Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition
1444 NW 28th St.
Oklahoma City OK 73106
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition
OKC Metro Literacy Coalition
Mission Statement To lead a collaboration of literacy providers and supporters to strengthen services and present a united voice for literacy in metropolitan Oklahoma City.
Reading is the gateway skill everyone in OKC needs for us all to thrive.
Contact Information
Contact Name Julie Serven
Contact email info@okcliteracycoalition.org
Address 1444 NW 28th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone (405) 830-2790
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Donations made by check may be mailed to the address above. Donations by credit card may be made at www.okcliteracycoalition.org. Volunteer opportunities with OKCMLC and member organizations are posted on the website. Please call or email OKCMLC regarding in-kind donations.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $60,000.00
Projected Expenses $65,562.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 2007
IRS Ruling Year 2007
State Registration Expiration Dec 2017
Mission To lead a collaboration of literacy providers and supporters to strengthen services and present a united voice for literacy in metropolitan Oklahoma City.
In 2006, in response to increasingly low literacy levels in the metropolitan Oklahoma City area, concerned leaders from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Junior League of Oklahoma City, United Way of Central Oklahoma, Community Literacy Centers, Inc., and R.S.V.P. convened the community to address literacy problems and find solutions. Eight task forces were formed and worked for a year to develop a plan to increase literacy levels through a coordinating coalition: (1) Early Childhood/Family Literacy, (2) Evaluation/Accountability, (3) Curriculum/Best Practices, (4) Funding, (5)Learner Retention and Recruitment, (6) Marketing, (7) Nonprofit/ESL/Faith-based Organizations, & (8) Workforce Partnerships. More than 80 people worked on the project, and the task forces created a blueprint for literacy in our community.
To implement that blueprint, the Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition (OKCMLC) was formed. Task force members agreed that OKCMLC would provide a centralized communication/networking hub to bring together literacy services in our community.
Our vision is that metropolitan Oklahoma City is a fully literate community!
We are a coalition because literacy and economic development go hand in hand.  Employers now find it more cost-effective to relocate operations if they cannot find the skilled workers to meet their needs in the local area.
Our Goals: 
  • To ensure that anyone who wants literacy services can readily access them
  • To ensure that every literacy provider has the resources needed to provide the best possible services for every learner
  • To bring the community together in order to present a united voice for literacy
Our Values:
  • We believe that metropolitan Oklahoma City can achieve 100% literacy.
  • We respect and learn from the experience of all segments of the community.
  • We believe in the wisdom of collective work and responsibility.
  • We support all partners in a community who have a stake in increased literacy levels.
Impact Accomplishments: The Coalition maintains a literacy referral service, provides scholarships for GED testing fees, recruits tutors and connects them with direct service providers, provides scholarships for tutor training, and hosts professional education and networking opportunities for organizations and individuals providing direct services to learners.
Needs After being a 100% volunteer-run organization for six years, OKCMLC hired a half-time Executive Director in February 2017. With this dedicated staff person, OKCMLC will be able to better promote awareness of the need for literacy services, connect learners to services, connect volunteers to organizations, and support literacy providers in order to expand the reach of literacy efforts in the community. Increasing the Executive Director position to 3/4 time in Fiscal Year 2018 would allow OKCMLC to more fully implement the newly developed outcomes logic model for literacy. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement Reading proficiency is a gateway skill that enables a person to more fully develop his or her unique skills and contribute to the community. When ALL in Oklahoma City can read, we ALL will benefit.
Board Chair Statement

Connecting the community around the topic of literacy is the work of the Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition. Our vision is to create a community with 100% literacy. We know that if there is a path out of poverty, it is literacy! Raising a family, supporting that family, keeping them healthy and safe is hard work. Trying to do that when you do not read well is an overwhelming task. Children in families with parents who struggle to read are often not successful in school.

The OKCMLC’s great challenge is to assist needy adults as they navigate the literacy service network. We have a referral line that receives around 150+ calls a year. We hear so many poignant stories. Just recently a young mother of three elementary-age children called looking for help for all of them. “I know,” she said, “that I can’t help them until I get help myself.” Adults face the reality of low-level literacy when they have to take a certification test in the workplace or fill out forms in the doctor’s office or at school. It is very hard for an adult to admit that she does not read well. Adults are embarrassed, ashamed, and feel that they are stupid and unable to learn. Callers are often very appreciative to be able to speak to someone who encourages them to get help and to keep in touch with us if the recommended service does not work out. We continually update our lists of literacy services in order to be a significant link between the learner and community programs. Currently we are receiving calls from parents of children who are looking for help as their children approach third grade public school mandates.

Our work is difficult for some in the community to understand. We do not teach reading or English language skills. Services include referrals to programs and a designated fund that provides GED test fund fees for at-risk adults. According to Linda Dudek, director of the OCCC Adult Learning Center, “The criteria for the GED test funds are need-based and have been such a great help for our students who cannot afford the cost of the test. We are very appreciative of the opportunity for so many worthy students to be able to take advantage of this unselfish gesture on the part of the Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition.”

The OKCMLC also provides professional development and network meetings and community awareness. Our website promotes community literacy events, needs and activities. Network meetings feature speakers or roundtables on topics such as, Vision and Literacy, Advocacy, Health Literacy, Financial Literacy, English as a Second Language, Marketing and Conflict Resolution. Our recent ESL network meeting brought this response from Dr. Gail Nash who teaches at Oklahoma Christian University. “It was also useful for both my "people"(students) just to see how much is going on. Sue and Shelby got a glimpse into what a big deal they are a part of. They both really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. I'm so glad they could come. So, I think it was very successful and thank you for bringing it together and letting me be a part.”

A national research project, the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, targeted Oklahoma as one of six states to assess in the area of adult literacy. What we learned about Oklahoma adults is that 49% of them read at basic or below levels. According to the Department of Libraries Literacy Resource Office, about 149,000 individuals in Oklahoma County read at very low levels and about 8-10% of them are in programs or being tutored. Here is a visual: If you fill the Oklahoma University Football stadium two times, you have close to the number of citizens needing help. The two end zones represent those engaged in programs.

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Oklahoma City Metropolitan (all 7 counties)
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building/Community Coalitions
Tertiary Organizational Category Public & Societal Benefit/Public & Societal Benefit NEC
Description The referral phone line (405-830-2790) and website contact form connect learners to literacy services and volunteers to literacy service providers.
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
• Recruiting and guiding volunteers to training
• Partnership with Payne Education Center for referrals to Volunteer Training and Toolkit program
• Finding programs for adults needing help
• Guiding parents to free programming until they can find free tutors
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
• Grow the number of adults getting help with reading
• Find help for parents with children reading below grade level 
• Grow the number of volunteers trained to teach reading 
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Volunteers log calls, refer clients to literacy provider, send client's contact information to literacy provider, and make follow-up calls to clients to see if they are receiving service.
Description The meetings provide professional development and networking opportunities for organizations and individuals providing direct services to learners. Previous topics have included: vision & literacy, financial literacy, social media, community collaborations, advocacy, English as a second language (ESL), conflict resolution, community literacy, volunteer engagement, and health literacy.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
• Average about 35 participants per meeting
• Expands community awareness 
• Grow membership
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
• Inclusion in other campaigns with relevant literacy values
• Expanding community understanding of  literacy needs and services
Description The Coalition provides scholarships for volunteer tutor training & toolkits at Payne Education Center.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Description The Coalition awards GED or HiSET testing fee scholarships to adult learners whose program instructors deem ready to take the tests. The GED testing fee increased from approximately $50 to $150 in January 2014.
Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Chantel and her mother were homeless, and moved around a lot. She wasn't able to finish high school, but at 19, she decided that sitting in an apartment watching TV was not what she wanted to do with her life. Chantel knew an education was her ticket to changing her life. She started preparing for the GED at OIC of Oklahoma County but did not have the means to pay the GED testing fees. That's where Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition stepped in, providing Chantel a GED testing fees scholarship. Chantel passed her GED and is currently enrolled in the nursing program at Francis Tuttle!
Description Drop Everything And Read Day ("DEAR Day") is held annually in April at the Oklahoma State Capitol. DEAR Day, inspired by Beverly Cleary's Ramona books, is a celebration of reading. State legislators literally drop everything and read with the students. The Coalition provides transportation for OKCPS students to attend DEAR Day, snacks, and free books to 200 second-graders. We partner with Feed the Children to provide books to take home. Students also tour the Oklahoma History Center. To date, the Coalition has provide the DEAR Day experience to more than 1,200 students.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
• Encourage 2nd Grade Students in at-risk schools to value books and enjoy reading
• Honor Oklahoma authors and stories
• Advocate among legislators about the need for adults to read to children and support reading efforts in the community
• Provide field trips for under-served children so they can learn about their state capitol and the people that work there
• Since 2010, we have served more than 1,200 students from Oklahoma City Public Schools, Putnam City, Western Heights, and Positive Tomorrows
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. • Inspire greater numbers of students and teachers about the value/fun in reading
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Julie Serven
Start Date Feb 2017
Email julie@okcliteracycoalition.org
Owner, Storied Communications, LLC
VP of Storytelling, DecisionGrid
Adult ESL Instructor, Community Literacy Centers
Adjunct Professor, Oklahoma State University-OKC 
Number of Full-time Staff 0
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 14
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? N/A
Management reports to board? N/A
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Not Specified 0
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Comments on Staff & Management
Foundation Staff Comments The organization is an all-volunteer nonprofit and does not have paid staff.
Other Documents
Board Chair
Name Kathleen Lienke
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2017 to June 2020
Email kmlienke@gmail.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
Alexandra Ah Loy Johnson Hanan & VolserVoting
Scott Butcher Crowe & DunlevyVoting
Curtis Calvin OETAVoting
David Carlson MidFirst BankVoting
Erin Carlstrom Feed the ChildrenVoting
Bevan Graybill Stockdell Oklahoma Court of Civil AppealsVoting
Natalie Karousatos Keller WilliamsVoting
Kathleen Lienke Community VolunteerVoting
Monica Linville Red Carpet Car WashVoting
Betsy Mantor Community Volunteer/Founding Board MemberVoting
Lauren Nowakowski KPMGVoting
Meera Reddy Community VolunteerVoting
Joshua Stephens Half Price BooksVoting
Mary Surbeck Community Volunteer/Founding Board MemberVoting
Anika Wilson Oklahoma City Public SchoolsVoting
Kathryn Zynda Fox Chesapeake EnergyVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1 Indian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 12
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 78 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2017-June 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $60,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $65,562
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$1,500$0
Individual Contributions--$2,525$2,482
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,624$458--
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues$275$575$475
Special Events$7,983$9,107$5,497
Revenue In-Kind----$179
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$19,478$10,267$11,997
Administration Expense$7,643$2,918$2,276
Fundraising Expense$8,859$3,361$1,426
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.282.081.28
Program Expense/Total Expenses54%62%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue111%10%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$59,091$49,092$31,737
Current Assets$59,091$49,092$31,737
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$510$596$593
Total Net Assets$58,581$48,496$31,144
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities115.8682.3753.52
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $34,136Foundations & Corporations $20,192Foundation & Corporations $11,508
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $7,983Special Events $9,107Special Events $5,497
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $3,624Individuals $2,525Individuals $2,482
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from compilations provided by the organization.  
Note: This organization is only required to file an IRS 990 postcard and an audit is not cost effective. The organization has provided the Oklahoma City Community Foundation with confirmation from the IRS that it has filed a 990N (the postcard) each year since 2009.
The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff.

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Address 1444 NW 28th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Primary Phone 405 830-2790
CEO/Executive Director Julie Serven
Board Chair Kathleen Lienke
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer