About us

 

Meet a Few Clients.

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  • FoodCorps
    FoodCorps

    “Damn we're glad to be working with you.”

    —Curt Ellis
    Co-Founder & Executive Director

  • American Red Cross
    American Red Cross

    "I keep this word document on my desktop that is 'Things I would do if I had the time,' and no joke, America Learns has afforded me with the opportunity to LOOK at the list and even tackle a couple of the projects."

    —Betsy Laakso, AmeriCorps Program Director

  • Coach Across America
    Coach Across America

    “It provides us with customized reports that we can't get anywhere else. It isn't confusing for our members or our site supervisors.”

    —Caitlin Barrett, Assistant Director

  • Long Beach BLAST
    Long Beach BLAST

    "It's so nice just telling it what I want, and then getting what I want."

    — Stefanie Greenberg, Volunteer Department Manager

  • Watsonville Public Library
    Watsonville Public Library

    “America Learns serves two critical purposes for our program: It provides an easy method for tracking all statistics (including special requirements for funders), and it provides instant support to our volunteers.”

    — Toni Notar, Director

  • UECC AmeriCorps at UC Riverside
    UECC AmeriCorps at UC Riverside

    “America Learns has been a tremendous benefit to my program, both from the timesheets side and the reflection log side... We like the time savings associated with electronically tracking member time and activity. We also like that the member reflection logs are highly customizable so we can quickly access not only the data that we require for our AmeriCorps reports, but also the anecdotal data, the members' stories that we might otherwise miss..."

    —Josh Maher, Program Director

  • Share Our Strength
    Share Our Strength

    “The time and attendance data that we are able to capture through America Learns helps us operate more efficiently, creating more time for our AmeriCorps members and supervisors to serve the people who need us most – our Cooking Matters participants!”

    —Hayley Beers, Operations Manager

  • Monterey County Free Libraries
    Monterey County Free Libraries

    “America Learns allows us to stretch our small staff to serve more learners than ever before.”

    — Leslie Payne, Managing Librarian for Special Services

  • University of Michigan America Reads
    University of Michigan America Reads

    “The America Learns Network offers a more direct line of communication with the 120 tutors who are in the corps; where in the past, we only had resources to connect with the tutor leaders.”

    — Kristi Fenrich, America Reads Tutoring Corps

  • Literacy AmeriCorps Palm Beach County
    Literacy AmeriCorps Palm Beach County

    “You have incredible customer service and have been most helpful, friendly and great to work with!!”

    — Audrey McDonough, Director

  • Energy Corps
    Energy Corps

    “The America Learns philosophy is in alignment with our desire to create a positive, formative experience for our members through their service terms. We believe that through reflection and tracking progress towards goals, members will be able to provide more effective service during their terms and come away with a richer experience when their terms are complete.”

    —Holly Hill, National Coordinator

  • Long Beach BLAST
    Long Beach BLAST

    "We couldn't afford to operate without it."

 

Our Truth

 

Social impact organizations become more effective, more powerful, and more influential when they have simpler, smarter tools to measure, monitor, and improve service delivery.

 

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Our Obsession

We make the process of collecting, tracking, organizing, and reporting data a non-issue, and we’re obsessed with helping you use that information to share and advance your program’s impact.

 

 

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Our work reaches back to the 1990s, when our founder was volunteering as a tutor and mentor with a small nonprofit — an organization that didn’t always have the capacity to track impact, use data, or provide timely support to its volunteers.  As a result, the children being served weren’t receiving quality services.

 

So we began our work with a focus on tutoring and mentoring programs, making sure that those programs gain the capacity to collect and use their most important information so that the children they’re serving truly thrive.

Our Roots

 

Our Now

In 2007, we began expanding our practices to include adult education, disaster relief, nutrition, conservation, veterans services, grantmaking impact, and other areas.  To date, we’ve been fortunate to serve organizations operating in 47 U.S. states and 19 other countries.

 

 

 

Accomplishing Specific Goals

 

Our clients have one or more goals when they decide to use an Impact Suite or ask for our guidance.  Here are the most common:
  • Collecting, organizing, and reporting data more efficiently
  • Making data accessible, understandable, and useful to people in the office and in the field
  • Learning what’s working, what isn’t, and why
  • Understanding why pre- and post-test results are the way they are
  • Determining who you’re moving the needle for (i.e., which sub-group of clients or beneficiaries is benefitting most from your services and why)
  • Using data to constantly improve service design and service delivery
  • Becoming more confident in talking about the impact you’re making
  • Making sure stakeholders are always aware of your successes
  • Ensuring that people on the ground are delivering the best services
  • Providing targeted, personalized support to each person delivering services
  • Making your program more competitive for grants and large donors
  • Staying compliant with government grants
  • Reducing or eliminating time spent manipulating CSV or Excel files
  • Building a more reflective culture
  • Preventing sparks from becoming fires

 

 

Bill Clinton recognized our work in Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World.  The book Creating Good Work named our CEO among the world’s leading social entrepreneurs.  Our work has also been written about by the Center for WhatWorks, the U.S. Department of Education, and Campus Compact, among others.

 

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Our Team Leaders

 

Gary Kosman

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Founder & CEO
gary @ americalearns.net

Gary founded America Learns in 2003 after serving as a tutor and mentor during college. Since that time, he has served as an Echoing Green Fellow and was recently highlighted in the book, Creating Good Work: 25 of the World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Help You Build a Healthy Economy. In 2007, former President Bill Clinton recognized Gary and America Learns in the bestseller, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World.  When Gary isn’t focused on America Learns, you can find him practicing yoga, volunteering with Centro Latino for Literacy, training his dog, or helping young entrepreneurs turn their dreams into realities.

 

Christina Williams Saulter

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Chief Customer Officer
christina @ americalearns.net

As a two-time AmeriCorps member (NCCC and VISTA), program director for a youth development organization (America SCORES Cleveland), and as the former Program Director for an AmeriCorps National Direct (Coach Across America), Christina brings a ton of experience to the America Learns community. She studied poetry at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis, and when she’s not finding creative ways to make service more fun and meaningful, she can be found somewhere beautiful with a weather-proof notebook and pen.

 

Daniel Badalamente

Daniel Badalamente

Social Impact Account Executive
daniel @ americalearns.net
Daniel joins the America Learns team after coming off the campaign trail as a traveling chief of staff for a gubernatorial candidate in Maryland.   A graduate of Winona State University in Minnesota, Dan is passionate for making a difference in the lives of others.  This passion has led him to Mexico, New Orleans, and other locations across the country to help communities rebuild from tragedies. When he’s not helping organizations find new strategies to advance their impact, Daniel enjoys hiking, biking, and attending baseball games.

 

Lajin Mohan

Chief Engineer
lajin @ americalearns.net

Lajin, our Chief Engineer, leads our five-person engineering team.  He specializes in taking complex problems and turning them into simple and beautiful web-based solutions.  As the leader of our engineering team, he’s a main ingredient of our “secret sauce” — creating easy-to-use, innovative, powerful applications that make sense to people who are in their teens or their 90s.  Like all team members here, Lajin puts a huge priority on family, and when he’s traveling with friends and family, you’ll often find him practicing his photography skills. Watch out for him on the cricket field as well.