Columbus Literate Community Program Inc dba Literacy Alliance

Create the Desire to Learn

aka Literacy Alliance   |   Columbus, GA   |
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Columbus Literate Community Program Inc dba Literacy Alliance

EIN: 58-1929221


Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP) was created in 1990 to be community driven organization to address local educational needs. In 2000, Columbus was the first community to meet the criteria, becoming Columbus Literate Community Program. We have programs to support literacy development for youth and adults. The organization was recertified by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) in 2021, under the direction of Brandy Tolbert. Staff and the board of directors are planning to expand to into free tutoring services in FY 2023 - 2024. MISSION: To address the gaps in literacy services in the Chattahoochee Valley region.

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Executive Director

Brandy Tolbert

Main address

PO Box 2123

Columbus, GA 31902-2123 USA

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Subject area info

Basic and remedial instruction

Reading promotion


Early childhood education

Parent education

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Population served info

Infants and toddlers





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NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kindergarten Readiness (est. 2001)

Purpose: To increase the vocabulary level of at-risk children and to ‘create the desire to learn’. This project involves eight weeks of daily one-on-one volunteer interaction with selected pre-k students.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

To help under-educated adults become more self-sufficient primarily through improving reading and math skills. While it is challenging to test non-readers, they do show measurable growth in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Levels Completions. Students are often eager to share their personal testimonials about their increased ability to understand signs and doctor instructions.

Population(s) Served

Ready4K is a research-based text messaging program for families with kids ages 0 to 10. Each week, you can receive texts with fun facts and tips on ways to help your child learn and grow. You’ll also receive information on community resources to support you and your family. Ready4K tips build on your daily routines, like getting dressed, bath time, or preparing a meal. You will always get messages that match your child’s age. Watch this video to learn more detailed information about the Trauma-Informed program

Population(s) Served

The Rotary Club of Columbus partners with us to provide every third grade student in the Muscogee County School District with a dictionary and customized pen (with their expected graduation year). The dictionary is accompanied by a message that focuses on graduating on time, getting a job, and getting the job they will love – because they can read. (Funding ended in 2022)

Population(s) Served

We offer a two generational approach where parents and caregivers can bring their child(ren) along for meaningful engagement without childcare being a barrier. Family literacy programming helps increase access to established services and build awareness of practical ways parents can extend learning beyond the classroom. Columbus became a part of The Basics Learning network in 2019. Literacy Alliance was an early partner to adopt the program. The Basics are five fun, but powerful parenting principles backed by science to help children birth to five grow to be happy and ready for school. Implementation of Basics workshops were halted at the onset of the pandemic. Other curriculums utilized are Build Your Child's Brain and Better Brains for Babies. Family literacy is a key component in helping families establish upward mobility through education, having more students reading on grade level, and overall awareness of early childhood development for caregivers.

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Where we work


Columbus Literate Community Program Inc dba Literacy Alliance
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Columbus Literate Community Program Inc dba Literacy Alliance

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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

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Executive Director

Brandy Tolbert

Brandy Tolbert began her career with the organization as a volunteer in 2011. Throughout the years, her responsibilities and desire to lead the agency grew and developed. July 2020, Brandy was promoted to Program Director. She lives in Columbus with her significant other Terry and their four children ages (11, 7, 3 and 2yr old). She is honored to lead the organization into the recovery phase of the pandemic and expand the organization’s family literacy efforts. Brandy often partners with similar organizations to increase the access of resources to local families. Brandy serves on the board of directors for local and state level entities.

Columbus Literate Community Program Inc dba Literacy Alliance

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Columbus Literate Community Program Inc dba Literacy Alliance

Board of directors
as of 07/10/2023
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Board chair

Lanita Lucas


Term: 2019 - 2023

Brenda Bannister

Aflac Retiree

Trina Lumbard

Columbus Technical College - Mathematics

Derek Scrivner

Retired Radio Personality

Ilene Kent

National Infantry Museum

Jonathan Evans

Columbus Housing Authority

April Hopson

Ex-Officio VP of Adult Education, Columbus Technical College

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/10/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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