Usborne Publishing, and Peter Usborne, its owner, have a strong interest in charity and finance a range of activities in this area.
Shooting Star Children's Hospice was chosen by Usborne staff as the main charity for 2019, with fundraising events planned throughout the year.
We regularly donate free books and money to children's charities – and in 2018 we donated to 99 charities, mainly working to help children around the world. Usborne is a corporate sponsor of Ministry of Stories and a sponsor of the Booktrust Children’s Laureate. We also support various Booktrust book gifting programmes in England and Scotland including Bookstart, Bookbug, Bookbuzz and Letterbox.
For several years, our direct sales division, Usborne Books at Home, has had a working relationship with the charity School Aid, gifting over 25,000 books to schools and libraries in Africa or to local causes in the UK. Usborne Books at Home now work with a similar enterprise, REACT, a humanitarian charity that works to empower disabled children throughout Ghana.
Usborne also supports staff who want to work with the reading charity Beanstalk, where adults listen to children reading out loud to them, particularly children with reading difficulties. Staff also fundraise for children’s charities of their choice, and the company matches their total.
Peter Usborne and his two children, Nicola and Martin, run The Usborne Foundation, a charitable organisation focused mainly on supporting Early Literacy initiatives. As well as giving financial support to a number of other organisations doing important work in this field, The Usborne Foundation has developed a suite of BAFTA-nominated online reading games called Teach Your Monster to Read. The games, which are free to play on a computer, aim to make the process of learning to read fun and accessible. As of March 2019, the game has been played more than 80 million times around the world.
The Foundation also donates to charities dealing with animal welfare and mental health.