Life transforming programs for adult learners, especially immigrants.

aka LitNet   |   Lee, MA   |
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EIN: 04-3252289


The mission of Literacy Network is to transform the lives of adult learners, both immigrant and US born, through the power of literacy, education, and advocacy.

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Executive Director

Ms. Leigh Doherty

Main address

32 Park Street

Lee, MA 01238 USA

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Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Bilingual education

Adult education

Reading promotion

Immigrant services

Population served info


LGBTQ people

People of Middle Eastern descent

People of Asian descent

People of African descent

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NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

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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?

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

LitNet serves the large population of immigrants who live and work in Berkshire County. According to the American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2009 and 2014, the number of South Berkshire residents who spoke a language other than English at home increased by almost 30%. About 3,000 individuals in LitNet's primary service area speak a language other than English at home.

In the past year, students enrolled with the Literacy Network ranged in age from 20-71. They were of limited income and came from 30 different countries and spoke at least 18 different languages collectively. The majority of LitNet students are from Central and South America; however, we also have students from Western, Central, and Eastern Europe as well as China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia. Some LitNet students have learning disabilities and have been unsuccessful in more traditional learning environments.

Currently, more than 90% of LitNet's students are studying ESOL

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

About 5% of LitNet's students are working to receive their high school equivalency certificate,

Population(s) Served
People with learning disabilities

About 3% of LitNet's students are pursuing their American citizenship.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

About 2% of LitNet' students are practicing basic reading skills.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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

    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, 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 137.86 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


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 LITERACY NETWORK OF SOUTH BERKSHIRE INC’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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $72,290 $18,986 $67,152 $91,088 $122,178
As % of expenses 43.7% 9.9% 35.5% 69.8% 55.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $71,314 $18,823 $67,152 $91,088 $122,178
As % of expenses 42.8% 9.8% 35.5% 69.8% 55.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $221,652 $274,170 $216,562 $194,307 $282,676
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 23.7% -21.0% -10.3% 45.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.0% 2.3% 2.7% 2.7% 1.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 93.2% 95.4% 91.7% 87.0% 93.8%
Other revenue 5.8% 2.2% 5.5% 10.3% 4.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $165,565 $191,242 $188,901 $130,471 $218,507
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 15.5% -1.2% -30.9% 67.5%
Personnel 73.8% 72.3% 69.7% 64.9% 66.4%
Professional fees 4.5% 5.7% 6.7% 14.4% 7.8%
Occupancy 5.9% 5.1% 5.4% 7.2% 0.0%
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 15.7% 16.9% 18.2% 13.5% 24.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $166,541 $191,405 $188,901 $130,471 $218,507
One month of savings $13,797 $15,937 $15,742 $10,873 $18,209
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $180,338 $207,342 $204,643 $141,344 $236,716

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 29.0 29.3 33.7 57.2 14.8
Months of cash and investments 29.0 29.3 33.7 57.2 40.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 28.5 25.9 30.4 52.5 38.0
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $400,129 $466,262 $530,541 $622,167 $268,654
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $468,056
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $20,000
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $11,485 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 98.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.3% 0.7% 0.1% 0.7% 1.3%
Unrestricted net assets $393,234 $412,057 $479,209 $570,297 $692,474
Temporarily restricted net assets $6,170 $51,150 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $6,170 $51,150 $51,025 $47,712 $54,549
Total net assets $399,404 $463,207 $530,234 $618,009 $747,023

Key data checks

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

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Executive Director

Ms. Leigh Doherty

LitNet provides free, individualized, one-on-one instruction in reading, high school equivalency test preparation, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and citizenship test preparation. Our professional staff and trained team of volunteer tutors offer generalized educational support and promote access to a network of community resources. We provide scholarships to qualified candidates which cover the costs of the naturalization process. The Matthew and Hannah Keator Family Scholarship for New Americans is Berkshire County’s first scholarship program to support immigrants in their pursuit of U.S. citizenship.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 06/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Merle Kailas

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Term: 2016 - 2023

Eric Federer

Leslie Murray

Pamela Breslin

Lynn Campana

Lorena Dus

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Catheryn Chacon

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George Ambriz

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Camilo Manrique

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Lenore Sundberg

Janice Toran

Carole Hyatt

Matthew Freitag

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John Toole

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John Reynolds

Leslie Kozupsky

Donna Morelli

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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 2/21/2023

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 (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/21/2023

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  • 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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.