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Join the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur Challenge and Support Room to Read!

November 04, 2013

To bring our programs to scale, Room to Read builds partnerships with individuals, businesses, philanthropic foundations and governments. One of our long-term, key partnerships has been with the Skoll Foundation, who has been an integral player in Room to Read’s organizational growth and development, investing in every facet of our work. Our partnership dates back to 2003 when the Skoll Foundation took a risk on us to supportthe launch of our "new" Book Publishing program (at the time it was just a pilot program in Nepal). Over the next ten years, our partnership grew to include investing in our program quality and sustainability, monitoring and evaluation efforts, strengthening our volunteer chapter network, and expanding our work into new countries of operation. Through their hands-on, innovative approach to supporting social entrepreneurs, the Skoll Foundation has deeply impacted the way in which Room to Read does business, and has substantially contributed to our ability to reach nearly eight million children across Asia and Africa.

Today, we are proud to share that we have joined with them to participate in the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur Challenge hosted by CrowdRise--an inventive way that the Skoll Foundation is supporting the global non-profit community. The Challenge features 57 of the world’s most forward-thinking non-profit organizations, and we are honored to be included in this exclusive group. This campaign provides an amazing opportunity to help spread Room to Read’s work through the CrowdRise platform, the Skoll Foundation’s network, and campaign partner Huffington Post.

Through the campaign, participating organizations have already collectively raised over $880,000! There are still 3 weeks left, so there is still time to get involved! How? Start by checking out our campaign page. Then, take action in one of the following ways:

  • Spread the word! Re-tweet and re-post our Facebook andTwitter announcements of Challenge progress and donation match opportunities.
  • Make your donation count. Every day that our campaign raises $100, we’re entered to receive an additional $200. Additionally, when the community collectively raises $500,000, the Skoll Foundation will contribute $250,000 to be distributed equally among all the participating organizations. The same is true for a collective total of $1 million and $1.5 million, resulting in a total of $750,000 matching funds to be distributed!
  • Join our fundraising team. In seconds, you can create your own fundraiser that you can share with all of your family and friends so that you can raise money for our cause too.

This campaign is a great, easy way to share our work and to see the creative ways in which the Skoll Foundation is supporting the social entrepreneurs who are changing the world. We would love your support for our campaign today through November 22. No amount is too small or too big when giving the gift of literacy!  Thank you!

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