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Education : Adult Education Programs and Services

Literacy Assistance Center

Strengthening and expanding adult literacy education

three stars

89.82

85 Broad Street 27th Floor
New York, NY 10004
tel: (212) 803-3316   Web Site
EIN: 13-3179618

Board Leadership
Elizabeth Horton
Chair

CEO
Ira Yankwitt
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.82 three stars
  Financial 90.73 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Literacy Assistance Center (LAC) is to strengthen and expand the adult education system, and to advance adult literacy as a core value in our society and a foundation for equal opportunity and social justice. Nationally, there are more than 36 million adults who lack basic reading, writing and math skills. In New York City alone, there are more than 2.2 million adults who lack a high school diploma or its equivalent, English language proficiency, or both. At the LAC, we envision a future in which every immigrant, every parent, and every adult in this country has the full range of knowledge and skills they need to secure employment, achieve economic security, access quality health care, support their children in their schooling, and actively participate in the civic life of their communities. Since 1983, the LAC has been working to build the capacity and improve the quality of the Adult Basic Education (ABE), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and High School Equivalency (HSE) programs that serve New York and the surrounding region's most educationally disadvantaged and economically marginalized communities. Our primary services include teacher training, instructional coaching, curriculum development support, data management and data analysis, and leadership support for adult education practitioners in community-based organizations (CBOs), libraries, community colleges, public school systems, and union-based training funds.

The mission of the Literacy Assistance Center (LAC) is to strengthen and expand the adult education system, and to advance adult literacy as a core value in our society and a foundation for equal opportunity and social justice. Nationally, there are more than 36 million adults who lack basic reading, writing and math skills. In New York City alone, there are more than 2.2 million adults who lack a high school diploma or its equivalent, English language proficiency, or both. At the LAC, we envision a future in which every immigrant, every parent, and every adult in this country has the full range of knowledge and skills they need to secure employment, achieve economic security, access quality health care, support their children in their schooling, and actively participate in the civic life of their communities. Since 1983, the LAC has been working to build the capacity and improve the quality of the Adult Basic Education (ABE), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and High School Equivalency (HSE) programs that serve New York and the surrounding region's most educationally disadvantaged and economically marginalized communities. Our primary services include teacher training, instructional coaching, curriculum development support, data management and data analysis, and leadership support for adult education practitioners in community-based organizations (CBOs), libraries, community colleges, public school systems, and union-based training funds.

Financial

four stars

90.73

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
84.5%
  Administrative Expenses 14.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.57
  Program Expenses Growth 4.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Literacy Assistance Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Literacy Assistance Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Literacy Assistance Center (NY) 89.82 three stars
The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America (NY) 94.34 four stars
The National GEM Consortium (VA) 91.97 four stars
ProLiteracy (NY) 88.70 three stars
Education For Employment (DC) 89.41 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $119,355
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,952,459
Total Contributions $2,071,814
   Program Service Revenue $42,637
Total Primary Revenue $2,114,451
   Other Revenue $1,098
TOTAL REVENUE $2,115,549
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,826,009
   Administrative Expenses $289,618
   Fundraising Expenses $13,815
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,129,442
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-13,893
   
Net Assets $1,146,104

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Literacy Data Service $820,502 44.9%
Educational Enterprises $692,322 37.9%
Resource Center $202,138 11.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 05/01/2021 89.82 three stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 86.84 three stars
2017-06 12/01/2018 86.84 three stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 86.84 three stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 85.38 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 83.85 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 79.90 two stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 79.80 two stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 79.24 two stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 77.37 two stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 83.90 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 90.98 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 87.55 three stars
2008-06 11/01/2009 93.81 four stars
2007-06 12/01/2008 95.52 four stars
2006-06 09/01/2007 91.09 four stars
2005-06 10/01/2006 79.35 two stars
2004-06 12/01/2005 74.08 two stars
2003-06 11/01/2004 76.43 two stars
2002-06 09/01/2003 84.56 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-3179618
Name in IRS Master File LITERACY ASSISTANCE CENTER
NTEE Code B61
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (92) Literary activities
(568) Vocational counseling
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date October, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$125,459 5.89% Ira Yankwitt Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Literacy Assistance Center (NY) 89.82 three stars
Society for Classical Studies (NY) 89.54 three stars
The National GEM Consortium (VA) 91.97 four stars
Education For Employment (DC) 89.41 three stars
Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Program (AR) 91.18 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Literacy Assistance Center
85 Broad Street
27th Floor
New York, NY 10004
tel: (212) 803-3316
EIN: 13-3179618

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Board Leadership

Elizabeth Horton
Chair

CEO

Ira Yankwitt
Executive Director

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