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North America World Literacy Foundation

KNOWING HOW TO READ AND WRITE CAN BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY

aka World Literacy Foundation   |   Washington DC, DC   |  https://worldliteracyfoundation.org

Mission

We strive to ensure that every young individual regardless of geographic location has the opportunity to acquire literacy and reading skills to reach their full potential, succeed at school and beyond

Ruling year info

2014

CEO

Mr Andrew Glenn Kay

Main address

712 H Street NE Suite 2013

Washington DC, DC 20002 USA

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EIN

46-1201100

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

World Literacy Foundation (WLF) is a global non-profit organization working to ensure every child regardless of their location or socioeconomic background, acquires literacy skills to reach their full potential at school and beyond. When a child is confident to read and write they become empowered and can engage in lifelong learning to access better opportunities in life Many children who grow up in low-income families enter school with substantially smaller vocabularies than their classmates. This disadvantage leads to struggles in future education and employment. Nourishing a child's mind in the first five years of life is as essential as feeding her body. Research confirms that what happens to children's brains in their earliest years shapes the adults they become, the success they achieve, and the contributions they make to our economy and society. Unfortunately, too many of our kids from low income and migrant/refugee backgrounds today are not getting the nourishment they need.

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?

Children's Book project

Distribution of Children’s books in the United States to children who don't own a single book.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

We provide a Solar Panel tablet device to a teacher in a classroom with no internet, no electricity and no text books. The tablet has pre-loaded content to support the teacher and provide literacy focused resources and e-books for the students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

We provide a 12 month internship for young people to act as a youth ambassador in their community, to be a voice for the issue of literacy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

We provide tutoring and literacy support for children aged 3-12 from highly disadvantaged backgrounds and can't read.
We offer weekly tutoring, resources and mentoring to fast track their literacy development skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

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 books distributed

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

Adults

Related Program

Children's Book project

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers of books provided

Hours of literacy instruction delivered

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Children's Book project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers of children who received tutoring and support to improve their reading skills

Number of clients who become literate because of literacy education programs by the nonprofit

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

Adults

Related Program

Children's Book project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers of children who improved in their reading skills

Number of students who demonstrate improved overall literacy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Children's Book project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers of students who were tested to show improvement in their literacy skills

Number of children who have emerging literacy skills such as beginning letter recognition and phonological awareness, story comprehension, and use of writing materials.

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

Adults

Related Program

Children's Book project

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

the numbers of children who were tested to show improvement in their literacy skills in letters and numbers

Number of website pageviews

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

Children and youth, Family relationships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people on the organization's email list

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Children's Book project

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Children's Book project

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Children's Book project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We strive to eradicate illiteracy by 2040.

Our Goals
• To raise global literacy standards
• To provide free access to quality education materials
• To implement innovative solutions that target wide-scale illiteracy
• To encourage lifelong learning and a love of reading

Since its establishment in 2003, the World Literacy Foundation has steadily grown to align with the needs of a continually evolving education sector. We have forged partnerships with other leading educational organisations, and have built long-lasting relationships with communities around the world.

• We distribute free books and literacy packs to children so the children can discover the joy of reading.
• We provide tutoring and literacy support to disadvantaged children who are struggling to read.
• We gather literacy and educational leaders and organizations around the world to share ideas and collaborate within the sector.
• We bring together innovative technology, e-books, games, and locally-curated content to advance the learning of children in remote communities in their mother tongue and English.
• We are a global voice to spread and promote the importance of literacy, we empower people to advocate in their local community for this cause.

The key performance indicators used to measure organisational effectiveness and capabilities are:

• Program Impact- number of books and literacy tutoring provided to disadvantaged children
• Support – growth in the number of children, young people and parents that access our services and programs
• Community partnerships – number of partnerships with communities and community
organisations
• Advocacy – growth in the number of people participating in International Literacy Day and the WLF Ambassador Program
• Staff and volunteer retention – creation of a stable and satisfied staff team and team of
volunteers

The World Literacy Foundation was established in 2013 as a reading program to impact children from low-income backgrounds, the organization has now expanded to new locations in the United Kingdom, United States, Africa, Colombia and Australia. We draw together with partners and build on our existing literacy networks to reduce this stagger statistic and make a greater impact in local communities.

During the 2019-20, we ran 181 literacy activities including book distributions, fundraising events, WLF Ambassador initiatives and Sun Books related activities. We impacted 116K+ children and parents worldwide and distributed 2,900 books to children so they can continue their learning from home.

Financials

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Operations

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

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North America World Literacy Foundation

Board of directors
as of 06/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr Don Green

Georgia Highlands College

Term: 2013 - 2025


Board co-chair

Mr Darryn Keneally

In2Life

Term: 2013 - 2025

Cathy Green

Grand Rapids Community College

Paula Correa-Londono

Colombian Reading Foundation

François Gerin-Lajoie

Président Fondation paul Gérin-lajoie

Julie Ruel

Université du Québec en Outaouais

Andrew Kay

World Literacy Foundation

Don Green

Georgia Highlands College

Darryn Keneally

In2life

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? Yes
  • 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? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/14/2021

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
Australian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data