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Literary and Prologue Society of the Southwest

Passion and purpose for literary enlightenment in AZ

aka Literary Society of the Southwest   |   Chandler, AZ   |  https://lssw.wildapricot.org/

Mission

Celebrate contemporary literature and authors and promote the cause of literacy throughout Arizona.

Ruling year info

2005

President

Ellen Brown

Immediate Past President

Laura Huser

Main address

4980 S. Alma School Rd, Ste A2-510

Chandler, AZ 85248 USA

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EIN

20-2868229

NTEE code info

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Literary Society has a bifurcated mission of creating a unique Arizona community who come together to enjoy on-going unique experiences over lunch and private events with world renowned authors while seeking donations in order to annually grant money to 501(c)(3) organizations that improve literacy outcomes for children/youth from birth to 12th grade in Arizona.

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?

2023/24 Literary Society Season

Twenty times a year, the Literary Society of the Southwest (LSSW) members gather for a curated book review experience and connection with other members who enjoy and support literacy. Each of these 20 meetings includes lunch at noteworthy Arizona hospitality locations while listening to the featured author’s presentation and discussion. The Literary Society has proudly hosted a variety of gifted authors who each bring a unique perspective to the luncheon. These celebrated authors share their personal journeys and insights, transporting the experience beyond any standard author reading event.
LSSW funds 501(c)(3) programs to improve the ability to read and write for children and youth from birth through 12th grade.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

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.

Metric of number of members in Literary Society of Southwest and those that attend each author luncheon and brings guestsMetric of members who donate to Literary Society of Southwest directly to grants.

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

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

2023/24 Literary Society Season

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2023-24--651 members; 76.35% attendance; 4.5% guests;176 members made restricted grant gift 2022-23--599 members; 80% attendee; 24% guests; 74 members made restricted grant gift 2022-21 527 members

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Since 2005, the Literary and Prologue Society of the Southwest has sparked unique connections with accomplished authors through member luncheons and engaging book discussions.
Literary Society today shines as a premier membership forum for knowledge, appreciation and promotion of
contemporary literature and literacy; connecting through books and community. With over 650 generous members in Phoenix, Pinnacle Peak, and Tucson, we produce dynamic literary experiences, volunteer opportunities and support to advance and promote literacy in Arizona.
The value of literacy is more than a book. With our membership, we raise grant money each fiscal year through awareness of the multitude of amazing nonprofits in Arizona involved in literacy programs. Together, with our members, we advance and impact the cause of literacy in Arizona through advocacy. We fund 501(c)(3) programs that improve the ability to read and write for children and youth from birth through 12th grade.


Sustainable Development Goal of Quality Education and Reduced Inequalities. The Literary Society has renewed and expanded our commitment to lifelong learning through contemporary literature while increasing the impact of the Society's grantmaking. The intent of the grantmaking to Arizona 501(c)(3) programs is to improve the ability to read and write for children and youth from birth through 12th grade. Emphasis is in assisting disadvantaged/under-served and minority communities.
Literary Society directly involves our 650 membership community in our grantmaking drive each year. The 2023-24 grant application process is vetted using approved Literary Grant Guidelines and a Grant Program Scorecard. The Grant Committee comprises board and non-board members. In addition to the Grant Committee, we have a Communications Committee Liaison and contact potential grantees to arrange a site visit by committee members. Additionally, we thoroughly review potential grantee financial information and impact reports. The Board of Directors approve the recommended grant awards each year.
To further involve our membership, the grantees make a short presentation of their literacy program at author luncheon events. After the awards are granted each year, the Grant Committee requests and reviews new impact reports and begins the application process again for the new fiscal year.
Literary Society has awarded nearly $300,000 in grants to local nonprofit literacy programs from net proceeds of memberships and donations. The 2023/24 fiscal year award is $103,500 to be paid in March 2024.

The Literary Society is committed to our bifurcated mission to celebrate contemporary literature and authors while promoting the cause of literary in Arizona.
The board of directors is an all volunteer board of highly educated individuals from all fields of expertise, e.g., from lawyers, engineers, authors, teachers, financial consultant, retired CPA, development director, communications, etc. Ongoing, the Executive Committee and Governance Committee strategically evaluate the need for new board members to fill an identified need. Within our 650 membership, the Literary Society also draws on specific member skill sets to assist our mission.

The goal for 2023/24 was 600 membership and as of January, 2024, our membership exceeds 650 with a waiting list. The October to December 2023/24 annual Literary Grant appeal to our members to raise $25,000 to grants has closed. We raised $73,406 with restricted donations from our members and operating income will allow LIterary Society to grant literacy nonprofit prgrams $103,500.
The grant application process for 2023/24 opened in October and 23 applications have been received and are being reviewed by the Grants Committee. (For the 2022/23 application process, we received 19 applications and awarded 7 grants.)
For the 2023/24 application process, we received 23 grant applications, of which 17 applications align with our grant making. The Grant Committee will spend a month evaluating the applications, financials, site visits, and if needed, follow-up requests. The grant awards will be awarded in March 2024 of $103,500. The award recipients will then be invited to attend our April, 2024, luncheons with our author Maggie O'Farrell.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Literary and Prologue Society of the Southwest

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown

Jayne Lewis

Mary Beth Herbert

Mardie Holland

Judy Riley

Nancy Retson

Michele Feeney

Genny Matteucci

Ann Stanton

Carrie Ostroski

Lorelei Gonzales

Elizabeth Saba

Jean Nelson

Laura Huser

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/18/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/12/2021

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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.