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DonorsChoose + MahoganyBooks: A New Source for Student Books

DonorsChoose is excited to welcome MahoganyBooks as our newest vendor!

MahoganyBooks is a family-owned, independent bookstore that believes in the power of reading and social entrepreneurship. Founded in 2007 as an online-only bookstore, MahoganyBooks is now an award-winning retailer specializing in books written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora. With a physical location in Washington D.C., MahoganyBooks now also offers engaging literary events in an empowering environment celebrating African American culture in addition to its lauded book selection.

“Educators are the backbone of any thriving community and we’re thrilled to partner with DonorsChoose to ensure books with rich cultural content are accessible to teachers nationwide,” said Ramunda Young, co-owner and co-founder of MahoganyBooks. “These works are imperative for any student expanding their worldview and perception of other cultures. We’re excited to be part of this amazing vendor family.”

“We’re so proud to be able to offer our teachers the opportunity to request valuable classroom materials from MahoganyBooks, while at the same time supporting a Black-owned independent bookstore that gives back to the Washington, D.C. community,” said Geoff Hill, chief financial officer and EVP of fulfillment at DonorsChoose. “Our procurement partners at EqualLevel introduced us to Ramunda and Derrick Young and helped us launch MahoganyBooks as a vendor in record time this summer. We can’t wait to see all of the teachers and students who will benefit during this back-to-school season.”

Right now, teachers can choose from a select list of books ideal for middle and high school students via the MahoganyBooks option on DonorsChoose. We’ll continue to add more titles — including options for elementary students — later this fall. 

Starting August 6, the Equal Justice Initiative is matching donations to projects requesting Just Mercy and a select list of other books from MahoganyBooks. Donors can also give to projects requesting books from MahoganyBooks featured on this special giving page.

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