Donors Peter and Susan Linz stand in front of their bookstore wearing Save the Children t-shirts. Photo credit: Save the Children, May 2011.

Donors Peter and Susan Linz stand in front of their bookstore wearing Save the Children t-shirts.

Donors and Readers with a Cause: Peter and Susan Linz

Save the Children donors are a special and diverse group – from school children to retirees, from Main Street to Wall Street. What they all have in common is a desire to improve the lives of children. Susan and Peter Linz of Davis, California are two long-time supporters who devoted their business to making the world a better place for children.

Susan and Peter always dreamed about running a bookstore when they retired from their careers in academia. Susan was a French and ESL teacher, and Peter a university computer science professor. Their plan was not just to sell books and make a bit of extra money for themselves – but to link their love of learning and literature with a business venture that would directly benefit others.

The couple decided that all profits from their work wouldn’t go in their pockets – but instead to organizations dedicated to people in need. From that seed of an idea, a second-hand bookstore opened online in 2000, and later a brick-and-mortar store named Logos Books in 2010.

The couple chose two organizations to support: Save the Children and Doctors Without Borders/MSF, groups that work throughout the world to provide life-enhancing and life-saving programs for children and families in poor, remote areas whose needs are great and services scarce.

"As former educators we believe that the health and education of future generations is of paramount importance," Susan said. "Save the Children has the future of our children at the heart of its mission, and continues to do an excellent job nurturing it."

Over the years, Susan and Peter have raised tens of thousands of dollars and direct their contributions to regions where the need is the greatest. For Save the Children, that has meant critical support where access to quality education and maternal and child healthcare is inadequate, children's right to protection and inclusion isn’t recognized, and conflicts and natural disasters put their lives and futures in jeopardy.

According to Peter and Susan, “the future involves not just our own children, but the children of others as well." Everyone wins, but especially the children who Save the Children serve every day.

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