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South Coast Literacy Council

 23915 Danzig Bay
 Dana Point, CA 92629
[P] (949) 573-7958
[F] --
www.southcoastliteracy.com
[email protected]
Jerry Kostka
FOUNDED: 1970
INCORPORATED: 1978
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Organization DBA South Coast Literacy Council
SCLC
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 95-3446927 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

If you are looking for a little-known but highly deserving charity, we hope you will consider South Coast Literacy Council (SCLC).

We are small - one of the smallest in The Orange County Community Federation - but we put forth a mighty effort. We hope donors will think of us as the little engine that can.
 
SCLC is an all-volunteer educational and charitable non-profit organization serving south Orange County, California.  Our principal mission is to assist adults in acquiring the English language skills they need for daily living; to take advantage of employment opportunities; and to integrate fully into society.
 
With so many needs in our society today, the ability to speak and understand English may not appear to be particularly urgent . . . UNLESS YOU CAN'T DO IT!

- Unless you can't help your child with his school homework

- Unless you can't read your child's report card

- Unless you can't explain your symptoms to the doctor

- Unless you are ridiculed when you ask for help in a store

- Unless you can't fill out an application for the job you need

Through its free classes on listening, speaking, reading and writing English, SCLC is helping to address this critical and growing need in our County. We focus on adults because the need is great. According to the latest estimates by the National Center for Education Statistics, 26% of people over 16 years of age in Orange County lack basic literacy skills compared to 23% for the entire state.  Very few organizations offer English language skills to adults and those that do usually charge a fee; e.g. community colleges.

Mission Statement

If you are looking for a little-known but highly deserving charity, we hope you will consider South Coast Literacy Council (SCLC).

We are small - one of the smallest in The Orange County Community Federation - but we put forth a mighty effort. We hope donors will think of us as the little engine that can.
 
SCLC is an all-volunteer educational and charitable non-profit organization serving south Orange County, California.  Our principal mission is to assist adults in acquiring the English language skills they need for daily living; to take advantage of employment opportunities; and to integrate fully into society.
 
With so many needs in our society today, the ability to speak and understand English may not appear to be particularly urgent . . . UNLESS YOU CAN'T DO IT!

- Unless you can't help your child with his school homework

- Unless you can't read your child's report card

- Unless you can't explain your symptoms to the doctor

- Unless you are ridiculed when you ask for help in a store

- Unless you can't fill out an application for the job you need

Through its free classes on listening, speaking, reading and writing English, SCLC is helping to address this critical and growing need in our County. We focus on adults because the need is great. According to the latest estimates by the National Center for Education Statistics, 26% of people over 16 years of age in Orange County lack basic literacy skills compared to 23% for the entire state.  Very few organizations offer English language skills to adults and those that do usually charge a fee; e.g. community colleges.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $14,805.00
Projected Revenue $14,805.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • In-Service Training (IST) for Tutors

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

If you are looking for a little-known but highly deserving charity, we hope you will consider South Coast Literacy Council (SCLC).

We are small - one of the smallest in The Orange County Community Federation - but we put forth a mighty effort. We hope donors will think of us as the little engine that can.
 
SCLC is an all-volunteer educational and charitable non-profit organization serving south Orange County, California.  Our principal mission is to assist adults in acquiring the English language skills they need for daily living; to take advantage of employment opportunities; and to integrate fully into society.
 
With so many needs in our society today, the ability to speak and understand English may not appear to be particularly urgent . . . UNLESS YOU CAN'T DO IT!

- Unless you can't help your child with his school homework

- Unless you can't read your child's report card

- Unless you can't explain your symptoms to the doctor

- Unless you are ridiculed when you ask for help in a store

- Unless you can't fill out an application for the job you need

Through its free classes on listening, speaking, reading and writing English, SCLC is helping to address this critical and growing need in our County. We focus on adults because the need is great. According to the latest estimates by the National Center for Education Statistics, 26% of people over 16 years of age in Orange County lack basic literacy skills compared to 23% for the entire state.  Very few organizations offer English language skills to adults and those that do usually charge a fee; e.g. community colleges.

Background Statement

SCLC was founded in 1970 when our first tutor training was held and the first learning center established in Capistrano Beach. Originally part of Laubach Literacy Action in Syracuse, NY, we later became an affiliate of ProLiteracy. In April 2017 we celebrated 47 years of continued service to Orange County.


Impact Statement

Despite our limited budget, last year we were able to:

1. Provide 21,618 hours of instruction

2. Serve over 1,000 adult students

3. Train 30 new tutor volunteers

4. Open three additional educational centers for a total of 23 ranging from Tustin to San Clemente

Our students enriched their lives and the lives of their families by improving their English skills.  Other personal goals achieved include:

- improved employment skills

- found jobs

- increased involvement in community and children's educational activities

- secured a driver's license

- earned citizenship

- increased their comfort in medical and shopping situations
 
Example of one student's success story:
When Norma A. came to the U.S. she spoke no English. She enrolled in the SCLC center in Irvine, CA.  Attending classes four nights a week, Norma learned quickly. She had been a teacher in Mexico and wanted to be able to apply her skills in her new country. In about five years Norma’s English had advanced enough that she got a job with the Irvine Adult School as an Instructional Assistant, a Clerk in the Adult School office, and a Spanish Teacher. While with the District, Norma was chosen twice as Classified Employee of the year. She attributes her success in learning English to the dedication of SCLC volunteers. Norma took college courses while improving her English, and she now teaches Spanish classes at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine. 

Current Goals:

With the possibility of favorable government legislation, we've seen a marked interest in obtaining English language skills. In addition a number of public facilities have downsized and now charge fees. As a result many of our centers have long waiting lists. In the coming year we want to:

1. Efficiently manage our growing number of centers.

2. Recruit and train a minimum of 25 new tutors.

3. Serve 50 additional students.

4. Expand our visibility within the communities we serve.

5. Obtain $10,000 in donations to acquire necessities for our on-going operations.

6. Raise sufficient funds to bring technology into our centers.

7. Develop public relations in communities, which would increase our ability to recruit leadership volunteers, obtain donated space and build the number of volunteer tutors.
 
8. Build the Board with volunteer and advisory leadership.

Needs Statement

Our only sources of funding are donations, an occasional small grant and membership dues of $10 per member. We have no government support, no sponsorships and no revenue-sharing affiliations with agencies such as United Way. Our budget is small but our needs are great.

 Our Expenses:

1. Books. Books, books and more books. Although we ask students to purchase their books, the sad truth is that many of them don't have the money, and SCLC does its best to help them with the cost. The price of the most popular skill-book and activity-book combination is  $30 per student.

2. Operational supplies. Reams of copy paper, ink, postage, printing.

3. Rent (some locations charge for use of their facilities) and insurance.

4 Awards for student and tutor recognition.

Our Needs

1. Funds to help meet the expenses listed above.

2. Technical equipment:

(Today many public school students enjoy the use of electronic tablets or laptops, but SCLC is still in the chalk and whiteboard era. We need tools to take advantage of the many educational opportunities on the Internet.)

   • projection equipment for each center for classroom PowerPoint presentations

   • Wi-Fi enabled computers for each center for interactive study. (Our big dream in the sky would be computers for each tutor.)

3. Stipend for Students. At the end of each year, we would like to be able to offer a small monetary award to students who have excelled in a particular category such as attendance, homework completion, or reporting on books read outside of class.


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

From Barbara Looney, President of the Board of Directors of SCLC

In the1980s I moved from Iowa to Orange County. No longer working, I was looking for a community service opportunity when I found South Coast Literacy Council and started volunteering as a tutor. I soon became a center director, board member and eventually was elected president of the council, the position I now hold for the second time.

 

In the 1980s the immigrant population was growing in Orange County, and I encountered many new cultures to which I had not been exposed before. The need for ESL services was growing, and here was a perfect chance for a retired teacher to  help in some way. Twenty-seven years after joining SCLC, I know it was the best choice I could have made.

 

South Coast Literacy Council was started in the late 1960s mainly as a literacy provider; the inclusion of tutoring English as a second language came quickly. The organization became known through word of mouth and later through the internet, with the demand for more classes, more volunteers, more materials and more classroom space ever increasing. The program grew steadily, partly due to the elimination of ESL services previously provided by publicly-funded organizations like school districts and libraries. In 1985 SCLC had 10 tutoring centers with about 50 active tutors. We now have 22 centers and over 185 active volunteers. Tutors lead classes in which students from many different countries and at various levels of English enthusiastically participate. SCLC is a unique organization in that it is completely volunteer driven.  Spaces used for classes are donated by various community organizations including churches, libraries and the city of Irvine. Our biggest challenge right now is finding volunteer tutors.

 

At the end of a busy day when it is time to teach my evening class, often feeling tired, I go, knowing I will feel energized by the time class ends. It is always fun! The students are so motivated to learn, and show so much appreciation for what we volunteers feel privileged to do. At the end of this school year one of my students stopped me to say how grateful she is that she is no longer afraid to use English in her daily activities, and her husband agreed wholeheartedly.

 

Volunteer tutors share the joy students feel when they gain confidence to speak English in their communities; we share the pride they feel when they know they can communicate in their new language, English. Yes, joining South Coast Literacy Council was a great decision. The challenges are great, but the rewards are greater.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Make a tax-deductible donation of any size. It will be most welcome and can help provide books, tutor training and materials for our students.Join our team of volunteers and see how rewarding it can be!Donate merchandise and services to be used as prizes at our spring raffle.Provide books, tutor training, audio-visual equipment and other materials.

Geographic Area Served

South Orange County
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Organization Categories

  1. Education - Adult Education
  2. Public & Societal Benefit - Public & Societal Benefit NEC
  3. Education - Remedial Reading & Encouragement

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Programs


In-Service Training (IST) for Tutors

The world of teaching is constantly evolving with new concepts, techniques and technology being introduced. To meet those challenges, SCLC  developed a series of IST workshops in addition to the intensive training tutors receive at induction.

Two workshops are held each year and typically feature a noted speaker in the field of ESL (English as a Second Language). The talks often include demonstrations and a lively Question and Answer period. Attending tutors receive handouts, which they can take back to their centers to share with their co-workers.

A popular workshop is one in which our  tutors with expertise in a certain area shared their knowledge with others. They offer help with topics such as pronunciation, working with beginning level students, using pictures and games in lessons, promoting writing and using the Internet,  among others.  

The content of the workshops isn't chosen at random, but rather directed by specific needs expressed by the tutors.
Budget  $200.00
Category  Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Adults Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success 
Examples of comments from workshop attendees:
- "There were meaningful ideas that we were able to use immediately with our students."
- "Best ever! Hands on. Practical. Loved interactions. Informative. Inspirational. Enjoyed."
- "Lots of good, practical examples; great opportunity to meet other tutors."
- "A picture activity is so much better than a workbook page."

Program Long-Term Success 

Tutors, particularly new ones with less experience, improved their skills and were able to successfully introduce new techniques into the delivery of their lessons.

Program Success Monitored By 

- Evaluation forms

- On-going observation and assessment by center directors
Examples of Program Success 

 Quotes from tutors:

"I had a lot of lesson material but I wasn't able to deal very well with my multi-level class. With the ideas obtained at the workshop I have been able to handle this situation much better."

"I have a group of mostly Asian students who have difficulty pronouncing certain English sounds. After a workshop that focused on the speech problems of specific nationalities, I am seeing definite improvement in my students' speaking ability."

Management


CEO/Executive Director Barbara Looney
CEO Term Start July 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
 From Barbara Looney, Vice President
 
Volunteering for SCLC for the past 25 years has been the most rewarding experience I could ever have chosen for being involved in community service. The students are so appreciative for whatever we can help them with each week. So many times when I am tired and do not want to go to my evening classes after working during the day, I go, and I come away energized, excited about the learning that occurred, and eager to start planning for the next class. The best part is the fun we have. We laugh together over little jokes the students share, the little mistakes they make, the little mistakes I make. Class is a happy place! I know when I head to class I will come away feeling good!

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Judy Sparanese July 2008 June 2014

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 13
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 80%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 13
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No --

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

We have no paid staff. All of our Board Members and Committee Chairmen, as well as Center Directors and Tutors volunteer their skills to fulfill staff functions. Our 19 volunteer Center Directors, diverse in both gender and ethnicity, carry out the on-site administrative and record-keeping responsibilities typically handled by individuals who are paid or compensated in some form.

Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Barbara Looney President
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term July 2016 - June 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term July 2016 - June 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Lesley Bindloss Community Volunteer Voting
Harriet Kellly Community Volunteer Voting
Barbara Looney Community Volunteer Voting
Sandra Malone -- Voting
Joan Nadeau Community Volunteer Voting
Aparna Venkateswaran Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Jack Landau Website Manager Community Volunteer NonVoting
Judy Sparanese Past President Community Volunteer NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

Throughout most of its nearly 50-year history, SCLC grew at a slow, steady pace. 

Each year additional students, tutors and occasionally a new center would join us.

 

Now, however, we are seeing burgeoning growth. Over the past two years alone five new locations have asked to join SCLC, bringing our total number of educational centers to 23, with over 180 tutors and 1000 students. With contributions from OC Nonprofit Central, we could initiate and expansion budget to:

-  Attract additional leaders with new capabilities and fresh ideas.

- Overcome the problem of distance learning by utilizing technology to communicate and train electronically.

- Distribute information on new books and materials to keep our educational resources up-to-date and meaningful.

 

 

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Membership

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $14,805.00
Projected Expenses $14,805.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990N

2014 990

Audit Documents

2015 Audit Report

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $23,497 $23,537 $17,802
Total Expenses $22,365 $19,419 $12,352

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $5,980 $5,467 $5,008
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $13,693 $16,656 $11,600
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1 $2 $3
Membership Dues $980 $750 $530
Special Events $2,610 -- --
Revenue In-Kind $233 $662 $661
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $21,142 $18,472 $11,501
Administration Expense $1,223 $872 $801
Fundraising Expense -- $75 $50
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.05 1.21 1.44
Program Expense/Total Expenses 95% 95% 93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 1% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $22,894 $22,551 $18,433
Current Assets $22,894 $22,551 $18,433
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $235 $340 --
Total Net Assets $22,659 $22,211 $18,433

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 97.42 66.33 inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) 0%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Due to its size, this organization files a 990N.  Summary financial data is per the financials provided by the organization and consultation with the organization.

Documents


Other Documents

SCLC SpringSummer NL.pdf (2017)

Comments Flyer 2.compressed.pdf (2016)

No Other Documents currently available.