Literacy Council of Manatee County, Inc.
3501 Cortez Road West
Suite 6
Bradenton FL 34210
Our mission is to empower Manatee County residents to independence through literacy. 
CEO/Executive Director Marilyn Cox
Board Chair Mr. Roger Boos
Board Chair Affiliation Publix Supermarkets - retired
General Info
Organization DBA
Manatee Literacy Council
Former Names
Manatee Reads!
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1978
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2018
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement
From last year: 1) We experienced a lot of changes in 2017: new office, new website, new dba, a total rebranding of our organization.  2) Hired an Interim Exective Director.  3) Received a $6,360 grant from the Eugene F and Elizabeth Hull Charitable Fund at MCF to totally update our learning library. 4) Received $1,000 grants from the Morrish Charitable Fund at MCF, the Edward E. & Lillian H. Bishop Founcation, the Mary E. Parker Founcation and Publix Super Markets Charities.  Also received $1,000 grants from two local Walmart stores.  5) Began tutor training classes and trained approximately 50 new tutors in six months.
Goals for the current year: 1) To hire a permanent Executive Director.  2) To add 4-6 new members to our Board of Directors.  3) To increase our budget to enable us to have two paid employees: an E.D. and a Program Manager.  4) To increase community awareness of our program and services.
Needs Statement
  1. Human capital is our current most pressing need. Our program is operated using an all-volunteer delivery system. Therefore, our success is driven by the number of volunteer tutors on our roster. We ask our tutors to volunteer for a minimum of one hour per week for at least six months. 
  2. We continue to recruit Manatee County residents who have an interest in our cause and influence in the community to serve on our Board of Directors. 
  3. Because of our limited resources, we are only able to staff our office with one paid employee at this time.  A $12,000 contribution would allow us to add a parttime Program Director to relieve the E.D. of those responsibilities.
  4. Sometimes a learner comes to us with limited means and has difficulty paying their registration fee and then purchasing materials (if needed).  A gift of $60 would help one of those learners achieve their independence goals.  
Background Statement
The Literacy Council of Manatee dba Manatee Literacy Council has been in operation in Manatee County for over 35 years. We specialize in one-on-one tutoring of adults who need to improve their basic English skills (ABE) and immigrants who need to learn English as a Second Language (ESL). Lately, we have had an influx of learners needing tutors but are unable to supply enough tutors for one-on-one tutoring sessions. We have begun several classes of ESL beginners and American Basic English and are looking to begin more classes as the need arises.
We teach Adult Basic English (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL). We have recently begun a general conversation class so that those learners waiting for a tutor can use the skills they currently have and improve their English with the help of other learners.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments We serve all residents of Manatee County, Florida.  We teach Adult Basic English (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL).  We mainly teach using the one-on-one method so that each tutor can concentrate on the specific needs and goals of the learner.  We have recently begun a general conversation class so that those learners waiting for a tutor can use the skills they currently have and improve their English with the help of other learners.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
I began as a volunteer tutor 11 years ago. I am currently tutoring 3 learners using our one-on-one tutoring method.  I have also helped 5 Manatee County residents achieve U.S. citizenship. With the decline in both private and public funds, we were unable to afford an Executive Director for several years.  My passion for literacy education in this area is so great, that I assumed the role of E.D. on a voluntary basis for several years.  After some reorganization, we now have a part-time Executive Director.    
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

It may be a surprise to learn that every American has most likely interacted in one way or another with an adult who has little to no literacy skills. The fact is that there are 36 million adults in the United States who can’t read above a third-grade level. That means the likelihood of meeting someone who struggles to read is truly staggering. Illiteracy is one of America’s best keep secrets. With MLC 30+ year history, its volunteer members have served thousands of adult learners, many of them immigrants. Each year, 90 percent of our programs provide services to adults learning English, pursuing citizenship, and seeking to obtain jobs to better themselves and provide for their families.

The MLC commitment to our mission has withstood many obstacles in the 30+ years since we first opened our doors and hearts to helping to improve literacy in Manatee County.

Recent changes for limited immigration and travel from countries have begun to adversely impact adult literacy students and programs throughout the world.

As MLC grows in the number of new learners enrolling, we accept the next challenge to provide trained volunteer tutors to meet the needs of all our enrollment.

Adding an additional paid staff member to help with the daily program challenges, will help begin the journey to build capacity in the form of reaching out to the community for additional volunteer tutors.

It is our hope that through our determination, and that of many of our partners, that we help to ensure that all Manatee County residents realize the importance of education.

Description Our major program is tutoring adult learners who want to learn or improve their ability to read, write, speak and understand English. We pair volunteer tutors with learners who have expressed specific literacy goals. These may include getting a better job, pursuing higher education, or improving ability to communicate with others. 
Budget $25,000
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Minorities Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short Term Success By the end of six months of instruction, 85%of our learners will have improved one full level in their skills. For some, this will be enough to gain employment and true independent living. For others, the process may take longer to attain desired goals. 
Long Term Success We envision a Manatee County where every adult can read, write, and speak the English language well enough to conduct basic business and hold a job. This will directly affect employment rates in the county and significantly reduce the need for social services throughout the county. 
Program Success Monitoring We use a three pronged approach to monitoring the progress in our program. First, students are assessed using nationally recognized tools. For our English as a Second Language learners, we utilize BestPLUS for oral assessment of skills and BestLiteracy for written assessment. A combined score allows us to place students in the correct curriculum and provide the tutor with information on strengths and weaknesses. For our American students, we utilize the internationally accepted Laubach testing method and curriculum for instruction. Students are assessed upon program intake and another written assessment is given at the end of each level of study. In addition, our students and tutors set goals for achievement. These may be things like enrolling in school, achieving citizenship, or opening a bank account. These goals are measured using a monthly tutor survey. 
Program Success Examples
In the past six months, we have seen significant achievement in our student population. Here are just a few examples: 
  • 18 of our students have achieved a workplace goal such as a new job, a promotion, or  new training program at work
  • 5 of our students have passed their exams and become US Citizens
  • More than 80% of our active students have achieved a stated literacy goal in the areas of reading, writing, comprehension, and speaking
  • 17 of our students reported becoming more involved in their child's education either through helping with homework, attending parent teacher conferences, or volunteering at the school.
Our student Liliam says of her experience: "I like studying in our conversation group because it helps me increase my English skills. Actually, pronunciation, it's not very easy for me, but teacher Judy helps me a lot with this and I'm learning. ...I would like to thank people who make these classes possible for giving us the opportunity to change our future." 
Description Since our waiting list for a one-on-one tutor can be lengthy, we began this class to engage those learners who want to improve their literacy skills while waiting for a tutor.  Everyday skills and topics are discussed amongst adult learners of many ages, nationalities, cultures and skill levels.
Budget $1,000
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Minorities
Short Term Success By joining this class, these learners are showing initiative in wanting to move forward. Therefore, anyone attending this class on a regular basis is considered first when tutors become available. Secondarily, these learners are improving their social skills as they interact with people from other countries and cultures.
Long Term Success By attending this class and moving onto a one-on-one tutor, learners can then concentrate more on their individual needs and goals.
Program Success Monitoring We know this conversation class is working as we had designed it because learners are attending on a regular basis and are thrilled when they are ultimately assigned their personal tutor.
Program Success Examples Since this class began, less than 6 months ago, 10 learners have moved on to be matched with a tutor.  Of those still attending class, we have seen shy and quiet learners gain confidence and social skills in a fun environment.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Marilyn Cox
CEO Term Start May 2017
CEO/Executive Director Email

Marilyn is a retired Executive Director for Read Jackson County in Indiana. After moving to Florida, she accepted a position at Sarasota Literacy as Program Administrator. Another retirement found her volunteering for Manatee Literacy Council. She is now the acting Executive Director for Manatee Literacy Council. Twenty five years of experience with adult literacy as a certified ProLiteracy Tutor Trainer has taken Marilyn all over the mid west and now the Florida area.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Lori Johnson July 2008 - June 2011
Kimberly Kollig-Ackley July 2011 - Dec 2014
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 88
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
The organization is currently collaborating with several other agencies throughout the area. Together with the Sarasota Literacy Council and the Venice Friends of Literacy, we were recognized as a Career Edge partner.
Partnering with Goodwill Manasota to provide ESL classes to designated associates at various Goodwill locations.
Florida Literacy Coalition2018
ProLiteracy America2018
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization In 2017, after some reorganization, we were able to hire an interim Executive Director.  In 2018, we will be looking for a permanent replacement for E.D.  We would also like to increase our budget so we can hire a parttime Program Director.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Roger Boos
Company Affiliation Publix Supermarkets - retired
Board Term July 2017 to June 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Corinna Adler Alorica
Mr. Roger Boos Publix Supermarkets - Retired
Ms. Sherry Emigh Community Volunteer
Ms. Mayu Fielding Pittsburgh Pitrates
Ms. Sherry Harris Fidelity Bank
Mr. Robert Johnson Retired
Ms. Carolyn Kappenmacher Mauldin & Jenkins
Ms. Autumn Steiner Humane Society of Sarasota
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization We have been challenged with having enough qualified persons serving on our Board.  In early 2017, we conducted a Board assessment to improve and expand our Board of Directors.  We have since added three new Board members and two awaiting vetting.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $90,000.00
Projected Expenses $89,814.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $426.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$37,703$36,276$47,853
Administration Expense$6,653$8,308$10,959
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.641.090.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%81%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$13,731$33,788$29,666
Current Assets$11,503$11,587$7,665
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$360$4,670$4,405
Total Net Assets$13,371$29,118$25,261
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $19,601Contributions, gifts, grants $38,960Contributions, gifts, grants $45,214
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $4,315Fundraising $5,988Fundraising $5,563
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $3,005Program Service Revenue $2,096Membership Dues $2,305
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities31.952.481.74
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We have been facing a down turn in donor based funding. We are trying to do more outreach in the area and have brochures in local libraries and other business.  We have also contacted other area literacy agencies to see if we could partner with them on fundraising, etc.
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures were taken from the 990 and audited financial reviews.  The financial statements and Federal 990s reconcile for 2009 - 2011.
Nonprofit Literacy Council of Manatee County, Inc.
Address 3501 Cortez Road West
Suite 6
Bradenton, FL 34210
Phone 941 746-8197