Literacy Kansas City
211 W. Armour Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Kansas City MO 64111
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 333-9332
Mission Statement
Literacy KC's mission is to advance literacy among Kansas City metropolitan area through direct services, advocacy and collaboration. Our vision is literacy for all. Founded in 1985, Literacy KC has grown to become the premiere area agency focused solely on adult literacy instruction through evidence-based adult literacy programming. Literacy KC has touched thousands of adults reading at or below the basic level of literacy- meaning approximately fifth grade- throughout the Kansas City metro. 
 
Literacy KC's program design focuses on mitigating barriers to access while maximizing the time students spend in the classroom and providing relevant, applicable outcomes. We will continue to provide quality, individualized, free instruction at convenient times and locations, expanding not only the number of classes and locations, but also the type of classes and support services offered.  Our strategic plan includes a more robust suite of programs that includes classes for non-native speakers and strategic alignment with agencies meeting complementary needs, steps that will take us closer to realizing our vision of Literacy for All. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Gillian Helm
Board Chair Mr. Duvel Pierre
Board Chair Company Affiliation Spense Fane
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1986
Former Names
Laubach Literacy Center
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Literacy KC's mission is to advance literacy among Kansas City metropolitan area through direct services, advocacy and collaboration. Our vision is literacy for all. Founded in 1985, Literacy KC has grown to become the premiere area agency focused solely on adult literacy instruction through evidence-based adult literacy programming. Literacy KC has touched thousands of adults reading at or below the basic level of literacy- meaning approximately fifth grade- throughout the Kansas City metro. 
 
Literacy KC's program design focuses on mitigating barriers to access while maximizing the time students spend in the classroom and providing relevant, applicable outcomes. We will continue to provide quality, individualized, free instruction at convenient times and locations, expanding not only the number of classes and locations, but also the type of classes and support services offered.  Our strategic plan includes a more robust suite of programs that includes classes for non-native speakers and strategic alignment with agencies meeting complementary needs, steps that will take us closer to realizing our vision of Literacy for All. 
Background Statement
Literacy KC was founded in 1985 in a church basement to provide one-on-one tutoring to adults who wanted to learn to read. Since then Literacy KC has developed an innovative community and classroom-based model that is implemented through our Ticket to Read program. Ticket to Read classes are taught by qualified instructors and supported by a team of trained community volunteer tutors. Classes take place at our main office in mid-town, as well as at partner locations throughout the metro, maximizing economy of scale through in-kind partnerships. Classes meet three hours per week, three terms per year (two 16 week terms and one 8 week term). Literacy KC has an 84% retention rate, meaning students finish a course and then re-enroll for continued learning on a higher level. Students set personal goals for themselves at enrollment in five key areas: academic, work, digital, family and civic, and we are very proud that in the first two terms of this year, students met over 1980 goals! Since Literacy KC's founding, we have increased the services we offer. Students may also enroll in our other programs such as Let's Read, a multi-generational family reading program that aims to establish a strong tradition of reading in the home; Math Tutoring, which helps students improve math skills and become prepared for a high school equivalency test; Digital Life Skills, which teach students basic computer and work readiness skills; and Career Online High School, an all-online, fully accredited high school diploma program. Additionally, we will be launching an English language learning program. All Literacy KC programs meet students where they are both academically and geographically, and work in complementary ways to cross-refer and enroll, and give students the most meaningful, academically appropriate journey possible.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments:
  1. This year the Ticket to Read Program saw an increased retention rate, a better ability to track student progress, and improved student outcomes. 
  2. Our Career Online High School (COHS) and Let's Read programs have proven successful and been able to grow and be used for cross enrollment purposes. Both programs have an increased retention rate, and we had ten students graduate and receive diplomas through COHS.
  3. We have created a pilot plan and secured funding for an English as a Foreign Language class.  We will begin implementation of this program next year, enabling students to learn English language and literacy skills.
  4. Special events over the last year have all hit record-breaking benchmarks, helping us to raise nearly $200,000 toward our operating budget. 
  5. Literacy KC was able to add the position of Chief Development Officer/Deputy Director with continued increased capacity and a future capital campaign and relocation as goals for the position. 
Goals:
  1. Increase overall enrollment in our programs and awareness in the community, with an emphasis on cross-enrollment. Literacy KC offers complementary program areas. Families learn and practice strategies for reading together during Let's Read sessions, adult learners increase reading, writing, and digital skills through Ticket to Read and Digital Life Skills classes, and adults can earn an accredited High School Diploma with an attached career certificate through Career Online High School. Students often gain access through one program and build skills through another.
  2. Offer more scholarships for Career Online High School students in order to get students through the program and off the wait list.
  3. Launch a capital campaign in order to relocate our main office.
  4. Foster area partnerships for Digital Life Skills classes so that trained instructors may work in the community to increase digital literacy.
  5. Pilot ELL program and begin planning for a high school equivalency program. 
Needs Statement
As a result of Literacy KC's growth, we have identified some specific needs related to maintaining and expanding programming:
  1. Relocation to an adequate space in order to meet the needs of our growing base and new programs. For this we will be launching a capital campaign: Cost estimate: $2.5 million
  2. We will hire additional program staff to accommodate growth. This way there will be efficient oversight of partner sites and quality assurance. Cost estimate: $150,000
  3. We will need to hire additional development staff to accommodate growth. This staff will help with new programming, with maintaining old programming, and with implementing curriculum. Cost estimate: $60,000
  4. We will work to increased visibility and awareness of adult low literacy in community with an awareness campaign. Estimated cost: $50,000
  5. We will increased partnerships and referral networks in order to expand services and meet the needs of the low literate community in Kansas City.
Service Categories
Adult Education
Employment Preparation & Procurement
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
Literacy KC's main office is in Jackson county, but services are offered throughout the metro area. Through partnerships and satellite sites, classes are held in five different counties in both Missouri and Kansas. This way we are able to meet the needs of students with limited transportation or other restricting factors that may hinder success.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Literacy KC has been on an incredible growth trajectory, transforming its programs, infrastructure, and identity to become a leader in the adult education field, garnering regional and national attention for its success. This progress and drive is culminating in a capital campaign that will allow Literacy KC to establish itself firmly among the nonprofit and educational landscape in Kansas City. Literacy KC is ready to launch into its next chapter, to continue to build its suite of services to accommodate learners of all types and levels, with its now signature quality and unbeatable student experience.
 
Additionally, Literacy KC’s current space is severely lacking in not only adequately accommodating its programs, students, and staff, but more importantly in adequately celebrating the transformations happening within its walls through the self-realization, learning, and discoveries being made by its students each day through literacy.
Literacy KC is uniquely positioned to make a substantial impact on the educational needs of adults in our community. With an original, exciting, and evidence-based delivery model, we not only provide quality curriculum focused on goal-oriented outcomes that is responsive to each learner's needs, but also a community of learning where students can, perhaps for the first time in their lives, feel welcomed, celebrated, and grow their confidence in knowing that their literacy-related goals are attainable.
 
With a focus on mitigating barriers through strategic alignment with like-minded community organizations, we establish satellite sites throughout the metro that make access to literacy classes convenient. We focus on a variety of progress measures, tracking both qualitative and quantitative achievements, so that we can holistically represent the progress of students. We track data often, so that we can use running records and continual, real-time information to have conversations with students throughout their tenure with us, which invites them in to the learning process and helps to inform their own instruction.
 
With programs for adults, young adults, caregivers and their children, those determined to earn a high school diploma, and more, we are excited to be able to offer a suite of programs that provides an appropriate learning environment for each student.
In the near future, we will continue to diversify our portfolio through the addition of ELL and HiSET/GED services, and additional "elective"-type classes that focus on subjects complementary to basic literacy: finance, health, career readiness, and more.
Programs
Description

Our core literacy program meets students where they are both academically and geographically. Instructor-led, tutor-supported classrooms throughout the metro provide research-based curriculum, student-centered instruction, and goal-oriented outcomes. 

Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success
We expect:
  • Attendance Rate of 80%.
  • Students achieve 50L increase in reading in two terms as measured by TABE test.
  • Students pass minimum of 80% assigned homework.
  • Students complete a minimum of 2 hours/week independence reading.
  • Students maintain journal.
  • 75% retention rate.
  • Of those, at least 50% improve reading ability.
  • At least 50% achieve personal, academic and/or employment goal. 
Long-Term Success For us, long term success will mean more partner locations added, and more students reached, more effectively than ever before. Our previous model was able to reach 500 students a year, we would like to significantly increase that number. 
Program Success Monitored By There are quantitative and qualitative measures taken to ensure program success.
 
Pre and post-term surveys measure: 
  • Improved access to/use of library resources
  • Increased functional and digital literacy 
  • Increased access to home literacy resources
  • Increased quality/frequency of home literacy activities
We track attendance, hours spent in class, with tutor, and on software. 
Students who complete a term receive $50 voucher toward cost of a refurbished home computer through Connecting for Good. Number computers procured is tracked. Student's personal goals are tracked.  
 
Reading Plus software monitors student progress.  
 
We also use TABE pre-and post-testing to track grade level of students.  
Examples of Program Success 3,110 personal goals achieved. 
Description Let's Read: A Family Reading Program, is a multi-generational approach to addressing the inter-generational tendencies of illiteracy. Caregivers and children attend one-hour sessions at locations throughout the metro. Each lesson centers on a theme like Play, Laugh or Sing. At the end of the hour, each family leaves with a new reading strategy, a new book, and an increased appreciation for reading together. After ten sessions, families are encouraged to text or tweet us a "shelfie" of themselves with their new home library. 
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success Caregivers will learn literacy activities and techniques they can use with their children. Children will have access to a home library of high quality literature. 
Long-Term Success Long-term success will be evidenced by increased enrollment in the Family Reading Program and referrals of adults from this program into our Ticket to Read or Career Online High School program.
Program Success Monitored By We will track the success of the program through student surveys, focus-groups and enrollment in the program. 
Examples of Program Success Renewed program launched February 2016.
Description Basic digital life skills, such as turning on a computer, operating a mouse, and opening a web browser, are embedded into our literacy programming. Additional digital life skills are offered at no expense to students, with subjects like Google maps, social media, internet safety and Pinterest. Additionally, Literacy KC works with partner sites and trains instructors so that digital literacy can be utilized in other locations around the community
Category Education, General/Other Computer Literacy
Population Served Adults, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Students should have a basic understanding of how to use a computer, including the ability to send and receive email after our digital life skills class. We expect every Literacy Kansas City student to pass a basic digital life skills class. 
Long-Term Success The long-term success of this program will be the ability of students in our programs to use the computer to further their personal goals, such as improving their reading, typing or in using the internet to look for work, apply for jobs or create a resume. 
Program Success Monitored By Success will be measured by pre- and post-term surveys and student goal tracking. 
Examples of Program Success Last year, 120 students completed our digital life skills class.  186 students sent an email, 105 filled out an online form, and 64 purchased their first computer/laptop. 
Description In a nationally unique partnership, Literacy KC has partnered with Mid-Continent Public Library and Kansas City Public Library to offer Career Online High School, a fully accredited program that allows adult learners to earn a high school diploma with attached career certificate. Students benefit from the convenience of an anytime-anywhere online learning platform and academic coaches who support them in reaching their educational and career goals, and full scholarships are available. 
Category Education, General/Other Dropout Programs
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Short-term success will see the successful graduation of 95% of our students (comparable to the program's success in other cities). 
Long-Term Success Long-term, Literacy KC and its partners will consider the program to be successful if we are able to successfully graduate the entire cohort funded through our initial grant, and those students are successful in their goals enough for us to attract funding to expand beyond this initial cohort, becoming a key resource in the community for those who wish to get their high school diploma. 
Program Success Monitored By Student progress through classes is monitored by Career Online High School's academic coaches.
Examples of Program Success Program launched February 2016.
Description Literacy KC will launch a pilot program for those learning the English language. In Kansas City, there are currently resettlement and English language service programs that teach foundational, survival English language skills to immigrants and refugee populations. However, these skills do not help students reach the level of English needed to confidently complete certain tasks, like deciphering a prescription, reading a receipt, communicating at a parent teacher conference, obtaining a management position, and fully integrating and participating in life in Kansas City. Every term during enrollment, Literacy KC is forced to tell students with low level English proficiency that we are not equipped to help them. Literacy KC wants to change that by bridging this gap in language services. Literacy KC will work with existing organizations to help students move from entry-level, survival English, to a level at which they can take literacy classes, pursue career options, and become conversational in the English language. This would benefit the students who receive our services directly, and also the greater Kansas City economy and international community.
Program Budget $54,659.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  • Upon completion of the ELL program development in December 2018 the program will offer beginner (level A) through intermediate (level B) ELL classes.
  • Have an established learner recruitment base by September 2018.
  • Provide certified, trained ELL facilitators by September 2018.
  • Provide learners access to current ELL curriculum via textbooks and state-of-the-art digital options by May 2018.
  • Learners will go up at least one level according to the TABE assessment by the end of term (July 2018).
Long-Term Success After this pilot year, the goal is to have a fully functioning ELL program with 3 classes per term, mirroring and complimenting our adult literacy program. Once students are proficient in English language, they will be able to integrate into an appropriate literacy class.
Program Success Monitored By
Goals will be set and evaluated before, during, and after each term. Our target class size to begin will be about ten students. Our retention rate for our other programs is 84%, and we will aim for a similarly high rate with this program. Staff achieves this by building personal relationships with students and taking accountability measures, like calling students when they miss class. Data for attendance will be tracked in student records and our Salesforce Database
Many studies have estimated that it takes about 360 hours to progress from no English to conversational level fluency. Using this and other data, we have estimated that a student will be able to begin literacy classes after about four terms of ELL training on average. This will be measured using the TABE assessment and career readiness standards. Other evaluation tools will be employed throughout the development process.
Examples of Program Success
  • Learners advancing on the English Language TABE assessment.
  • Learners able to integrate into literacy classes.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Gillian Helm
Term Start Sept 2015
Experience
Gillian Helm, Executive Director of Literacy KC, has led the organization’s tremendous growth over the last five years, tripling the budget and client numbers served through program transformation and funding diversification. Helm received a Bachelor’s in English
Literature with a minor in Spanish from Park University. Helm did extensive research in Latin America on non-governmental resources available to women in poverty as a graduate student at the University of Kansas, and completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Helm joined the Literacy KC team in September 2011 as a member of the Programs team, quickly climbing the ranks to become Literacy KC’s Executive Director in
October 2015, and continues to dedicate her time and talent to the improvement of services, the diversification of programming, and to meeting the literacy related needs of Kansas City’s adults and families through research-based, data-driven curriculum. Helm loves reading, running, DIY projects, and would like to own her own restaurant one day. She also does her best to keep up with her husband and three young sons, Griffin, Case, and baby Theo.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Teasdale
Term Start Jan 2017
E-mail jteasdale@literacykc.org
Compensation Last Year $50,001 - $75,000
Current Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Co-CEO Experience John holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Notre Dame, where he was also a football player. John also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Rockhurst University. As Deputy Director & Chief Development Officer, John is responsible for securing funding for our programs through government and foundation grant support, major giving campaigns, and special events. Prior to arriving at Literacy KC, John worked with HappyBottoms, DeLaSalle Education Center, and Rockhurst University; he worked for 6 years in the for-profit sector at Haake Companies/ Marsh & McLennan Agency as an insurance broker. John is thrilled to be at Literacy KC because he feels that the one factor that can have a positive impact on poverty, crime, jobs, immigration, education, health care, and the economy is 1 thing – literacy.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Mark J. Bertrand Sept 2007 - Oct 2011
Ms. Carrie Coogan -
Senior Staff
Title Director of Programs
Experience/Biography Gillian joined the Literacy Kansas City team in September 2011. Gillian received a Bachelor’s in English Literature with a minor in Spanish from Park University. After doing extensive research in Latin America on non-governmental resources available to women in poverty as a graduate student at the University of Kansas, she decided that her focus should remain closer to home in order to address the needs immediately around her, and completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Reading, to her, is the great equalizer: having access to information- whether it is a medical prescription, a water bill, great lyrics, or the Bill of Rights- and being able to read and comprehend that information is the vehicle of education (formal or otherwise) which in turn is the road to, well, everywhere. Gillian’s work as Director of Programs allows her to combine her interests of education and nonprofit work, and be inspired daily by the dedication of students and volunteers, while continually looking for new and better ways to provide much-needed services.
Title Deputy Director/ Chief Development Officer
Experience/Biography

John holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Notre Dame, where he was also a football player. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Rockhurst University. As Deputy Director, John is responsible for securing funding for our programs through government and foundation grant support, major giving campaigns, and special events. Prior to arriving at Literacy KC, John worked with HappyBottoms, DeLaSalle Education Center, and Rockhurst University, among other for-profit companies. He is excited to use his skills to continue Literacy KC’s growth and ability to serve more families than ever before.

Title Director of Programs
Experience/Biography

Autumn received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Park University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. As the Director of Programs, Autumn is responsible for the educational programming at Literacy KC. She has over 10 years of experience working in schools throughout Kansas City in a variety of positions ranging from teaching to administration. Autumn believes that literacy is a tool for success and is passionate about providing educational opportunities to anyone ready to learn.

Title Director of Operations
Experience/Biography

Originally from Albany, MO, Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Finance with a Minor in Management Information Systems from Truman State University. As the Director of Operations, she is responsible for anything related to human resources, accounting, and office management. Before joining Literacy KC, she worked as a billing and medical records coordinator for a residential healthcare facility. Kim enjoys working at Literacy KC because it allows her to utilize her expertise to do what she loves while helping an amazing organization at the same time.

Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 10
Paid Part-Time Staff 5
Volunteers 376
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 62%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 9
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 13
Male 3
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • ProLiteracy
  • United Way of Greater Kansas City 
  • Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
  • Central Library
  • Mid Continent Public Library
  • Operation Breakthrough
  • United Inner City Services
  • Google Fiber
  • Hangups KC
  • Rainy Day Books
  • St. James Methodist Church 
  • Kansas City Public Library
  • Mid-Continent Public Library
  • Kansas City, MO Public Schools
  • Kansas City Parks and Recreation  
  • Connecting for Good
  • Turn the Page KC
  • LINC 
  • Upper Room 
  • Kansas City Parks and Rec
  • UMKC 
  • Riverview Gardens Housing Authority
  • Kansas City Neighborhood Academy
  • Richardson Early Learning Center
  • Columbus Park Head Start
  • Thomas Roque Head Start
  • State Street Project
  • Pathway Academy
  • Metro Head Start
  • Youth Build
  • Northeast Community Center
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification2004
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Duvel Pierre
Company Affiliation Spense Fane
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Email djpierre5@gmail.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Paul Rosenboom
Company Affiliation PNC Real Estate
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Email paul.rosenboom@pnc.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms Laura Isabel Alvarex Program Director of Latino Operations H&R Block
Ms. Janelle Bailey Janelle Bailey, LLC
Mr. Spenser K Becker Ferrellgas
Ms. Claire Bishop Integrated Media Strategy
Mr. Jacob Derritt Wells Fargo
Mr. Eric Diebold
Mr. Eric Diebold Netchemia
Mr. Sandy Eeds
Ms Julee Fox Partner RSM US, LLP
Ms. Lynne O'Connell Community Volunteer
Ms. Shelly Olufson
Ms. Rekha Patnaik
Ms. Judy Pfannestiel Research & Training Associates, Inc.
Mr. Duvel Pierre Legal Aid of Western Missouri
Mr. Paul Rosenboom PNC Real Estate
Ms. Tricia Scaglia Scaglia Law Firm, LLC
Alleen Van Bebber Community Activist
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 African American + Lation heritage
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 77%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Program / Program Planning
Marketing
Capital Campaign
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Mary I. Abbott PhD.University of Kansas
Ms. Rachel Brown Community Volunteer
Mrs. Boots Leiter Churchill Community Volunteer
Ms. Louisa R Grill
Ms. Marilou Joyner Joyner Management
Ms. Carrie McDonald Retired, Kansas City Missouri Public Library
Mr. Mark Schweizer
Mr. Dennis Siefers PNC
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $943,819
Projected Expenses $933,756
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include individual contributions. 
Detailed Financials
 
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
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$463,157$334,273$289,059
Government Contributions$10,232$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$10,232$0$0
Individual Contributions------
$76,244$79,809$99,665
$1,896$60,791$104,365
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0($951)$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$175,742$176,894$131,571
Revenue In-Kind$38,295$44,882$45,626
Other$0$70$398
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$552,218$493,008$373,481
Administration Expense$202,391$126,154$86,099
Fundraising Expense$68,327$86,970$71,895
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.930.991.26
Program Expense/Total Expenses67%70%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%15%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$330,873$371,164$367,001
Current Assets$293,234$334,409$357,806
Long-Term Liabilities$10,000$15,000$15,000
Current Liabilities$64,284$42,205$29,153
Total Net Assets$256,589$313,959$322,848
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.567.9212.27
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%4%4%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose Literacy KC’s next forever home will offer a welcoming community for adults and families to improve literacy skills and enhance quality of life. We envision a space suitable not only for increased numbers served, but also one that welcomes everyone into a celebration of learning. It will be convenient for clients, located near major bus stops and complementary social service agencies with wraparound support to help students persist. We see a vibrant educational space that offers classroom conducive to different types of literacy, a library curated for families to participate in multi-generational literacy programming, offices and work spaces flexible and engaging to inspire dynamic productivity, and a computer lab open to anyone to advance digital skills and employment. Literacy KC’s next forever home will help position us firmly among our nonprofit and educational landscape, where it will continue to establish its role as a regional leader in adult and family literacy education.
Dates 2018 to 2020
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Name Literacy Kansas City
Address 211 W. Armour Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 333-9332
Contact Email info@literacykc.org
CEO/Executive Director Gillian Helm
Board Chair Mr. Duvel Pierre
Board Chair Company Affiliation Spense Fane
Year of Incorporation 1986
Former Names
Laubach Literacy Center