CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation

The CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (CIPA ELF) is a tax-exempt public charity, the purpose of which is to facilitate and support child and adult literacy and education through the resources of independent publishing. For contributions of books, school supplies, or other in-kind donations please email CIPA ELF at for further information.

Please also visit the website for our partner organization, the Colorado Independent Publishers Association

CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation is a Colorado nonprofit corporation (ID 20051390583) and is a tax exempt public charity pursuant to the provisions of IRC 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.  CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation is a Charitable Organization registered by the Colorado Secretary of State to solicit contributions as required by the Colorado Charitable Solicitation Act. (Reg. No. 2009300867).

Follow this link for information about the 2020 CIPA EVVY Awards!

The Book Benefit Program (BBP) accepts books from various donors and provides the books to other 501(c)(3) and publicly funded organizations. The organizations are selected based on need and verification that the books will be used to further the educational, literacy, and community awareness purposes of CIPA ELF.

To further foster its education, literacy, and education purposes, CIPA ELF offers senior citizens the opportunity to preserve historical individual life experiences. An adjunct to the CIPA Memoir Program, this program is designed specifically to assist those senior citizens who do not have the ability and/or resources to write and preserve memoirs and experiences that have historical significance.

The CIPA EVVYs, now entering its twenty-sixth year, is one of the longest-running book award competitions on the independent publishing scene. The annual contest is sponsored by the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF) and the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA).

Click here to learn how to enter the 2020 CIPA EVVY Awards.

Do you want to donate your time and energy to CIPA ELF? Have in mind a worthy program or event for which you'd like to request books from CIPA ELF's inventory? Do you have books you'd like to donate for redistribution? 

We'd love to hear about it!

The Young Authors League (YAL) sponsors projects that emphasize literacy skills for elementary and middle school children. Past projects have included writing competitions, author visits to participating schools and providing schools with much needed, but unavailable, educational and literacy supplies such as pencils, art supplies, writing paper, etc.


CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation

1920 13th Street, Suite B

Boulder, Colorado 80302

T: 303.674.7070


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