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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.
Our corporate, foundation, and government funders are integral to our success in advancing literacy and girls' education globally. In 2017, these partners provided 41 percent of our total support and raised awareness for our mission in their influential networks.
Artha Capital enables the development
and enhancement of projects critical to
Room to Read’s mission. To date, Artha
Capital has invested US$4.95 million in
core support, helping Room to Read to
progress toward our strategic goals and to reach more children than ever before with our life-changing programs.
The Atlassian Foundation has donated nearly US$8 million toward Room to Read’s programs. In 2017, Atlassian was the largest investor in our Girls’ Education Program in Cambodia and the largest corporate investor from Australia. Atlassian staff also provide significant personal support to Room to Read through their “$1 a Day” workplace giving program.
Since 2015, Bank of America—BA Continuum India (BACI) has supported Room to Read’s literacy efforts in India through the establishment of 84 libraries. BACI is also supporting thousands of girls in the Girls’ Educatio Program in India.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-funded 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 its e for Education
initiative, CitiFX donated US$1 to education-focused nonprofits for every US$1 million notional of foreign exchange traded on various electronic platforms during the campaign. Room to Read and Citi have been partners since the inception of the campaign in 2013. More than US$890,000 was donated to Room to Read in 2017, bringing the firm’s total support for Room to Read to over US$3.1 million, benefiting over 62,000 children.
Since 2005, Credit Suisse has been one of our largest corporate supporters. They have funded multiple strategic projects, including the development of our 2015–2019 strategic plan and the launch of Room to Read Accelerator. In 2017, we became a partner in the bank’s Global Education Initiative — Financial Education for Girls — working in Tanzania and Sri Lanka. Credit Suisse also donates office space for Room to Read staff in Hong Kong and Tokyo, and provides capacity-building to country teams through its Global Citizens Program.
Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed Bin
Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, is
a key partner in Room to Read’s Nepal
schools reconstruction and literacy efforts. Additionally, Dubai Cares has funded the development and distribution of over 600,000 Arabic children’s books in Jordan and over 2 million local language books in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Vietnam as part of its effort to support the UAE Reading Nation campaign.
In 2017, 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.
Four Acre Trust has been a key partner to Room to Read since 2005 and has invested more than US$2 million to advance literacy and girls’ education in low-income communities. In addition to helping us launch our programs in Tanzania, they have also provided significant support to bring life-changing educational opportunities to children in Laos, South Africa and Zambia.
Through Goldman Sachs and Goldman Sachs Gives, the company and its senior executives have contributed more than US$22.2 million to Room to Read. In 2017, Goldman Sachs supported our Literacy and Girls’ Education Programs, benefiting more than 44,600 children.
In 2017, Google.org committed to a multiyear grant that will help improve the early reading experiences of more than 200,000 Indonesian students in two ways: increasing access to digital Bahasa Indonesia children's stories through a new digital platform, and training teachers on effective reading activities. The grant, coupled with Google's year-end employee giving contributions, is creating much-needed educational opportunities for children around the world.
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.
In 2017, IMC held a Trading for Charity event across their U.S., Dutch and Australian locations that resulted in more than US$2 million in support to Room to Read to help children in Tanzania learn essential reading skills. Through this exciting initiative, IMC has contributed over US$3.7 million to Room to Read since 2016.
Myriad Asset Management has been a key partner of Room to Read since 2014. The Hong Kong-based company has helped more than 17,000 children to pursue a brighter future through education.
Through their Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures initiative, each Tatcha purchase supports girls' education around the world. Since launching this partnership with Room to Read in 2014, Tatcha has supported more than 1.6 million days of school for girls.
In 2017, the Stone Family Foundation invested in Room to Read's Girls' Education Program with a two-year grant to enhance gender equality in post-conflict settings. This partnership enables Room to Read to transform the lives of girls in Tanzania and share learnings and best practices across our other program countries.
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 (1/1/2017 – 12/31/2017)
$500,000 and More
UBS Optimus Foundation
United States Agency for
$250,000 ‒ $499,999
Bank of America—BA
Continuum India Pvt. Ltd.
Bill & Melinda Gates
Caerus Foundation, Inc.
Four Acre Trust
Myriad Asset Management Ltd.
The Stone Family Foundation
$100,000 ‒ $249,999
Brin Wojcicki Foundation
BURGER KING McLAMORE™
Charities Aid Foundation of
America on behalf of the
generosity of Target
CMS Legal Services EEIG
The Hoglund Foundation
Turning Leaf Foundation
Victory Square Blockchain
$50,000 ‒ $99,999
Aditya Birla Group
BAE Systems India Services
Bajaj Auto Ltd.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
BNP Paribas India
The Boeing Company
Caffè Nero Foundation
Centre for Micro Finance
Creative Artists Agency
Dining Concepts Ltd.
Dodge & Cox
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver &
Gildan Activewear, Inc.
Green Leaves Education
LiveFullOut Media, Inc.
Morgan Stanley India Co.
Nuix Pty. Ltd.
SJS Charitable Trust
The Spurlino Foundation
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire
Insurance Co., Ltd.
The World Bank
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Oliver Wyman, Inc.
Please note that Room to Read is a 501(c)(3) public charity that does not provide grants to other organizations.