Community Literacy Centers, Inc.
5131 N. Classen Circle
Suite 204
Oklahoma City OK 73118-4420
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement
To encourage and support adult literacy in our community
Contact Information
Contact Name Dana Kelso
Contact email okcread@communityliteracy.com
Address 5131 N. Classen Circle
Suite 204
Oklahoma City, OK 73118 4420
Phone (405) 524-7323
Fax 405-608-0533
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card https://www.communityliteracy.com
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
By making a contribution to CLC, you enrich the lives of adult learners in our community who seek Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL) and High School Equivalency (HSE) classes. 
 
CLC accepts checks, Discover, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. Donations can be made by phone at (405) 524-7323 or online at www.communityliteracy.com/donate; please mail checks to 5131 N Classen Circle, Suite 204, Oklahoma City, OK 73118. In addition, a recurring debit from your bank account can be set up by calling the CLC main office at (405) 524-7323.
 
CLC accepts in-kind donations of computers, office equipment, and easy-ready books. We are unable to accept clothing, food or other like contributions, however, we can refer you to an agency that will accept these types of donations.
Volunteers are an integral part of our organization. Volunteer Tutors enhance classroom instruction by working with students who need additional (one-on-one) assistance with reading, writing or comprehension. CLC also relies on volunteers during our annual fundraising event, Private Reserve.
 
Join our team of volunteers today by calling (405) 524-7323 or email us at okcread@communityliteracy.com for the date of the next CLC Tutor Training session. Tutor Training must be completed before volunteering in the classroom.
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $431,569.17
Projected Expenses $431,515.92
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
Community Learning Centers1987
Year Founded 1987
IRS Ruling Year 1999
State Registration Expiration Mar 2020
Statements
Mission
To encourage and support adult literacy in our community
Background
Community Literacy Centers, Inc. (CLC) is a private, non-profit organization, established in 1987 by judges, educators, attorneys and citizens in Oklahoma County who acknowledged that adult literacy had a significant impact on the city's crime and poverty rates. Since its inception, CLC has developed a niche within the literacy community working with adults who read at the lowest levels. CLC provides Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL) and High School Equivalency (HSE) classes to adults at 30 locations throughout Oklahoma County.
 
Collaborating with schools churches, libraries, businesses and other non-profit agencies, CLC maximizes the potential to reach those in need while minimizing overhead costs. The core components of the organization LEAP (Learning, Enriching, Achieving, Preparing) and Tutor Training, address multiple levels of language and literacy needs while through phonics-based curriculum and innovative teaching techniques. CLC provides certified instructors, trained volunteer tutors and study materials; partner agencies provide classroom space, a whiteboard or smartboard, access to some office equipment and a liaison.
 
Also under the LEAP program, CLC developed Workplace Learning Solutions (WLS), a fee-for-service program that teaches ABE, ESL and HSE courses in the workplace. The program was created in an effort to diversify funding streams four our free community classes. WLS implements training on-site at local businesses and works to align learning with a company's performance objectives, workplace practices and job requirements.
 
Tutor Training workshops are offered three times each year to introduce tutors to the basics of instructional techniques, materials and adult learner characteristics. Volunteer tutors work individually with students needing additional assistance in the classroom.
 
In the fall of 2018, CLC began offering HSE (High School Equivalency) classes to individuals seeking the next level of education/achievement; in addition, the organization was approved to be a registered HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) center for test administration. CLC has taken the next step to connect with adults in need of instruction/certification.
Impact
During the 2017-2018 fiscal year, CLC partnered with Oklahoma City Public Schools adding nine new class locations in the metro and significantly increasing program operations; in addition, our organization expanded services into the Edmond area, added a High School Equivalency (HSE) class at our main office and was approved to be a registered HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) center for test administration.
Through the aforementioned accomplishments, CLC served 1,120 individuals in Oklahoma County through our LEAP and Tutor Training programs. While our organization is able to gauge the number of those directly served, we believe that the impact it has on other members in the community is immeasurable.  
CLC will continue to diversify fundraising streams and develop two new fee-for-service partnerships in order to generate more sustainable revenue that supports our free community classes. As an organization that focuses efforts on addressing the fundamental elements of communication it is essential that we reassess and nurture the communicative and operational health of our staff and programs. The Development Coordinator will be proactive in pursuing professional development and training opportunities that will facilitate funding and highlight organizational strengths.

 
Needs
Funding for Classes:
  • $25 will pay for one assessment to determine a prospective student's reading level.
  • $30 will pay for two hours of clerical work to record student records and assessment scores.
  • $100 will pay for two days, two hours each day of basic literacy or English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction.
  • $250 will pay for a tutor training workshop for volunteer tutors.
Cost of Materials:
  • $12 will pay for one workbook for a basic literacy or ESL student
  • $45 will buy a case of copy paper for photocopying
  • $150 will buy a set of low level, easy read books for a basic literacy or ESL class
Volunteers:
  • Volunteers needed to work with students in the classroom
  • Volunteers needed to work in the office-filing, data entry, etc.
  • $50 will pay for one day of rent for our main offices. This includes utilities, security and general upkeep
CEO/Executive Director Statement Community Literacy Centers is a place where adults learn to read in a safe, welcoming environment. For many adults, CLC provides a second chance at life and opens new doors of opportunity.

We provide free classroom instruction to approximately 1,000 adults each year in reading, spelling or writing. We also provide ESL instruction and individual tutoring for students needing additional support.

At Community Literacy Centers, students are surrounded by people who truly care about them. Many of the adults who come to CLC have heartbreaking stories about their experiences as non-readers. When adults come to us, they are often ashamed of their circumstances and need a lot of reassurance. They need to know that they can become self-sufficient adults. They also must know that we will not give up on them.

The fact is CLC is quietly changing lives in our community every day.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma County
We serve adults in the Oklahoma City metro area.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Employment/Job Training
Programs
Description
LEAP (Learning, Enriching, Achieving, Preparing) was established in 1997 and it has proven to be our most effective way to reach Oklahoma City residents who are in need of basic literacy instruction. In 2012/2013, LEAP allowed us to provide basic literacy or ESL instruction to more than 900. This program takes our literacy classes into other Oklahoma City metro area agencies to provide literacy instruction for their clients who cannot read.
 
LEAP is strong today and it is the solution to Oklahoma County's adult illiteracy problem. LEAP successfully and cost effectively provides literacy instruction on-site through cooperative partnerships. The client is able to improve his basic literacy skills and stay with his home agency where he is already familiar with his surroundings and the people who are helping him.
Strategy
Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
Student abilities will improve:
  • Reading skills improve
  • Spelling skills improve
  • Math skills improve
  • Self-esteem improves
  • Satisfaction in the organization improves
  • Level of task confidence increases
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.
Students will attain their personal goals:
  • Get a job or better job (increased employability)
  • Increase ability to help children with reading/homework
  • Increased income
  • Can get off assistance
  • Will achieve GED, college, etc.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
  1. To determine gains in levels of basic skills, CLC uses the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT4) which assesses the client’s reading, math and spelling levels.
  2. To determine the progress of our ESL students, CLC uses the Basic English Skills Test (BEST).
  3. Assessments, pre and post, are entered into CLC’s database.
  4. To determine client satisfaction, we use an Outcome Measurements instrument. We pre-and post-survey a sampling of our clients to determine if they feel they are making progress. We use the results of the WRAT4, Basic English Skills Test (BEST) and an Outcome Measurements tool to assure that our students and tutors feel that they are making progress.
  5. Assessments and surveys are reviewed by the staff to determine the overall progress of the project.
  6. Regularly scheduled staff meetings are held to discuss any concerns, suggestions or adjustments to the project.
  7. The board reviews the findings of the staff at scheduled board meetings and committee meetings.
Description CLC has developed our own materials and a tutor training workshop designed to give the prospective tutor the tools necessary to provide a student with a learning system which best meets his needs. Our tutors have access to many methods considered beneficial for the client. Tutors are given in-depth information regarding the needs of the student and the responsibilities of the tutor.
Strategy
Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
  • Tutors will gain knowledge and skills
  • Tutors will develop confidence in their ability to tutor
  • Tutors will teach clients necessary basic skills
  • Tutors will gain compassion and empathy for students
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.
  • Tutors will make a difference and they will have a positive impact
  • Tutors will become advocates for literacy
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
  1. To determine gains in levels of basic skills, CLC uses the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT4) which assesses the client’s reading, math and spelling levels.
  2. To determine the progress of our ESL students, CLC uses the Basic English Skills Test (BEST).
  3. Assessments, pre and post, are entered into CLC’s database.
  4. To determine client satisfaction, we use an Outcome Measurements instrument. We pre-and post-survey a sampling of our clients to determine if they feel they are making progress. We use the results of the WRAT4, Basic English Skills Test (BEST) and an Outcome Measurements tool to assure that our students and tutors feel that they are making progress.
  5. Assessments and surveys are reviewed by the staff to determine the overall progress of the project.
  6. Regularly scheduled staff meetings are held to discuss any concerns, suggestions or adjustments to the project.
  7. The board reviews the findings of the staff at scheduled board meetings and committee meetings.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
Progress report from a volunteer tutor regarding her new 57 year-old student:
 
Ray is a delight and seems so eager to learn. We've had some talks and I learned a little about his background.
 
As a child he had numerous health problems. He spent more time in the hospital than in class. He was promoted at school due to his age, not what he had learned. He eventually ended up in a class where he could not function because he did not have basic learning skills. In frustration, he quit. The jobs he worked did not require reading/writing. He learned how to survive without these skills. He quit church because of being embarrassed over not being able to read. I've realized he's not mentally slow as much as he has never been exposed to the material. Once he understands the material, he appears to retain the knowledge.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Dana Kelso
Start Date July 2019
Email dana@communityliteracy.com
Experience Dana grew up in Enid, Oklahoma and currently lives in Norman with her husband and son. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with her Bachelor's Degree in Communications. She has an extensive background in media sales, non-profit management, and marketing. Dana loves to read while enjoying a big cup of coffee. She is impatiently awaiting the release of Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon's "Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone." Until then, she enjoys traveling-especially if it's near the beach, and spending time with family and friends.
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Kayci KerstenCommunications & Volunteer Coordinator
Jessica LondonEducation Program Coordinator
Cheryl MacDonaldOffice Manager
Melissa MeyersDevelopment & Workplace Learning Coordinator
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 2
Number of Part-time Staff 14
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 30
Staff Retention Rate 84
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 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 15
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2016
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Collaborations
We collaborate with more than 30 non-profit agencies in the Oklahoma City metro area.
Our LEAP partners include:
  • Educare-provides space for ESL and basic literacy classes
  • MD-Building-provides space and funding for 2 ESL classes
  • Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene-Provides space for a basic literacy class.
  • Oklahoma Halfway House-provides space and partial funding for a basic literacy class.
  • St. Lukes Asbury United Methodist Church-provides space for one ESL class.
  • Cesar Chavez Elementary-provides space for one ESL class.
  • Southern Oaks Library-provides space for one basic literacy class.
  • Belle Isle Library-provides space for one basic literacy class.
  • Ralph Ellison Library - provides space for one basic literacy class.
  • Oklahoma County Juvenile Bureau - provides space for one basic literacy class.
  • Eugene Field Elementary - provides space for one ESL class.
  • Adams Elementary School-provides space for one ESL class.
  • Buchanan Elementary School-provides space for one ESL class.
  • Heronville Elementary School - provides space for one ESL class.
  • Jubilee Partners - provides space for one ESL class with free childcare.
  • May Avenue Wesleyan Church - provides space for one ESL class.
  • Van Buren Elementary School - provides space for one ESL class.
  • Shidler Elementary School - provides space for one ESL class.
 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
United Way of Central Oklahoma member agency1991
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr. Javier Nunez
Company Affiliation The Oklahoma Media Company
Term July 2017 to July 2020
Email jnunez@oklahoman.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Aug 05, 2019
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Erin BateyQuail Creek BankVoting
Ms. Ashlea BriggsBancFIrstVoting
Ms. Ashley FogleHogan Taylor LLPVoting
Ms. Dana KelsoCLC
Mr. Michael LeakeWiggins Sewell & OgletreeVoting
Ms. Dallas LoganClearSight CenterVoting
Ms. Madison MelonOklahoma County Misdemeanor/Revocation/Drug/Mental Health CourtVoting
Mr. Javier NunezThe Oklahoma Media CompanyVoting
Ms. Vivian O'HaraGrant Thornton LLPVoting
Ms. Leah RoperLaird Hammons Laird, PLLCVoting
Ms. Kathleen SheltonWine Barrel, OKCVoting
Ms. Deena TeeheeAmerican Fidelity AssuranceVoting
Mr. Matt WinzelerFirst United BankVoting
Ms. Bev WoodAmerican Fidelity AssuranceVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 2
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Not specified 0
Governance
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 65 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Executive
Program / Program Planning
Board Governance
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Donna BlakleyAttorney at Law
James CrawleyCrawley Petroleum
Charles de CouneOklahome Water Resources Board
Jack FeslerRetired
Lori HallBarnes & Noble Booksellers
Laura HolmesThe Center of Education Law, P.C.
Natalie KarousatosBarnes & Noble Booksellers
Kathy LippertGreystone Environmental
Patti MellowCommunity Volunteer
Bob NelonHall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable
Becky Painter-RobinsonAstraZeneca
Mindy StevensonOklahoma Surgical Group, PLLC
Shawna TempletonBancFirst
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $431,569
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $431,516
Financial Documents
9902018
9902017
9902016
9902015
9902014
9902013
9902012
9902011
9902010
9902009
Audit2018
Audit2017
Audit2016
Audit2015
Audit2014
audit2013
Audit2012
Audit2011
Audit2010
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
Contributions$215,733$154,306$229,749
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
--$85,256--
$14,623$14,686$22,144
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,236$642$353
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$103,618$26,279$25,397
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$234,431$215,815$248,057
Administration Expense$31,411$34,036$39,770
Fundraising Expense$31,804$30--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.131.130.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%86%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$239,191$201,627$170,339
Current Assets$234,420$198,003$168,107
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$239,191$201,627$170,339
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $215,733Contributions $154,306Contributions $229,749
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $103,618Indirect Public Support $85,256Special Events $25,397
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $14,623Special Events $26,279Earned Revenue $22,144
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments CLC will continue to explore innovative ways to diversity streams of revenue, such as the Workplace Learning Solutions program, a fee-for-service program marketed to local businesses. CLC no longer receives government funding, which has reduced revenue; we also eliminated federal/state programming from years past (TANF).
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
 
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 5131 N. Classen Circle
Suite 204
Oklahoma City, OK 73118 4420
Primary Phone 405 524-7323
Give with Credit Card https://www.communityliteracy.com
CEO/Executive Director Dana Kelso
Board Chair Mr. Javier Nunez
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Oklahoma Media Company