Learning for Work & Life

Philadelphia, PA   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 23-7043544


Our mission is to expand opportunities and improve lives by unleashing the power of literacy through free, high-quality education. In 2021, the merger between Center for Literacy and Community Learning Center brought together 87 total years of literacy experience that has created lasting, positive impacts. By uniting together, the combined agency — renamed “Beyond Literacy” (BeLit) — goes above and beyond to offer strong transformational services and classes to those seeking a way to a better life.

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Kimmell Proctor

Main address

211 N. 13th St., 4th floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA

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Formerly known as

Center for Literacy

Community Learning Center



Subject area info

Adult education

Computer literacy

Education services

Population served info



NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Almost 40 percent of adults living in poverty in Philadelphia lack a high school credential. Without one, they are at a serious disadvantage when trying to find work or earn family-sustaining wages. Out of reach for them are jobs in the fastest-growing sectors – education and the health services – which require higher education or post-secondary training.

While 210,590 adults in Philadelphia do not have a high school diploma, the number of adults whose lives are impacted by a lack of literacy skills is far larger: an estimated 550,000 individuals are considered low literate. This means that almost 40 percent of the adult population in Philadelphia struggles to fill out a job application, struggles to read doctors' instructions on their medicines and struggles to help with their children's homework.

Without a high school credential it is nearly impossible to break the intergenerational poverty that defines too many of the city's neighborhoods.

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?

Adult Education & Career Readiness

As Philadelphia’s largest adult literacy agency, Beyond Literacy helps learners improve their reading, writing, math, English language, digital literacy, and workplace skills. Our classes move students from learning to earning, helping them succeed as workers, parents, and neighbors.

Population(s) Served

Beyond Literacy's Family Literacy program serves immigrant families with limited English proficiency, helping children in kindergarten through third grade read on grade level and equipping families with the skills, tools, and confidence to support their children’s learning.

With support from the William Penn Foundation, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and Dollar General Literacy Foundation, we partner with School District of Philadelphia elementary schools.

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Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of learners served

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

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

As Philadelphia's largest adult education agency, Beyond Literacy (BeLit) serves the needs of Philadelphia communities struggling with systemic poverty. With three campuses in Philadelphia — and with remote and HyFlex class options — BeLit serves adults who lack a high school diploma and/or proficiency in reading, writing, science and/or math, or need help with English Language Acquisition.

Both education and employment are proven drivers of upward economic mobility. BeLit works alongside affected Philadelphia residents — including high school dropouts, returning citizens, immigrants and the housing insecure — by helping adults improve their academic and digital literacy skills, earn a High School Equivalency credential, develop English language proficiency and earn a family-sustaining wage.

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 4.21 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 27% 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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of BEYOND LITERACY’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 -$158,089 -$254,976 -$71,760 $542,211 $110,120
As % of expenses -7.6% -11.8% -3.7% 32.4% 3.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$163,760 -$259,034 -$79,315 $536,612 $89,408
As % of expenses -7.9% -12.0% -4.0% 32.0% 2.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,884,711 $1,908,827 $1,882,046 $211,475 $4,112,911
Total revenue, % change over prior year -21.5% 1.3% -1.4% -88.8% 1844.9%
Program services revenue 13.1% 13.1% 15.2% 88.4% 5.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.8% 0.6% 0.6% 15.8% 1.1%
Government grants 68.1% 70.7% 71.8% 803.5% 64.4%
All other grants and contributions 18.0% 15.6% 12.4% 91.2% 29.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,077,702 $2,157,435 $1,960,002 $1,671,998 $3,644,097
Total expenses, % change over prior year -12.6% 3.8% -9.2% -14.7% 117.9%
Personnel 72.4% 74.1% 78.7% 95.7% 78.5%
Professional fees 9.3% 8.3% 7.9% 12.8% 6.2%
Occupancy 9.2% 6.9% 4.4% 5.4% 5.5%
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 9.2% 10.7% 9.0% 136.3% 9.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,083,373 $2,161,493 $1,967,557 $1,677,597 $3,664,809
One month of savings $173,142 $179,786 $163,334 $139,333 $303,675
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $285,400 $0
Fixed asset additions $9,793 $0 $19,950 $0 $71,951
Total full costs (estimated) $2,266,308 $2,341,279 $2,150,841 $2,102,330 $4,040,435

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.7 1.1 3.7 3.5 3.8
Months of cash and investments 4.0 3.6 6.4 7.5 5.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.1 3.5 3.3 7.7 3.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $114,588 $201,040 $604,294 $486,724 $1,141,691
Investments $576,109 $454,870 $436,279 $552,361 $500,712
Receivables $331,371 $167,034 $19,400 $76,150 $332,575
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $144,862 $17,735 $30,963 $34,848 $172,938
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 93.0% 65.6% 40.3% 51.9% 60.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 14.3% 16.5% 42.6% 20.1% 12.3%
Unrestricted net assets $895,947 $636,913 $557,598 $1,094,210 $1,183,618
Temporarily restricted net assets $38,117 $89,231 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $38,117 $89,231 $90,941 $396,829 $657,805
Total net assets $934,064 $726,144 $648,539 $1,491,039 $1,841,423

Key data checks

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

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Kimmell Proctor

A Philadelphia resident, Kimmell is committed to strengthening citywide community access to effective educational opportunities. With a combined 20 years of experience in education, strategic partnerships, and nonprofit services, Kimmell seeks to narrow achievement gaps and empower all learners with the knowledge, tools, and resources essential for success. After earning both her B.A. in Government and Master of Teaching at the University of Virginia, she began her career in the underserved classrooms of Baltimore with a focus on elevating early literacy instruction that she maintains today as a member of the AIM Institute Advisory Board. She also serves on the Philadelphia Works, Inc. Board of Directors, and recently led the merger of Community Learning Center and Center for Literacy to create Philadelphia’s largest Title II agency, Beyond Literacy.

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 12/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Enrico Crispo


Ashley Del Bianco

University of Pennsylvania

James Giles

Blank Rome LLP

Becky Leimkuhler

Deloitte Consulting

Carol Saline

Saline Solutions

Marion Sindoni

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Michael McCourt

Clarfeld Citzens Private Wealth

Jonathan Hill

Republic Bank

Barbara Halpern

Halpern Law Office

Enrico Crispo


Jeffrey Daman

Daman & Associates

Robert Young

Retired Council, Airgas, Inc.

Julie Jones

Drexel University

Alison DiFlorio

Exude, Inc.

Denise Cifelli

Retired, University of Pennsylvania

Charlie Douglas


Dinesh Indala

Philadelphia Housing Authority

Ivy McDaniels

Beck Institute

Kyle Straub


Malcolm Yates

Public Health Management Corp.

Michelle Grimley


Zeidan Javar

BeLit ESOL & GED student

Keisha Moore

BeLit recent Alumni; attending Nursing School

Erica Patterson


Marion Sindoni

Strategic Communications Leader

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/14/2023

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