Educational Institutions

Rural Education and Development Inc

  • San Francisco, CA
  • www.readglobal.org

Mission Statement

READ Global believes empowering rural communities is critical to
alleviating global poverty. We envision a world where individuals,
families and entire communities have access to the knowledge, resources
and opportunities necessary to build more prosperous futures.

Main Programs

  1. Education
  2. Economic Empowerment
  3. Technology
  4. Women's Empowerment
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Rural, disadvantaged communities in Bhutan, India and Nepal.

ruling year

1992

Executive Director

Self-reported

Tina Sciabica

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives

Self-reported

Jayson Morris

Keywords

Self-reported

READ Global, READ, READ Nepal, READ Bhutan, READ India, Literacy, education, community empowerment, community enterprise, library, microenterprise, women's empowerment, savings cooperatives, early childhood development, information communications technology

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Also Known As

Read Global

EIN

23-2656376

 Number

4311115387

Physical Address

1016 Lincoln Blvd, Suite 322 Thoreau Center for Sustainability, Presidio

San Francisco, 94129

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Rural (S32)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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READ partners with communities in rural Bhutan, India and Nepal to create vibrant places to
live and thrive. Our proven and replicable model focuses on Community
Library and Resource Centers as a vehicle for social and economic
transformation. Combining education, enterprise and community
development, READ collaborates with rural communities to build these
centers and seed for-profit enterprises to ensure long-term maintenance
and success.

Programs

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

Program 1

Education

READ offers rural communities with free access to educational resources in the form of books, magazines, and computer/Internet access. READ also provides thousands of villagers annually with educational trainings in partnership with local nonprofits, governments, and community groups. Educational programs include adult literacy, children/youth programs, health, and livelihood skills trainings.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

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Budget

Program 2

Economic Empowerment

READ Centers serve as hubs for practical knowledge and skills that improve rural livelihoods. READ offers livelihood skills trainings in textiles, agriculture, and animal husbandry, as well as small business training to increase financial literacy. Savings cooperatives are a large part of our economic empowerment program in Nepal.

Category

Rural Economic Development

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

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None

Budget

Program 3

Technology

READ is committed to providing free access to information to rural communities through computers and the Internet. Nearly 1 million people had access to computers and the Internet at READ Centers in 2014. READ also provides training programs in information communications technology (ICT): from basic and advanced computer classes, to community radio programs.

Category

Education & Technology

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

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None

Budget

Program 4

Women's Empowerment

READ Centers provide more than a million rural women in South Asia with safe spaces to gather, learn, and advocate. Thousands of women annually participate in training programs at READ Centers - learning how to read, gaining job skills, and building confidence and leadership skills.

Category

Women's Rights

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    In 2014, READ plans to extend our reach in South Asia while strengthening our existing network of READ Centers. We will build upon global partnerships to expand our technology offerings, launch new businesses to sustain our Centers, and increase our women and children's programming for greater impact.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We plan to establish at least 10 new Centers in 2014, expanding to the states of Maharashtra and Bihar in India, and several new districts in Nepal and Bhutan.
    We will install new technology resources in several Centers to enable rural villagers to access the Internet and meet their information needs, while testing the use of alternative energies like solar panels to allow for computer use even during the power outages that are so prevalent in rural Asia.
    We will continue our work with MBA students from the Stanford Graduate School of Business's GMIX program to launch pilots of new sustaining enterprises to see if they can be replicated across multiple communities to increase our efficiency and impact.
    We will expand our training programs to empower rural women and youth through new partnerships with local governments and private funders like the Reach out to Asia Foundation.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    READ has already launched several strategic initiatives to achieve our goals: including pilots to test businesses that can be scaled and replicated across multiple communities, a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework to assess our program strengths and weaknesses, and an information and communications technology (ICT) pilot to introduce new technologies and programming. We have expanded our network of global partners to help us further our mission, include leading corporations, foundations, international NGOs, and government funders.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Since 2012, READ has been working with the research and evaluation firm Learning for Action (LFA) to create a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system to better measure our impact and improve our model. We have developed a theory of change, logic models, evaluation plan, and collect data to measure our key outcomes on an annual basis. Our summary data show that READ Centers are producing powerful outcomes in four key areas: increased access to information, increased women's empowerment, increased economic empowerment, and increased community engagement. For more information or to request a detailed report, please contact us at impact@readglobal.org
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    2013 was a milestone year for READ Global - by the end of the year, more than 2 million rural villagers in Bhutan, India, and Nepal had access to READ Centers and their programs. In 2013, READ partnered with local and global organizations, government institutions, foundations, and companies to provide locally relevant trainings to more than 24,000 rural villagers. Our programs address the most pressing needs of rural communities in the areas of education, economic empowerment, technology, and women's empowerment.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Rural, disadvantaged communities in Bhutan, India and Nepal.

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RURAL EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Rural Education and Development Inc

Leadership

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Executive Director

Tina Sciabica

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives

Jayson Morris

BIO

Prior to READ, Tina was Deputy Director of Social Venture Network (SVN),
a peer-to-peer network of more than 500 social entrepreneurs working
together to solve critical global issues. While at SVN, Tina created and
managed the SVN Innovation Awards, a program recognizing social
entrepreneurs and emerging enterprises that are changing the shape of
business. Tina was also one of the first Chapter Leaders for Room to
Read, an international nonprofit providing educational opportunities for
children in the developing world. During her five years serving the
organization, Tina managed the Chicago and San Francisco chapters and
helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of education
programs in Asia. Previously, Tina was also a commercial litigation
attorney in Chicago and subsequently founded and managed a legal
recruitment firm.

Today, Tina brings her expertise and passion to leading READ Global. She
was instrumental in creating READ’s 2010 Clinton Global Initiative
Commitment to Action: its Women’s Empowerment Centers Initiative. Tina
received a bachelor of science in investment finance from the University
of Illinois and a juris doctor from Indiana University School of Law.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Janice Bertozzi

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

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?