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Literacy Action

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three stars

83.47

231 Peachtree Street, NE Suite M-100
Atlanta, GA 30303
tel: (404) 818-7323   Web Site
EIN: 58-1053728

Board Leadership
Addison Meriwether
Chair

CEO
Kerry McArdle
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.47 three stars
  Financial 81.28 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 86.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Literacy Action was created in 1968 with a vision to build a society where parents are able to help their children with homework, workers are prepared to enter the job market and succeed, and families can use education to leverage themselves out of poverty and become self-sufficient.

Today, Literacy Action is the largest community-based literacy agency in Georgia, where professional adult-education teachers provide the full continuum of courses needed by low-income, undereducated adults. Our mission is to build better futures for undereducated adults by teaching life, literacy and work skills that empower them to reach their highest potential.

Literacy Action was created in 1968 with a vision to build a society where parents are able to help their children with homework, workers are prepared to enter the job market and succeed, and families can use education to leverage themselves out of poverty and become self-sufficient.

Today, Literacy Action is the largest community-based literacy agency in Georgia, where professional adult-education teachers provide the full continuum of courses needed by low-income, undereducated adults. Our mission is to build better futures for undereducated adults by teaching life, literacy and work skills that empower them to reach their highest potential.

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Financial

three stars

81.28

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

86.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
70.5%
  Administrative Expenses 16.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.45
  Program Expenses Growth 5.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Literacy Action on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Literacy Action on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Literacy Action (GA) 83.47 three stars
Literacy Partners (NY) 86.01 three stars
Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport (CT) 96.45 four stars
Literacy Assistance Center (NY) 86.84 three stars
The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America (NY) 91.51 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $962,018
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $98,715
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $291,408
Total Contributions $1,352,141
   Program Service Revenue $49,602
Total Primary Revenue $1,401,743
   Other Revenue $-13,958
TOTAL REVENUE $1,387,785
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,500,152
   Administrative Expenses $556,478
   Fundraising Expenses $180,776
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,237,406
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-849,621
   
Net Assets $914,105

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
Continuum of Education Courses $1,500,152 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 83.47 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 90.52 four stars
2016-06 05/01/2017 87.16 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 89.03 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 02/01/2016 89.34 three stars
2014-06 05/01/2015 89.14 three stars
2013-06 04/01/2014 81.93 three stars
2013-06 02/01/2014 81.28 three stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 76.16 two stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 75.28 two stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 79.72 two stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 77.37 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 06/01/2010 71.74 two stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 71.16 two stars
2006-12 07/01/2008 63.93 one star
2005-12 03/01/2008 70.00 two stars
2004-12 03/01/2006 75.57 two stars
2003-12 01/05/2005 80.17 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 58-1053728
Name in IRS Master File LITERACY ACTION INC
NTEE Code B92
NTEE Classification Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
(59) Other school related activities
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)
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 September, 1968
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$102,275 4.57% Katherine Boyer Acting Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$66,341 2.96% Kerry Mccardle Former Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Literacy Action (GA) 83.47 three stars
The National GEM Consortium (VA) 88.86 three stars
Society for Classical Studies (NY) 93.82 four stars
American Friends of Nishmat (NY) 94.07 four stars
Literacy Partners (NY) 86.01 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Literacy Action
231 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite M-100
Atlanta, GA 30303
tel: (404) 818-7323
EIN: 58-1053728

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Board Leadership

Addison Meriwether
Chair

CEO

Kerry McArdle
Executive Director

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