Leadership and The Workplace

Nonprofit Spark

Renee McGivern

Nonprofit Spark – Best Practices in Action: Non-profit Cape Fear Literacy Council on relationships and continuous improvement – 10/22/12

What do leaders of an award-winning non-profit sound like? Listen to this show and you’ll hear an executive director and her board president talk about how they work together and how they engage their board. You’ll find out how relentless the staff and board is about building relationships with nonprofits, colleges, businesses, and government agencies to identify people who aren’t literate and get them help. Finally, you’ll learn how creative they are about using the media and even coffee beans to draw attention to their organization and the problem of illiteracy.

My guests this week are Linda Patton Lytvinenko, the executive director of Cape Fear Literacy Council, and her board president, Karen Pappas. Cape Fear Literacy Council provides adults with free and confidential instruction in reading, writing, spelling, math, computers and communicating in English and serves between 450 and 500 adults each year. It’s based in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Cape Fear Literacy Council just won the Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Award from the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits for using exemplary practices in their stewardship of the community’s trust and resources. I’ve no doubt that you will agree they deserved this honor after you listen to this interview.