Mission:

TO INCREASE COMPREHENSIVE LITERACY AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS THROUGH SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION BY TRAINED TUTORS AND ACCESS TO LITERACY RESOURCES.

 www.litcouncil.com
 |  31 COLLEGE PL STE 221B Asheville NC 28801-2787

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County is headquartered in Asheville, NC, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 58-1696409.  Donations are tax-deductible. It is classified by the IRS as a Charitable Organization. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 1993.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Charity Navigator’s Encompass Rating System evolves on a quarterly basis as we add new metrics and indicators, which we call Beacons. Check back often to see how this organization’s score changes.

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Overall Score
BETA

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 95% Finance & Accountability and 5% Culture & Community.

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...   Finance & Accountability


Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.


Finance & Accountability Score
BETA

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score

This Beta V3 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from latest filing year 2019.



Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

Higher Effect on Score

14/14

Independent Board Composition

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

Lower Effect on Score

8.94%

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

We look for a ratio less than 50%.

No Effect on Score

$391,069

Total Revenue

We do not evaluate revenue amounts or sources in Beta V3. An organization’s size can affect whether and how we evaluate other indicators.


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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points (BETA)

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

72.78%

Higher effect on score

More data  


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


Charity Navigator awards full credit for a Program Expense percentage of 70% or higher. Charities with percentages between 60-69.9% receive partial credit. Percentages below 60% grant no credit for the Program Expense score. Further, charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

14/14 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Has Audit/Review

Higher effect on score


For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.


This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.


For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

8.94%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Charity Navigator awards full credit for a ratio less than 50%. Organizations with ratios between 50% and 59.9% receive partial credit.


Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of the highest compensated employees listed on page 7 of the IRS Form 990. This compensation data is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting here.

CINDY THRELKELD, EXEC DIRECTO

$51,333


ZURILMA ANUEL, BOARD MEMBER

$0


KEVIN BAXTER, BOARD MEMBER

$0


ANNE BLEYNAT, BOARD MEMBER

$0


JO CHANDLER, BOARD MEMBER

$0


Source: IRS Form 990, filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

The Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) includes cumulative information the IRS collects and displays for all exempt organizations. The data is updated monthly. Below are some key data points from the BMF for this organization. View information about the BMF on the IRS website here.


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2) (BMF foundation code: 16)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The IRS Form 990 is the source of the finance and accountability data used within the Encompass Rating System. When an organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability beacon score, each metric is based on elements of the 990. Some metrics are based on the most recent available filing, while others are based on averages of values over multiple years. We provide links to all available 990s here, whether or not this organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability score.

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

...   Impact & Results


Charity Navigator assesses how well a nonprofit delivers on its mission. To issue an Impact & Results score, we estimate the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determine whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score
BETA

Not Scored

We have not issued this nonprofit an Impact & Results score. This does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, only that we have not reached a conclusion for one of the following reasons:

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet gotten to scoring it.

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet developed the specific algorithms to estimate the impact of the type of service it delivers and so cannot issue a score yet.

  • The nonprofit does not primarily deliver services directly to beneficiaries or it is not reasonable to expect the nonprofit to measure impact for its primary activity. The impact analysis framework that we use is not well suited to these nonprofits.

  • The nonprofit is not heavily reliant on individual donors because beneficiaries fund a majority of its costs or it does not receive any private charitable contributions.

Learn more about how we rate nonprofits.

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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



The Literacy Council of Buncombe County reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$206,741

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


THE ORGANIZATION DEVELOPS AND IMPLEMENTS TRAINING AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS THAT INCREASE LITERACY AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS AMONG PERSONS THROUGHOUT BUNCOMBE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. WORK AND PROMOTI ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


Charity Navigator will provide an assessment of the organization’s leadership capacity, strategic planning, and the ability to readily innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization’s mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score
BETA

Coming Soon

Encompass Rating Beta V3 does not provide an evaluation of the organization's leadership and adaptability.


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...   Culture & Community


Charity Navigator provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score
BETA

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.

Encompass Rating Beta V3 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices. (See report below.) Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon. Other metrics will be added later in the year.


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points (BETA)

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


Who are the people you serve with your mission? Describe briefly.

people served


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners


How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship with them or shifted power - over decisions, resources, rules or in other ways - to them?

power shift


Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

routine practice


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.



Methodology


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.