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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. In order to foster strong community morale, retain employees, and give back to a great cause, partner with Room to Read to organize a fun and engaging campaign that will support literacy and gender equality across the globe.
Room to Read partners with companies around the world to engage employees, vendors and clients, building on our knowledge of best practice to customize each campaign.
Engage your workforce with:
Employee fundraising campaigns
Workplace engagement opportunities
Employee donation matching
Global chapter network collaboration
Skills-based volunteering program
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.
Corporate, foundation and government funders play a critical role in scaling our impact on children’s literacy and girls’ education around the world. In 2015, these partners provided 44 percent of our total support through cash donations and targeted in-kind gifts. They also raised awareness for our mission through their influential networks.
Artha Capital enables 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. Artha Capital has invested US$4.6 million in core support for Room to Read, which has allowed the organization to expand its footprint and meet its ambitious goal of reaching 10MM children by 2015.
Atlassian has donated more than US$5 million toward Room to Read's programs in Asia. In 2015, Atlassian was the largest investor in our Girls' Education Program in Cambodia and the largest corporate investor globally. Almost half of Atlassian’s staff also supports Room to Read through its $1/day program.
Through donations from generous BURGER KING® employees, franchises and restaurant guests in select areas in Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as donations directly from the BURGER KING McLAMORE℠ Foundation, the BURGER KING® system is supporting more than 69,000 students through Room to Read's Literacy Program in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
Founded in 1952, Caterpillar’s philanthropic organization, the Caterpillar Foundation, is focused on making sustainable progress possible around the world by providing support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs. The Caterpillar Foundation has provided crucial support for our work since 2009. Through a three-year grant, the foundation has supported our Literacy and Girls’ Education Programs in India and South Africa, including the establishment of more than 90 libraries. This grant has benefited more than 25,000 children.
Citi partnered with Room to Read in 2015 through its e for Education initiative, an effort to raise funds for education-related nonprofits around the world. From October to December 2015, Citi donated US$1 for every US$1 million of notional volume traded on Citi Velocity, its award-winning institutional foreign exchange trading platform. More than US$400,000 was raised for Room to Read in 2015, bringing Citi’s total support for Room to Read to over US$1.65 million in the 2013–2015 period.
Credit Suisse is one of Room to Read's largest corporate funders, supporting both our Literacy and Girls' Education 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 to country teams on a broad range of topics through its Global Citizens Program.
Echidna Giving supports Room to Read’s programs in Asia and Africa with an emphasis on our Girls’ Education Program. In 2015, 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.
The Fossil Foundation, committed to unleashing the potential of underserved young people, supported our Literacy Program in India to ensure children have the instruction and resources they need to become fluent readers. This grant launched our Literacy Program at 310 schools in the states of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.
Through Goldman Sachs and Goldman Sachs Gives, the company and its senior executives have contributed more than US$18 million cumulatively — and over US$3 million in 2015 — to Room to Read. In 2015, Goldman Sachs supported a wide range of Literacy and Girls' Education Programs for children across Asia and Africa.
The Lee Foundation is Singapore's largest and oldest private charitable foundation, with a majority of its funding going toward education. With a generous grant of US$350,000 in 2015, the Lee Foundation became the first family foundation in Singapore to invest significantly in Room to Read’s work. This grant provided critical support to our Girls’ Education Program across Asia, benefiting 1,350 girls in our program.
Townsend Press, an independent publisher of acclaimed educational materials for students in grade school through college, 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 US$2 paperbacks, sponsoring scholarship contests and donating books to schools and community organizations. As 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 through a US$1.1 million grant to rebuild schools in Nuwakot and implement our Literacy and Girls' Education Programs throughout the country. This funding is part of the UBS Optimus Emergency Response funding that includes post-emergency children's education as a crucial intervention.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, through a McGovern-Dole Food for Education award to Catholic Relief Services, is supporting Room to Read's literacy efforts in Laos through the establishment of 70 libraries, provision of 49,000 books to these libraries and the implementation of literacy instruction activities in 26 schools.
Top Organizational Funders (1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015)
$500,000 and More
BURGER KING McLAMORE℠ Foundation
UBS Optimus Foundation
U.S. Department of Agriculture through an award to Catholic Relief Services
$250,000 ‒ $499,999
Caerus Foundation, Inc.
$100,000 ‒ $249,999
The Brin Wojcicki Foundation
Charities Aid Foundation India
Four Acre Trust
Happy Hearts Fund
Jersey Overseas Aid Commission
Myriad Asset Management
Reliable Source Industrial Company (RSI)
TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation
The Tudor Foundation, Inc.
United Way Worldwide on behalf of the generosity of Target Foundation
$50,000 ‒ $99,999
Anglo American Chairman's Fund Asia Alternatives
Bank of America – BA Continuum India Pvt. Ltd.
Better World Books
Biogen International GmbH
Centre for Micro Finance
Dodge & Cox
Dow Jones & Company
DT Group of Companies
Eureka Benevolent Foundation
Green Leaves Education Foundation
The Hoglund Foundation
Navitas Education Trust
Nuix Pty. Ltd.
Samsung Asia Pte.
Select Equity Group Foundation
The SJS Charitable Trust
T. Rowe Price Foundation
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.
United States Agency for International Development
Z Zurich Foundation
Books for Africa
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. (McDonald's India — West & South)
Moët Hennessy Asia Pacific