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 may be made online or mailed to our office.
Sponsorships and in-kind donations for our annual fall Scrabble Showdown fundraiser are always appreciated. 
Volunteer opportunities with partner literacy organizations are regularly shared in our monthly email newsletter or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $82,700.00
Projected Expenses $86,100.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 2007
IRS Ruling Year 2007
State Registration Expiration Jan 2019
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 OKC metro, concerned leaders from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Junior League of Oklahoma City, United Way of Central Oklahoma, Community Literacy Centers, Inc., and RSVP of Central Oklahoma 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. Task force areas included: (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 serve as the "backbone organization" and provide a centralized communication and networking hub for literacy services in our community.
Our vision is that metropolitan Oklahoma City is a fully literate community!
We want to build to build a stronger OKC through literacy! 
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 the 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 part-time Executive Director in February 2017. With this dedicated staff person, OKCMLC has been better able to promote awareness of literacy issues birth to adult, connect learners to services, connect volunteers to organizations, and support direct-service providers. Increasing the Executive Director position to 3/4 time in Fiscal Year 2019 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. We believe in prevention (laying a foundation from birth for early literacy skills), early intervention (catching reading delays early so children are proficient readers by 4th grade), and remediation (targeted remediation for youth and adults who are not proficient in reading and writing).
We want to build a stronger OKC through literacy!
Board Chair Statement
Connecting the community around the topic of literacy is the work of OKC 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.
OKCMLC’s great challenge is to assist needy adults as they navigate the literacy service network. We have a referral line that received almost 250 calls last 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 that I can’t help them until I get help myself,” she said. 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 regularly appreciate being 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 reading mandates for promotion.
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 County
Oklahoma City
While we are willing to share resources and opportunities with literacy providers anywhere in the OKC metro, due to limited capacity we focus first on knowing and sharing resources within Oklahoma City.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building/Community Coalitions
Tertiary Organizational Category Employment/Employment 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) At-Risk Populations
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 We award GED or HiSET testing fee scholarships to those adult learners whose program instructors deem ready to take the tests and pass. The testing fee is approximately $99 per person for the full battery of tests.
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 Network Meetings provide professional development and networking opportunities for organizations and individuals providing direct literacy 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, health literacy, and summer reading programs for youth. Attendees regularly state that they did not know each other or about each other's programs before attending a Network Meeting.
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 We offer up to $500 per Coalition Member Organization per calendar year to be used toward professional development—workshops, webinars, local seminars, etc. We would like to offer more!
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Description We provide partial scholarships for volunteer tutor training & toolkits at Payne Education Center.
Population Served General/Unspecified
We coordinate or support awareness events and media campaigns that promote literacy beyond the scope of a single literacy organization.
Awareness events have included Drop Everything And Read Day (DEAR Day) and Read Across Oklahoma. DEAR Day occurs in April at the Oklahoma State Capitol and celebrates reading as state legislators literally drop everything and read with 200 second-grade students. OKCMLC provides transportation, snacks, and free books. OKCMLC has provided the DEAR Day experience to more than 1,200 students. Read Across Oklahoma is another spring celebration of reading, in which approximately 1,000 PreK students travel to the OKC Zoo to experience fun literacy stations, receive a book, and hear from a local children's author. OKCMLC helps with this event.
Media campaigns are those such as the #GetThatGED campaign that displayed flyers, posters, and bus bench ads in targeted areas of the city that encouraged people to call us for a referral for a program that would meet their needs to complete a GED/HiSET.
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 Scott Sterling
Start Date Jan 2020
Email executivedirector@okcliteracycoalition.org
Number of Full-time Staff 0
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 18
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
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 1
Female 0
Not Specified 0
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2016
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development

OKC Metro Literacy Coalition is all about collaborations! Our literacy provider members and partners include:

Smart Start Central Oklahoma, Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County, Jubilee Partners, Oklahoma Youth Literacy Program, Restore OKC, ReadWrite Center, Newspapers in Education/The Oklahoman, Reach Out & Read OK, Feed the Children, Payne Education Center, Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma Department of Libraries Literacy Resource Office, Oklahoma Christian University (TEFL program), Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City University (TESOL master's program), Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), Community Literacy Centers, Integris Hispanic Initiative, The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM)

Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Comments on Staff & Management
Foundation Staff Comments
Board Chair
Name Erin Carlstrom
Company Affiliation Feed the Children
Term July 2019 to June 2021
Email erin.carlstrom@feedthechildren.org
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
Alexandra Ah Loy, SecretaryTurn Key Health Clinics, LLCVoting
Adrian AndersonBank of OklahomaVoting
David Carlson, TreasurerOklahoma Fidelity BankVoting
Erin CarlstromFeed the ChildrenVoting
Gayle FarleyCommunity VolunteerVoting
Kathleen LienkeCommunity VolunteerVoting
Monica LinvilleRed Carpet Car WashVoting
Lauren NowakowskiKPMGVoting
Meera ReddyCommunity VolunteerVoting
Christy SavageCommunity VolunteerVoting
Joshua StephensHalf Price BooksVoting
Darrell StrongOETAVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 2
Other 1 Asian Indian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 10
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 13 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $82,700
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $86,100
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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$1,500
Individual Contributions----$2,525
Investment Income, Net of Losses$8,634$3,624$458
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues$600$275$575
Special Events$17,584$7,983$9,107
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$33,530$19,478$10,267
Administration Expense$14,286$7,643$2,918
Fundraising Expense$12,354$8,859$3,361
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.231.282.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses56%54%62%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue26%26%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$72,245$59,091$49,092
Current Assets$71,999$59,091$49,092
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities--$510$596
Total Net Assets$72,245$58,581$48,496
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--115.8682.37
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $47,016Contributions $34,136Foundations & Corporations $20,192
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $17,584Special Events $7,983Special Events $9,107
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $8,634Investment Income $3,624Individuals $2,525
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from compilations provided by the organization.  
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available. 
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 Scott Sterling
Board Chair Erin Carlstrom
Board Chair Company Affiliation Feed the Children