.
The other projects we have supported have tended to be working outside the grant- and government-funded channels of the conventional non-profit industry. Since we're now giving most of our cash to the bail fund, we encourage you to donate directly to the projects below if you can. All are rad organizations; and because they don't all get money from corporate donors, they rely on people like you making lots of small monthly donations to keep up the good work.
If you're a group or individual doing this kind of work where you live and you have an idea for how the Massive Bookshop might support you, please let us know. We are always happy to make new Friends.