Legacy Giving

When you include a gift for Room to Read in your will…

Your generosity becomes the words that girls will use to express themselves and build lives of their own choosing. Your compassion becomes the stories that young learners will hold in their hearts and share with their own children. Most importantly, your thoughtfulness becomes a better life for every student, family, and community that we reach, both now and for years to come.

Your support is their success. Their triumph is your legacy.


Stories from our Legacy Community

Stories from our Legacy Community

"If you are looking for a way to have a profound, positive impact on global education, that costs you nothing now, I highly recommend including Room to Read in your will. It is the most impactful way to invest in a brighter future for all and with Room to Read offering supporters a free tool to create or update their will, I found it to be very rewarding and surprisingly easy."

- Craig Herb, Room to Read supporter since 2007

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Establishing Your Legacy is Easy

With charitable gift planning, you can create a legacy gift that will extend your support for years to come. It's simple to structure your gift to maximize its benefits in a way that is most favorable to you, your loved ones and the organizations you choose.

For assistance please contact Caitlin Nagel, our Legacy Giving Manager, at legacy@roomtoread.org or follow the steps below.

Step-by-Step Guide to Legacy Giving

Creating a legacy gift allows you to designate your investment to the work you are most passionate about. Most of our supporters choose to invest in our greatest need.

To learn more about your investment options, please e-mail Caitlin Nagel, our Legacy Giving Manager at legacy@roomtoread.org.

If you choose not to designate your investment, it will go towards Room to Read's Future Fund, ensuring your gift is used for maximum possible impact as part of our operational reserves that strengthen our ability to continue our mission in an unpredictable future. The Future Fund enables our organization to be nimble, ensures protection against the unexpected and gives us the financial flexibility to identify, test and invest in new, even more efficient approaches to delivering our programs to the children who need them most.

A bequest, or gift made through your will, is the most common type of legacy gift.

Gifts in Wills – One of the simplest and most effective ways you can ensure that education endures for children experiencing deep educational and economic inequities – not just now, but always – is by including Room to Read in your will or trust.

A gift in your will can be a percentage of your estate or a specific dollar amount and your gift may be in the form of cash, stocks or bonds.

We have partnered with FreeWill to make it easy and accessible to make plans for your will and create a legacy gift. Their free service allows Room to Read supporters who are based in the US to create a will at no cost, plan for their loved ones and establish a legacy of impact in the process. Create your will and legacy gift here for free.

If you are donating outside of the US, please visit our Ways to Give page and select the country you are donating from to find information about Legacy Giving in your country. If you are based in Hong Kong, please visit our partnered platform at Forever Gift to create your will for free.

Suggested language for adding a gift in your will:

“I give, devise and bequeath to Room to Read, a nonprofit corporation, organized and existing under the laws of the State of Washington, with its principal place of business address at Room to Read, 465 California Street, Suite 1000, San Francisco, CA 94104 and tax ID number 91-2003533, [the sum of $_____________] or [_________% of my estate] for its general purposes”

Beneficiary Designations – Your retirement plans, life insurance policies and annuities can all help bring quality educational opportunities to the children who need them most. You can designate Room to Read as the primary beneficiary for a percentage or specified amount of the policy or name us as a contingent beneficiary. If you are donating from the US, click here to plan your beneficiary designations for free.

Consult your financial advisor or, if you are donating from the US, visit our trusted partners at FreeWill to create your legal will for free.

Make sure to tell us that you have included a gift for us in your will!

In honor of your investment in Room to Read’s future, we would love to show our appreciation by recognizing your gift and including you in our exclusive legacy benefits. However, we understand if you prefer to remain anonymous.

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Stories from our Legacy Community

Dr. Raji Ambikairajah

Raji testimonial

You have been a supporter of Room to Read for over a decade; what has inspired your commitment to this organization?

When I first heard about Room to Read, I was drawn to the metrics, its bold goals and the details of the business model. The engineer in me did the math - this was an organization that was serious about eradicating illiteracy and knew how to make it happen. I wanted to be part of a global movement that was ambitious, tenacious and genuinely committed to making sure that every child has equal access to a quality education.

What made you want to include Room to Read in your will? Why would you recommend others who are passionate about this work consider making a planned gift?

I was in my mid-twenties when I first became involved with Room to Read. I was in the early stages of my career and wasn't earning an income that was large enough for me to contribute to the causes I cared about. But it was important to me that I was using my life and career for social impact. The only means I had at the time to do that, was through a legacy commitment. I sought out a financial planner and put together my will, and included Room to Read. Although I had no visibility on whether I would ever have the capacity to give during my lifetime, I felt motivated by the fact that whatever I created in my life would end up contributing to a world where all children could pursue a quality education.

Through your legacy commitment, you are helping to create a world of gender equality in education and where illiteracy can be eradicated in one generation. What does that mean to you?

I believe that the greatest impact that any of us can have in our own lifetimes is that which carries beyond our own time. No matter where we are in the timeline of humanity, a quality education will be the great leveler and the most effective tool in solving the world's challenges and creating future changemakers. If I can play a small role in that, then that means everything to me.

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