WGI Worldwide, Inc. is an American international organization that is educating people around the world to stop illiteracy. Through its work, WGI mobilizes the manpower and resources in underserved communities to combat illiteracy. WGI operates through two flagship programs, Read and Rice and You Can Read, which directly supports beneficiaries with literacy skills.
WGI was founded as the Wilson Global Initiative by Chance Wilson in April 2014. Wilson, who was 14 years old at the time, had noticed a perplexing issue. A number of his peers in school were unable to read and write. Turning his imagination to action, Wilson realized this was a problem and he had to do something about it. He founded WGI with the desire to promote literacy throughout the world.
Headquartered in New York City, WGI has operations in five cities across two continents. WGI is supported by a number of the world’s leading corporations, including General Electric, Aston Martin, HBO, etc.
WGI is led by a talented group of men and women located in key strategic locations around the world. Our global leadership team has over a century of combined experience at the highest levels of government and business.
The story of WGI began in 2014 with a 14 year old boy and his dream of a better world. From our humble beginnings to now worldwide activities, we take pride in our history and the inspiration it gives to others.