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5/21/2015

ProLiteracy Announces Conference on Adult Literacy in Charleston, S.C.

Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy (center), named Executive of the Year at the 2015 Nonprofit Awards. He's pictured with Alissa Viti of M&T Bank and Thomas Fiscoe of Dannible & McKee, LLP. ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy - October 14 to 17 in Charleston, S.C.

ProLiteracy is pleased to announce that it will hold the biennial ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy October 14 to 17 at the Charleston Convention Center, in Charleston, South Carolina. At this year’s four-day conference, executive directors, instructors, volunteers, program managers, and board members from adult literacy programs around the country will discover new sustainability and fundraising strategies, learn how to implement dynamic programming, enhance their professional development and leadership skills, and engage with a diverse group of peers. Registration for the conference is now open.

ProLiteracy is a nonprofit organization that believes every adult has a right to literacy. For more than 50 years, it has been working with passionate people and organizations across the globe to create a world where every person can read and write. It develops and promotes adult literacy learning, content, and programs for adult learners, and advocates on their behalf. When individuals the world over learn how to read, the more likely they are to lift themselves out of poverty, contribute to improved health care costs, and find and keep sustainable employment.

Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy says, “We are excited to hold our annual conference this year in the beautiful, historic city of Charleston. Our conference will have a focus on professional development, advocacy, and creating public awareness for adult literacy. Low literacy has become such a serious problem in our country that 36 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their children. It's important to understand the issues and confront the facts head on. Only then can we stand together to fight for change.”

In addition to more than 100 workshop sessions, ProLiteracy has put together an impressive list of keynote speakers to educate, entertain, and inspire the conference attendees.

Dan Pallotta is a builder of movements. He invented the multi-day charitable event industry. He created the Breast Cancer 3-Day walks and the multi-day AIDS Rides, which raised more than a half a billion dollars in nine years. The model and methods he created are now employed by dozens of charities and raise more than $100 million annually. Pallotta is also the author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, and Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World. He is the founder and president of the Charity Defense Council, a national leadership movement dedicated to transforming the way the donating public thinks about charity and change. He is also the Founder and Chief Humanity Officer of Advertising for Humanity, a full-service brand and inspiration agency for the humanitarian sector.

According to Pallotta, “The economic starvation of our nonprofits is why we are not moving the needle on great social problems. The nonprofit sector is critical to our dream of changing the world. Yet there is no greater injustice than the double standard that exists between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. One gets to feast on marketing, risk taking, capital and financial incentive, the other is sentenced to begging.”

Dan is a featured weekly contributor to the Harvard Business Review Online. His iconic 2013 TED talk has been viewed more than 3 million times and is one of the 100 most-viewed TED talks of all time.

Craig J. Boykin is a renowned keynote speaker, author, entrepreneur, business coach, and inspirational leader. Boykin has risen to national prominence by delivering a high-energy message that tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to greatness. He transformed his adversities into methods that motivate millions with his amazing story of going from GED to PhD. Boykin’s personal mission is to communicate that nothing can stop you once you make the decision to achieve your dreams. Boykin published his first book, My Life, Your Inspiration, in 2013 and travels the country presenting his seminar “Make Life Count.” He has won various awards, and his story has been shared in many inspirational and motivational magazines.

Azar Nafisi is the critically acclaimed author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, a long-running No. 1 New York Times bestseller published in 32 languages, and Things I’ve Been Silent About, also a New York Times bestseller. Nafisi is involved in the promotion of literacy and reading books with universal literary value. In 2011, she was awarded the Cristóbal Gabarrón Foundation International Thought and Humanities Award for her “determined and courageous defense of human values in Iran and her efforts to create awareness through literature about the situation women face in Islamic society.”

About ProLiteracy
ProLiteracy believes every adult has the right to literacy. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information about ProLiteracy, please visit www.proliteracy.org.

Additional Information
The U.S. loses billions of dollars every year because of low productivity in the workforce, high unemployment rates, Medicaid costs, the cost of food stamps, and expenses associated with providing subsidized housing. Millions of adults living in the U.S. struggle with basic literacy skills. In the U.S., 14 percent of adults over 16 read below a fifth grade level, and 29 percent read at only an eighth grade level. Among those with the lowest literacy rates, 43 percent live in poverty.

 

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5/21/2015

Kevin Morgan, President and CEO of ProLiteracy, Receives Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award

Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy, was recently selected as the Executive of the Year during 2015 Nonprofit Awards, presented by M&T Bank and Business Journal News Network/BizEventz.

Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy (center), named Executive of the Year at the 2015 Nonprofit Awards. He's pictured with Alissa Viti of M&T Bank and Thomas Fiscoe of Dannible & McKee, LLP. Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy (center), named Executive of the Year at the 2015 Nonprofit Awards. He's pictured with Alissa Viti of M&T Bank and Thomas Fiscoe of Dannible & McKee, LLP.

The Nonprofit Awards recognize the exceptional accomplishments of the leaders driving the Central New York area’s nonprofit organizations. Award recipients are honored for excellence, leadership, fiduciary responsibility, management practices, creativity, impact, and business acumen. “The Nonprofit Awards have become a celebration of those nonprofit organizations, executives, and volunteers who have gone above and beyond to make our communities better places to live, work, and grow. M&T Bank is committed to supporting the communities in which we do business. Nonprofit organizations are a key component to a strong community,” said Allen Naples, regional president at M&T Bank.

“It is a great honor to be recognized with such an exciting award,” Morgan said. “This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication the ProLiteracy team displays everyday in helping adults gain the literacy skills necessary to lift themselves out of poverty and find sustainable employment.”

Morgan has served on ProLiteracy’s board of directors since 2007. He was appointed interim president and CEO in November 2012, and became permanent president and CEO in February 2014. Morgan led the restructure of the organization and the development of a new strategic plan to better serve the mission of developing adult literacy learning, content, programs, and advocacy nationwide.

“This award would not be possible without the support, hard work, and passion of the dedicated team of staff, board members, donors, partners, and volunteers that I have the honor of working with,” Morgan said.

About the Nonprofit Awards 
The awards are sponsored by M&T Bank and put on by BizEventz and the Business Journal News Network. The program spotlights excellent management practices that enable nonprofits to better serve their communities and achieve their missions. These leaders represent the enormously important role that hundreds of Central New York nonprofit organizations play in improving our lives and communities. The awards were held at a luncheon March 31, 2015, at the SRC Arena and Events Center.

About ProLiteracy
ProLiteracy believes every adult has the right to literacy. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information about ProLiteracy, please visit www.proliteracy.org.

 

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4/29/2015

ProLiteracy Achieves Accreditation from BBB Wise Giving Alliance Highlighting Excellence in Leadership, Finances and Mission-Driven Work

By meeting key standards of board oversight, finances, results reporting, and fundraising appeals, ProLiteracy has achieved accreditation by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. This accreditation signifies that ProLiteracy is deserving of donor trust as a well-run nonprofit organization.

“The team at ProLiteracy works tirelessly to make sure we are good stewards of our finances and donor contributions,” says Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “We appreciate the BBB Wise Giving Alliance for recognizing our efforts and are proud to meet their accreditation standards.”

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) evaluates and accredits charities to help donors make sound giving decisions. Each BBB WGA charity report process involves a rigorous review using 20 holistic BBB Charity Standards, interaction with charity officials about corrective actions needed to address deficiencies, and quality control measures to assure report accuracy. Thousands of charities have reports available to the public at Give.org. “The public can be assured that every charity evaluation is completed with careful, objective analysis of charity information,” says Art Taylor, president and CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. “By achieving accreditation, ProLiteracy has earned public trust having demonstrated its commitment to sound governance, transparency and achieving its mission.”

ABOUT PROLITERACY
ProLiteracy believes every adult has the right to literacy. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information, contact Dee Cater, marketing and communication manager, at dcater@proliteracy.org.

ABOUT BBB WISE GIVING ALLIANCE
BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) is a standards-based charity evaluator that seeks to verify the trustworthiness of nationally-soliciting charities by completing rigorous evaluations based on 20 holistic standards that address charity governance, effectiveness reporting, finances, fundraising, appeal accuracy, and other issues. National charity reports are produced by the BBB WGA and local charity reports are produced by local Better Business Bureaus – all reports are available at Give.org.

 

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