About us

 

Meet a Few Clients.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

 

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.

 

Allison Micali

Social Impact Account Executive
allison @ americalearns.net
As an AmeriCorps and service-learning enthusiast for quite some time now, Allison joins the America Learns team after running and starting up several youth development AmeriCorps programs in the NYC area.  She has a broad base of knowledge regarding member recruitment, program management, development, and implementation.  Allison was also one of the first people to ever use the timesheets module of the AmeriCorps Impact Suite.  When she’s not working, she’s chasing after her two small children, two small dogs, and trying to find time to write or read a good book.

 

Alex Huitink

User Experience and User Interface Lead
alex @ americalearns.net
Alex leads the User Experience and User Interface Design efforts at America Learns. He is deeply passionate about creating the best user-centered designs, always challenging himself to create experiences that lead our clients feel truly cared for. Alex is professionally trained in the field of User Experience and is a graduate of the User Experience Design Immersive program at General Assembly. When he is not working on meaningful solutions to design challenges, he can be found honing his illustration skills, traveling to new places, or cheering on his favorite sports teams.

Rajni Goli

Engineering Lead: New Feature Development
Rajni leads our team of nine web service engineers and designers who focus on developing new features for the Impact Suites.  Our team has grown rapidly over the past couple of years, and Rajni has been and continues to be an incredible leader for us as the Impact Suites have gained key CRM-focused functions. We’re so lucky to have her.

Ritu Shukla

Engineering Lead: Quality Assurance
Ritu leads our team of web service engineers who focus on quality assurance — making sure that the Impact Suites are bug-free, secure, and are running as quickly as possible.  If you ever need somebody to solve a puzzle for you, she’s your person.