aka ProJeCt   |   Easton, PA   |
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EIN: 23-1699851


ProJeCt of Easton, Inc.’s mission is to “build a better community by helping people help themselves” and education is key. We prepare people to succeed in work, school, and life by giving them the skills, knowledge, and support needed to break the cycle of poverty and achieve their goals. ProJeCt believes that education is the key to helping economically and educationally disadvantaged adults and children in the Lehigh Valley. Our school and workforce preparation services address the alarming poverty and low-literacy rates in the region by teaching clients the skills needed to succeed as a contributing member of society, whether in work, school, or as a citizen. All our programs are free, located in Easton, Pennsylvania, and are open to residents of the greater Lehigh Valley.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mrs. Kimberly Checkeye

Main address

320 Ferry St.

Easton, PA 18042 USA

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Subject area info


Human services

Population served info

Children and youth



Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We prepare people to succeed in work, school, and life by providing them with support and instruction in the skills needed to break the cycle of poverty and achieve their goals.

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 & Literacy

ProJeCt prepares adults for the workforce, college or technical training programs through Adult Basic Education, GED Preparation and English as a Second Language classes.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The goal of our Family Literacy Program is to break the inter-generational cycle of low literacy. The Program is the only one of its kind in the region. ProJeCt utilizes the nationally-recognized, research-based Kenan Family Literacy Model, which provides parents with the skills to become their child’s first and most important teacher, while children are prepared to succeed in school.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

ProJeCt’s SIZZLE!® program was created to address the learning loss that disproportionately affects low-income children over the summer. It is a free summer reading skills program for low-income, at-risk children in grades K-5 in the Easton Area School District (EASD).

The goal of the six-week program is to increase or maintain reading scores. SIZZLE!® provides children with a summer academic intervention using high quality, evidence-based reading instruction. This instruction also provides a fun, developmentally-appropriate opportunity for summer activity to combat summer idleness. The program provides an invaluable opportunity for at-risk children to improve their literacy skills and enter the next school year confidently reading at or above grade level.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

ASSIST serves residents of Northampton County seeking information, referrals or emergency interventions necessary to meet their basic needs. The objective of the program is to ensure that individuals living in poverty have access to the information, support, and services necessary to break the cycle of poverty. The intended result of this program is to provide emergency intervention for families and individuals in crisis and to implement case management plans to move people toward achieving self sufficiency.
ProJeCt also operates a handicapped accessible, full choice food pantry with twice weekly distributions. Individuals and families without the ability to purchase enough food to avoid hunger can receive a three-to-four day supply of quality, nutrient dense food once each month. Gold Card Recipients for our customers 60+ are provided access a minimum of 2 times a month. The goal of the food pantry is to ensure that one of the basic needs of human existence is met: food. Ensuring that core physiological needs are met is essential before people can work towards gaining tools and skills to achieve broader goals on their path to self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served

ProJeCt’s Student Success Program (SSP) is a collaborative, school-based program that intends to close the achievement gap for at-risk children and ensure their ultimate school success and graduation by promoting positive school engagement. The program is designed to last one full school year and extend across years as needed.

The program has two components. The first component is open to all students, and includes participation in the Botvin LifeSkills® classroom-based training (LST). LST is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program. The second component of SSP is one-on-one mentoring for students who have been identified as at risk for failure in the “ABCs” of attendance, behavior and classroom performance. SSP’s dedicated student mentor utilizes the “Check and Connect” system, a federally endorsed model designed to enhance student engagement at school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

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 children who have emerging literacy skills such as beginning letter recognition and phonological awareness, story comprehension, and use of writing materials.

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

Family Literacy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Number of youth who demonstrate that they avoid risky behaviors

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

Student Success Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

ProJeCt envisions a community in which a system of services is available to help people meet their most basic material needs; support their capacity to care for themselves; and map a path toward self-sufficiency through education that builds life skills and opportunity. ProJeCt will achieve its mission by developing an integrated system of services that builds on its own and other high quality community resources.

ProJeCt improves the community and helps economically and educationally disadvantaged adults and children by assisting them with their emergency needs and developing their potential to achieve self sufficiency through an integrated system of research-based social support and education programs. We do this through tiers of service including:

- Family Literacy addresses the intergenerational cycle of low literacy and economic disadvantage in at-risk families using a four-component research model that includes adult literacy education, parenting education and support, high quality preschool and structured parent/child literacy opportunities.

- Adult Education (Adult Basic Education, GED Preparation, English as a Second Language) programs are designed to meet the needs of all languages and literacy levels through one-on-one tutoring and classroom instruction. ProJeCt will support students every step of the way, even after they finish their classes and transition to college or employment.

- SIZZLE! is a free summer camp for Easton Area School District children in grades K-5. It addresses the summer slide with a goal of increasing or maintaining reading scores. SIZZLE! provides children with an academic intervention using highhigh-qualityidence-based instruction aligned with the PA Academic Standards and provides a fun, developmentally-appropriate enrichment opportunity, enabling children to keep up with their more advantaged peers and begin a new school year confidently. Children are empowered to read to learn, allowing them to advance in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and other subject areas.

- The Student Success Program (SSP) is a school-based life skills and mentoring program that allows children to develop the skills needed to succeed in school. The goal of SSP is that students will increase their self-esteem, develop healthy attitudes, and improve knowledge of essential life skills to promote health, wellness, resilience, and positive personal development. ProJeCt is currently running SSP in collaboration with Easton Area School District.

- Emergency Support (ASSIST) provides a safety net for individuals and families living in poverty or facing economic crisis. We conduct a comprehensive assessment of need and provide vouchers for financial assistance to eligible individuals and families, as well as information and referrals to a wide variety of community resources.

- The Food Pantry aims to reduce food insecurity and increase food knowledge by providing high-quality, nutrient-dense food to low-income, at-risk adults, children, and seniors. We also incorporate learning opportunities for our clients, including how to prepare the food they receive, how to integrate fresh fruit and vegetables into their diet, and how to accommodate allergies, diet restrictions, and more. ProJeCt is committed to providing fresh, healthy food that helps people lead more productive lives.

ProJeCt offers a wide range of research-based programs, and builds partnerships intended to fill the gaps in our services. ProJeCt is committed to providing programs that consistently make a measurable impact on the people we serve and the wider community. Our programs build action plans, teach new life skills, and connect at-risk adults, children, and families to opportunities that will help them break the cycle of poverty. Our capabilities for meeting this goal include: highly qualified and well trained staff; a state of the art, full choice, handicapped-accessible food pantry; our literacy center located in Downtown Easton, with multiple classrooms, technology, and a library; partnerships with other organizations, such as the Easton Area School District, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Northampton County; a committed board of directors; and a diverse funding pool.

ProJeCt has continued to offer high quality, research-based programs that provide real-life solutions to those in poverty. We are recognized as a leader in the community for poverty solutions. We continue to build partnerships in order to best serve those in need.

Looking forward, ProJeCt aims to serve with gold standard, evidence-based interventions that produce measurable change for disadvantaged individuals and families. We plan on making our outreach more proactive. We will do this by:
1. Moving all programs along continuum from activity-based to gold standard.
2. Building strategic partnerships
3. Training and offering Professional Development opportunities for our staff
4. Developing impact networks through coalitions committed to excellence and shared purpose of solving strategically targeted social problems
5. Building efficient and effective agency administrative and board governance structure

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 inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.21 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17% 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 PROJECT OF EASTON 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 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $32,169 $62,991 $204,579 $321,441 $119,900
As % of expenses 2.0% 3.8% 12.3% 16.8% 6.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$5,753 $27,725 $170,906 $289,877 $85,252
As % of expenses -0.4% 1.6% 10.0% 14.9% 4.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,553,066 $1,643,517 $1,906,364 $2,305,620 $2,075,818
Total revenue, % change over prior year -14.9% 5.8% 16.0% 20.9% -10.0%
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 3.9% 3.8% 3.1% 4.7% 4.0%
Government grants 21.7% 21.3% 26.0% 31.4% 31.5%
All other grants and contributions 74.6% 74.6% 68.6% 63.3% 63.6%
Other revenue -0.2% 0.3% 2.3% 0.7% 0.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,596,213 $1,656,606 $1,667,249 $1,909,357 $1,969,124
Total expenses, % change over prior year 5.7% 3.8% 0.6% 14.5% 3.1%
Personnel 63.8% 61.7% 63.2% 60.8% 59.4%
Professional fees 5.3% 4.9% 3.4% 3.9% 5.3%
Occupancy 5.3% 4.1% 4.4% 4.9% 4.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 19.0% 24.1% 23.0% 25.3% 25.7%
All other expenses 6.6% 5.2% 6.2% 5.1% 5.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,634,135 $1,691,872 $1,700,922 $1,940,921 $2,003,772
One month of savings $133,018 $138,051 $138,937 $159,113 $164,094
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $196,100 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,767,153 $1,829,923 $1,839,859 $2,296,134 $2,167,866

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 5.5 5.9 6.9 3.0 3.1
Months of cash and investments 21.4 21.5 25.7 20.5 20.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.0 1.8 3.2 3.5 4.1
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $726,936 $808,490 $955,830 $482,559 $511,984
Investments $2,115,122 $2,153,431 $2,612,396 $2,772,791 $2,916,052
Receivables $57,174 $114,668 $104,855 $100,734 $94,381
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,558,467 $1,565,967 $1,571,460 $1,567,615 $1,567,615
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 33.4% 35.5% 37.5% 38.0% 40.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.8% 7.9% 6.9% 2.7% 2.7%
Unrestricted net assets $1,034,679 $1,062,404 $1,233,310 $1,523,187 $1,608,439
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,438,735 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $1,366,742 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $2,805,477 $2,716,028 $3,120,771 $2,719,427 $2,784,217
Total net assets $3,840,156 $3,778,432 $4,354,081 $4,242,614 $4,392,656

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
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

Executive Director

Mrs. Kimberly Checkeye

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 02/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/31/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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