Room to Read is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and takes great pride in our financial efficiency, our accountability to donors, and our transparency. We work to use every dollar contributed as efficiently and effectively as possible. In fact, Room to Read has been recognized for its exceptional fiscal responsibility and financial health, and has been awarded the Charity Navigator 4-star rating for seven years in a row—a recognition that less than 2 percent of their rated charities can claim.
Our pledge to our donors is to continue to keep our overhead well below the industry average, to maximize the percentage of your contributions that go towards our programs, and to spend our program dollars wisely so that millions of children may benefit from our work.
We invite you to see what others have to say about us. Below you will find links to independent evaluations of our organization.
2011 Annual Report
In 2011, Room to Read had an exciting year. We achieved operational launch in our tenth country, Tanzania, distributed our 10 millionth book and were awarded the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy. Last year alone, we established 1,907 libraries, constructed 114 schools, published 154 original local-language books and supported more than 13,000 young women through our Girls’ Education program. To date, Room to Read has now impacted the lives of more than 6.5 million children. You can read just how we did it in our latest annual report or through our annual report microsite.
Highlights of 2011 financials include:
- US$41.6 million in donations—a 25 percent increase over the prior year’s total
- US$4.6 million in donations in-kind, primarily children’s books donated by publishers
- US$22.3 million raised outside the US through foreign fundraising sources—a 27 percent increase over the prior year’s total.
- US$37.6 million invested toward our programs—an 18 percent increase over the prior year’s total.
- 84 percent of total expenses went to program services, meaning that only 16 cents of every dollar went towards fundraising and administration.
Downloadable Annual Reports
2011 Annual Report (Adobe PDF 2.9MB)
2010 Annual Report (Adobe PDF 4.9MB)
2009 Annual Report (Adobe PDF 3.9MB)
2008 Annual Report (Adobe PDF, 3.4MB)
2007 Annual Report (Adobe PDF, 1.2MB)
2006 Annual Report (Adobe PDF, 1.3MB)
2011 Audited Financials (Adobe PDF, 550kb)
2010 Audited Financials (Adobe PDF, 230kb)
2009 Audited Financials (Adobe PDF, 105kb)
2008 Audited Financials (Adobe PDF, 87kb)
2007 Audited Financials (Adobe PDF, 87kb)
2006 Audited Financials (Adobe PDF, 112kb)
2011 Form 990 (Adobe PDF, 1MB)
2010 Form 990 (Adobe PDF, 380KB)
2009 Form 990 (Adobe PDF, 660KB)
2008 Form 990 (Adobe PDF, 2.7MB)
2007 Form 990 (Adobe PDF, 2MB)
2006 Form 990 (Adobe PDF, 2.3MB)
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