Room to Read

ABOUT US
We Believe that World Change Starts with Educated Children.® We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities and the world. Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
Leadership & Board
Our leaders represent the best attributes of the private and public sectors. We get things done. And we take risks that get results. Across functions, our global leaders have deep expertise in international education, business and finance. Our board is comprised of CEOs of major companies, leaders of industries, and regional influencers. These people push us, keep our eye on the prize, and help us achieve our bold goals. Their vision empowers us to provide millions of children in low-income communities with the lifelong gift of education.
FINANCIALS
Corporate Sense, Nonprofit Sensibility We take great pride in our financial efficiency, our transparency, and our accountability to investors and the communities we serve. We've been consistently recognized for our exceptional fiscal responsibility and financial health and have earned 13 four-star ratings from Charity Navigator since 2007, placing us among the most exceptional of their rated charities. For Our Investors 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.
CAREERS
Join our team and we will change the world together! World Change Starts with Educated Children.® At Room to Read, we believe there is no better investment than a child's education. We have built a team of highly talented, committed individuals from some of the most notable nonprofits, universities and corporations worldwide, who are transforming the lives of millions of children across Asia and Africa. As we continue to scale, we’re always looking for passionate, results-driven, entrepreneurial people to join our team. If you enjoy a work environment that has a global impact, is opportunity rich, fast paced and fun, we invite you to explore a career opportunity with us. Our dynamic and global organizational culture makes Room to Read a fun place to work, filled with passionate and smart business-minded professionals who want to spend their days creating positive change in the world! We have core values and operating principles that advise us in our daily work. Our core values are the essence of who we are as an organization and they guide the relationships, processes, actions and decisions made by all employees at Room to Read. Our defined principles guide our actions because we understand our decisions affect employees, partners, and the children and communities we serve. Core Values
  • Passion for education. We believe that World Change Starts with Educated Children.® We bring deep passion and commitment to our mission to ensure children are educated and can benefit from the opportunities an education can provide.
  • Focus on Action and Innovation. We set ambitious, yet attainable and measurable goals, and encourage calculated risk-taking and creativity as we strive to accomplish them. We are a learning organization that finds innovative solutions to challenges. We quickly identify and resolve barriers in order to achieve results and create positive change.
  • Commitment to Collaboration. We know we can only achieve sustainable results by partnering with others and that their insights and support are critical to our shared work. We help team members achieve their goals. We embrace diversity, and we develop and adapt global best practices to respond effectively to local circumstances.
Operating Principles
  • Focus on education of children
  • Cultivate top caliber staff and supporters
  • Engage communities and local partners
  • Promote scale and sustainability
  • Maintain a healthy and efficient organization
Media Our work and leadership are regularly featured by media outlets around the world. Telling our story and celebrating our impact inspires support of our mission and in turn, helps us reach more deserving children even faster. The resources available here are for journalists and anyone who wants to stay up to date with our press coverage and organizational announcements.
TRACKING & RESULTS
Listening to Data that Matters Tracking our progress and monitoring each individual project has been an essential part of our DNA since the very beginning of Room to Read. We are committed to putting data at the heart of an evidenced-based program design and holding ourselves accountable not just to our investors but to the children we serve across Asia and Africa who deserve the chance to become literate adults. We focus on the data that matters. Measuring life skills or reading habits is not as straightforward as counting books and libraries. We assess progress in a large number of project schools and compare it to progress in comparable government schools. Room to Read is committed to tackling comparative assessments in order to receive honest and objective feedback about how we are doing and ways we can improve the quality and effectiveness of our programs. Data-Driven Decision Making We listen to what the numbers tell us. We keep a tight focus on the important data that show us whether children are learning and improving and let these data drive decisions. This means building on what we do well, but more importantly being ready to make tough choices when the data tell us our goals are not being achieved. Turning Data Into Action We ensure actions are implemented at every level. As country offices receive data from the field, they quickly reallocate resources to the projects that need them; and our skilled staff use data from global research, monitoring and evaluation work across our ten-country operations to improve global program design and implementation in quarterly and annual cycles. High-Quality Research We are committed to conducting high-quality research in order to give us objective and accurate answers to questions of program performance. In targeting these criteria, we strive to meet international standards of academic peer review for research and evaluation as well as respecting the people about whom we collect information by meeting international ethical standards related to the protection of human subjects. At the same time we remain nimble and cost-effective with a keen focus on the most important research questions, and we maximize the use of our resources through the integration of research into our programs. Strategic Thinking and Innovation Our ability to innovate and think strategically is key to achieving our vision. Our long-term commitments in each country with similarly long-term financial support allows us to think holistically and strategically about the way that the three elements of research, monitoring and evaluation can work together over a period of several years. Long-term commitments also allow us the time and space to innovate and experiment with new research methods and new approaches to data-driven program improvement. We aim to combine state-of-the-art evaluation science from academia with on-the-ground know-how when it comes to turning data into action. Investing in Local Capacity We believe in a strong global and local team. We have a worldwide Research, Monitoring and Evaluation team, with at least one dedicated manager in each country of operation in addition to a number of research officers and data support staff. Accountability to Stakeholders We publish our results so that stakeholders – donors, government and partner organizations – can hold us accountable. We are committed to transparency and objectivity. Those who wish to fund us – or whom we wish to influence – can have complete confidence in our data because we publish our complete results.

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