The End

Well, folks. This is it. Time to close up shop.

It’s been nearly four and a half years since we began our mission to encouraging underprivileged teens to read by enticing them with banned and challenged books. We’ve had a pretty good run, too. Since 2011, we managed to…

  • Give banned books to nearly 4,000 underprivileged teens
  • Raise nearly $25,000 in donations
  • Run a successful Kickstarter campaign
  • Incorporate as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity
  • Win an Innovations in Reading prize from the National Book Foundation
  • Spread awareness about banned and challenged books

Not too bad for a bunch of fools running a part-time, unpaid, labor of love on the side, eh?

But the sad truth is that we just don’t have the time, energy, or funding to keep doing this, not while we all have day jobs and all those various obligations that come along with Real Life. And since we never hit PowerBall or found a mystery billionaire benefactor to bankroll this crazy idea, we’ve come to the realization that it’s simply time to move on.

So over the coming weeks, we’ll be wrapping things up. We’ll finish up one last big give (dropping off a book for every student at a lower income high school up in the Tacoma, Washington area), then it’s all about settling any remaining bills, donating remaining assets to another literacy non-profit, and tying up any other loose ends.

On behalf of the current and former Uprise board members, I want to say “thank you” one last time. We simply couldn’t have done any of this without all of your encouragement and support over the years.


Justin Stanley

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