It is an exciting week for Room to Read in the press. This week, Barron’s magazine unveiled their cover story on The 25 Best Givers and John Wood and Room to Read ranked 11th out of 25 worldwide philanthropists.
Being on the list at all was an honor itself. Being ranked 11th above Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, George Soros, Peter and Jennifer Buffett, Brad Pitt and "Magic" Johnson was truly humbling. But, to be included in the list along with our funders and friends Jeff Skoll and Bill and Melinda Gates was the icing on the cake!
This list itself was compiled by Barron’s, in collaboration with the Global Philanthropy Group, to highlight the “best of the best” and most effective charities when people are looking for the greatest “bang for their buck.” As reporter Suzanne McGee suggests, “With the recession squeezing donors and charities alike, it's more important than ever to make sure your giving really makes a difference.”
Room to Read has always been committed to transparency with our donors and considers itself, as Barron's called those on the list, a "high-impact giving" organization that takes care with each dollar invested with us. Especially considering the state of the economy during this giving season, we are particularly proud of our accomplishments and we thank Barron’s for recognizing us and bestowing us with this award. Read the full article here.
And...because we have your attention, we also can’t help mentioning that the Financial Times published their second large feature story on us in their FT Weekend edition on Saturday about the Kamlari girls we support in Nepal. In Servant to schoolgirl, Asia editor David Pilling profiles Asha Tharu, whose parents sold her at age five into bonded labor for USD $40. She worked as a servant for eight years until one of Room to Read’s partner organizations rescued her. Room to Read now supports her in school and provided her with special classes to get her caught up to the mainstream curriculum. Asha is now a happy 15-year-old schoolgirl, with an aptitude for math; on the weekends she works at a brick factory to help her elder sister pay for her schooling. Read the full story here.
You can read all the Room to Read stories from the Financial Times by visiting www.roomtoread.org/FT and don’t forget, through this FT seasonal campaign, all donations are being matched thanks to our corporate sponsors: Barclays Capital, Atlassian and Credit Suisse.