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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Learning Leaders

A BBB Accredited charity


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Learning Leaders
80 Maiden Lane
11th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Year, State Incorporated:
1970, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Learning Leaders’ mission is to help New York City public school students succeed by training volunteers to provide individualized instructional support and other school-based support and by empowering parents (including non-volunteers) to foster their children’s educational development. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Learning Leaders meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


For over 56 years, in response to the communities we serve, Learning Leaders has developed a unique formula for successful school-family-community collaboration that foreshadowed the growing national awareness that family involvement is a critical component of student success. We partner with elementary and public middle schools throughout the five boroughs. Empowering Family Members to Support Children’s Education: Learning Leaders enables family members to support their children’s educational experience by increasing their knowledge, skills and confidence. Our interactive family workshops inform participants about how the public school system works, ways to facilitate learning at home, and how to further their own personal and educational development. Learning Leaders offers 25+ workshops in multiple languages with accompanying publications, which are provided free to participants. Bringing Family & Community Volunteer Resources to Schools: To further strengthen the educational development of public school students, Learning Leaders recruits, trains, places and supports family and community volunteers in schools. Volunteers provide: • One-to-one and small group tutoring in the critical subjects of reading, writing, and mathematics as well as support for new English language learners so that students have the strong foundation they need to succeed throughout their educational careers and beyond. They also help students develop study and organizational skills. • School support, such as recess and lunch supervision and library assistance to ensure a healthy learning environment. • Literacy enrichment programs that promote a life-long love of reading and writing; encourage students to discuss and think critically; and develop confidence and communication skills. On any day during the school year, Learning Leaders may be conducting workshops in up to 20 different locations on diverse topics in English, Bengali, Chinese, Haitian-Creole and Spanish. Learning Leaders’ publications that accompany these workshops are provided free to participants in several languages. To further strengthen the educational development of public school students, Learning Leaders recruits, trains, places and supports family and community volunteers in schools throughout the five boroughs.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Jane Heaphy, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Jeremy B. Koch
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Founder/ Chairman, What's Next Media
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 18.4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,056,421, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on Learning Leaders's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  

Donated Services


Grants from New York Agencies


Contributions- corporations and grants


Special Events, less direct costs


Value of In-Kind Contributions


Contributions- individual giving


Interests and Dividends




Total Income


Program Expenses  



Elementary School


Middle Schools


High Schools

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 78%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative 12% 
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Beginning net assets $5,989,279
Ending net assets 5,444,433
Total liabilities 159,987

Total assets



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