The Literacy Council of Sarasota Inc
Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center
1750 17th St., Bldg. K-3
Sarasota FL 34234
Mission
The mission of the Literacy Council of Sarasota is to improve literacy for adults (16+) in Sarasota County through personalized, needs-based tutoring and small group instruction.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Tom Melville
Board Chair Carol J. Darling Ph.D
Board Chair Affiliation School Administrator
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1978
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Jan 2016
State Registration 0
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $170,000.00
Projected Expenses $170,000.00
Impact Statement

OUR VISION

Educate the adult community that "Literacy Matters" to all. 
Needs Statement
The Literacy Council of Sarasota relies primarily on contributions from businesses and individuals, family and corporate foundations, service agreements/contracts, in-kind donations and sponsorships. On-going funding for programs, operations and supplies is required namely for personnel, IT and website support, books for the library, students and tutors, TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) and CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Assessment System) testing materials and administration used to measure learners' progress.  Tutors are currently trained by a single ProLiteracy-accredited trainer throughout the year because procuring another trainer and materials for our training classes requires additional funds. Each tutor is required to attend 12 hours of ProLiteracy training for certification. With today's changing technology, LCS requires newer computers and social networking expertise. All donations are tax-deductible.
 
More specific needs for 2014-2015 include:
 
$500 Neat scanner to transition to electronic record keeping
$2,000 Marketing materials for Health Literacy and other programs
$3,000 TABE & CASAS Trainer Sessions
$4,000 ProLiteracy Training Materials
$5,000 Office Equipment (computers and phone system)
 
Background Statement
Since 1978, The Literacy Council Sarasota (LCS) has been helping adults - ages 16 and older - improve their basic reading, writing, comprehension and communication skills through one-on-one and small group tutoring. LCS customizes teaching to individual needs, providing a unique focus on enabling adult learners to function better within the frameworks of their own life situations. LCS has been nominated for the 2009 Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business of the Year Awards presented by The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce in the Non-Profit Organization of the Year category in 2008 and 2009.
Since 1978, LCS has been achieving its mission by:
  • Teaching through one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction that enables adults to acquire reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills to meet the demands of daily life, to improve their potential for fulfilling employment, and to enhance the quality of life for themselves and their families.

  • Recruitingtraining, and supporting tutors and other volunteers who perform the important LCS activities that result in a more literate Sarasota community.

  • Raising community awareness so that cooperative efforts lead to increasing literacy and supporting the goals of the organization.

  • Collaborating with other local, state, and national organizations to educate decision-makers, co-sponsor activities, and jointly work on projects relating to adult and family literacy.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Education
Keywords
Adult Basic Literacy, ABE, ESL, ESOL, Workplace Literacy, Reading, Tutor, Literacy, Basic Literacy, Education, Laubach, Workplace Literacy, Financial Literacy, Health Literacy, Family Literacy, GED, Digital Literacy
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

An often overlooked adult population are those individuals who are not native English speakers or who are English speaking but still lack basic skills. In both cases these adults may be hesitant to seek help since they are past high school age and have work and family obligations. The Literacy Council of Sarasota has been serving these individuals for over thirty five years with one-on-one or small group tutoring by ProLiteracy trained volunteer tutors. The Board of Directors is committed to upholding the mission of building a more literate community--one person at a time.

The Board members are an educated, dedicated, and interested group of persons, some of whom are employed and some of whom are semi-retired or retired. Our monthly meetings provide an opportunity for all members to participate in the discussion of issues relevant to the governance of the organization. We are acutely aware of our role and responsibilities and those of the Executive Director. Our committee structure allows for each Board member to be an active member of at least one committee. Fundraising activities are chaired by a Board member with full participation by other members. One hundred percent of our Board members continue to financially support the organization.

We are always recruiting new Board members who share a passion for the language arts: reading, writing, speaking, listening, understanding, and comprehending the English spoken and written word. The Board is a collegial group of professionals who come to meetings with the desire to further the mission of the organization in any way they can. We are pleased to offer our time and talents to this worthy mission.


Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Functional illiteracy in Sarasota County, Florida, is a continuing problem.  The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL - 2003) estimates the functional illiteracy rate nationwide at 14% of the population.  This NAAL report estimated Sarasota County’s rate of functional illiteracy at approximately 20%, with rates as high as 23% inside the city limits.  There is also a substantial number of people who have reached adulthood without achieving the level of reading and writing skills necessary to: complete basic life tasks such as filling out a job application, or compete for a better job; comprehend safety warnings in the workplace/home; understand everyday consumer product labels; get ready for disaster preparedness; understand prescription/medication labels or their doctor’s instructions; prepare to further their education; read to their child and help with homework. Imagine your own life if you could not read or write very well. Who would you turn to for help?

It takes a lot of courage for an adult to admit he or she does not read or write very well. When they call or come to our door for help, our professional staff warmly greets them with understanding, respect and compassion. Integral to the solution is LCS’ involvement of the community through ProLiteracy-accredited trained volunteer tutors. These volunteers are matched with adult learners for one-on-one tutoring that meets that individual’s unique needs and educational goals. The results are profound and life-transforming for both people involved. The adult learner’s life is transformed by the power and ability to read and write. The volunteer experiences a deep sense of satisfaction of helping someone in need, knowing that the results will be lasting.

For over three decades The Literacy Council of Sarasota has been helping make the community more literate, and I commend all the Board members, staff, volunteers, donors and supporters who have made that possible. At the same time I invite the community to continue its support and investment in our important work of transforming lives, one person at a time, each and every day.


 

Programs
Description Programs: Adult Basic Education, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Workplace Literacy programs. Services include one-on-one tutoring, small group instruction, TABE and CASAS assessments, pre-GED workshops, citizenship preparedness, conversation classes, volunteer training, jail literacy, financial literacy, health literacy, and digital literacy (new in 2015) support and materials.
Budget $127,500
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adults Adults
Short Term Success Learners reported to have saved their jobs due to their literacy instruction, received their GED, entered higher-education institutions and gained their citizenship. 
Long Term Success Programs expanded to increase the number of learners served so they attain the literacy levels needed to get ahead in life. Overall local literacy levels rise.
Program Success Monitoring Quarterly progress reports and ongoing program evaluation.
Program Success Examples

Learners have made gains in their education goals and thus improved their  quality of living through increased literacy. 

Comments
Program Comments by Organization

For over 30 years, The Literacy Council of Sarasota’s goal has been to empower and enable people to become self sufficient, increase their opportunities and build better lives by helping them improve their basic literacy skills. The Literacy Council of Sarasota, Inc. (LCS), a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) educational organization, is the only agency in the City of Sarasota and in northern Sarasota County offering free, personalized, one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction for adults in the areas of Basic Literacy and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

LCS actively recruits, trains and supports volunteer tutors, and collaborates through cooperative efforts to educate and raise community awareness through a number of programs including Workplace Literacy, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Basic Literacy.

Currently, there are approximately 200 active tutor/student pairs and over 20 students waiting for a tutor. The Literacy Council of Sarasota is funded through individual donors and small foundation grants and receives no funding from the local, state or federal governments.

Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Tom Melville
CEO Term Start Feb 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email tmelville@sarasotaliteracy.org
Experience

Tom Melville

Having recently relocated to the area and buying a new home, Tom brings with him almost 20 years of successful nonprofit executive management experience. His previous positions include working with homeless organizations, HIV/AIDS service agencies, coalitions, and with community foundation development and fundraising. Tom has also served on a variety of boards, commissions and community groups, most often in a leadership position. His strengths include:

  • Strategic Planning and Thought Leadership
  • Board Leadership and Development
  • Resource Development, Fundraising, and Grant Writing
  • Community Collaborations and Partnerships
  • Nonprofit Management: Staff Development, Budget Management, and Operations
  • Communications and Outreach
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Mrs. Shon Anita Ewens Apr 2011 - Jan 2014
Ms. Kristen Szafraniec Mar 2007 - Mar
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Susan Bergstrom Ms.Program and Volunteer Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 85
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 5
Volunteers 225
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
  • ProLiteracy
  • Florida Literacy Coalition
  • Goodwill Manasota Industries
  • Sarasota Technical College (formerly SCTI)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
  • Career Edge
  • Children First
  • Catholic Charities
  • Junior League
  • Harvest House
  • Sarasota County Library System
  • Church of the Trinity
  • Tuttle Elementary School
  • Women's Resource Center of Sarasota County
  • Inmate Ministry Foundation
  • Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center
  • Experience Works
  • Florida Blue
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
ProLiteracy America2015
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Promising Practice among Florida's adult and family literacy programsFlorida Literacy Coalition2010
Nominee in the Non-Profit Organization of the Year categoryFrank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business of the Year Awards2008
Nominee in the Non-Profit Organization of the Year categoryFrank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business of the Year Awards2009
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted July 2012
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Comments
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Carol J. Darling Ph.D
Company Affiliation School Administrator
Board Term July 2014 to June 2015
Board Chair Email cdarling.lcs@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ed Carthew Adjunct Instructor, George Washington University
Carol J. Darling Ph.DSchool Administrator
Pamela Gillard Community Volunteer
Linda T. Jones Retired School Administrator
Ted Lindenberg Retired School Administrator
Ann Miller Community Volunteer
Jackie W. Mills Keiser University
Thomas Perkins Community Volunteer
Ashley Salter CPA
Paul J. Schafer Keiser University
Carol Sukoneck Special Education Teacher
Diane Trettin Community Volunteer
Matthew Twargoski Community Youth Development (CYD)
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? Yes
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 60
Constituency Includes Client Representation
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization

We have begun a new year during which the focus of our mission to improve literacy for adults 16+ in Sarasota County will be to spread the message that “Literacy Matters.” The organization has been striving to better the lives of Sarasota County residents by providing one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction for adult basic education and ESOL, financial literacy, workplace literacy and a new health literacy initiative. 

These past five years, we have helped over 1,500 individuals improve their lives through literacy education. The fact that 20% of the population in Sarasota and Manatee counties has limited literacy skills puts them at risk of going to jail, overdosing on medication, and continuing to live in poverty. Literacy is a cross-generational issue. There are families all over Sarasota County unable to read or speak English, or balance a checkbook. 

Literacy affects us all. We are asking our community to join us in spreading the message that Literacy Matters!  

Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $170,000.00
Projected Expenses $170,000.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
IRS Form 990s
LCS IRS 9902014
9902013
9902012
9902011
9902011
9902010
9902009
9902008
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$123,506$90,925$75,170
Administration Expense$20,057$25,167$55,121
Fundraising Expense$8,217$24,784$10,207
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.350.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%65%54%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%14%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$83,986$80,106$30,404
Current Assets$80,500$74,466$30,404
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,559$1,367$1,054
Total Net Assets$82,427$78,739$29,350
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $118,480Contributions, gifts, grants $157,893Contributions, gifts, grants $99,403
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $17,075Fundraising $14,325Program service revenue $31,538
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountWorkplace Literacy $11,580Workplace Literacy $9,591Fundraising $7,024
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities51.6454.4728.85
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures are based on IRS Form 990s. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support. Audits are not available for 2014,2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 fiscal years.
Nonprofit The Literacy Council of Sarasota Inc
Address Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center
1750 17th St., Bldg. K-3
Sarasota, FL 34234
Primary Phone 941 955-0421

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY, INC. IS A REGISTERED 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT CORPORATION. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE (1-800-HELP-FLA) OR FROM THE WEBSITE: WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) OF EACH CONTRIBUTION IS RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY. REGISTRATION #SC-02471.