Strategic plan: Sustainable

Jan 16, 2021Articles

In the November and December issues of The Spark Online newsletter we shared plans for our 2020–2023 strategic plan goals of Relevant and Ready. In our January issue, we share our efforts to be Sustainable so that we can help our students successfully meet the demands of today’s employers.

Goal: Literacy Pittsburgh will generate revenue to fuel growth, innovation, and long-term sustainability.


  • Grow the impact of individual contributions on financial health
  • Grow earned income as a part of operating budget
  • Continue to secure investments for innovations that increase impact

Key Performance Metrics

  • Support from individuals will increase by 55% from $483,317 to $750,000 annually.
  • Investments in innovation will account for 6% of annual revenue.
  • Earned income will be self-sustaining in year one and contribute 5% to annual revenue by year three.
  • Revenue from workforce partnerships will contribute 7% to overall revenue by year three

With the generous support of our longtime donors and new friends, Literacy Pittsburgh will generate the necessary revenue to fuel growth, innovation, and long-term sustainability. We seek to diversify our income streams to include greater proportions of earned revenue and partnership-driven revenue. Literacy Pittsburgh will be the master of our own destiny. We seek progress and excellence that can only be achieved when we are outside of our comfort zones. Our 2020-2023 strategic plan was built to both energize and challenge the organization—the board, the staff, the volunteers, and the students—to achieve even greater accomplishments and community impact. 

Literacy Pittsburgh (formerly Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council) helps create better lives through learning. Recognized as a national leader in adult and family literacy, Literacy Pittsburgh is the largest provider of adult basic education in Allegheny and Beaver Counties. Last year, Literacy Pittsburgh helped more than 4,000 individuals acquire the skills needed to reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their communities. Literacy Pittsburgh provides free, personalized instruction in workforce readiness, high school diploma test preparation, digital literacy, English language learning, math, reading, and family literacy through one-to-one and small class instruction. Founded in 1982, it serves local adults through numerous neighborhood locations and its Downtown Pittsburgh Learning Center.       

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