AED Breakthrough Ideas in Education
The Academy for Educational Development (AED), one of the world's foremost educational and
social development organizations, awarded Room to Read's Local Language Publishing program one
of six "Breakthrough Ideas in Education" prizes. A pioneer of high quality
children's literature accessible to youth in Asia and Africa, Room to Read hires local authors
and illustrators to publish bilingual, imaginative and culturally-relevant children's books.
AED applauded Room to Read for this unique program that supports the free exchange of
information and knowledge in education.
American Library Association Presidential Citation
Room to Read was awarded the Presidential Citation during the American Library Association
2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California for its international innovation. The award was
presented by Loriene Roy, ALA-Past President, 2007-2008.
Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship
The Skoll Awards for Social
Entrepreneurship support social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential for large-scale
influence on critical challenges of our time. Award recipients are innovators who have
achieved proof of concept, are poised to replicate or scale up toward systemic social change,
and have a message that will resonate with those whose resources are crucial to advancing
large-scale, long-term solutions. Room to Read won the Skoll award in 2004 and 2006; the most
recent award included a three-year US$1.2 million grant for capacity building.
Fast Company/Monitor Social Capitalist Award
The Fast Company/Monitor Social Capitalist
Award is the only award program that quantitatively measures a non-profit group's
innovation and social impact, as well as the viability and sustainability of its business
model. Room to Read is one of only a few organizations that has won the award every year since
the award's inception.
TIME Asia's Heroes Award
In 2004, the TIME Asia's Heroes Award
spotlighted Room to Read founder John Wood as one of 20 individuals who have done something
brave, bold, or remarkable before they've reached the age of 40. John was the only non-Asian
recipient of the award.
Draper Richards Fellowship Award
The Draper Richards Foundation provides
awards and early stage funding to social entrepreneurs, with a vision of changing the world.
Draper Richards Foundations rely on the same due-diligence process and business acumen that
brought them success in the financial world. John Wood and Room to Read won the Draper Richards Fellowship
Award in 2002.
Sand Hill Group Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award
The Sand Hill Group
Foundation awards grants annually, to U.S.-based non-profit organizations helping to
improve the lives of low-income women and children. In 2006, The Foundation recognized Room
to Read with its first annual Social Entrepreneurship Award to "recognize forward
Academy for Educational Development "Breakthrough Ideas in Education" Award: 2007
American Library Association "Presidential Citation": 2008
Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship: 2004-2005, 2006- 2008
Fast Company / Monitor Group "Social Capitalist" Award: 2004, 2005, 2006,
Charity Navigator's Top "4-Star" Rating: 2006, 2007, 2008
South Asian Journalists Association "Outstanding Story on Any Subject: New Media"
Award for "Nepal: A Girls' Life": 2008
Salesforce.com's "Force for Change" Award: 2007
University of San Francisco "Asia Pacific Leadership" Award: 2007
Sand Hill Group Foundation "Social Entrepreneurship" Award: 2006
"Nepali Association for Children's Literature" Award 2004, 2005
Draper Richards Foundation Fellowship: 2002-2004