Willits Granting Group

PURPOSE:

From the income of the Willits Book Trust, the granting group presents gifts of books that embody Quaker values to emerging and established libraries and organizations that serve Liberians and African American communities in the southern USA.

APPLICATION:

The Willits Book Trust is not set up for applications. Gifts of books are presented by the Trust to qualifying libraries and community institutions serving people in Liberia, and African Americans in the Southern United States.

DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE:

Members are appointed by the PYM Granting Committee.

Current members are Charles Woodson III (Clerk), Vivian Rankin, Lisa Stewart Garrison and Pamela Moore. Members serve 3-year terms

ESTABLISHED:

By will of Charles L. Willits in 1885 “for the distribution of religious tracts and writings of Friends… one half of which shall be distributed among the colored people of the Southern States of the United States, and the remainder in the colony of Liberia; so that religion and morality may be promoted.”

MISSION: Today, the Willits Book Trust presents books and media that embody Quaker values and core beliefs to emerging and established libraries and organizations that serve African American communities in the American South or people in Liberia

PRINCIPAL:

Current

Willits Fund – Southern Schools $41,274 market value 6/12

Willits Fund – Liberia $41,274 market value 6/12

Prior Years

Willits Fund – Southern Schools $45,247 market value 6/08

Willits Fund – Liberia $45,247 market value 6/08

ANNUAL INCOME:

Current:

Willits Fund – Southern Schools $1,474 (FY 11-12)

Willits Fund – Liberia $1,474 (FY 11-12)

Prior Years

Willits Fund – Southern Schools $2,608 (FY 07-08)

Willits Fund – Liberia $2,608 (FY 07-08)

GRANT SIZE: publications worth up to $3,000

PROJECTS:

Recent projects include a presentation of books to the Fairfield Public Schools in Gouldtown, NJ (April 2013) and a “Bring to Light” ceremony (Dec. 2012), in which young people from the Youth to Youth Program of the Bridgeton Municipal Alliance selected and read books on themes of civil rights, peace making and diversity and presented them on behalf of the Willits Book Trust to Bridgeton Public Library.  In 2011, the Trust presented substantial book gifts to two emerging libraries in Louisiana including the Percy Griffin Community Center in Davant and the African American Museum in St. Martinville. In the planning stages is a gift of books to the Civil Rights Museum in St. Augustine, Florida. The Committee is also exploring a possible visit to Liberia.