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Partner with Room to Read
Partners are critical to our success in improving the lives of children across low-income countries. Whether through a grant, an employee engagement effort, or other initiative, we work together to help scale our impact, while meeting our shared goals.
Creating Shared Value
A partnership with Room to Read will blend your organization’s goals with our programmatic objectives. Our collaboration will demonstrate your company’s values and social responsibility to stakeholders. In fact, companies that commit to philanthropy enjoy higher employee morale, a stronger public image, and stronger customer loyalty. Institutional support is critical to our success, so we help our partners across the globe reach business objectives, while supporting Room to Read’s mission.
Investing in Room to Read provides critical support to our programs. Small businesses, start-ups and multinational corporations partner with Room to Read to create a proven, sustainable impact on the lives of the children and families we benefit.
Cause marketing campaigns create a mutually beneficial partnership through the donation of a portion of proceeds from your sales. This model is easily sustainable – as your company grows, so does your social impact. Creative promotions get consumers excited to purchase products that give back and help to create and enhance brand loyalty.
Amplify your company’s impact through employee engagement. Challenging your employees to Get Active for Education is a great way to foster community morale, retain employees, and fundraise for a great cause.
Want to kickstart your fundraising campaign today? Check out all the resources you’ll need to mobilize your fundraising team and support literacy and gender equality across the globe.
Room to Read partners with companies around the world through employee fundraising campaigns, payroll giving, workplace engagement opportunities, employee donation matching, global chapter network collaboration, and skills-based volunteering program, and more. Check out some case studies to get inspired.
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In-kind donations are critical to our success. Room to Read relies on supporters’ generous contributions of new books, technology (e.g. software, hardware), new building supplies and materials (e.g. cement, paint) and pro-bono services in order to enhance our programs and maximize the efficiency of our work. Due to the varied needs and requirements of each country of operation, we evaluate each gift-in-kind opportunity on a case by case basis.
Room to Read acknowledges your company’s investments in ways that best fit your interests and strategic goals. Acknowledgements vary depending on level of support and your company’s interests. Benefits include:
Regular reporting on the impact of our partnership.
Photos, videos and stories connecting your employees and customers to our work across Asia and Africa.
Recognition of your organization on social media, our website, and at global fundraising events.
Support of your public relations efforts.
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Invitation to see our work in action.
Access to Room to Read Leadership.
Sustain and Scale Our Programs
Investments in core operations, key programming, research, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic planning efforts help us not only to grow our impact but track our successes and challenges. We partner with foundations by developing opportunities for shared learning and investments that meet each foundation’s priorities and contribute to Room to Read in a meaningful way.
Creating Systemic Change
Room to Read works closely with bilateral and multilateral organizations and governments to improve literacy and gender equality around the world. We use our programmatic and operational expertise to help governments implement successful educational projects at scale. We share materials, conduct workshops, and provide on-site coaching that then helps others to learn the best elements of Room to Read programming. These organizations, in turn, can train others in these methods, too. This helps us to reach many more children than we could do alone. Following are examples of recent work:
Room to Read supported the U.S. Department of Agriculture efforts in Laos, through a McGovern-Dole Food for Education award to Catholic Relief Services, to establish 70 libraries, provide 49,000 books to these libraries, and implement literacy instruction activities in 26 schools.
Room to Read is working with the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Indian states of Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand to implement our literacy program in 100 model schools. The plan is to use these examples to teach state educational officials in how to replicate the model in more than 1,250 more schools themselves. We estimate that more than 136,000 children will benefit from this project.
In Tanzania, we are collaborating with RTI International and the national government, under a contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development, to implement the Tusome Pamoja Project. Our role is to develop new Kiswahili-language teaching and learning materials for children in grades 1–4.
Also in partnership with RTI International and the U.S. Agency for International Development, Room to Read is playing a strategic role in the national Early Grade Reading Project in Nepal. Room to Read is leading the technical team and overseeing the development of teaching and learning materials for a project to create the national approach to Nepali early grade reading instruction.
Room to Read and Chemonics International are working with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Rwanda Ministry of Education on a five-year the Soma Umenye project to improve early grade reading in the country. Room to Read’s role is to lead the development of teaching and learning materials as well as teacher in-service professional development for this national early grade reading program.
Through grants, employee engagement efforts and other initiatives, organizational funders help to scale Room to Read’s impact and promote our mission within their significant networks. In 2016, these corporate, foundation and government partners provided more than 40 percent of our total support through cash donations and in-kind gifts.
Artha Capital enables the development and enhancement of projects critical to Room to Read’s mission. Artha Capital has invested US$4.7 million in core support, helping us work toward our goal of reaching 15 million children by 2020 and continuing to expand our geographic footprint.
The Atlassian Foundation has donated nearly US$7 million toward Room to Read’s programs. In 2016, Atlassian was the largest investor in our Girls’ Education Program in Cambodia and the largest corporate investor from Australia. Atlassian staff also personally support Room to Read through their $1/day workplace giving program.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is currently co-funding a two-year evaluation of the impact of our Girls’ Education Program in India, with a specific focus on girls’ development of life skills. The evaluation’s results will be used to increase the effectiveness of the Girls' Education Program's global design and impact.Through donations from BURGER KING® employees, franchisees and restaurant guests in select areas in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, as well as donations directly from the BURGER KING McLAMORE℠ Foundation, the BURGER KING® system is supporting more than 84,000 students through Room to Read’s Literacy Program in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
Centre for Micro Finance supports Room to Read’s Literacy Programs in the state of Rajasthan in India, including research into how to best support marginalized communities that speak tribal languages. They have contributed US$1 million over a period of 4.5 years.
Through its e for Education initiative, Citi donated US$1 to education-related nonprofits for every US$1 million of notional volume traded through its electronic platforms over a three-month period. More than US$570,000 was donated to Room to Read in 2016, bringing the firm’s total support for Room to Read to more than US$2.22 million since 2013.
Credit Suisse has partnered with Room to Read since 2008, supporting both our core programs and several key strategic projects, including the development of our 2015–2019 strategic plan and the launch of Room to Read Accelerator. Credit Suisse also donates office space for Room to Read staff in Hong Kong, Sydney and Tokyo, and provides capacity-building support to country teams through its Global Citizens Program.
In 2016, Echidna Giving invested in our Literacy and Girls’ Education Programs and 2015–2019 strategic plan goals. Echidna Giving is a leading thought partner for Room to Read in innovation, analysis, learning and system change.
Through Goldman Sachs and Goldman Sachs Gives, the company and its senior executives have contributed more than US$19 million to Room to Read. In 2016, Goldman Sachs supported our Literacy and Girls’ Education Programs, benefiting more than 44,000 children.
Happy Hearts Fund, founded in 2006 by Petra Nemcova after she survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, rebuilds safe, resilient schools in areas impacted by natural disasters. Happy Hearts Fund has supported Room to Read in rebuilding schools in Nepal following the devastating earthquakes that hit the country in 2015.
In 2016, Room to Read launched a four-year partnership with the IKEA Foundation and IKEA’s Let’s Play for Change campaign, which supports children’s rights to play and develop. This partnership is supporting Room to Read’s programs in Bangladesh and Indonesia, benefiting 93,000 children.
IMC held a Trading for Charity event across their U.S., Dutch and Australian locations that resulted in more than US$1.8 million in support to Room to Read to help children learn essential reading skills in Tanzania.
Tatcha has been a key Room to Read partner since 2014. Through their Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures initiative, each full-size skincare purchase funds a day of school for a girl in Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program. By the end of 2016, Tatcha had supported one million days of school for girls.
Townsend Press, an independent publisher of acclaimed educational materials for students in grade school through college, has been a Room to Read partner since 2007. Townsend Press has funded core operating and program support for local-language book publication, library development and our Girls’ Education Program.
The UBS Optimus Foundation supported Room to Read’s post-earthquake recovery efforts in Nepal by funding reconstruction and our Literacy Program within six schools in Nuwakot, Nepal. This support is part of the UBS Optimus Emergency Response funding that includes quality children’s education as a crucial post-emergency intervention.
USAID has invested approximately US$5.4 million to support an innovative early-grade reading program at scale in India, benefiting around 250,000 children in government primary schools directly and millions more indirectly across four states over a period of five years.
Top Organizational Funders (1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016)
$500,000 and More
The Kapnick Foundation
Thank You Dad Foundation
UBS Optimus Foundation
United States Agency for International Development
$250,000 ‒ $499,999
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
BURGER KING McLAMORE℠ Foundation
Caerus Foundation, Inc.
Centre for Micro Finance
Happy Hearts Fund
$100,000 ‒ $249,999
Aditya Birla Group
The Byron Girls Fund of Goldman Sachs Gives
The Carroll Obremskey Charitable Fund
Crabby Beach Foundation
The Deena Jo Heide-Diesslin Foundation
Dining Concepts Ltd.
Four Acre Trust
Gavekal Endowment Ltd.
Gruber Family Foundation
Jane Hurt Trust
Jane Hurt Trust
The Koogle Foundation
Myriad Asset Management Ltd.
Open Circles Foundation – The Netherlands
The Satter Foundation
The Sidgmore Family Foundation
Troper Wojcicki Foundation
U.S. Department of Agriculture through an award to Catholic Relief Services
United Way Worldwide on behalf of the generosity of Target
$50,000 ‒ $99,999
ABeam Consulting Ltd.
Bank of America – BA Continuum India Pvt. Ltd.
Cloud Nine Foundation
CMS Legal Services EEIG
Dodge & Cox
Dr. Ausbüttel & Co. GmbH
Equis Energy (Nippon Renewable Energy K.K.)
The Hoglund Foundation Joan and Irwin Jacobs Fund
The Karen Ray Fund
Kyu Karuizawa Hotel
Laurie and Peter Grauer Foundation
The Mayer-Phillips Foundation
The Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation
Nuix Pty. Ltd.
Positive Real Estate
Reliable Source Industrial Co., Ltd.
SJS Charitable Trust
The Spohler Foundation
The Spurlino Foundation
Steans Family Foundation
Study For Two
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.
Books for Africa
Cisco Systems, Inc.