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COLUMBIA WRITERS ALLIANCE

aka COLUMBIA WRITERS ALLIANCE   |   Columbia, SC   |  http://www.colawriters.info/

Mission

Columbia Writers Alliance works to inspire literary writers to become published authors, while providing quality literacy programs, and cultural and educational experiences that enrich the lives of the community.

Ruling year info

2009

President & Founder

Mrs. Jerlean S Noble

Vice President

Mrs. Ida Thompson

Main address

P O Box 25311 1 Old Field Court

Columbia, SC 29224 USA

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EIN

05-0547469

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (A11)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Monthly meetings

The Columbia Writers Alliance conducts monthly writer support meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Richland Library on Assembly Street in Columbia, SC

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Annually we have Black History Programs, consisted of speakers, readings, music, and dance recitals. Our next program is scheduled for February 2023.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Religious groups
Heterosexuals

Tennis Literary Challenge - A summer program for at risk teens to learn the basics of tennis basics. Photographs were taken of different poses as they learned, they later wrote about their experience.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A toy and clothe drive for the Hanna House Homeless shelter children.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

A program of promoting inspirational authors and writers and the arts. Present were speakers, choirs, and literary vendors

Population(s) Served
Adults
Interfaith groups

The present study will be a partnership between the Arts Institute, the Department of Psychology and a community based non-profit organization (Columbia Writers Alliance and DIVA International) to evaluate the impact of engaging in multifaceted art forms on increasing positive life trajectories in underserved youth who currently attend their community program. This project will specifically compare a single art form (creative writing) in collaboration with the Columbia Writers Alliance versus interdisciplinary art forms (art, dance, music) on improving life satisfaction (emotional, physical, social, and ability to succeed) in low-income minority youth.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Women and girls

Capacity building for Nonprofit organization

Population(s) Served
Adults

A formal fundraiser to raise money for 2017 Writers conference, benefiting youth in the Midlands, with keynote speaker Mrs. Jennifer Pinckney, wife of slain Pastor and Senator Clementa Pinckney. Donations were given to help support his foundation as well.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Program in honor of Black History Month, stressing the importance of and merging of the arts, literacy, history, and music.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups

Part of set of annual literary programs benefiting the youth, educators, and community. This was a 2 day event featuring special guest author, Ms. Sharon Draper. Students were allowed to attend free. The public library also participated in making this event a huge success.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have the ability to understand and comprehend communication

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Families, Widows and widowers, Parents

Related Program

Monthly meetings

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID - We gave to foodbank - Prepared to get back with the youth this year of 2022 which we have and are doing. We are in the midst of sponsoring a scholarship competition for 12th grade seniors.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to push forward the aspiring writer to dream big, believe in the vision, write the work and accomplish being a published author. We are reaching higher to go bigger and help more people realize their ambitions and abilities to tell a story and be published--even through self publishing as well as the traditional route. We want each writer we meet to own their story, tell it their way, learn how to write correctly, how to read projecting the voice of the characters, to engage the listener, speak to crowds, have a book signing, take the whole journey. We want writers to reach and obtain the top ring, be a best selling author, but work for it. At the same time, we want them to understand that it's not all in being on the best seller's list to sell their books, but sell an inspiration to help others to want to write, to follow you on a journey, or to just say this book made me feel good.

To have more conferences, have retreats, and bring in keynote speakers. Rent a space so we can have 2 meetings per month instead of one. Hire instructors to help engage in the arts that will inspire children and others to write about the experience. We want to explore photo voice where kids and adults literally take a camera, take a photo of something of interest and write about it.

Our budget is not even $1000. What we have done in the past we accomplished through small grants. We have experienced leaders and teachers, writers and published authors that help through volunteer work or by assessing the members with a small fee. We still keep to our goals but with support we can do a lot more.

So far we have exposed many first time authors to large writing venues
- (i.e, The SC Writers Conference; program now closed).
- Partnered with the University of SC's Department of Psychology, Arts Institute, Art and Dance school in a project entitled, "Comparison of Single versus Interdisciplinary Art Forms in Undeserved Youth", a 5 month project with 20 at risk girls.
- Partnered with School District 1 and the City of Columbia to hold a "Stuff a Bus" Back to School Rally for homeless children
- Had 2 successful Statewide Writers Conferences
- Had a success SC Christian Writers Showcase
- Supported homeless shelters with literary workshops and Christmas givings to the children
- Annually have a Black History Program (very diversified) promoting well being and togetherness among the community.
- Members of the SCANPO

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Workshop participants Board members

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Within the Board, we have decided to have fewer meetings as we've had over the pandemic and go back to quarterly meetings (still Zooming) and only when necessary phone conference calls if necessary. Monthly core writers (non-board writers) meetings. We changed from 2nd Mondays to every other Saturdays at 12pm. These meetings are to assist with in-progress writings of books, editing, and readings. Now that COVID is easing up, published authors are participating more in organized festivals supporting literary organizations.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We've been limited to many people, funders, and things because we don't have funding. Since the pandemic we lost a lot of our financial support. we're still here but struggling.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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COLUMBIA WRITERS ALLIANCE

Board of directors
as of 11/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jerlean Noble

Columbia Writers Alliance

Term: 2009 -


Board co-chair

Ida Thompson

Cathine Scott

Columbia Writers Alliance

Jerlean Noble

Columbia Writers Alliance

Ida Thompson

Columbia Writers Alliance

Mikell Snooks

Everlasting Gospel Kingdom Ministries

Viola Sanders

Vii's Services, Inc

Rochester Baker

Columbia Writers Alliance

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/09/2019

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.