For 30 years, Capstone has invested in our people and local communities. Social responsibility has always been a cornerstone of our business and a belief that guides so many of our decisions. Our initiatives focus on community service and strengthening communities by supporting literacy programs, expanding educational opportunities, volunteerism, and caring for people and the environment. Our Capstone community giving program partners with organizations who share our ideals of promoting literacy and a reading culture to change lives.
Capstone believes in children — their dreams and their successes — and we know that reading and literacy gives them a head start and increases their opportunities to have a lasting impact on their lives. Access to books should not be a barrier to reading. As a children’s book publisher, we’re in a unique position to help.
Education and Literacy Partners
Even though we’re based in Minnesota, our Capstone community giving program extends well beyond our state, working with nonprofit partners nationally and globally to help underserved communities. Each year through the Capstone Community Fund we support more than 150 organizations’ initiatives with book donations, sponsorships, and employee volunteer time.
In 2019 alone, Capstone donated 350,000+ books to our partner organizations to get books into the hands of readers. Read more about how we are giving back and the causes that mean a lot to us in our annual giving report:
If you would like to request a donation, please reach out to our corporate giving department.
Some of our long-standing partners include:
Corporate Volunteering Program
Capstone community support motivates and empowers its employees to actively build relationships and give back in their communities.
Each year employees are gifted 16 hours paid time off to volunteer community service time with a local nonprofit organization that is meaningful to them. Capstone also organizes company-wide opportunities to participate throughout the year. In 2019, our employees volunteered 650+ hours in their communities!
People and Culture
Capstone employees bring their creativity and passion every day and are the foundation of our success. Building strong communities starts with valuing our employees and creating an inclusive workplace environment to celebrate and inspire their diverse perspectives and talents. We unite around our single purpose: to help kids succeed by making learning fun.
We do this with the commitment of living our core values every day:
We Let Curiosity Lead the Way
We never stop listening, learning, and questioning.
We look at the world with a playful spirit and are energized by the world around us.
We “Own It”
We are a responsibility culture, not a blame culture.
We are present.
We are decisive.
We Are a Welcoming and Inclusive Team
The best of our work has been the result of our teamwork.
We succeed when we collaborate.
We enjoy our work.
We Turn Problems Into Opportunities
We are our own customer.
We treat customers how they want to be treated.
We don’t present problems, we deliver solutions.
Our Hearts and Minds Are Committed To Our Mission
We believe in kids, their dreams, and their success. Reading and literacy increases opportunities for all children.
Our passion for our mission fuels our creativity.
Reading Is For Everyone
Our purpose focuses our energy on our rallying cry — Reading Is For Everyone. Reading should be celebrated. Reading should be for all. Children should see themselves reflected in the stories they read and feel connected, empowered, and curious about the world. We champion the next generation and new voices, diverse characters, and inclusive stories in our books so that all children can proudly see themselves as readers.
Initiatives for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Capstone’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI&B) Board works with our leadership team and Board of Directors to advance initiatives that strengthen our diversity, inclusion, and equity within the organization. We’re committed to integrating these initiatives throughout our operations, products, business objectives, strategies, and corporate culture. One of these initiatives is the Capstone Community Scholarship Program, established in 2021 for a Minnesota student. The scholarship program assists a BIPOC student or person with a disability who plans to continue their education full-time in a vocational school program, college, or university.
Health and Well-Being
The health and well-being of our employees is important to us. Our Better U program is a resource for health and wellness through educational opportunities, wellness activities, and self-betterment. Capstone strives to establish a worksite culture that not only promotes health, but also improvement in physical, mental, and emotional well-being among all employees. We offer a variety of health and wellness activities on- and off-site, including yoga classes over the lunch hour, chair massages, and blood drives with the American Red Cross.
Environment and Sustainability
Capstone is committed to practices that promote responsible stewardship of the environment. In 2019, 32% of our printed books used paper that was Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. This is just one way we use our resources in a sustainable and responsible way.
The largest printer of Capstone books is located less than 2 miles from the Capstone distribution center. This significantly decreases the fossil fuels used in shipments. Our distribution center uses recyclable paper for packing our boxes, instead of plastic packaging or Styrofoam packing peanuts.
Capstone is not only choosing sustainable methods with products, but it also makes sustainable choices in our workplace. Our offices have kitchens with reusable plates, cups, and cutlery, and we have multiple water stations throughout to cut down on bottled water. Capstone cares about the environment so we return our printer cartridges to be reused and we recycle paper, bottles, plastics, and cans. Bike riding and public transportation are common modes of transportation for many of our employees.