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 seven cities across two continents. WGI is supported by a number of the world’s largest corporations, including General Electric, Aston Martin, HBO, etc.