Literacy Council of Reading-Berks

West Lawn, PA   |
GuideStar Charity Check

Literacy Council of Reading-Berks

EIN: 23-2004957


The Literacy Council of Reading-Berks helps adults better communicate, collaborate and contribute to their workplaces and communities

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr. Ryan A. Breisch

Main address

35 S Dwight St

West Lawn, PA 19609-1830 USA

Show more contact info



Subject area info

Adult literacy

Adult education

Population served info


Ethnic and racial groups

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

What we aim to solve

This profile needs more info.

If it is your nonprofit, add a problem overview.

Login and update

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 Basic Education

The Literacy Council assists adults who wish to improve their basic education and literacy skills in order to reach their goals. This includes reading and writing, as well as math and other related life/job skills. Our primary method of instruction is one-on-one tutoring, which matches an adult learner with a volunteer tutor.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Proliteracy 2022

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 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 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 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


Literacy Council of Reading-Berks
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 Literacy Council of Reading-Berks 2021 Audit
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 4.94 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 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

Literacy Council of Reading-Berks

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data

Literacy Council of Reading-Berks

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.

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data

Literacy Council of Reading-Berks

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Literacy Council of Reading-Berks’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.

Created in partnership with

Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$10,531 $26,718 -$33,487 $166,319 -$106,675
As % of expenses -2.3% 5.7% -7.4% 37.3% -20.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$20,169 $16,381 -$45,138 $153,152 -$121,097
As % of expenses -4.3% 3.4% -9.7% 33.3% -22.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $450,329 $491,407 $420,817 $612,759 $413,077
Total revenue, % change over prior year -8.2% 9.1% -14.4% 45.6% -32.6%
Program services revenue 5.3% 4.3% 3.4% 1.7% 10.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income -4.3% 6.8% 4.3% 2.6% -11.2%
Government grants 40.1% 35.8% 34.5% 31.6% 32.9%
All other grants and contributions 58.1% 52.7% 56.2% 62.0% 65.7%
Other revenue 0.8% 0.4% 1.6% 2.0% 1.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $460,860 $464,689 $454,304 $446,440 $519,752
Total expenses, % change over prior year 15.9% 0.8% -2.2% -1.7% 16.4%
Personnel 74.8% 75.0% 77.7% 73.3% 72.8%
Professional fees 3.8% 5.9% 2.6% 5.3% 3.0%
Occupancy 8.8% 5.3% 6.1% 7.7% 5.6%
Interest 0.2% 0.3% 0.4% 0.1% 0.2%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 12.3% 13.5% 13.1% 13.5% 18.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $470,498 $475,026 $465,955 $459,607 $534,174
One month of savings $38,405 $38,724 $37,859 $37,203 $43,313
Debt principal payment $16,609 $0 $0 $78,326 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $20,940 $0 $33,142 $27,184
Total full costs (estimated) $525,512 $534,690 $503,814 $608,278 $604,671

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.2 0.6 0.1 1.3 1.6
Months of cash and investments 5.1 4.9 5.0 7.0 4.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.1 5.4 5.8 7.4 3.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $47,446 $24,815 $4,889 $50,130 $67,299
Investments $147,502 $165,047 $184,988 $211,185 $123,001
Receivables $15,127 $31,158 $42,605 $24,900 $41,990
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $412,050 $432,990 $440,354 $473,494 $500,678
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 65.3% 64.5% 66.1% 64.2% 63.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 9.7% 10.5% 24.0% 2.7% 22.2%
Unrestricted net assets $319,000 $335,381 $290,243 $443,395 $322,298
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 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $319,000 $335,381 $290,243 $443,395 $322,298

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

Executive Director

Mr. Ryan A. Breisch

Ryan Breisch began his career with the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks in 1993, serving as a volunteer tutor. Ryan’s grandmother, Joan, was the Executive Director of the Council at the time and encouraged him to tutor to begin to fulfill his life-long dream of becoming a teacher. In November 1995, while a sophomore at Muhlenberg High School, he joined the staff as a curriculum developer and ESL coordinator. When Joan retired, the board approached Ryan about taking over, and in January 2010, Ryan became the Council’s 3rd Executive Director, continuing the 21-year legacy his grandmother began. Joan passed away in April 2021, but Ryan and the staff continue her legacy. Ryan holds a B.A. in Spanish from Kutztown University, a Nonprofit Management Certificate from LaSalle University, and is currently a member of the Berks County Workforce Development Board.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Literacy Council of Reading-Berks

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Show data for fiscal year
Compensation data
Download up to 5 most recent years of officer and director compensation data for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Literacy Council of Reading-Berks

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
Download the most recent year of board of directors data for this organization
Board chair

Dr. Anna Weitz

Retired, Reading Area Community College

Term: 2023 - 2025

Anna Weitz

Retired - Reading Area Community College

Ronald Hunsicker


Sumati Gopal-Gera

First National Bank

Jennifer Goldsmith-Cerra

Herbein + Co.

Cassandra Hillegass

Central Penn College

Robert Libutti

Retired - UGI Energy Services

Eric Stoudt

Penske Transportation Solutions

Pamela VanFossen

Masano Bradley

Terry Grassley

First National Bank

James Wood

Reitred - Penske Transportation Solutions

Kristi Gage-Linderman

Gage Personnel

Tracy Ocasio


Brenda Rosado

East Penn Manufacturing, Co.

Christopher Spohn

Christopher J. Spohn Consulting

Dalai Zambrano

Reading Public Library

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2024

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
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/02/2022

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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.
  • 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.