LITERACY ACCESS FUND

Their Future. Your Promise. Our Mission.

Chester, PA   |  www.literacyaccessfund.org

Mission

Our mission is to make literacy a possibility for every child, in every community.

Ruling year info

2016

Chair, Director & President

Deborah B. Sorgi Ed.D.

Main address

2501 Seaport Dr Suite 410-SH

Chester, PA 19013 USA

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EIN

81-3227808

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Literacy Access Fund was created to identify underfunded public libraries across the United States that want to acquire new or updated learning tools, but are unable to afford them. Our organization was brought about to address that need. Functioning as a public charity, we have the unique ability through our nationwide contacts to provide support to public libraries anywhere across the country where there is need. Young learners ages 2-12 need the best possible start in their education continuum, and the public library has been shown to be a community hub for education and a vital extension of the classroom. Many low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities rely on the public library to provide an important resource for its littlest members, and provide equal access to quality learning tools, regardless of economic factors. We are also reaching out to community organizations that offer early literacy programs, like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Hispanic community.

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?

Providing Grants to Under-Funded Libraries

Literacy Access Fund supports literacy for young children by facilitating equal access to quality library resources through financial support from private and public donors.

Population(s) Served

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 organizations applying for grants

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Providing Grants to Under-Funded Libraries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Literacy Access Fund opened up a grant application process to 18 different public libraries in 4 states in 2018.

Average grant amount

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

Providing Grants to Under-Funded Libraries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The average grant amount for the 12 grants made by Literacy Access Fund in 2018 is $8,568.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Providing Grants to Under-Funded Libraries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total amount of grants awarded by Literacy Access Fund in 2018 was $102,820.

Total number of grants awarded

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

Providing Grants to Under-Funded Libraries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Literacy Access Fund awarded 12 grants to 12 different, underfunded public libraries in 2018.

Median grant amount

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

Providing Grants to Under-Funded Libraries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The median grant amount of awards made to public libraries by Literacy Access Fund in 2018 was $10,000.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Literacy Access Fund continues to build its assets in order to make grants to public libraries to enhance their ability to serve young children. The libraries can then purchase resources of any kind to help inspire and impact the leaders of tomorrow, today. We work collaboratively with both funders and libraries to make the connection and facilitate support for a valuable community asset, our public library system. In this technology-driven world, the public library has become less of a destination and more of a portal to cultural and worldly experiences for its young patrons, in ways that weren't dreamed of years ago. Literacy Access Fund will help make an impact, however minimal, in a young learner's ability to read, write, and succeed in school and in life.

Literacy Access Fund connects with corporations, private foundations, and individuals across the United States to make them aware of our mission to make literacy a possibility for every child, in every community. We have contacted many of these potential partners to support our efforts to make grants to deserving, underfunded public libraries. Our website has been improved with updated information, including the ability to accept online PayPal donations. The director of fundraising has actively networked with funders, libraries, local community organizations, Rotary Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, business associations, Philadelphia sports teams, and more.

In the 2nd quarter of 2018, we came up with two distinct strategies to increase awareness of our mission:

1. Community Reinvestment Act (CRA): Literacy Access Fund contacts CRA officer at banking institutions across the country to propose a collaborative partnership that can support public libraries in low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities, which can result in qualifying CRA credit for the bank when it's audited by federal regulators.

2. Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program: Literacy Access Fund was approved in October of 2018 as an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) to receive tax credit contributions from approved Pennsylvania corporations, allowing them to reduce their state tax liability by up to 90%.

Literacy Access Fund also continues to expand its presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, to promote our efforts on behalf of young learners, through the facilitation of grant making to deserving public libraries. We also prepare and circulate press releases about our library grants to the local communities where these awards are made.

The staff at Literacy Access Fund is experienced and accomplished to carry out our mission. The Chair, Director, and President of Literacy Access Fund is Deborah B. Sorgi, Ed.D. Dr. Sorgi has over three decades of experience in educational publishing. Currently, she serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of AWE Learning, a provider of digital learning solutions for pre-school and elementary age school children. Dr. Sorgi has held executive positions in sales, marketing, and business development for the following companies: Blake eLearning; Red Wings Learning; Community Education Partners (CEP); Classwell Learning Group; Houghton Mifflin's Computer Adaptive Technologies; EduStar America; and Jostens Learning Corporation. She is also a former classroom teacher, having taught second grade in inner city New York.

Duke Doblick, CFRE, is the Director of Fundraising for Literacy Access Fund, and has over 16 years of experience in fundraising, relationship building, grant writing, and major giving initiatives. As a Certified Fund Raising Executive, he has the professional experience to spearhead and help facilitate this effort. Working for five different non-profits since 2002, in five varied focus areas, which were based in Southwestern and Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey, he has been able to secure funding for capital improvements, bricks and mortar and endowment campaigns, program enhancement, tuition assistance, and many other critical needs. Once there is increased funding in 2018, grant opportunity awareness will be sent to public libraries that are in need of learning resources. When grant requests are submitted, Mr. Doblick will then make recommendations to the Literacy Access Fund grants committee for the most deserving grant recipients.

Dr. Sorgi and Mr. Doblick have a combined wealth of knowledge and experience with education, business acumen, philanthropic cultivation and stewardship, and grant facilitation. They represent a practical collaboration with funders and libraries to provide the means for literacy-based resources for young learners. These resources will ultimately help children be better prepared for school learning, resulting in a continuum of education that will ensure a more robust workforce for business and enterprise in the future.

From the organization's incorporation, Literacy Access Fund has secured just over $119,000 in partner funding. In 2018 alone, we raised $78,770. Our 1st two grants were awarded in March 2018 in York County and Delaware County, PA. The most recent ten grants in the fall of 2018 and early 2019 have gone to libraries in Darby, PA, Berlin, NJ, Delaware City, DE, St. Charles, IL, Norwood, PA, Reading, PA, Coatesville, PA, Norristown, PA, Burlington, NJ, and Cape May Court House, NJ. These grants, ranging from $5,000-$10,000 each, were used to acquire resources to make a significant difference in young learners’ literacy abilities. We work collaboratively with funders to make the connection and facilitate support for a valuable community asset, our public library system. In this technology-driven world, the public library has become less of a destination and more of a portal to discover cultural and worldly experiences for its young patrons, in ways that weren’t dreamed of years ago. Literacy Access Fund is making an impact to inspire a young learner’s ability to read and succeed in school and in life.

Financials

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LITERACY ACCESS FUND

Board of directors
as of 03/15/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Deborah B. Sorgi, Ed.D.

AWE Acquisition, Inc.

Rollin M. Bell

PCM Companies

Eric S. Adler

Adler Associates, LP