Institutional Partners

Our generous institutional investors are critical to our success and our ability to expand within existing countries and into new geographies. Furthermore, they are integral to our growth as an organization as they often provide invaluable unrestricted funds and capacity building support. The following are our most generous institutional investors, having donated at least US$100,000 in the last year. Should you be interested in becoming a  partner, please read about Becoming a Partner.

Atlassian is an award-winning enterprise software company with more than 35,000 customers globally that builds products to help software developers, IT departments, and business professionals work better together. Atlassian's portfolio of products includes JIRAConfluence and HipChat

Atlassian donates all proceeds from the sales of $10 Starter Licenses that provide startups and small teams with fully-supported software and helps Atlassian generate new business. Through this initiative, Atlassian has raised more than US $3 million for Room to Read.

Artha Capital supports Room to Read through the funding of constructed schools and libraries across Asia in addition to supporting the Girls’ Education program. In addition, Artha Capital provides funding to enable the development and enhancement of projects critical to Room to Read’s mission of transforming the lives of children through programs focused on literacy and gender equality in education.

Barclays has partnered with room to read since 2008, funding the development of libraries, local language book publications and girls’ education. The programs have benefitted over 89,000 children in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and South Africa. Barclays colleagues globally are involved with Room to Read, participating in fundraising events and raising awareness of the work of the organization. Barclays has supported Room to Read’s commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative to enhance education for nearly one million girls.

Citi partnered with Room to Read in 2013 through their e for Education initiative, an effort to raise funds for education-related non-profits around the world. From October through December, Citi donated $1 for every $1 million of notional volume traded on Citi Velocity, their award-winning electronic trading platform raising over half a million dollars in funds for Room to Read. This partnership is providing critical operational support to Room to Read’s literacy and girls’ education programs and helped the organization benefit over 1 million children in 2013.

Support from the Elma Foundation has enabled Room to Read to conduct research and development activities associated with its Reading & Writing instruction program in Africa and to strengthen its operations in South Africa and Zambia.

Over a six year grant period, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting Room to Read’s strategic planning efforts as well as cross-national evaluations of our library and book publishing programs. In addition, the foundation is supporting a library post-completion study to identify the success factors that have contributed to schools’ ability to sustain their libraries once Room to Read’s support has ended.

Through Goldman Sachs and Goldman Sachs Gives, the firm and its senior executives have contributed millions of dollars to support Room to Read programs worldwide. Through Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, the company also supports the development of an Entrepreneurial Skills Package for the Girls’ Education program in India while enabling the holistic education of 400 high school girls.

Bloomberg has supported Room to Read since 2008. In 2011, their support included funding the production of half a million children’s books and story cards in Asia through our Book Publishing program.

Caterpillar Foundation is providing three years of holistic education to 1,200 girls and establishing 48 libraries to bring educational opportunities to more than 16,000 children in India and Vietnam.

Credit Suisse is one of Room to Read’s largest corporate funders and currently supports Room to Read’s Reading & Writing Instruction program and the Girl’s Education program through its Global Education Initiative. Credit Suisse also donates office space for Room to Read staff in Hong Kong, London, Tokyo and Sydney.

Hilton Worldwide has helped Room to Read reach approximately 15,000 children in India and Southeast Asia through the establishment of libraries, support for girls’ education and the publication of local language children’s books in 2011. Hilton Worldwide also donates room nights for Room to Read to use across the Asia Pacific region.

Jones Day has helped Room to Read reach approximately 8,000 children in South Asia through the establishment of libraries, support for girls’ education, and the publication of local language children’s books. Jones Day has also provided pro bono legal services for many Room to Read offices.

Oracle in collaboration with Room to Read strives to improve basic literacy skills and support Girls Education in India. The project till date has impacted about 10,000 students from disadvantaged and marginalized communities. Oracle also engages actively with Room to Read through employee volunteering initiatives, impacting neighboring communities and supporting Room to Read work across multiple locations in India

Reliance Life Insurance launched the “Boundaries for Books” campaign through which the company contributed US $550 to Room to Read for every “six” scored in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup benefitting over 20,000 children. The company also generously shares office space with Room to Read staff in Mumbai.

Room to Read partners with the South and Central Asia Bureau, U.S. Department of State, to support teacher and librarian trainings and capacity-building initiatives for local authors and illustrators in South Asia. The Department of State is also supporting the establishment of libraries, creating of local language book publications and the Girls’ Education program across South Asia.

Skoll Foundation supports Room to Read’s efforts to build the capacity of its organization to scale across multiple countries in Asia and Africa. Through their award that recognizes leadership in social entrepreneurship, Skoll supports Room to Read’s key initiatives around human resources, programmatic design and development, monitoring and evaluation and fundraising.

Symantec Corporation has supported hundreds of girls through our Girls’ Education Program. Symantec also helped to launch our programs in Maharashtra, India by providing core operation and programmatic support and is helping to expand our literacy programs throughout India.

As an independent publisher of acclaimed educational materials for students in grade school through college, Townsend Press has a dual mission: to create high-quality, reasonably priced electronic and print publications that help students learn the language and reading skills needed for success, and to promote reading by publishing a library of compelling $1 paperbacks, sponsoring scholarship contests, and donating books to schools and community organizations. As a Room to Read partner since 2007, TP has funded core operating and program support for language book publication, library development and girls’ education.


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Literacy Program Schools 18,699
Books Checked Out per Student


Books Published 1,290
Books Distributed 18 Million
Girls' Education Participants


Children Benefited 10.7 million

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