Nashville Adult Literacy Council, Inc.
4805 Park Avenue #305
Nashville TN 37209
Teaching Adults to Read and Succeed
Mission Statement
The Nashville Adult Literacy Council empowers adults to increase their reading and English skills, thereby improving our community. It is estimated that 1 in 8 Nashville adults are unable to read. NALC is essential to the educational gains of adults across Nashville and helps build a community of adults empowered through literacy.  
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kim Karesh
Board Chair Ms. Melia Leedy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chamber of Commerce
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1982
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $632,617.00
Projected Annual Revenue $637,095.00 (2018)
Mission The Nashville Adult Literacy Council empowers adults to increase their reading and English skills, thereby improving our community. It is estimated that 1 in 8 Nashville adults are unable to read. NALC is essential to the educational gains of adults across Nashville and helps build a community of adults empowered through literacy.  
Background Since 1982, the Nashville Adult Literacy Council has worked diligently to teach reading to adult Americans and English to adult immigrants. Over the years, the NALC has taught thousands of adults to read. The Council has been recognized with eight national awards and two regional awards for outstanding program, staff dedication, and student achievement, including recognition for Innovation in Action by the Frist Foundation. The NALC, however, could not have served the many adults they have helped without the dedicated tutors who volunteer their time to serve.
Impact The Nashville Adult Literacy Council continues to be the only program in Nashville offering one-on-one tutoring to adults at no cost. Additionally, they provide classes to adults that teach reading & writing skills, English skills, GED test preparation, and citizenship test preparation. Last year the NALC served 1,700 adult learners with the help of 500 dedicated volunteer tutors. With a waiting list of learners to be served, they seek to increase community visibility and awareness, recruit more volunteers, and diminish the need for a waiting list.
Needs The Nashville Adult Literacy Council’s greatest need is community exposure. We need additional opportunities to share our message in the community through speaking engagements, community events, and media publications. Community exposure would help several other areas of our program where we have needs. A rise in volunteer recruitment is needed to teach those learners waiting to learn. Additional funds are needed to meet the current demand for our services. There is a huge need for our services in the Antioch, East Nashville, and Madison areas. We would love to expand the services we offer in those areas of the community to meet that need.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer There are many ways you can support the Nashville Adult Literacy Council’s work to teach the 1 in 8 Nashville adults who can’t read. If you wish to give money, you can donate online or mail the NALC a check. If you wish to give an in-kind gift, refer to the Council’s wish list to see their current needs. If you wish to give time, the NALC has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. However you choose to get involved, thank you. Generous supporters like you make it possible to grow NALC programming and to reach more adults who need their services.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Adult Education
Secondary Organization Category Education / Remedial Reading & Encouragement
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
The adults served by the Nashville Adult Literacy Council typically live or work in Davidson County.
CEO Statement The greatest thing about the Nashville Adult Literacy Council is that we are an organization that teaches adults to learn whatever it is that they want to learn without judgment. We offer a formal curriculum following a book series based on the learner’s reading or English level, but in the end, it is the learners’ goals and needs that drive the learning process. We offer a variety of services that cater to specific needs. If a learner needs a driver’s license, we teach them to read the driver’s license manual. If they want to read things at work better, we teach them work words. If they want to read to grandchildren or to read religious material, we teach them. By respecting our learners as adults and respecting their desires to learn, the NALC enables them to set and achieve their goals. The learners are not the only driving force at the NALC. Our volunteer tutors provide the learners with the education and, most importantly, the support they need to be successful. With a large volunteer base, it is clear that NALC staff are not the only people passionate about adult literacy. It is rewarding to see the many accomplishments of our learners, all of which are made possible by volunteer tutors. Daily, we watch the bonds that are formed between learners and tutors, which many times become life-long relationships. Experiencing the generosity of our volunteers and the impact this giving has on learner success is the most fulfilling facet of life at the NALC.
Description NALC teaches reading to U.S. born adults and English to adult immigrants via volunteer tutors and small groups. NALC also serves adults through specialized classes based on needs in the community.
Budget 561000
Population Served Adults, ,
Foundation Comments Nashville Adult Literacy Council is in the process of developing outcomes and measures.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Melia Leedy
Company Affiliation Chamber of Commerce
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Board Members
Mr. Jeffrey Blackman HCAVoting
Mr. James Bradshaw DelekVoting
Mr. Anthony Davis Metro CouncilVoting
Ms. Audra Davis Voting
Mr. Mark Farrington Voting
Mr. Michael Hutzel Voting
Ms. Sheila Jacobs RetiredVoting
Ms. Wendy Keegan Voting
Mr. Alex Kimerling eDoc4UVoting
Ms Melia Leedy Nashville Area Chamber of CommerceVoting
Ms. Jordan Lentz Voting
Ms. Angela Meeks HCAVoting
Ms. Meg Morgan Voting
Ms. Marne Owens HCAVoting
Ms. Amy Radcliff Voting
Ms. Pragati Singh Voting
Mr. Daniel Smith Markham and AssociatesVoting
Ms. Hannah Sparks Voting
Mr. Steve Sullivan Ceres Terminals Inc.Voting
Mr. Tom Waddell Voting
Ms. Tiffany Whaley MPYER Marketing & AdvertisingVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 80%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Commercial General Liability
Computer Equipment & Software
Directors & Officers Policy
Employment Practices Liability
General Property Coverage
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Professional Liability
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Kim Karesh
Term Start Oct 2016
Former CEOs
Ms. Meg Nugent Jan 2000 - May 2016
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 11
Volunteers 600
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 90%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was Strategic Plan adopted? May 2015
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
AwardProliteracy America2004
Frist Foundation Innovation in ActionCNM Salute to Excellence2008
Direct Service Volunteer Award, Robert ChandlerMary Catherine Strobel2009
Excellence in Community-based Adult Literacy, Meg NugentProliteracy America2015
Adult Educator of the YearNPL2018
Senior Staff
Title Literacy Specialist
Experience/Biography Sarah Coode has been the literacy specialist for NALC since 2003. She has taught literacy learners and GED classes since 1994. She has been a volunteer tutor, a small group teacher of literacy learners, and a math, language, and TCAP (high school proficiency test) teacher for Cohn Adult High School. She has extensive experience and has been trained on methods of working with adults with learning disabilities. She has a BA in Psychology.
Title ELL Specialist
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $637,095.00
Projected Expenses $632,617.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$238,292$224,633$174,213
Individual Contributions$504,729$484,216$475,596
Investment Income, Net of Losses$116$190$131
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$34,770$35,672$36,079
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$785,708$679,195$592,709
Administration Expense$37,811$15,476$23,191
Fundraising Expense$6,569$5,115$7,852
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.061.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%97%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$182,955$263,774$196,369
Current Assets$169,052$245,733$191,485
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$14,054$42,692$20,212
Total Net Assets$168,907$221,082$176,157
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities12.035.769.47
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $504,729Contributions, Gifts and Grants $484,216Contributions, Gifts & Grants $475,596
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $238,292Government Grants $224,633Government Grants $174,213
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $34,770Fundraising Events $35,672Fundraising Events $36,079
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Mar 2018 Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the 990. 
Financial documents prepared by Brown & Maguire CPAs, PLLC.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 12/28/16.
Nonprofit Nashville Adult Literacy Council, Inc.
Address 4805 Park Avenue #305
Nashville, TN 37209
Primary Phone (615) 298-8060
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kim Karesh
Board Chair Ms. Melia Leedy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chamber of Commerce
Year of Incorporation 1982

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