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Becoming A Champion for World Change is Simple

Advocating for global literacy and gender equality is easier than you think! Change your cover photo or host an event - no idea is too big or too small. We've got the resources to get you started.

 

WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP

COVID-19: The Need Education matters now more than ever. Learn more about Room to Read's emergency response to COVID-19. COVID-19: The Need
COVID-19: The Response Want to better understand how to support education during this global pandemic? Download and share this one-pager on what Room to Read is doing. COVID-19 Response
COVID-19: Fundraising Help advocate for education during these challenging times by setting up your own fundraiser. Check out our online fundraising ideas and click below for a guide to creating a fundraising challenge. COVID-19: Your Fundraiser

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We want to know how you're creating world change in your community and around the world! Use the hashtags #WeAreWorldChange and #RoomtoRead for a chance to be showcased on our website.

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Though we may be separated physically, you have the power to bring people together by encouraging the sense of community inherent in fundraising for a common cause. Turn activities that you and others are taking part in at home into creative ways to build awareness around the current challenges facing education, all while creating engaging online events to encourage your coworkers, teammates, friends and family to participate and donate.

Types of Online Fundraisers

Challenge fundraisers are when an individual takes on a personal challenge – either physical or non-physical – to support Room to Read. The challenger sets a goal and rallies their friends, family, co-workers and teammates for support as they hit milestones as the embark towards their goal. 

The goal can be anything you want — training for a half marathon, learning to play an instrument, or exploring a new hike each week.

Involve your colleagues by setting up a company-wide competition and track your activity and dollars towards ending illiteracy.

Need Inspiration? Check out successful challenge fundraisers below!

Ironman Competitor

Damien Brosnan raised over $15,000 training and competing in the Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Canada in 2019. In this challenge, Damien ran, swam and biked through British Columbia.

Trek to Everest

Jason Tudor and his group of eight trekkers raised over $65,000 before trekking to Mt. Everest

Marathon Runner

Robbie Broomhead raised over $8,000 running the Marathon des Sables – a race that spanned a course with over 250 km of sand dunes.

View the step-by-step guide to creating a fundraiser to get started. 

View Guide

Online Event Fundraisers are on-site events that have been transitioned to an online platform. They can take many different forms, including:

  • A Q&A session with an author or inspirational speaker in your community
  • An art, dance, music, yoga or cooking class to teach a certain skill 
  • A partnership with a local studio to host regular classes for attendees for a donation

You can set up a fundraiser, as for donations and provide your donors with content via live stream or play prerecorded videos through platforms like YouTube or Vimeo. 

Need Inspiration? Check out successful event fundraisers below!


Ready to set up your online fundraiser? Click here to get started: 

Start Your Online Fundraiser

As you set up your fundraiser, please help us protect the fidelity of our brand by adhering to our Brand Guidelines and Identity Standards. Visit our media page to download photos for your online campaign, find standard language for our programs and more. 

Media and Branding
Room to Read is a leading nonprofit working on children's literacy & girls' education in Africa and Asia. Learn how to donate, join a chapter, take action. Ryan H. and our India country team at a family fun event in Delhi, India

 

Plan an Event, Change the World.

Hosting an event is a fun and rewarding way to support our work. Whether you're in school, at work, or in your community, an event can bring your family and friends together in support of changing the world. 

Get inspired by some of our most popular events below.

Give the gift of literacy while improving your reading skills.

Read-a-thons are a fantastic way to reinforce good reading habits in your school while raising funds to support literacy in underserved areas of Asia and Africa.

Step 1: Spread The Word

Introduce the Read-a-thon to your school! Hold an assembly and let your fellow classmates know about your awesome event. We recommend the usual things like a Facebook Event or online event page, email friends and family, post flyers around your work/school, etc. The more creative your promotion is, the better the turnout will be.

Step 2: Find Sponsors

A key part of a successful Read-a-thon is finding support for your efforts! Ask family, friends, and neighbors to pledge a small amount for each minute you read. More sponsors equal more funds to create a world filled with educated children!

Step 3: Stay Organized

A Read-a-thon is a huge (but rewarding!) undertaking so stay organized with these tips:

Use our general tracking sheet to record your progress!
Encourage participants to draft a letter for sponsors. Include details about our work, why you’re participating, and the impact their donation will make.
If you take photos during the event, be sure to share them with us on social media by using the hashtag #WeAreWorldChange and #RoomtoRead.


Step 4: Keep The Energy Up!

Throughout your Read-a-thon, post weekly results and share your progress with all the participants! Encourage them to share these results with their sponsors so that they too, get excited about their involvement.

Step 5: Wrap It Up

This part’s important, collect and tally up the donations and submit your funds. We’ll put the funds to work supporting our mission of ending global illiteracy. Now give yourself a pat on the back, be proud to have done your part to change the world.

 

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Take a book. Leave a book. Make a difference.

Everyone loves to give-a-book, take-a-book. But what if your book swap had the power to change the world? Room to Read's Ultimate Book Swap does just that. Organize a book swap for your community while raising funds for students in Asia and Africa. Now that is powerful.

Step 1: Make a Plan

You can host a Book Swap just about anywhere, but here are some of our favorite spots:

At home or at school
A local independent book store
Your next book club meeting

Once you pick a venue, the basic Book Swap formula works like this (variations welcome!):

1. Guests pay a small entry fee which is donated to Room to Read.
(Fun fact: each dollar is enough to put one original children’s book in a library!)
2. Each person brings a favorite book. Provide attendees with a note card to put inside the cover explaining why they love the book they brought.
3. Guests chat and enjoy refreshments, while they look through the books.
4. Each person chooses a book to bring home.


Step 2: Spread The Word

Let people know about your awesome event! We recommend the usual things like a Facebook Event or online event page, email friends and family, post flyers around your work/school, etc. The more creative your promotion is, the better the turnout will be.


Step 3: Get Swapping! 

Have fun at your Book Swap and learn more about your friends’ favorite reads. If you take photos during the event, be sure to share them with us on social media by using the hashtag #WeAreWorldChange and #RoomtoRead. It’s a good idea to have some materials to share with attendees to learn about Room to Read’s impact.


Step 4: Wrap It Up

This part’s important, tally up the donations and submit your funds. We’ll put the funds to work supporting our mission of ending global illiteracy. Now give yourself a pat on the back, be proud to have done your part to change the world.

 

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Get friends, family, and your favorite local spot to fight illiteracy!

Host a happy hour, with $1 of every drink raising funds to publish books.


Step 1: Rally The Troops

Tell friends and family about your event, and recruit support! They’ll be invaluable in helping spread the word, and you’ll need a friend or two to manage the donation jar...

Step 2: Find A Venue

The three most important rules of real estate also hold true for Beers for Books: location, location, location! Choose a local bar or restaurant that is well-located—even better if you already know the management. Try picking a night that is not busy for the venue, which makes the event a win-win. And don’t forget to tell them a little bit about the cause.

The basic Beers for Books formula (variations welcome!): For every beverage sold, the venue donates $1 to Room to Read—enough money to put one local-language book on the shelves of a school library.

Once they’ve agreed to host your event, talk about a signature beverage for the night that you can use for promotion. Can you say Marga-read-a?

Step 3: Spread The Word

Let people know about your awesome event! We recommend the usual things like a Facebook Event or online event page, email friends and family, post flyers around your work/school, etc. The more creative your promotion is, the better the turnout will be.


Step 4: Have A Party!

Enjoy all your hard work and help fight global illiteracy with a beverage! Here are a few things to keep in mind for the day of your event:

1. Arrive early to ensure that the venue is prepared to tally the number of total drinks sold during the event.
2. Put someone in charge of a donation jar at the bar entrance and have some materials to share with attendees to learn about Room to Read’s impact.
3. If you take photos during the event, be sure to share them with us on social media by using the hashtag #WeAreWorldChange and #RoomtoRead.


Step 5: Wrap It Up

This part’s important, tally up the donations and submit your funds. We’ll put the funds collected to work supporting our mission of ending global illiteracy. Now give yourself a pat on the back! You should be proud to have done your part to change the world.

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Collect change. Make a change. Repeat.

Never underestimate the power of small efforts. This change drive fundraiser shows how, collectively, small and simple actions really do change the world.

Step 1: Rally the Troop

Recruit a team of change makers for your BIG CHANGE drive! To make it count you’ll need help to sort, count, and tally points.

Step 2: Decide On The Details

Success is in the details, so start planning early and decide:

Team Members + Roles
Timeframe + Location(s)
Fundraising Goal. Just $25 can fill a bookshelf with books!
Change Collection Plan (Daily or weekly pickup? Who and where?)
Any Prizes for the Winning Group


Step 3: Spread The Word

Let people know about your awesome event! We recommend the usual things like a Facebook Event or online event page, email friends and family, post flyers around your work/school, etc. The more creative your promotion is, the better the turnout will be.

Step 4: Collect The Change

Set up buckets, bowls, and barrels around at your locations. Set a deadline. Encourage healthy competition. Drop that change in the bucket. If you take photos during the event, be sure to share them with us on social media by using the hashtag #WeAreWorldChange and #RoomtoRead.


Step 5: Wrap It Up

This part’s important, tally up the donations and submit your funds. We’ll put the funds to work supporting our mission of ending global illiteracy. Now give yourself a pat on the back, be proud to have done your part to change the world.

Download Event Printable

 


Dress up. Have fun. Do good.

Turn a costume party into a force for good, by challenging friends to dress up in honor of global literacy.


The Four Must-haves

1. A place to throw your party.

2. An awesome invitation. Include costume ideas to get your guests in the spirit.

3. A fundraising plan. We have big, bold goals here at Room to Read and your Costume Party can support us in our efforts! Some suggestions; charge a small entry fee, hold a raffle, or have a donation jar at the entrance.

4. A show-stopping costume! Once you’ve planned your event, get started on your own costume, and show off your creative side. Be sure to snap a photo and share your look with us on social media by using the hashtag #WeAreWorldChange and #RoomtoRead.


Wrap It Up

This part’s important, tally up the donations and submit your fundsWe’ll put the funds to work supporting our mission of ending global illiteracy. Now give yourself a pat on the back, be proud to have done your part to change the world.


Extra Credit

Take your Costume Party to the next level by hosting one at school or work. Ask guests to dress up as their favorite literary characters, and you can even host a fashion show to debut creative costumes!

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Use these printables to learn more about our work and help with your fundraising efforts. Use them to support your online or in-person events, presentations, and meetings.

From price points to program and country overview, we have you covered. To download a printable, select a category below and then the country or program of interest.

Investment Opportunities - Example

Investment Opportunities

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Girls' Education Program Screenshot

Our Work

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Where We Work - Sample Printable

Where We Work

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