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Worldreader ( is a San Francisco-based social enterprise that uses inexpensive technology to bring digital books to every child and her family, so that they can improve their lives. Over the past five years we have reached over 2 million readers globally using Kindle e-readers and mobile phones in 39 countries. By 2018, we will fundraise $15M and reach a total of 15 million readers.

To accomplish our goals, Worldreader has created a worldwide logistics system to provide literacy training and support, co-publish books with African and US publishers, measure our results obsessively, report on our progress, and raise money and awareness for our mission. We have a worldwide team of 50+ staff and volunteers across seven countries and three continents that have graduated from the world’s best schools, companies, and non-profits and have accomplished the nearly impossible. 

Our CEO, David Risher, has been at the forefront of technology for more than two decades, first as a general manager at Microsoft and later as’s Senior Vice President of Retail and Marketing.  David was a key player in Amazon’s meteoric growth, and sales grew from $16 million to $4 billion during his tenure.  An ethos of working hard, having fun and making history inspires our culture, and the team shares a passion for reading and philanthropy.

We aspire to reach millions of children and families worldwide, in our quest to eradicate illiteracy. We believe that by hiring people larger than we are, we will end up with an organization of Giants.  And that’s why we’re looking for a world-class Major Gifts Officer to strengthen the core of our fundraising efforts and accelerate our growth.

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Date Founded: March 2010

Government ID number: 27-2092468

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Phone: +1 206 588 6057

120 Hickory St., San Francisco, CA, 94102, US

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