As part of our commitment to good corporate citizenship, Barnes & Noble considers national and local support requests from non-profit organizations that focus on literacy, the arts or education (pre-K-12). We also consider national sponsorship opportunities where we can partner with organizations that focus their core businesses on higher learning, literacy and the arts. Please note that Barnes & Noble does not have a grant program nor do we offer scholarships.

National Organizations

Barnes & Noble's national corporate contributions program supports non-profit organizations that focus on literacy, the arts or education (pre-K-12). Funding is limited.

Donation Criteria

We consider requests for donations from non–profit organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • Reach a national audience
  • Serve the greater good nationally
  • Offer opportunities for in-store events
  • Are able to work with Barnes & Noble and other appropriate sponsors on promotion and execution of the program

Sponsorship Criteria

Barnes & Noble is committed to partnering with for-profit and non-profit organizations that focus their core businesses on higher learning, literacy and the arts. Our partnerships foster community good will and promote our brand. A suitable sponsorship is one that benefits Barnes & Noble and the communities it serves. Funding is limited.

If your organization’s program meets the following criteria, you may qualify for a sponsorship:

  • Sponsorship is highly visible and will reach a national audience
  • Sponsorship will drive traffic into our stores
  • Sponsorship offers opportunities for in-store events
  • Other sponsors and community partners are appropriate for Barnes & Noble
  • Sponsor must have the ability to work together with the project's partners, execute the program on time and on budget, and have a developed media plan to attract attention and visibility
  • The organization must not discriminate with regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition as defined by state law (cancer or genetic characteristics), gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws and ordinances

Barnes & Noble will only accept requests for corporate sponsorships and donations either via email at contributions@bn.com or in writing to:

Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble
122 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
contributions@bn.com

Local Organizations

The Barnes & Noble Community Business Development Program supports pre-K-12 schools and not-for-profit arts and literacy organizations. Fundraising opportunities at the local level include in-store bookfairs and holiday gift-wrapping. Programs are set up at the store level, and inquiries should be directed to the store manager or community business development manager at your local store.

In addition, we offer a limited number of sponsorships and donations to organizations that meet our mission. We seek partnerships that offer in-store events, visibility, and reach a wide audience. Opportunities must be located in the community or communities in which we operate, and serve the greater good of the local community or region. Also, the organization must not discriminate with regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition as defined by state law (cancer or genetic characteristics), gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws and ordinances.

For donation and sponsorship requests, submit your proposal to the community business development manager or store manager at your local Barnes & Noble store. Visit our Store/Event Locator to find the store nearest you. The proposal will be reviewed to see if it meets our criteria, and a limited number of proposals will be forwarded to the district manager and national business development department for approval.