Community & Social Responsibility
Penguin Random House Australia is committed to promoting literacy in our community and is proud to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation as our major charity partner. We also support a handful of other wonderful organisations that share our passion for literacy, creativity and community. We fundamentally believe that literacy leaves a legacy of good in our world.
Indigenous Literacy Foundation
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of indigenous children living in remote Australian communities by drawing upon the skills, generosity and expertise of the Australian book industry.
Each year, Penguin Random House embarks on an annual campaign to raise funds for the ILF through activities such as holding annual public books sale across our office and distribution sites and staff initiatives to promote Indigenous Literacy Day.
"We are enormously proud to be one of your charities of choice and to acknowledge the hard work that has been done by such a passionate and committed team. Thank you for helping make what we do sustainable, for helping us bridge the literacy gap and for making a very real difference in the lives of children in remote Australia."
– Karen Williams, Executive Director Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
As part of our commitment to supporting conservation and environmental initiatives, Penguin Random House provides funding to the Penguin Foundation. The provided funding goes towards Little Penguin research projects, contributing to their protection, rescue and rehabilitation.
The Penguin Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that raises funds to protect and enhance Phillip Island’s natural environment through research, conservation and education programs carried out by Phillip Island Nature Parks.
"We share the name Penguin, so working with Penguin Random House was a perfect fit. This partnership supports research and conservation projects that make a difference to Little Penguins, threatened wildlife and the ecosystem that surrounds and sustains them on Phillip Island."
– Georgia Symmons, Executive Officer of the Penguin Foundation.
Story Factory is a not-for-profit creative writing centre that hosts a comprehensive program of workshops aimed at children and young adults between the ages of 7 and 17. The programs prioritise marginalised young people and are designed by literacy experts to improve kids' written and oral communication skills, nurture their creativity and deepen their engagement with learning.
Penguin Random House has partnered with Story Factory since it opened its doors in 2011. We’re proud to have helped Story Factory create and publish its first anthology: I Met a Martian and Other Stories, a collection from some fantastic Australian writers and some of the organisation’s first-ever students. In 2014 we supported Story Factory in publishing Home, stories gathered from the local Redfern community. And in 2015, we published an anthology of stories titled The Simple Act of Reading and we continue to make a financial pledge each year.
Children registered for the Imagination Library receive age-appropriate books that are carefully chosen for them by a team of experts, and include classic favourites and bestselling titles by Australian and international authors such as Pamela Allen, Aaron Blabey, Lynley Dodd, Hazel Edwards, Alison Lester, Renée Treml, and Marc Martin.
Penguin Random House Australia has supplied Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library since 2013. It is a unique partnership that has delivered more than 700,000 books to over 40,000 children in some of Australia’s most vulnerable communities.
Our Community & Social Responsibility
PRH is excited to announce that we will increase our contribution to Story Factory by $10,000 this year to provide funding for internships, work experience placements and a novella program to inspire young writers.
In a longstanding relationship with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Penguin Random House is proud to contribute $100,000 to support literacy programs in remote Communities across Australia.
As part of our ongoing commitment to support conservation and environmental initiatives, Penguin Random House ANZ will provide funding to the Penguin Foundation.