Our supporters

We are grateful to our supporters
for their generous donations

We are grateful to these individuals and families who have supported Worldreader’s mission to help readers build a better world. To see a list of our institutional supporters and partners, please visit this page.

Last year, we received an outpouring of support and kind messages from the friends of former CEO of Simon & Schuster, Carolyn Reidy, including more than 50 donations made in her memory. We are grateful for these gifts that will advance Carolyn’s vision of sharing books with millions of readers. To learn more about how Carolyn supported Worldreader over the years, please read this note from our Co-founder and CEO, David Risher.

Our most recent
online donors

Qihao Fu
Jamey Thom
Nalorm Tay-Agbozo
Amar Singh Rathor
Wayne Burnett
marilyn lairsey
Susanna Porter
Brenda Boyd
Robert Bielecki
Aaron Challenner
Christine Gentes
adam burges
Jessica Blanchard
Mark Kellenbeck
Vasileios Papakonstantinou
kate walbert
Lisa Wright
Paul Hsi
Jacquie Labatt
Paula Kollmorgen
Lori Massad
Richard Coppola
Nico Lovejoy
IoLa L. Thomas
Fernando Sancho
Steve Ludders
Maurien Moller
Flora Rees
Brian Pratt
Martha Loach
Qihao Fu
Nalorm Tay-Agbozo
Luha Yang
marilyn lairsey
Robert Bielecki
Aaron Challenner
Brandy Netherton
Christine Gentes
Christine Bark
adam burges
Jessica Blanchard
William Coffey
Vasileios Papakonstantinou
Lisa Wright
Autumn Schwed
Marion Edmonds
Nico Lovejoy
Sascha H.
Bea Y. Perdue

* Denotes multi-year pledges. Worldreader sends our deepest thanks to donors who have committed unrestricted multi-year support to sustain our growth and impact for years to come.

Updated February 2020

Keep Children Reading US Founders Circle

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has!”  – Margaret Mead

Worldreader is grateful to the members of the Founders Circle for their pioneering support to launch and sustain Worldreader’s US reading program over its foundational first three years. Each Founder is passionate about supporting vulnerable children – keeping them reading and learning during these difficult times and beyond, while promoting cultural diversity and long-term success.

As a member of the Founders Circle you will receive the following benefits:

  • See your impact in action during a virtual meeting with one of Worldreader’s implementing partners.
  • Join our CEO, David Risher, and Worldreader Board Chair, Chris Capossela, to discuss philanthropic trends during a cocktail hour.
  • Attend the Annual Keep Children Reading Celebration to discover your impact to-date and hear from members of our Keep Children Reading US Advisory Council.
  • Receive recognition for your pioneering contributions on Worldreader’s website and in Worldreader’s annual report.

Current founders include: 

Mike Sundermeyer and Carrie Anderson
Charles and Lorie Brighton
Alan and Vic Caplan
Chris Capossela and Leigh Toner
Bill and Lynn Carr
Adam Gross
Andrew and Elana Jassy
Atul Khanna
Neen and Kirk Koenigsbauer
Dave Limp

Steve and Heather Murch
Lauri and Greg Nakamoto
Charles Phillips
Alison and David Rich
Brian and Ann Roberts
Neil Roseman
Praveen Seshadri and Ranjani Ramamurthy
Singer Foundation
David and Nancy Thacher
David Zapolsky

The Epic Circle

$500,000 – $1,000,000 and above

Chris Capossela and Leigh Toner*

Jennifer and David Risher*

Karen Van Dusen and Joel Spiegel*

Andrew and Elana Jassy*

Shel Kaphan and Ericka Lock*

Tod and Allison Nielsen*

Peter and April Spiro*

Cynthia and Steve Hammer*

Otis and Elizabeth Chandler*

Skip and Kimberly Klintworth

Jeffrey and Liesl Wilke*

Charles and Lorie Brighton*

Sue and Duff Sanderson

The Anthology Circle

$250,000 – $499,999

Kate James and Hans Bishop

Mike Sundermeyer and Cari Anderson*

Star Lerach

Harrison Miller and Clare McCamy

Donna and Matt Bellew*

Peter and Elisabetta Mallinson*

The Novel Circle

$100,000 – $249,999

David and Nancy Thacher

Dana Johnson and Mark Nelson*

Lauri and Greg Nakamoto*

LJ Ross

Carolyn Kroll Reidy and Stephen Reidy

Larry Hitchon and Dana Reid*

Kartik Raghavan*

Sudha Neelakantan & Venky Harinarayan

The Poetry Circle

$25,000 – $99,999

Brad Horwitz

Lisa Nitze

Neil Roseman and Rose Tatlow*

Adam Bosworth*

Steve and Heather Murch

Kirk and Neen Koenigsbauer*

Pam Fleischer

Bill and Lynn Carr*

Paul Maritz

Steve Kessel and Sibyl Frankenburg

Cintra Pollack

Richard and Kathie Dalzell

Craig and Susan Bruya

Lisa Brummel and Celeste Keaton

Diego Piacentini and Monica Nicoli

Tim Bunting

Stephanie and Jim Gamble

David Zapolsky and Lynn Hubbard

Timothy and Jennifer Kingston

Claire Joy

Alan and Vic Caplan*

Don and Barb Niemann

Fraser and Deirdre Black*

David Dominguez

John and Jessica Fullerton

Robert Short and Emer Dooley

Adam Gross*

Google Inc. Employee Giving

Jennifer Hanner

Charles Phillips

Tom Alberg and Judi Beck


$10,000 – $24,999

John and Martha Stewart

Josh Schweitzer and Mary Sue Milliken

Colin McElwee

Brewster Kahle

Brad and Alys Smith

Richard. Ward and Cheryl Capriola

Ann and Brian Roberts*

Alison and David Rich*

John Jameson

David Thomson and Judy Jesiolowski

Frida Kumar

Lucia Halpern

Quentin and Malissa Clark

Jeff and Laura Shell

Andrea Pollack

Paul Van der Wansem

Carol Risher

Stan Rosenzweig

Rob Walsh

Martin Nye*

Juanita Baker

Amanda Jones

Bill and Gus Gurley

Gregory and Elisabeth Fowler

Matthew E. Russell Foundation


$5,000 – $9,999

Deborah Yeh and Mark Risher

Jose Ignacio Zabaleta

Brad and Rachel Greenwald

Frances and Mac Merenda

Emily Laliberte

Marguerite Thompson

Keith Edwards

Richard and Kristin Saada

Megan and Fred Eiden

Tamra Myers

Elizabeth and Olof Carmel

Survey Monkey

Heidi and Sean Williams

Zibby Owens

Pamela Bynum

Greg Hart

Autumn Schwed

Gina Centrello

Lindsay and Patti Eberts

Julie Tafel Klaus

Henrik Jones

Les Hinmon

Marshall Loeb

Nigel Ellis

Sven and Cheryl & Sven Pole

Kosmo Kalliarekos

Michele Balfour and Raffiq Nathoo

Catherine Stocker

George and Cherry Snelling

Mary Bacher

Justin Anderson


$2,500 – $4,999

Patti and Lindsey Paxton

Jed and Sarah Nussdorf

David and Freda Lightfoot

Elyse Wright

Greg and Lynn Baugher

Greg and Corina Linden

Brian and Carrie Pratt

Stephen and Zorinne Schwartz

Richard and Katherine Todd

Ajay Kalhan and Sushma Verma

Paul Flessner

Balan Sethu Raman

Sameet Agarwal

Shawn and Amanda Bice

Christian Kleinerman

Praveen Seshadri

Jeff Glauber

Jacquie Labatt

Salesforce Foundation

Liz Nichols

Jim and Kim Ambach

Ruth Sorby

Darla Flanagan

Andrew Sigal

Peter and Donna Bladin

Lori and Ron Saxon

Gravy Live


$1,000 – $2,499

Alan and Vic Caplan

Deborah Yeh and Mark Risher

Greg Hart

Jodie Jones and Leland Rockoff

Michel Roger Goffin

Angela Reynar

Elizabeth and Olof Carmel

Greg Linden

Joseph Synk

Peter Orth

Taleb Salhab

Carol Risher

Frances and Mac Merenda

Haroula Kosmatos and David Fildes

Juanita Baker

Richard Ward and Cheryl Capriola

Tamra Myers

Catherine Stocker

Gabe Tsuboyama

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Kevin Phaup

Sean and Heidi Williams

Walter Baddoo

Christina Vrachnos

George and Cherry Snelling

Jane and Max Slade

Kim Rachmeler

Sherry and Edward Guy

Thank you for helping readers build a better world.

We are grateful for your support. For more information, please email donations@worldreader.org. We look forward to hearing from you.