the philanthropy

Room to Read is a global organization that focuses on literacy and gender equality in education. For the past nine years, it has received Charity Navigator's four-star rating—the highest available rank—placing it in the top 1% of all non-profit organizations.

We believe in being great and doing good. 

When we create a Harlen Modern Careerpiece, we honor the inimitable skills of master Italian artisans, ensuring that their rich history is preserved and passed down to the next generation, and we curate materials, all sourced from Italy, that are stunning, durable, and adhere to the highest environmental standards. 

We, and you, also do more. When you own a Harlen, you share the transformative power of education and empowerment, and you pay tribute to the countless girls who simply want a chance to learn.

for every harlen you own, we support

one student

in Room to Read's Girls' Education Program

for one school year.


Our contribution provides girls with the tools they need to succeed:  tuition and fees  |  mentoring and life skills education  |  books and uniforms  |  and other materials, like a bike, if she needs one to get to school. As Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explain in their best-selling book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the impact of girls' education and empowerment is profound.  It can end illiteracy, improve health, stabilize societies, curb extremism, boost economies, combat child marriage, foster independence, and advance equality.  Its force reverberates across countries and throughout generations.  It is widely considered to be the world's best investment, and it alters the trajectory of a child's life. By our math, 1 × 1 × 1 = ∞. Together, we shorten the arc, hasten its bend, and move opportunity forward.

Room to Read Educates and Empowers Girls

Room to Read is the leading non-profit for literacy and girls' education.  Among other awards, it has received Charity Navigator's four-star rating—the highest available rank—every year for the past decade, placing it in the top 1% of all non-profit organizations.  Its Girls' Education Program, which is evidence-based and community-focused, operates in areas of Asia and Africa where opportunities for girls have been limited and the need to educate and empower girls is great. In 2001, the Program enrolled just 15 girls.  Today, it supports more than 32,400 girls across nine countries.