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 Riz White
Contact email okcread@communityliteracy.com
Address 5131 N. Classen Circle
Suite 204
Oklahoma City, OK 73118 4420
Phone (405) 5247323
Fax 405-608-0533
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://www.communityliteracy.com
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
To donate, you can write us a check and mail to our main address or you can call us at (405) 524-7323 to make a donation by phone. You can also donate on our website. 
 
We love volunteers! We are always looking for volunteer tutors or volunteers to assist us in the office.
 
You can inquire about our board requirements or volunteer to help with our special events.
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $285,856.00
Projected Expenses $292,358.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
Community Learning Centers1987
Year Founded 1987
IRS Ruling Year 1999
State Registration Expiration Feb 2018
Statements
Mission
To encourage and support adult literacy in our community
Background Established in 1987, Community Literacy Centers, Inc. (CLC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to teaching adults to read. Since its inception, CLC has helped over 35,000 individuals. We partner with over 30 agencies in Oklahoma City to reach those who need to learn to read and learn English. We offer basic skills, English as a Second Language (ESL) and also provide tutor training, workshops and coordination for volunteers.
Impact
In 2016/2017, we taught more than 860 adults basic literacy, and ESL (English as a Second Language). We partnered with other non-profit agencies throughout the Oklahoma City area to provide 21 classes. Partners supply us with classroom space, we provide the teachers, materials and administrative support. We also provide ESL classes for more than 42 employees at one local Oklahoma City manufacturing facility.

During fiscal year 2017/2018 we plan to open additional LEAP (Learning, Enriching, Achieving Preparing) sites with our existing and new partner agencies. We currently have 21 classes in operation.
 
During 2017/2018 we plan to increase our number of students served, work to enhance the classroom experience for our students, better develop our brand, work on board development, and continue to grow our sustainable funding base.
 
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.
I. 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.

II. To determine the progress of our ESL students, CLC uses the Basic English Skills Test (BEST).

III. Assessments, pre and post, are entered into CLC’s database.

IV. 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.

V. Assessments and surveys are reviewed by the staff to determine the overall progress of the project.

VI. Regularly scheduled staff meetings are held to discuss any concerns, suggestions or adjustments to the project.

VII. 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.
I. 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.
II. To determine the progress of our ESL students, CLC uses the Basic English Skills Test (BEST).
III. Assessments, pre and post, are entered into CLC’s database.
IV. 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.
V. Assessments and surveys are reviewed by the staff to determine the overall progress of the project.
VI. Regularly scheduled staff meetings are held to discuss any concerns, suggestions or adjustments to the project.
VII. 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 Riz White
Start Date June 2017
Email riz@communityliteracy.com
Experience
Riz comes to CLC with many years' experience in the nonprofit world, having previously served as executive director of Mother to Mother Ministry and director of development at The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM), both of Oklahoma City. More recently, Riz consulted with several area nonprofit organizations in strategic planning, fundraising, and communications.
 
Riz's breadth of nonprofit experience is enhanced by a deep appreciation of how culture and background can affect literacy challenges. Although a proud Oklahoman for the last thirteen years, Riz was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, and later spent time in Melbourne, Australia, as well as Estapona, Spain.
 
Riz's keen interest in the interplay of culture and language inspired her BA studies in Anthropology, with a minor in English Literature, at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY), and graduate coursework in International Business from Boise State University.
 
An active community volunteer, Riz has donated her time and talent to Educare, Jubilee Partners, Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Junior League of Oklahoma City, Special Olympics, and Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, among others. Riz has also served on the boards of Partners of the Americas, and St. Luke's United Methodist Church.
 
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Cheryl MacDonaldAdministrative Assistant
Alicia MumbaCommunications & Workplace Learning Coordinator
Laura TaylorEducational Programs 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. Michael Leake
Company Affiliation Wiggins Sewell & Ogletree
Term Aug 2015 to June 2018
Email mleake@yahoo.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Aug 13, 2017
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Ashley Cooper HoganTaylorVoting
Ms. Laura Holmes Attornery at Law,The Center for Education LawVoting
Ms. Kirsten Hurley Industrial Coorddinator and Campus Director, Francis Tuttle Tech CenterVoting
Mr. Michael Leake Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Dallas Logan Frates InsuranceVoting
Mr. Javier Nunez The Oklahoma Media CompanyVoting
Ms. Leah Roper Hammons, Gowens, Hurst & AssociatesVoting
Ms. Deena Teehee American Fidelity AssuranceVoting
Ms. Shawna Templeton Branch Manager, BancFirstVoting
Ms. Bev Woods American 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 2
Female 8
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 Blakley Attorney at Law
James Crawley Crawley Petroleum
Charles de Coune Oklahome Water Resources Board
Jack Fesler Retired
Natalie Karousatos Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Kathy Lippert Greystone Environmental
Patti Mellow Community Volunteer
Bob Nelon Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable
Becky Painter-Robinson
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2017-June 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $285,856
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $292,358
Financial Documents
9902016
9902015
9902014
9902013
9902012
9902011
9902010
9902009
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 Year201620152014
Contributions------
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$108,105$110,100$105,104
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$30,388$21,884$22,441
$85,256$85,555$85,556
$22,144$29,570$43,216
Investment Income, Net of Losses$353$60$60
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$25,397$43,759$39,291
Revenue In-Kind$6,000$2,500--
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$248,057$253,890$229,640
Administration Expense$39,770$27,375$54,721
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.041.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%90%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$170,339$180,523$168,761
Current Assets$170,339$180,523$168,761
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities----$401
Total Net Assets$170,339$180,523$168,360
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----420.85
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporations $108,105Foundation & Corporation $110,100Foundations & Corporations $105,104
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $85,256Indirect Public Support $85,555Indirect Public Support $85,556
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $30,388Earned Revenue $29,570Earned Revenue $43,216
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments CLC is looking at generating different sources of revenue, including utilizing our Workplace Learning Solutions program, a fee-for-service program with businesses around the metro. CLC is no longer receiving government funding, which has reduced revenue where we also eliminated federal/state programming from years past (TANF).
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements.
 
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Address 5131 N. Classen Circle
Suite 204
Oklahoma City, OK 73118 4420
Primary Phone 405 5247323
Give with Credit Card http://www.communityliteracy.com
CEO/Executive Director Riz White
Board Chair Mr. Michael Leake
Board Chair Company Affiliation Wiggins Sewell & Ogletree

 

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