Can you send the founder, CEO, or Room to Read staff to speak at my chapter event?
Due to the limited availability of staff, we typically cannot accommodate requests for speakers. We encourage you to complete your Annual Plan and share your event plans and needs with us in advance.
People sometimes feel they need to be a pro to speak about Room to Read. We couldn’t disagree more. You need to be passionate about the cause and be able to personalize a message (why did you get involved, what has impressed you about this organization, etc.). And guess what? As part of our volunteer network, you are passionate! To prepare any talking points, see the Media section of the Room to Read website, our Year In Review, or the Messaging Toolkit available on this Hub.
Where will event donations go?
Gifts will be used where and when most needed, allowing us to deliver a comprehensive and holistic approach to education. Your gift, combined with those of other donors, is a powerful means to provide the skills and confidence young students need to escape poverty and build brighter futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. Don't worry, if you notify us about donations that you solicit, we will give you credit in our back-end systems.
We want to run a big fundraiser. Can you send us funds for the cost of the event?
We take great pride in our financial efficiency, our transparency, and our accountability to investors and the communities we serve. We keep our overhead well below the industry average to maximize the percentage of your contributions that go toward our programs, and we spend our program funds wisely so that millions of children may benefit from our work. This means that we cannot send funds for the cost of volunteer events. To learn more, visit the Financials section of our website.
Can we pay for our event using funds raised from selling tickets?
Many volunteers do this as a creative way to pay for events. Just keep a few things in mind.
- Be sure that the language you use to sell tickets is very clear so it does not give ticket buyers the impression that the cost of the ticket is a direct donation to Room to Read.
- Also, any donations received at the event must be treated with the highest integrity and cannot be used to cover event expenses.
- Finally, events that benefit Room to Read must be cost-effective and viewed as appropriate to the community. A great way to do this is to work out a comprehensive budget for the event and obtain sponsors to help cover these costs. If your costs are beyond the amount raised, that means your team is investing a great deal of resources (time, effort, money) with very little return.
Don’t forget that it’s likely that one of the reasons you chose to support Room to Read is that much of the funds we raise go directly towards our programs (roughly 85%) which means for every $1 raised it takes $0.10 to $0.15 to raise it. One way to make sure you have an eye on a high ROI (return on investment) for your event is to find sponsors to underwrite part of the cost of the event. Or can you find a location that is free to use? Many of our volunteers partner with venues to bring in business through the event on what would otherwise be a slow night. In fact, many bars and restaurants have programs where they will offer a portion of the proceeds to a charity for a night. Also try to find opportunities for gifts-in-kind, i.e. donations for food, beverages, or other elements of the event. Some volunteers also "sponsor" the event, paying for a portion or all. Depending on the details often a gift-in-kind tax receipt can be offered for such sponsorship details. Let us know the details and we’ll get back to you to let you know what would and wouldn’t qualify.
Can you send us your children’s books for a local event that we are having?
The books that we have are printed in-country are used for Room to Read programs in those countries, so unfortunately, we are not able to send books for your event. However, our digital platform Literacy Cloud hosts a large number of our books in many different languages – and it’s free to access!