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
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement
From last year: 1) We were able to raise over $15,000 through the SCF Giving Challenge; 2) Have partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Manatee County to raise awareness of literacy issues; 3) Became more aggressive in seeking new funding sources; 4) Have partnered with the Literacy Council of Sarasota for assistance in tutor training.
For the current year: 1) To recruit 30-50 new tutors to be able to reduce our waiting list of learners; 2) To begin using more technology to be able to provide on-line services to those students waiting for a tutor; 3) To update our antiquated library of textbooks. 
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. We have streamlined operations and are now open 4 days per week (6 hrs/day), up from 3.5 last year. A gift of $2,300 would allow us to have the office minimally staffed for the four full days per week, while a gift of $7,500 would allow us to be full staffed for all four operating days. Each hour we are open increases not only our availability to see clients, but also to schedule tutoring sessions at our location.  
  4. Sometimes a learner comes to us with limited means and has difficulty paying the evaluation fee and then purchasing their materials. A gift of $60 would help one of those learners achieve their independence goals.  
Background Statement
The Literacy Council of Manatee dba Manatee Reads! 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.
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 but do teach in some small group settings also.  We currently conduct 1 class in partnership with Goodwill Manasota.  This class is taught at their corporate headquarters.
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 10 years ago. I am currently tutoring 2 learners using our one-on-one tutoring method.  I have also helped 5 Manatee County residents achieve U.S. citizenship. The challenge in the past few years has been the decline in both private and public funds. So much so, that we were unable to rehire our Executive Director at the end of 2014.  Since then, I have also been our volunteer Acting  Director.  My passion for literacy education in this area is so great, that it is worth my extra time in keeping this organization in operation. 
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 We have partnered with Goodwill Manasota to provide ESL classes at their corporate headquarters.  Currently we have one class in progress.  Goodwill career coaches determine which of their associates would benefit from these classes and provides them with pay while attending.
Budget $4,000
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Hispanic, Latino Heritage Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Short Term Success We try to re-evaluate each learner once or twice a year to measure progress.
Long Term Success The associates chosen by Goodwill to attend these classes have shown signs of progressing in their employment with Goodwill.  The English education will further their development of employment skills.
Program Success Monitoring The teacher reports individual progress to program director, as needed.  A skilled evaluator administers the Best Plus assessment tool.
Program Success Examples Individual achievements have been noted by both class teacher and store managers.
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 48
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
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 Coalition2017
ProLiteracy America2017
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
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 Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization Our main need right now is to be able to hire an Executive Director, if only in a part-time position.  Our focus for this year is to acquire funding to be able to provide this need.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Roger Boos
Company Affiliation Publix Supermarkets - retired
Board Term July 2016 to June 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Roger Boos Publix Supermarkets - Retired
Ms. Sherry Emigh Community Volunteer
Ms. Mayu Fielding Pittsburgh Pitrates
Ms. Judy Garland Manatee County Schools
Ms. Sherry Harris Fidelity Bank
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 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 82
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% 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 will be conducting a Board assessment to improve and expand our Board of Directors.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $23,754.00
Projected Expenses $23,401.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $370.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical 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
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