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Room to Read

World Change Starts with Educated Children

San Francisco, CA   |  www.roomtoread.org

Mission

Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, Room to Read is creating a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality. We are achieving this goal by helping children in historically low-income communities develop literacy skills and a habit of reading, and by supporting girls as they build skills to succeed in school and negotiate key life decisions. We collaborate with governments and other partner organizations to deliver positive outcomes for children at scale. Room to Read has benefited more than 32 million children and has worked in 21 countries and in more than 49,000 communities, providing additional support through remote solutions that facilitate learning beyond the classroom. Room to Read aims to benefit 40 million children by 2025.

Ruling year info

1999

Principal Officer

Dr. Geetha Murali

Main address

465 California Street Suite 1000

San Francisco, CA 94104 USA

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EIN

91-2003533

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Girls' Education

Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program ensures that girls build the skills to succeed in school and make key life decisions.We support girls as they strengthen their power as positive change agents by providing life skills classes, mentorship and peer support, and family and community engagement. Through the program, girls will be supported with resources to self-advocate and chart a successful life path that they choose for themselves. Essential to our program are teachers and social mobilizers, who are trained to work with girls and their families to ensure that girls stay in school, participate in life skills activities, and navigate the challenges of adolescence with the ability to make their own life choices, both personally and professionally. Our program goes further by supporting young people of all genders to build knowledge and skills with which they can create a gender-equal world and tackle some of the world’

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Room to Read’s Literacy Program supports children as they develop into independent readers and lifelong learners who are breaking the cycle of illiteracy within their own families. Our Literacy Program trains and coaches teachers, creates quality books and curricular materials and establishes libraries filled with diverse children’s books in local languages that can be enjoyed at school or home. We partner with local communities, governments, and the publishing industry to test and implement innovative models that help children establish foundational literacy skills and develop a love of reading. We combine the science of learning to read with the magic of loving to read. We sustain students’ reading skills development by creating child-friendly libraries and quality children’s books.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since our founding, Room to Read has benefited more than 32 million children and has worked in 21 countries around the world to help young learners unlock their full potential through education.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

We are achieving this goal by helping children in historically low-income communities develop literacy skills and a habit of reading, and by supporting girls as they build skills to succeed in secondary school and negotiate key life decisions. Room to Read collaborates with local communities, partner organizations and governments to test and implement innovative models that can be integrated into the education system to deliver positive outcomes for children at scale.

Room to Read has benefited more than 32 million children and has worked in 21 countries and in more than 49,000 communities, providing support through remote solutions that facilitate learning beyond the classroom. Room to Read aims to benefit 40 million children by 2025.

Room to Read’s innovative model focuses on deep, systemic education transformation during the two most critical time periods in a child’s learning: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education.

Room to Read’s Literacy Program supports children to develop reading skills and a love of reading, helping young readers become lifelong learners. Our Girls’ Education Program, centered on a multi-year life skills curriculum, supports adolescent girls as they improve learning and life outcomes, helping them graduate with the ability to think critically and find solutions to address day-to-day challenges as independent problem solvers.

We establish partnerships with local governments, public school systems and local NGOs to reform education systems at the national level, integrating our proven interventions to deliver outcomes at scale.

Alongside working within schools, we implement accessible learning solutions such as remote mentoring, virtual training, TV and radio broadcasts, as well as tips for parents and teachers to support learning continuity. Through appropriate technology channels, Room to Read facilitates human connectivity and learning both in the home and the classroom.

Our theory of change is rooted in an evidence-based design, optimized for a public school system that integrates reading instruction and learning materials with libraries that offer children a print-rich environment, filled with culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate reading materials. We offer gender-transformative life skills instruction as well as gender-sensitive learning resources. During the course of the global pandemic, we adapted many of our program components for home learning environments.

We use data to evolve and improve our programs each year. Room to Read is committed to measuring our results and reporting these results to our stakeholders as we consider transparency central to our success. This includes developing rigorous methods for determining results through regular data collection against key indicators.

As an organization recognized for its transparency and financial excellence, we work to ensure that each dollar invested is maximizing the impact on each child and school we benefit .

A quality education remains out of reach for millions of children around the world. Approximately 17% of the world’s children and youth are not in school. Room to Read is committed to supporting children in communities experiencing deep educational and economic inequities, where investments in education accelerate positive change for children, families and communities.

Since our founding in 2000, Room to Read has benefited more than 32million1 children and has worked in 21countries around the world to help young learners unlock their full potential through education.

Our reading skills evaluations show that children in our Literacy Program read more fluently than their peers in comparable schools. By the end of second grade, students tested in program schools read twice as fast as their peers on average and, in some countries, nearly three times as fast. When asked reading comprehension questions about the passages they had just read, children in Room to Read programs gave, on average, 87% more correct answers than children in comparison schools.

As of the end of 2021, Room to Read has published more than 6,100 original and adapted children’s titles in 57 local languages and distributed more than 36 million books, providing primary school students with the resources and guidance they need to build a strong foundation in literacy.

Each year, more than 95% of Girls’ Education Program participants who remain enrolled advance to the next grade. Among those who graduate, over 70% go on to tertiary education or employment.

Room to Read aims to benefit 40 million children by 2025.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Room to Read

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Yusuf Alireza

ARP Global Capital Limited

Term: 2022 -

John Wood

Microsoft

Scott Kapnick

Highbridge Capital Management, LLC

Yusuf Alireza

Goldman Sachs

John Ridding

Financial Times Group

Susan Wojcicki

YouTube

Luis Crouch

RTI

Mary Byron

Goldman Sachs

Frank van Veenendaal

Salesforce

Geetha Murali

Room to Read

Andrew Balls

PIMCO

Carl Huttenlocher

Myriad Asset Management

Dr. Elizabeth M. King

Brookings Institute

John Lindfors

DST Investment Management

Vicky Tsai

Tatcha

Mike Cannon-Brookes

Atlassian

Sabine Chalmers

BT Group Plc

Lydie Hudson

Credit Suisse

Stasia Obremskey

RH Capital

Najoh Tita-Reid

Logitech

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/29/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data