Review published Nov 2011.
Charity run with the force and logic of a successful businessman. Networking the successful young philanthropists. Leveraging the low costs of education in poor rural countries. Switching from the commercial sector to the charitable sector in mid-life.
All of these and more characterize Wood's remarkable push to build the charity, Room to Read, which has distributed over 10 million schoolbooks, built dozens of schools, and provided scholarships for hundreds of girls in the belief they will insist upon educating their children.
It started when Wood took his first holiday in years, hiking in Nepal, and promised to return with books for a rural school. It has spread to an organization with field offices in seven countries.
One of the key features of the program is the requirement that local organizations contribute money and labor as well. Wood is sure this principal of business management has helped his charity succeed.