NFP of NOTE: Indy Reads

 IBJ Staff
July 6, 2009
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Not-For-Profit of Note

Address: 2450 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Phone: (317) 275-4040 Fax: (317) 229-4588

Web site: www.indyreads.org

Founded: 1971

Paid employees: six

Highest-paid staff member: M. Travis DiNicola, executive director, $68,500

Top volunteers: Michelle O'Keefe, board president, three years; Beth Herriman, board vice president, three years


Indy Reads seeks to improve the literacy skills of adults in central Indiana who read or write at or below the sixth-grade level.


Tom Miller, director of programs

Angie Garcia, training and outreach Kindra Hunckler, manager of volunteers manager


Michelle O'Keefe, president

Beth Herriman, vice president

Jan M. Wark, secretary

Matthew L. Konkle, treasurer

Randy French

Marc Konesco

Howard Lin

James M. Macdonald III

Agapito E. Morgan

Roberto Ponce

Robin Shackleford

Nikki Shoultz

Beth Thomas

Brian Williams


Adult Basic Literacy: Trained volunteer tutors meet one-on-one with adult students to help them improve their reading, writing and spelling skills.

English as a Second Language (ESL):
Trained volunteer tutors work with small groups of students on speaking, understanding, and writing English.

Literacy Labs: Trained "Reading Coaches" stationed in community literacy labs help adults with basic correspondence, and dealing with bills, and assist adults in other basic reading and writing tasks. Current partners and literacy lab locations include the John Boner Center, the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, and Horizon House.


Indy Reads' Alphabet Affair celebrates a different letter each year. On April 25, the letter "K" was celebrated at the downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel. The event raised almost $60,000. Next year's event celebrates the letter "L" for Literacy, May 1, 2010, at the Hyatt.


2008 income: $448,289

2008 expenses: $429,885

2008 assets: $375,728

2009 projected income: $464,989

2009 projected expenses: $464,989

Fiscal year begins: Jan. 1


Information was provided by Indy Reads. Profiled organizations must be based in or serve the Indianapolis area, must have Internal Revenue Service tax-exempt status, and must be willing to provide IBJ with detailed financial information.


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