The Reading League

Sharing Knowledge, Inspiring Change

aka The Reading League   |   Syracuse, NY   |
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The Reading League

EIN: 81-0820021


The Reading League is a nonprofit organization with the mission to advance the awareness, understanding, and use of evidence-aligned reading instruction.

Notes from the nonprofit

We believe that all children deserve to learn to read, and all teachers can learn to teach them. The Reading League is a national education nonprofit led by educators and reading experts dedicated to promoting knowledge that will accelerate the global movement toward evidence-aligned reading instruction. We train and support educators and school leaders, and by extension, we also serve parents, specialists, and researchers. We believe in a future where a collective focus on applying the science of reading through teacher and leader preparation, classroom application, and community engagement will elevate and transform every community, and every nation, through the power of literacy.

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CEO and President

Dr Maria Murray

Main address

103 Wyoming St 2nd Floor

Syracuse, NY 13204 USA

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Subject area info


Population served info

Children and youth



NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


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?

Educator Professional Development

Provide educators access to professional development based on evidence aligned practices for reading instruction.

The Reading League has ongoing professional development through school-based partnerships with over sixty school districts. We work with schools to design learning plans that suit their needs, calendars, and budgets. Formats may include face-to-face and virtual professional development sessions, book club facilitation, virtual coaching, and regular strategic meetings with instructional leaders.

The Reading League also offers Online Academy. which provides online classes, called Knowledge Blocks, allow educators to select their own learning paths about evidence-aligned literacy instruction. Knowledge Blocks are 2.5-hour interactive learning sessions in an intimate virtual setting, each with a maximum of 25 participants. These classes provide a unique opportunity to interact with our expert instructors and network with other participants.

Population(s) Served

The Reading League’s Reading Buddies is an engaging foundational television series, based on the science of reading, that cleverly teaches underlying components of skillful word reading such as phonological awareness, letter names, letter sounds, and blending sounds to decode words.

The show features a hilarious talking dog named Dusty who, with the help of his best human friend Dott, is learning a new trick – how to read! They are joined by a kazoo-talking, robot assistant named Alphabott, and an adorable cast of human Alphabotteers. Together, they form an after-school reading club where Dusty explores letters and their sounds, social-emotional learning, and whatever else sparks his curiosity or desire for snacks! Each episode features a new “Alphabadge” for Dusty to earn, marking the progress of his reading journey. Together, along with the viewers, they are the “Reading Buddies!”

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Reading League's Annual Conference is the largest event. Our multi-day conference aims to provide educators, researchers, and other stakeholders with a deeper understanding of the science of reading and its implications for teaching and learning. The 2023 conference features over 40 breakout sessions, two keynote speakers, Emily Hanford and Kareem Weaver, and more than 30 vendors. The 2021 and 2020 conferences are available virtually

The Reading League hosted its first-ever Summit in March 2023. Summits bring together specialists, researchers, practitioners, and neuroscientists for audiences to hear panel discussions on concentrated concepts like English Learners/Emergent Bilinguals.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people


The Reading League
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.61 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9.2 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of The Reading League’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $22,062 $1,013,557 $323,371 $665,925 $1,352,980
As % of expenses 6.5% 51.6% 17.5% 31.5% 47.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $22,062 $978,766 $253,043 $545,802 $1,078,145
As % of expenses 6.5% 48.9% 13.2% 24.4% 34.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $351,757 $2,979,601 $2,169,026 $2,782,702 $4,181,035
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 747.1% -27.2% 28.3% 50.3%
Program services revenue 37.9% 24.0% 50.5% 65.9% 59.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 5.1% 5.9% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 31.2% 75.2% 43.1% 27.3% 30.0%
Other revenue 30.9% 0.8% 1.3% 0.7% 9.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $340,872 $1,966,044 $1,845,545 $2,116,162 $2,827,605
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 476.8% -6.1% 14.7% 33.6%
Personnel 9.7% 40.4% 60.1% 59.6% 59.3%
Professional fees 54.5% 22.9% 6.7% 10.4% 14.9%
Occupancy 0.0% 1.6% 2.9% 2.7% 2.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 35.7% 35.1% 30.2% 27.3% 23.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $340,872 $2,000,835 $1,915,873 $2,236,285 $3,102,440
One month of savings $28,406 $163,837 $153,795 $176,347 $235,634
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $680,983 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $369,278 $2,845,655 $2,069,668 $2,412,632 $3,338,074

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 11.2 2.9 4.7 20.8 15.8
Months of cash and investments 71.7 6.8 13.7 21.3 20.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.9 2.4 4.6 7.2 10.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $318,135 $472,551 $727,566 $3,661,266 $3,718,111
Investments $1,718,878 $645,634 $1,377,034 $92,363 $1,017,325
Receivables $0 $54,762 $138,593 $189,320 $286,146
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $680,983 $680,983 $731,948 $766,830
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 5.1% 15.4% 24.1% 33.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 97.4% 44.9% 56.6% 61.9% 56.0%
Unrestricted net assets $52,842 $1,031,608 $1,284,651 $1,830,453 $2,908,598
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $110 $725 $1,175
Total net assets $52,842 $1,031,608 $1,284,761 $1,831,178 $2,909,773

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

CEO and President

Dr Maria Murray

Founder and CEO/President of The Reading League, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advance the awareness, understanding, and use of evidence-aligned reading instruction. Prior to founding The Reading League, Dr. Murray was an associate professor at the State University of New York at Oswego, where she taught courses related to literacy assessment and intervention for ten years. She received her Ph.D. in Reading Education from Syracuse University, where she served as project coordinator for Dr. Benita Blachman’s numerous federally-funded early reading intervention grants. Dr. Murray is passionate regarding the prevention and remediation of reading difficulty and consistently strives to increase educator knowledge and the connections between research and practice.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Stephanie Finn

West Genesee School District

Christine Castiglia


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Linda Milosky

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/18/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/22/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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