Room to Read

Room to Read is a leading non-profit focused on girls’ education and children’s literacy in Asia and Africa. Learn more, donate and get involved.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – EIN 912003533  roomtoread.org

Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

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Room to Read

Room to Read
Non-profit organization
IndustryEducation
Founded2000
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, United States
Key people
  • Geetha Murali (Chief Executive Officer )
  • John Wood (Founder and Executive Chairman)
  • Erin Ganju (Co-Founder)
  • Dinesh Shrestha (Co-Founder and Director of Field Operations)
Revenue44,679,630 United States dollar (2016) Edit this on Wikidata
Websitewww.roomtoread.org

Room to Read is a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, and founded on the belief that "World Change Starts With Educated Children," the organization focuses on working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments. Room to Read develops literacy skills and the habit of reading among primary school children, and supports girls in completing secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.[1]

Room to Read is serving communities in ten countries in Asia and Africa: South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.[2]

History

John Wood, founder and board co-chair, launched Room to Read in 1999 after a trek through Nepal where he visited several local schools. He was amazed by the warmth and enthusiasm of the students and teachers, but saddened by the shocking lack of resources. Driven to help, John quit his senior executive position with Microsoft and built a global team to work with rural villages to build sustainable solutions to their education challenges.[3][4]

Beginning in Nepal, John and his Nepali Co-Founder, Dinesh Shrestha, started by working with rural communities to build schools (School Room) and establish libraries (Reading Room). John and Dinesh quickly recognized the need to expand the scope of work beyond libraries, and wanted to address the fact that many girls in the developing world are overlooked in the educational system due to cultural bias. To that end, in 2000, Room to Read began the Girls' Education program, which targets young girls and provides a long-term commitment to their education.[3]

In 2001, co-founder and CEO Erin Keown Ganju spearheaded Room to Read's expansion into Vietnam.[5] Since then, Room to Read's operations have expanded to include Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Zambia. In 2010, Room to Read celebrated its "Year of Tens," marking its ten-year anniversary with the opening of its 10,000th library in Nepal, along with the construction of its 1,000th school and support of its 10,000th girl through the Girls' Education Program.[6]

Chapter network

Room to Read has all-volunteer fundraising chapters in:[7] United States: Aspen Valley, CO; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Central NJ; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; Denver / Boulder, CO; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Greenwich, CT; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Manchester, NH; Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Portland, OR; Salt Lake City/Wasatch, UT; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO; Washington, DC; and Westchester, NY.

Canada: Calgary, AB; Edmonton, AB; Toronto, ON; Montreal, QC; and Vancouver, BC.

Asia: Hong Kong, China; Seoul, South Korea; Tokyo, Japan; Mumbai, India; Singapore.

Middle East: United Arab Emirates

Australasia: Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney.

Europe: Edinburgh, Scotland; London, England; Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; Munich, Germany; Rhein-Main, Germany; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Zurich, Switzerland.

Results

Since its inception in 2000, Room to Read has impacted the lives of over 10 million children in the developing world by:[8]

  • 13.6M CHILDREN BENEFITED from Room to Read's programs since 2000.
  • 30,337 Schools Benefit from Room to Read programs
  • 8M BOOKS CHECKED OUT by children on average each year from our 19,800 school libraries.
  • MORE THAN 20.6M CHILDREN’S BOOKS DISTRIBUTED including more than 1,300 original Room to Read titles, donated English- and local language books.
  • MORE THAN 10,000 TEACHERS TRAINED on average each year in literacy and reading best practices.
  • MORE THAN 56,517 GIRLS SUPPORTED by Room to Read's Girls’ Education Program and 95% of girls who remained in our program advanced to the next grade.

Awards and recognition

References

  1. ^ "About Us". Official Website. Room to Read.
  2. ^ "Our Programs". Official Website. Room to Read.
  3. ^ a b "John Wood: 'I had to get out of Microsoft and make education for the world's poorest children my job'". Financial Post. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  4. ^ Roger Hearing (2017-03-24). "Hardline Conservatives Threaten To Sink 'Trumpcare'". Business Matters (Podcast). BBC World Service. 26:30 minutes in. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  5. ^ Wood, John (2006). Leaving Microsoft to Change the World. New York: Harper Collins. pp. 119–125. ISBN 9780061121074.
  6. ^ Scher, Eddie (12 November 2010). "Financial Times Features Room To Read and 'Year of Tens'". Skoll Foundation. Archived from the original on 19 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Chapter Network". Official Website. Room to Read.
  8. ^ Results as of October 2017. Room to Read posts its result numbers quarterly.
  9. ^ "Library of Congress Literacy Award Winners Announced". News from the Library of Congress. 30 August 2014.
  10. ^ "UNESCO International Literacy Prizewinners 2011". UNESCO.
  11. ^ "Financials". Room to Read. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Awards & Recognition". Official Website. Room to Read. Archived from the original on 16 March 2009.
  13. ^ "Ten Innovative NGOs in Education". International Relations Online. American University School of International Service. 12 September 2014.

External links

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IRS data by ProPublica Nonprofit Explorer


ROOM TO READ

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104-1824 | Tax-exempt since Dec. 1999
  • EIN: 91-2003533
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Educational Services and Schools - Other (Educational Institutions and Related Activities)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2019

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2019

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Dec. 2018

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2018

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Dec. 2017

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2017

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Total Revenue

$53,928,945

Total Functional Expenses $53,102,212
Net income $826,733
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $54,112,225 Over 100%
Program services $0
Investment income $140,033 0.3%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$331,299
Sales of assets $11,996 0.0%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue -$4,010
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $974,604 1.8%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $20,795,092 39.2%
Other
Total Assets $24,224,345
Total Liabilities $5,784,120
Net Assets $18,440,225
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Dec. 2016

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2016

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Total Revenue

$44,679,630

Total Functional Expenses $48,473,545
Net income -$3,793,915
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $44,428,211 99.4%
Program services $0
Investment income $141,659 0.3%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $32 0.0%
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $332,198 0.7%
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue -$222,470
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $654,684 1.4%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $14,670,679 30.3%
Other
Total Assets $21,537,816
Total Liabilities $3,958,889
Net Assets $17,578,927
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Dec. 2015

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2015

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Total Revenue

$44,239,922

Total Functional Expenses $43,378,386
Net income $861,536
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $43,822,711 99.1%
Program services $0
Investment income $164,159 0.4%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $268,536 0.6%
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue -$15,484
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $613,704 1.4%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $13,197,491 30.4%
Other
Total Assets $23,470,782
Total Liabilities $2,388,311
Net Assets $21,082,471
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Dec. 2014

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2014

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Total Revenue

$42,425,251

Total Functional Expenses $41,876,082
Net income $549,169
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $41,302,249 97.4%
Program services $0
Investment income $183,598 0.4%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $1,005,922 2.4%
Sales of assets $9,352 0.0%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue -$75,870
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $802,936 1.9%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $11,561,546 27.6%
Other
Total Assets $22,622,753
Total Liabilities $1,650,679
Net Assets $20,972,074
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Dec. 2013

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2013

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Total Revenue

$42,818,802

Total Functional Expenses $40,743,452
Net income $2,075,350
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $41,853,081 97.7%
Program services $0
Investment income $164,308 0.4%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $852,708 2.0%
Sales of assets $7,511 0.0%
Net inventory sales $255 0.0%
Other revenue -$59,061
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $725,725 1.8%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $9,817,934 24.1%
Other
Total Assets $20,699,629
Total Liabilities $854,444
Net Assets $19,845,185
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2012

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2012

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Total Revenue

$39,590,230

Total Functional Expenses $47,039,274
Net income -$7,449,044
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $39,372,460 99.4%
Program services $0
Investment income $215,930 0.5%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$1,007
Sales of assets $3,186 0.0%
Net inventory sales $16,375 0.0%
Other revenue -$16,714
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $491,324 1.0%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $10,328,311 22.0%
Other
Total Assets $19,297,448
Total Liabilities $1,807,725
Net Assets $17,489,723
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2011

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2011

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Total Revenue

$44,219,233

Total Functional Expenses $40,640,721
Net income $3,578,512
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $44,062,976 99.6%
Program services $0
Investment income $252,693 0.6%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$91,185
Sales of assets -$5,082
Net inventory sales $16,176 0.0%
Other revenue -$16,345
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $552,950 1.4%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $8,369,203 20.6%
Other
Total Assets $25,725,235
Total Liabilities $1,363,331
Net Assets $24,361,904
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2010

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2010

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2009

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Dec. 2008

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2008

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2007

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2005

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2001

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