Columbus Literate Community Program dba Literacy Alliance (Columbus, GA)


  • Name:Ms. Judy Talley
  • Title:Grant Writer

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Columbus Literate Community Program dba Literacy Alliance
  • Address:P. O. Box 2123
    Columbus, GA 31902-2123
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:706-660-1451

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  • Mission:
  • Mission: To address the gaps in literacy services in the Chattahoochee Valley region. VISON: Increase literacy levels in the Chattahoochee Valley region

  • Overview:
  • In 2000, Columbus became Georgia’s first Certified Literate Community under the guidelines of the state’s Certified Literate Community Program. At that time, the Board of Directors chose to address other critical literacy needs in the region. We currently operate five programs; Kindergarten Readiness for Pre-K students; Dictionary Project for third graders; Book Parade for low income, at-risk children of all ages; Adult Literacy Classes adults of all ages; and Public Education Campaign to heighten awareness in the community of the effects of low literacy levels.

    In addition to these programs, we enjoy a variety of partnerships with other community organizations. We understand that literacy is at the core of many social and personal needs. By partnering with agencies who provide food, housing, or other assistance, the Literacy Alliance is grateful for the opportunity to reach more people in need.

    My name is Judy Talley. I am a member of the Board of Director of the Columbus Literate Community Program dba the Literacy Alliance. It has been my honor to be the Treasurer of the organization for three and a half years. I just finished this term and will continue as a Board member and concentrate on helping the agency by writing grants to sustain the fabulous work the organization does in this region. This is my second time to serve on this Board and the second time I served as its Treasurer. I resigned years ago because of my dissatisfaction about the way the origination was being run by the former Executive Director and the former Chair of the Board. My passion for the Literacy Alliance never waned during my absence. After reconstruction of the organization began, the new Executive Director approached me to discuss the new direction, focus, and commitment to ethical practices that were now in place. She then asked me if I was interested in serving on the Board again. I was privileged to be approved and have been enjoying my second time to serve.

    The Board of Directors of the Literacy Alliance is dedicated to fiscal responsibility, maintaining program integrity, while keeping the upmost ethical practices. After years of struggling with funding, we received a local grant from our city government for $106, 178.55. With this and two other sources, 90% of the cost of our five programs is covered until May 2013. We are in the process of reapplying for the city funding for another year. We have been given every indication this funding will again be approved. However, only 20% of our Executive Director’s salary is covered with this grant. Therefore, this request to The Lawrence Foundation would cover the shortfall. Barbara Moushon, Executive Director, has the expertise, dedication, loyalty and enthusiasm for the Literacy Alliance and is worth every penny the organization pays her. She has been with the Literacy Alliance since 2004 when the organization began reconstruction. During this time, we have only been able to give her two pay increases. She continues to head the work of the organization because she believes strongly in the mission of the organization and the accomplishments thus far. She has indicated that she is perfectly satisfied with this current pay arrangement.

    A U.S. Department of Labor study revealed literacy problems in the southeast cost employers nearly $57.2 billion annually. In Georgia that study found low literacy skills in the workplace are costing employers $2.1 billion annually.

  • History:
  • The Literacy Alliance serves Columbus, Georgia and the surrounding community. The organization began as the Columbus Literate Community Program in 1990 as part of the State of Georgia's Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP). We have been successfully facilitating the growth of literacy levels of our residents through programs and community partnerships developed over the years. In 2000, Columbus/Muscogee County officially was recognized as the first "Certified Literate Community" having surpassed the state guidelines. Our Columbus Executive Director currently serves as Secretary of the professional association of CLCP. Her involvement with the state association keeps the Literacy Alliance an integral part of literacy issues in Georgia.

    Our programs serve a variety of age groups. They range from assisting pre-k students with developing their vocabulary levels to encouraging adults to return to school to increase their literacy levels and therefore they may become more self-sufficient.

    To understand the huge undertaking by hundreds of people in our community in 1990’s, we have included the state background information below for you.

    State Program Background

    The Certified Literate Community Program is a creation of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) (formerly the Department of Technical and Adult Education) and the brainchild of former TCSG Commissioner Dr. Ken Breeden and Dr. Vernon Crawford, the first chair of the Georgia Council on Adult Literacy (GCAL).

    A consultant, Jean Bowen, was hired to formulate the plan.

    Breeden, Crawford and Bowen, along with other GCAL members, traveled the state to introduce and roll it out. They received help from a welcomed and reliable source when Zell Miller was voted in as Georgia governor and Mrs. Miller joined the program, helping to canvass the state.

    The CLCP was established-created in 1990, beginning with five pilots –Columbus/Muscogee, Washington, Elbert, Gordon and Keysville. It was determined that CLCPs achieve and maintain credibility by becoming a Certified Literate Community, a certification gained through various efforts of improving literacy via helping to get adults who have dropped out, back into school and raising numbers of graduated students in high school or equivalent programs.

    CLCP asks a community to establish a non-profit collaborative to promote, support and enhance community literacy efforts locally.

    By making literacy a community-wide commitment, the problems of scarce funding and a need to recruit adult students in greater numbers are addressed. The purpose of the CLCP is to harness the power of communities through a coalition that mobilizes all local resources to fight illiteracy. It is a business-education-government partnership resulting in improved literacy levels of children, families and workers.

    As a coalition, CLCP is an umbrella organization that brings all sectors of a community together with all literacy providers to map out the best use of resources already available as well as how to acquire the additional resources necessary to meet local literacy needs.

    Accomplishments of CLCPs throughout the state of Georgia are many and varied, extending from support of literacy efforts providing dictionaries and other learning aids for K-12 students to adults seeking a GED diploma and post-secondary scholarships for those continuing on. This massive undertaking may take a community at least 10 years to meet the criteria of the program.

  • Year established:1990
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:24
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:3


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:58-1929221

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:581929221
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 2123
  • Organization City:COLUMBUS
  • Organization State:GA
  • Organization Zip:31902-2123
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:April, 1991
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):429, 408
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other inner city or community benefit activities, Community service organization
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:B61Z
  • Asset Amount:$107,367
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$114,041
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$109,913
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 7:40:16 pm

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