About Us

We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

To achieve this goal, we focus on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education.  We work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.

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“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.”
-Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General

Operations in our program countries are run entirely by local staff who are familiar with the local challenges, customs and languages.

Our teams in-country, along with their local country director, adapt Room to Read's programs to suit the local context so they can have the greatest possible effect.

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We invest our resources locally, including printing all of our local-language books in countries where we work. This helps boost local economies and keeps costs low.

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Each community that benefits from Room to Read’s support is challenged to contribute to the project’s long-term success by donating land, funds or labor.

Learning Environments »

Diverse Team

Our global staff, management team, board and advisors are made up of passionate, talented individuals with a breadth of experience that ranges from multinational corporations to leading nonprofit organizations and academic institutions.

We have built a strong organizational foundation that combines business principles from the private sector with best practices and industry-leading research from the nonprofit sector.

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Scaling with Quality

Millions of children across 10 countries in Africa and Asia have benefitted from Room to Read’s programs, and we plan to bring quality education to millions more. Read about our strategy for scaling with quality in our 2015-2019 Strategic Plan.

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It all started with a few hundred books and a Yak...

Read about how Room to Read started and grew to where we are today.

Our story »

Every penny, pence
and yen counts.

Our commitment to fiscal efficiency means over 80% of all funds raised go directly to our programs.

Financials »

Our commitment to delivering quality programs and maintaining the utmost fiscal efficiency has earned recognition from leaders in the nonprofit and corporate sectors and media attention.

News and Media »

Leading a global movement

More than 50 chapters around the world raise awareness and around 30% of Room to Read’s operating budget each year, keeping overhead at a minimum and drawing attention to our mission.

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Leveraging corporate partnerships

Corporate and in-kind partnerships allow us to keep costs down, and leverage the knowledge and experience of business leaders to amplify our impact in the developing world.

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Get Involved

Room to Read plans to reach 15 million children with quality education by the end of 2020, but we need your help to get there. Invest in our work or learn about other ways to get involved. Imagine a world in which all children receive the education they need to reach their full potential. Now, help make it a reality.

Charity Navigator Four Start Rating

Less than 1% of US nonprofits have received nine consecutive Charity Navigator four star ratings. Our transparency and accountability place us among the best charities. See for yourself.

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See our work

Documentary filmmakers travel to Room to Read projects across Asia and Africa to tell the stories of children who are benefitting from our programs.

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You can change the world

Send a girl to school, start a library, or build new classrooms. We can help you run your own fundraising campaign with your friends and family, complete with your own microsite to collect gifts and track your progress.

Personal Fundraising »

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Have questions?

Contact us online at

Global Office:
+1 (415) 839-4400
9am-5pm Pacific Time (US)
Mon-Fri, excluding holidays

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