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Awards & Recognition

Financial & Organizational Excellence

Charity Navigator's Top "4-Star" Rating (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006)

Charity Navigator, America's largest, most utilized, independent evaluator of charities, has awarded Room to Read the coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management, and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Dr. Dilli Raman Regmi International Peace Award (2015)

Awarded to John Wood on behalf of Room to Read by the Nepalese Ministry of Education

India's Great Place to Work Award (2016, 2015)

Room to Read India placed in the Top 10

Great Nonprofits Top Rated List (2016, 2014, 2013)

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award is based on the large number of positive reviews that Room to Read received.

NGO Advisor's Top 500 NGOs (#13 in 2016, #23 in 2015, #26 in 2014)

NGO Advisor ihighlights innovation, impact and governance in the nonprofit sector.

The Global Journal's Top 100 NGOs (2013, 2012)

Ranking factors include innovation, impact, transparency, and strategic and financial management.

Best in Biz Awards, Silver Winner, International Nonprofit Organization of the Year (2016)

Top 10 Development Organizations on Twitter (2011)

Chronicle of Philanthropy, #2 Nonprofit Twitter Feed (2011)

University of San Francisco "Asia Pacific Leadership" Award (2007)

Impact & Program Quality

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, 2nd Place, Short Film Contest (2017)

Awarded to Room to Read India

The Laadli Media & Advertising Award for Gender Sensitivity (2017)

Awarded to Room to Read India

World's Children's Prize, Honorary Award Laureate (2014)

Awarded to John Wood on behalf of Room to Read; this award is often called the Children’s Nobel Prize.

Library of Congress Literacy Award, Rubenstein Prize (2014)

Awarded for excellence in operations and systems, outstanding and measurable contributions in increasing literacy levels, and exceptional and sustained depth and breadth in commitment to the advancement of literacy.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Confucius Prize for Literacy (2011)

Chosen for our efforts to improve literacy utilizing the talents of local writers and illustrators.

American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Citation (2008)

Room to Read was awarded the Presidential Citation during the American Library Association 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California for its international innovation. The award was presented by Loriene Roy, ALA-Past President, 2007-2008.

Academy for Educational Development (AED) Breakthrough Ideas in Education (2007)

Recognized as a pioneer of high quality children's literature accessible to youth in Asia and Africa.

Innovation & Entrepreneurism

Young Presidents' Organization Social Engagement Network (SEN) Philanthropy Award (2014)

Recognized for commitment to advance the existing framework of business in philanthropy.

Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2004-2013)

Awarded to those whose work has the potential for large-scale influence on critical challenges of our time.

Fast Company / Monitor Social Capitalist Award (2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004)

Awarded for innovation and social impact, as well as the viability and sustainability of our business model.

Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2014)

Awarded to Erin Ganju on behalf of Room to Read.

Times of India Social Impact Award (2013)

Asia Society Social Responsibility Award (2009)

Awarded to John Wood on behalf of Room to Read

Sand Hill Group Foundation Social Entrepeneurship Award (2006)

Awarded to Room to Read for helping to improve the lives of low-income women and children.

TIME Asia Heroes Award (2004)

Room to Read founder John Wood was recognized as one of 20 individuals who have done something brave, bold, or remarkable before they've reached the age of 40.

Draper Richards Fellowship Award (2002-2004)

Awarded to John Wood on behalf of Room to Read.

Awarded in 2016

Multiple awards, 2016, Asian Festival of Children’s Content (Joint initiative between the National Book Development Council of Singapore and Samsung Electronics)

Awarded in 2014

Best Illustration, International Board of Books for Young People, Chek Chek Wants to Get Married, Cambodia, 2012

Awarded in 2013

Best Illustration, Age 7 and Below
Nepal Society for Children’s Literature, What Have I Learned Today?, Nepal, 2012

Best Illustration, Age 7 and Below
Nepal Society for Children’s Literature, Malati’s Shoes, Nepal, 2012

“Congratulatory Award” Book Excellence Award, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Little Caterpillar’s Lost Shoes, Laos, 2012

Awarded in 2012

Best Early Childhood Development Publication of the Year UNICEF, Unjani (How Are You?), South Africa, 2010

Best Illustration, International Board of Books for Young People, The Snake Who Wants to Buy A Shoe, Cambodia, 2010

Best Children’s Book, International Board of Books for Young People, Help Me Find the Sun, Cambodia, 2009

Awarded in 2010

Book Excellence Award, Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, The Bee and the Fly, Laos, 2010

Book Excellence Award, Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, Keo Learns to Read, Laos, 2010

 

Awarded in 2009

Best Illustration, Ages 8 and above,
Nepal Society for Children’s Literature, Tallest Grass, Nepal, 2009

Best Illustration, Ages 8 and below
Nepal Society for Children’s Literature, Medicine in Our Garden, Nepal, 2009

Awarded in 2008

Best Illustration, Ages 8-15
Nepal Society for Children’s Literature, Bachhedi and Luxmania, Nepal, 2008

Book Excellence Award
Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, Many Bags, Laos, 2008

Book Excellence Award
Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, Nang Oy’s Dream, Laos, 2008

Best Children’s Book, Ages 4-8
Nepal Society for Children’s Literature, While Swinging, Nepal, 2008

Awarded in 2007

Book Excellence Award
Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, Candlelight, Laos, 2006

Awarded in 2006

Best Illustration, Ages 3-7
Nepal Society for Children’s Literature, Manu’s Mane, Nepal, 2006

Sara International Award
International Nepali Literary Society, Prince of Half Land, Nepal, 2005

Awarded in 2004

Best Children’s Book, Ages 3-7
Nepal Society for Children’s Literature, Sani and Suri, Nepal, 2004

Awarded in 2003

Best Children’s Book, Ages 3-7
Nepal Society for Children’s Literature, Milijuli Ghar, Nepal, 2003