Room To Read

San Francisco, CA • We partner with communities across the globe to promote literacy and girls' education. World change starts with educated children.

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Room To Read


Room To Read is a nonprofit focused on educational services and schools. With $54.2m in revenue and 94 employees, it is a relatively large organization. Founded in 1999, Room To Read is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. The organization is notable for its healthy financials, spending 86% directly on its programs. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $53.1m.

This profile was created with publicly available data obtained from the Internal Revenue Service and the nonprofit organization’s website. ALMA has no affiliation with this organization and has not independently verified this information or otherwise vetted the charity.

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ROOM TO READ believes that world change starts with educated children.

Program 1

$26.5m annual program spend • Literacy instruction the organization partners with ministries of education to supplement gaps that exist in the standard literacy curriculum by providing resources, in-service teacher training and classroom enhancements. 3,503 literacy program schools were active during 2017.

Program 2

$8.7m annual program spend • Girls' education program the organization provides long-term holistic support to girls through secondary school. The organization ensures girls get the material and emotional support they need to succeed in school and beyond through an approach that includes academic support, mentoring and life skills training. 8,657 girls were enrolled in our girls education program in 2017. To date, we have benefitted a total of 56,527 girls.

Program 3

$3.5m annual program spend • School construction the organization partners with communities to build, refurbish or expand schools to create an environment more conducive to learning and to alleviate overcrowding. 43 school construction projects were established during 2017. To date, we have completed a cumulative of 2,300 school construction projects.

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