Investing in our youth with Altruism

Spreading the joy of reading; page by page, book by book.

Mission Statement:

Altruism has a plethora of goals, all centered around the common theme of spreading literacy:

  • Distribute reading material to members of the underprivileged youth in our areas of operation.
  • Organize reading seminars with students.
  • Form partnerships with schools to continuosly donate to them.
11

Chapters

135

Volunteers

15000

Supplies Donated

5

Countries

Our Model

Below are the steps we generally take to complete one project at Altruism:

Recruitment

Contact local libraries to look for any excess books.

Scouting

Look for a school in need of said books, preferably in a close proximity to one of our chapters, and consult them.

Collecting Books

We then proceed to accumulate books at book drives and other events of the sort, hosted in our areas of operation.

Verification

After reaching a sufficient amount of books, we check that they are all of quality and span across multiple reading levels.

Shipment

We then inform the school recieving the material of the arrival date and time.

About us

Altruism is a 501(c)(3) certified nonprofit organization that promotes literacy by distributing reading material to members of the underprivileged youth worldwide. Passionate about instilling a pattern of learning within individuals, we at Altruism strive to allow every young child to have books readily accessible to them. Schools, community centers, and other locations within close proximity to our several chapters are what primarily serve as “sites” for our interactive events. Here's how Altruism helps the wider community:

Clears up book caches

Helping schools and libraries get rid of older, less-used books, freeing up space for newer books to occupy shelves.

Increases literacy around the world

Reading is an integral skill, and to be able to help in the spread of literacy is a blessing in itself.

Forms connections

Forming connections with new people has the potential to increase awareness of problems that we may not necessarily be cognizant of.

The Problem

In less fortunate areas, many government-funded public schools simply just aren’t able to afford a sufficient amount of books and other school supplies in classrooms, generally taking away from the educational experience that children should experience. In a day and age where white-collar labor is ever-expanding, investing in low-income schools is absolutely imperative to ensure that every young child is granted with equal opportunity and is able to succeed in the professional world.

The Solution

At Altruism, we organize book drives and distribute books to low-income schools around the globe, and conduct seminars for students to encourage an interest for literacy. We also support these schools by organizing fundraisers and assisting in the supply of educational material. Through these actions, Altruism is carving the pathway for students to explore their passions without worrying about the inevitable issues existent within their school systems.

Testimonials

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Our story started 3 years ago, when one of our founders, Anish Reddy, was visiting India, a life-changing visit. There, he took note of all the schools that lacked sufficient books, resources, and many other essential school supplies. Shocked to discover that there was no major initiative or organization to tackle this issue, he assembled a diverse team of passionate young individuals from across the globe, all with the same motive; to promote literacy and distribute books to those who don’t have them readily available to them.

  • We distribute volunteer hours. Every hour you volunteer for Altruism is one volunteering hour. These hours are signed off and certified by a member of the Executive Team every 10 hours. Joining Altruism also clearly has a beneficial impact on the community. Ask any of our officers and they’ll agree that distributing literacy and books to those less fortunate has a deeply rewarding feeling. On top of all of this, although we remain in professional character, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Once we return to a more normal lifestyle, post the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate taking our team to different neighborhoods across the United States for numerous fundraisers and book drives.

  • There is an application process for obtaining a leadership role at Altruism. When pressing the “Register” button on the navigation bar, you will be directed to a form to answer some questions. After reviewing your responses to the questions on the application form, we will call you for an interview to evaluate moral character. Typically, applicants with prior experience in volunteering or philanthropy will be favored for leadership roles. We look to recruit the best officers to ensure that our impact can be multiplied to the largest extent possible.

  • Though Altruism is headquartered in the United States, we also have chapters in three other countries across the globe. To start a chapter in your area, fill out the appropriate “register” form at the bottom of this page. The link to it can also be found here:

    Register

International Board


Anish Reddy

Co-President/Executive Director of the International Board, Head of all chapters

Saif Nabi

Co-President/Executive Director of the International Board, Head of the New York City Metropolitan Area Chapter

Andrew Hse

Vice-President/Associate Director of the International Board, Head of the Greater Los Angeles, California Chapter

Leona Alonso

Chief Operating Officer of the International Board, Head of the Houston, Texas Chapter

Fahmia Rahman

Program Coordinator of the International board, Head of the British Columbia, Canada Chapter

Aaravsinh Solanki

Chief Technology Officer of the International Board, Head of the Princeton Junction, New Jersey Chapter

Riya Prakash

Director of Development of the International Board, Head of the Marlboro, New Jersey Chapter

Jasmine Foo

Director of Communications of the International Board, Head of the Ontario, Canada Chapter

Shweta Nadagouda

Director of Marketing & Outreach of the International Board, Head of the Westchester, New York Chapter

Chapters

New York City Metropolitan Area, United States

Greater Los Angeles, California, United States

Houston, Texas, United States

Harrison, New York, United States

Marlboro, New Jersey, United States

Princeton Junction, New Jersey, United States

London, United Kingdom

Ontario, Canada

British Columbia, Canada

Bangalore, India

Contact

Our Address

18 Sparrow Drive, West Windsor, NJ, 08550

Email Us

team@altru1sm.org

Call Us

+1 (908) 552-8174