Meet a Few Clients.
“Damn we're glad to be working with you.”
Co-Founder & Executive Director
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
“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
"It's so nice just telling it what I want, and then getting what I want."
— Stefanie Greenberg, Volunteer Department Manager
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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“You have incredible customer service and have been most helpful, friendly and great to work with!!”
— Audrey McDonough, Director
“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
"We couldn't afford to operate without it."
Social impact organizations become more effective, more powerful, and more influential when they have simpler, smarter tools to measure, monitor, and improve service delivery.
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.
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.
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.
Our Team Leaders
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. To get a deeper sense of what Gary and some of the underlying values of our organization are all about, view a recent speech he gave at Northwestern University.
Christina Williams Saulter
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.
lajin @ americalearns.net
Lajin, our Chief Engineer, 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. His coding and design weapons of choice these days include ColdFusion, PHP, WordPress, Joomla, XHTML/CSS, jQuery, Facebook API, and Photoshop. 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.