The Literacy Coalition strives for excellence in every aspect of agency management and program implementation and has been recognized many times for its performance:
At its fifteenth anniversary celebration in March 2012, the Quantum Foundation honored the Literacy Coalition with a “Change Leader” award for the service that has been provided to the community through the Literacy AmeriCorps program.
Athena Awards to recognize four Palm Beach County leaders
- Certified for Excellence in Nonprofit Management 2011
- We are proud to announce that the Literacy Coalition has earned their third consecutive 4-star rating for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances. Only 13% of the charities rated have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America. This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.
- Certified for Sound Nonprofit Management 2010.
- AmeriCorps continued in its second year with 25 members and received national recognition on June 27 in New York City at the America’s Service Commissions Annual Meeting & Dinner. Our AmeriCorps program, under the direction of Audrey McDonough and Brad Hertzberg, were recognized at this event for its inclusion in the 2010 edition of Transforming Communities through Service: A Collection of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps State Programs in the United States. We applaud Audrey and Brad and all AmeriCorps members past and present for their dedication, innovation and service that have resulted in this tremendous national award for excellence.
- The Literacy Coalition had a very important role in the publication, Working Together: A Guide to Business and Adult Education Partnerships, that has recently been launched on the Community Partnerships for Adult Learning website. The guide was developed with funding by the U.S. Department of Education and with much input from the Literacy Coalition staff and several Board Members. This guide can be viewed at: http://www.c-pal.net/business/index.html.
- The Literacy Coalition received renewed certification from Nonprofits First attesting to the Coalition's commitment to maintaining sound nonprofit management.
Literacy Coalition Officers celebrate the Coalition's Certification Recognition given by Nonprofits First.
- The Literacy Coalition was among the first agencies to be certified by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (now known as Nonprofits First). In the November 8, 2006 letter that accompanied the final certification report, it was noted that, "The Executive Volunteers who conducted your Agency's on-site review were tremendously impressed by the professionalism of your staff and by the quality and organization of your Agency's certification materials."
- The School District honored the Coalition with the Business Partnership Award for its work with the children who attend an elementary school in an extremely disadvantaged neighborhood in West Palm Beach.
- The Literacy Coalition was one of five agencies selected by the Children's Services Council to receive its Striving for Excellence Award in recognition of the Coalition's outstanding governance and administration.
- The Literacy Coalition was one of 78 organizations selected nationally for the Bank of America Foundation's Neighborhood Builder Award for exhibiting "the highest standard in community building."
- The Coalition earned the Literacy South Award from ProLiteracy Worldwide for "Innovation in Student Involvement." This recognition was given to the Coalition for its establishment of an Adult Learner Leadership (ALL) Board.
- The Coalition was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 12 organizations demonstrating exemplary collaborative partnerships in local communities. The Coalition's partnerships are profiled on the website for Community Partnerships for Adult Learning.
- The School District of Palm Beach County presented the Above and Beyond Award to the Literacy Coalition for "continuing to provide a shining example as a Business Partner in support of the students and teachers throughout The School District of Palm Beach County."
- The Non-Profit Resource Institute selected the Literacy Coalition for the Crystal Palm Award in the Outstanding Established Organization category.
NEIGHBORHOOD EXECELLENCE INITIATIVE
Bank of America recognizes, nurtures and rewards community organizations, local heroes and student leaders that are helping their neighborhoods achieve excellence. The Neighborhood Builders Program provides $200,000 in core operating support and leadership training over two years to selected nonprofit organizations working to promote vibrant neighborhoods. Bank of America awarded the Neighborhood Builders Award to the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County for 2006 and 2007. Through this outstanding program, the Literacy Coalition was able to send its Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Development and Compliance Officer to five excellent national training sessions where they learned, along with other award recipients from over 70 other communities, from some of the best training experts available nationally. The training covered many of the hottest topics in the nonprofit world such as branding, succession planning, building a diverse funding base and leading high-performing organizations. These staff members came back energized to strive further for excellence in all levels of the Coalition's life and work.
The funding from the Neighborhood Builders Award assisted the Coalition in strengthening its internal systems especially in the areas of development, program compliance and accountability. Externally, the funding made it possible for the Coalition to hire two outreach workers who spread the literacy message at the grassroots level specifically among Haitian and Hispanic populations. Through the work of these two outreach workers, more than 1,000 adults in need of English and reading skills have been connected with literacy programs and resources in Palm Beach County.