Each local organizing committee for Bouchercon chooses one to two charities to support. Money is raised for these worthy causes through a silent auction during the event (of items donated by attending authors) and through a special auction of donations during the Anthony Banquet on Saturday.

Bouchercon 2023: San Diego is pleased to announce it is supporting two wonderful organizations related to reading/writing (since we are a group of mystery readers/writers).

Since we are taking place in Southern California, we decided to choose one group from San Diego county and one from nearby Los Angeles county.

Young girl with a reading mentor

From San Diego, Traveling Stories empowers children to achieve their dreams by providing one-on-one literacy support and mentorship. Their Virtual StoryTent program matches students in 1st-3rd grade with trained reading mentors for weekly, one-on-one reading sessions via video. Children who participate in the program fall in love with reading, grow their reading level, and build confidence. To learn more, visit 

Students in their Tutoring program celebrating the release a chapbook they wrote

From Los Angeles, 826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Their services are structured around their understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

With this in mind, they provide after-school tutoring, evening and weekend workshops, in-school tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.

All of their programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in their individual voice. For more info: