Our History
Read Indeed was founded in 2009 by book enthusiast Maria Keller when she was 8 years old. Since its inception, this youth-driven organization has collected and gifted more than 2.6 MILLION books to children in need. Today, the organization is overseen by college student Maria Keller, with her 14-year-old brother, Ryan, now at the helm—collecting books, orchestrating warehouse activities, and handling the distribution of books through Minnesota and beyond.

Board of Directors

Maria Keller, Founder & Chair
  • ​Mary Ambre, Marketing Consultant
  • Kati Brick, ZooZatZ
  • Mark Iverson, Foodsby
  • Scott Ackermann, Educator
  • Karina Muller, Business Strategy Consultant
  • ​Kjersten Jaeb, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Kate Kompelien, Avtex Solutions
  • Ulrike Harrison, USH Associates
  • Maria Chapellin, Target
  • Kate Carnivale, Consultant
  • Rachel David, LDA Minnesota

Youth Advisory Council

Read Indeed's Youth Advisory Council allows youth (ages 12 to 17) to participate in Read Indeed on an advisory level. The Youth Advisory Council participants build skills such as leadership, researching, and fundraising.
Read Indeed is a 501c3 nonprofit literacy organization and the original vision of Maria Keller, a book-loving girl who wanted to make the world a better place—one book at a time. In the last 10 years, Read Indeed has gifted more than 2.6 million books to kids in need. Today Read Indeed is managed by 14-year-old Ryan Keller. Read Indeed’s mission is to promote literacy by collecting and gifting books to at-risk children. Having donated more than $4 million in books, Read Indeed has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.

Media and Awards

Read Indeed continues to receive press through a variety of media outlets and Maria has received recognition for her service to kids in need. You can see updates on the Media and Awards page. 

Contact Us

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