Better Business Bureau Report for
Columbus Literacy Council

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 2014

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Columbus Literacy Council
Address: 92 Jefferson Avenue
  Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-282-7661
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1975, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Columbus Literacy Council is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to increasing the level of functional literacy of adults reading below an 8th grade level through teaching the English language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Columbus Literacy Council meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Columbus Literacy Council provides adult literacy services, including the teaching of the English language skills through listening, reading, writing, and speaking, for individuals who are reading below an eighth grade level. In addition to the core programming of Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, the charity offers one-to-one tutoring, basic computer training, pre-GED and basic math tutoring, and workforce development and job readiness.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, Columbus Literacy Council's program expenses were:

Program 442,539
Total Program Expenses: $442,539
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Chief Executive : Ms. Joy D. Reyes, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Mr. Jeffrey Allison
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Associate Vice President, Nationwide Communications

Board Size: 14

Paid Staff Size: 8

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail appeals, invitations to fundraising events, television appeals, radio appeals, grant proposals, Internet, cause-related marketing appeals
Fundraising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $523,444, are donations received as a result of fundraising activities.)
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Tax Status


This charity is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Columbus Literacy Council's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
United Way 155,302
Government and Private Grants 120,812
Corporate and Foundation Contributions 111,292
Contributions 70,078
Special Events 65,960
Program Service Fees 8,990
Interest 34
Total Income $532,468


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $532,468
Program expenses $442,539
Fund raising expenses 41,597
Administrative expenses 56,689
Total expenses $540,825
Expenses in Excess of Income (8,357)
Beginning net assets 32,683
Ending net assets 24,326
Total liabilities 28,468
Total assets $52,794

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Charities that solicit public donations within the City of Columbus may be required to obtain a permit from the Columbus Public Safety Department License Section Charitable Solicitation Board. Donors may wish to contact the City of Columbus at 614-645-7471 for further information.

Charities that solicit public donations anywhere within the State of Ohio may also be required to register with the Ohio Attorney Generals Office Charitable Law Section. Donors may wish to contact the State of Ohio at 614-466-3180 for further information.

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