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BEYOND LITERACY

Learning for Work & Life

Philadelphia, PA   |  www.beyondliteracy.org

Mission

Our mission is to expand opportunities and improve lives by unleashing the power of literacy through free, high-quality education. In 2021, the merger between Center for Literacy and Community Learning Center brought together 87 total years of literacy experience that has created lasting, positive impacts. By uniting together, the combined agency — renamed “Beyond Literacy” (BeLit) — goes above and beyond to offer strong transformational services and classes to those seeking a way to a better life.

Ruling year info

1969

CEO

Kimmell Proctor

Main address

211 N. 13th St., 4th floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA

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Formerly known as

Center for Literacy

Community Learning Center

EIN

23-7043544

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Almost 40 percent of adults living in poverty in Philadelphia lack a high school credential. Without one, they are at a serious disadvantage when trying to find work or earn family-sustaining wages. Out of reach for them are jobs in the fastest-growing sectors – education and the health services – which require higher education or post-secondary training.

While 210,590 adults in Philadelphia do not have a high school diploma, the number of adults whose lives are impacted by a lack of literacy skills is far larger: an estimated 550,000 individuals are considered low literate. This means that almost 40 percent of the adult population in Philadelphia struggles to fill out a job application, struggles to read doctors' instructions on their medicines and struggles to help with their children's homework.

Without a high school credential it is nearly impossible to break the intergenerational poverty that defines too many of the city's neighborhoods.

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?

Adult Education & Career Readiness

As Philadelphia’s largest adult literacy agency, Beyond Literacy helps learners improve their reading, writing, math, English language, digital literacy, and workplace skills. Our classes move students from learning to earning, helping them succeed as workers, parents, and neighbors.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Beyond Literacy's Family Literacy program serves immigrant families with limited English proficiency, helping children in kindergarten through third grade read on grade level and equipping families with the skills, tools, and confidence to support their children’s learning.

With support from the William Penn Foundation, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and Dollar General Literacy Foundation, we partner with School District of Philadelphia elementary schools.

Population(s) Served
Families

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 learners served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

As Philadelphia's largest adult education agency, Beyond Literacy (BeLit) serves the needs of Philadelphia communities struggling with systemic poverty. With three campuses in Philadelphia — and with remote and HyFlex class options — BeLit serves adults who lack a high school diploma and/or proficiency in reading, writing, science and/or math, or need help with English Language Acquisition.

Both education and employment are proven drivers of upward economic mobility. BeLit works alongside affected Philadelphia residents — including high school dropouts, returning citizens, immigrants and the housing insecure — by helping adults improve their academic and digital literacy skills, earn a High School Equivalency credential, develop English language proficiency and earn a family-sustaining wage.

Financials

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Operations

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

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BEYOND LITERACY

Board of directors
as of 12/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Enrico Crispo

PECO

Ashley Del Bianco

University of Pennsylvania

James Giles

Blank Rome LLP

Becky Leimkuhler

Deloitte Consulting

Carol Saline

Saline Solutions

Marion Sindoni

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Michael McCourt

Clarfeld Citzens Private Wealth

Jonathan Hill

Republic Bank

Barbara Halpern

Halpern Law Office

Enrico Crispo

PECO

Jeffrey Daman

Daman & Associates

Robert Young

Retired Council, Airgas, Inc.

Julie Jones

Drexel University

Alison DiFlorio

Exude, Inc.

Denise Cifelli

Retired, University of Pennsylvania

Charlie Douglas

Comcast

Dinesh Indala

Philadelphia Housing Authority

Ivy McDaniels

Beck Institute

Kyle Straub

PwC

Malcolm Yates

Public Health Management Corp.

Michelle Grimley

TeachTown

Zeidan Javar

BeLit ESOL & GED student

Keisha Moore

BeLit recent Alumni; attending Nursing School

Erica Patterson

PGW

Marion Sindoni

Strategic Communications Leader

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • 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 12/14/2023

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data