Literary Freedom Project, Inc.

Books • Culture • Education

aka One Book One Bronx   |   Bronx, NY   |  http://www.literaryfreedom.org

Mission

The Literary Freedom Project is committed to creating spaces that help leverage the power of books, culture, and education. Our programs value the variety of histories and cultures found in the Bronx and give residents places to build community and explore social engagement.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mr. Ron Kavanaugh

Main address

557 Grand Concourse PMB 143

Bronx, NY 10451 USA

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EIN

32-0011578

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

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Programs and results

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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?

Mosaic Literary Magazine

Launched in 1998, Mosaic explores the literary arts by writers of African descent, and features interviews, essays, and book reviews.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Mosaic Literary Conference provides a platform for literature-based creative thinking and knowledge sharing. Each year we invite educators, community and arts organizations, as well as the public to participate in a variety of workshops.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

LFP develops lesson plans and workshops that connect secondary school educators to ways in which social and cultural studies can be explored directly and through literature.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

One Book One Bronx is a new style book club that gets people reading again. We engage in a literary “call and response” by reading and discussing books that inspire, encourage, and delight readers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The Literary Freedom Project is an arts organization that seeks to restore the importance of reading books as an essential tool for creating intelligent, productive, and engaged young people.

The Literary Freedom Project publishes Mosaic Literary Magazine; develops literature-based lesson plans; hosts the Bronx Book Fair and Mosaic Literary Conference, and presents the We Are Family Book Club, a borough-wide initiative to increase reading habits.

We continue to engage the education, cultural, and literary communities to develop ways to identify lesson plan developers and workshop facilitators. Because our public programs are Bronx-based it gives us the ability to connect during our Mosaic Literary Conference.

The Literary Freedom Project has expanded it's commitment to the literary arts by becoming a founding co-presenter of the Bronx Book Fair. And we continue to develop outreach strategies to better serve and grow our borough-wide reading initiative "One Book One Bronx." which was formerly named the We Are Family Book Club.

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?

    The Literary Freedom Project is a community-focused nonprofit that hosts restorative conversations related to gentrification, social justice, women’s empowerment, criminal justice, and racial inequality. Our goal is to provide a space of wellness and introspection as it relates to using literature to address issues that affect Bronx residents.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Program participants wanted to be more engaged in the selection process of books and authors, so LFP instituted an open selection system that allows anyone to offer input on the final selection books we discuss throughout the year.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

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

    Before offering participants the option to participate in the selection of reading materials, LFP had an excellent relationship with our participants. What the participation did was empower our constituents to own their participation and give them access to a broader selection of literary books.

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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Literary Freedom Project, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kelsey Evans

Literary Freedom Project

Term: 2020 - 2022

Bill Aguado

En Foco, Inc.

Stephanie Alvarado

Freelancers Union

Nicole Dennis-Benn

writer and educator

Kelsey Evans

The Roew

Veronica Guity

Mothers Making it Work

Ron Kavanaugh

Literary Freedom Project

Christine Licata

No Longer Empty

Noelle Santos

The Lit Bar

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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 05/26/2020

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
Male, 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: 05/26/2020

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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.
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.