Worldreader is a U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2010 championing digital reading in underserved communities to help readers build a better world. We are also registered in Ghana, India, Kenya, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

General Information
Headquarters:1211 Folsom Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
EIN (U.S.):27-2092468
CIO (U.K.):1158030
Fiscal ID (Spain):G65520744 (as Fundación
TIN (Ghana):C0002554135
Telephone:+1 (415) 562-4840
Leadership:David Risher
NTEE Category:B19 Nonmonetary Support N.E.C.
B Educational Institutions
B01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
Year Founded:2010

Our Impact Since 2010

  • 13,361,383 readers since 2010.
  • in 47 countries
  • Book Languages: 52
  • 552 schools reached

2018 Financial Summary

Consolidated financial information for Worldreader US for the year ending December 31, 2018.

Financial Health
Program Services74.6%
Management & General15.9%

Total Contributions$8,768,685
Program Income$559,649
In-kind donations$2,757,442
Other income$24,063
Total Revenue$12,109,839
Program Services$8,053,769
Management & General$1,716,653
Total Functional Expenses$10,799,905
Assets & Liabilities
Total Assets$10,098,623
Total Liabilities$486,504
Total Net Assets$9,612,119


Audited Financials


990 Forms

View our US entity IRS Form 990 data for the following years:

Children in Kenya with e-readers smiling

2018 Annual Report

  • We’ve reached 10 million readers since 2010, who’ve read more than 100 million hours in 52 languages!
  • We starting new programming in Peru with our Crecelee project
  • Preliminary Financial Summary and support

To view the full 2018 report, click below:

2018 Annual Report


2017 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

  • In 2017, nearly 3 million people read digital books from the Worldreader library
  • We launched AvanzaLee, a new project in Mexico
  • Preliminary Financial Summary and support

To view the full 2017 report, click below:

2017 Annual Report


2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

  • We reached 4.8 million readers
  • We launched Anasoma, a new project to empower women
  • Audited Financial Summary and support

To view the full 2016 report, click below:

2016 Annual Report


2015 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

  • We tripled our readership, expanded our reach from Africa to India and doubled the size of our digital library
  • A look into the future
  • Audited Financial Summary and support


To view the full 2015 report, click below:

2015 Annual Report


2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

  • 2014 Summarized: 1,087,783 people reading: 1,062,332 on mobile phones, 25,451 on e-readers
  • Research: more people are reading, people are reading more and people are reading better!
  • What’s next: 15 million readers by 2018
  • Audited Financial Summary and support

To view the full 2014 report, click below:

2014 Annual Report


2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

  • Letter from co-founders
  • 2013 Summarized: 223,413 people reading | 990,034 e-books read | 27 countries worldwide
  • Research: A summary of our projects with partners such as UNESCO, RTI, USAID, AustralianAID and World Vision.
  • What’s next in 2014: A glimpse to our upcoming projects with Microsoft, Airtel, UNHCR and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Financial Summary and financial support

To view the full 2013 report, click below:

2013 Annual Report


Leadership: David Risher

Position: President & CEO

Term: Since Mar 2010

*For a full bio of David Risher, please click HERE.

Leadership Statement: PBS NewsHour

Board of Directors

Peter Spiro – Microsoft

Alison Rich – Penguin Random House

Charles Brighton – Brighton-Jones, LLC

Chris Capossela – Microsoft

Colin McElwee – Worldreader

Dana Reid – Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Elizabeth Dollar – Moss Adams LLP

Elizabeth Khuri Chandler – Goodreads

Kate James – Pearson

Kartik Raghavan – Two Sigma

Lisa Nitze – Nitze-Stagen

David Risher – Worldreader


*For a full profile of the Worldreader Board of Directors, please click HERE.

Additional Accountability & Transparency Metrics

Independent Voting Board MembersYES
No Material Diversion of AssetsYES
Independent Review of Financials (2012), Independent Audits Scheduled (2013)YES
Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From related partiesYES
Documents Board Meeting MinutesYES
Provided copy of Form 990 to organization’s governing body in advance of filingYES
Conflict of Interest PolicyYES
Whistleblower PolicyYES
Records Retention and Destruction PolicyYES
CEO listed with salary (CEO does not draw salary)YES
Process for determining CEO compensationYES
Board Listed / Board Members Not CompensatedYES

Information Accessibility

Board Members ListedYES
Audited FinancialsYES
Form 990YES
Key Staff ListedYES

If you have any further questions about our financials, please don’t hesitate to contact us.