Santa Clara, CA (Vocus) January 15, 2010
Extending its commitment to offer students affordable education, Chegg.com announced a new partnership with The Asia Foundation’s program, Books for Asia, to provide textbooks and educational materials to students in need across 18 countries in Asia.
“The Asia Foundation is giving access to knowledge and education through books, something that’s core to our work and our values, so naturally Chegg.com was inspired to partner with them,” said Osman Rashid, co-founder and chairman of the board at Chegg.com. “Our support of Books for Asia is a natural extension of our desire to make education affordable to students and make a difference around the world.”
Beginning in March 2010, every time a book is rented, bought, sold or donated through Chegg.com, customers will be given the choice to deliver a book to a student or child in Asia who needs it. Chegg.com has committed to deliver at least 50,000 books at the onset of this partnership. This innovative partnership builds on Chegg.com’s strong history of philanthropic generosity. As American Forests Global ReLeaf program’s largest tree-planting partner, Chegg.com has planted more than 2 million trees – one for each textbook rented.
“The Asia Foundation is pleased to be partnering with Chegg.com, one of Silicon Valley’s newest and most philanthropically-oriented businesses, the agreement complements ongoing contributions of new textbooks by some of America’s leading publishers.” said Doug Bereuter, president and CEO of The Asia Foundation. “Without books these individuals would be unable to pursue their education or gain access to valuable information. By helping struggling students in the U.S. and Asia, Chegg.com and Books for Asia serve those who may one day make major contributions in business, medicine, philanthropy, or diplomacy.”
For more information, visit http://www.chegg.com.
About The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance, law, and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; and international relations. Drawing on more than 50 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research.
With offices throughout Asia, an office in Washington, D.C., and its headquarters in San Francisco, the Foundation addresses these issues on both a country and regional level. Last year the Foundation provided more than $87 million in program support and distributed over one million books and educational materials valued at $41 million throughout Asia.
Chegg.com's transformative concept of money-saving, rental access to textbooks has made it one of the Internet's fastest growing new companies and the number one online textbook rental company. Launched nationally in 2007, Chegg.com has saved students more than $100 million dollars at over 6,400 colleges. With a growing inventory of more than 4.8 million titles, Chegg.com puts textbooks into the hands of students when they need them arriving in the brand's iconic orange box. For every book rented, Chegg.com plants a tree through American Forests' Global ReLeaf Program. To date, Chegg has planted more than 2 million trees.