Our Mission

The Literacy Alliance strives to end illiteracy by teaching adults through learning centers, literacy programs, and tutoring services that empower individuals to succeed at work, at home, and in the community.

Literacy is key to so many issues facing our community.  When you improve literacy, you impact many areas:  employment, public safety, healthcare and, of course, our economy. 

Additionally, improving adult literacy impacts family literacy.  Odds are if parents struggle with reading, their child will struggle as well.  Our work is important to break this cycle.

In Allen County, there are 30,000 adults age 18 or older who do not have a high school diploma.  Only 4% of those adults are enrolled in a literacy program. 

We are committed to changing those statistics through our FREE adult literacy services, our collaboration with other organizations, and our valuable volunteer and community support.   

Since 1988, The Literacy Alliance has helped approximately 10,000 adults improve the skills they need to work, live, and raise their families. This includes the 1,000 adults who received their high school equivalency diplomas after studying with us. 

We invite you to learn about our services, refer someone you know who might benefit from our classes and tutoring, or get involved by volunteering or donating. Your gift of time, talent or financial support will prepare adults for life-changing results! 

Strategic Goals

To achieve our mission, we focus on the following strategic goals:

  1. Enhance services to address students’ needs in a more holistic manner so that our students are able to live in an independent to interdependent fashion

  2. Expand and enhance our volunteer base so that we can increase our students’ goal attainment and level of personal success

  3. Increase our organizational capacity to achieve results so that we are able to serve individuals seeking adult education in an efficient and effective manner.

  4. Develop additional formal relationships with other organizations that broaden access of services available to students so that we can impact more individuals to become self-sufficient

  5. Increase public awareness of adult literacy and The Literacy Alliance so that we can improve the community support and commitment to decrease adult illiteracy in Fort Wayne and Allen County

  6. Develop new revenue sources through a comprehensive development program so that The Literacy Alliance can strengthen its own sustainability

History of Literacy Alliance

Resources on Literacy

Information and statistics on adult literacy

  1. ProLiteracy Education Network

  2. LINCS: Literacy Information and Communication System

  3. National Center for Families Learning

  4. TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion, the national high school equivalency exam used by the State of Indiana

  5. National Assessment of Adult Literacy

  6. Indiana Adult Education Program Management

Privacy Statement

The Literacy Alliance retains information on all donors who contribute to The Literacy Alliance through gifts or volunteer time.

The Literacy Alliance limits its use of donor personal information to the following:

Periodic Literacy Alliance Mailings such as:

  • Annual solicitation letters

  • Quarterly newsletter

  • Occasional recruitment of volunteers for special events

  • Occasional informational mailings for special events or nomination forms

  • Publication of names only in recognition of contributions to The Literacy Alliance

  • Aggregate reporting for audits and agency profiles

The Literacy Alliance Does Not:

• Share or sell donor information

• Use tracking software to grab personal information about visitors to The Literacy Alliance web site


Donors can review or change their own information by appointment only. Appointments are available Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Donor information is entered into a database where it is stored on The Literacy Alliance’s cloud server. Only The Literacy Alliance staff members have access to the database through individual workstations that require usernames and passwords.  The information is not available through the internet.

The Literacy Alliance policies define the limits of staff access and use of donor information.

In addition to this Privacy Policy, The Literacy Alliance Personnel Policy states:

“Prohibited uses of Literacy Alliance communication systems include, but are not limited to . . . Distributing Literacy Alliance sensitive, proprietary, confidential, or private information without appropriate authorization.”

Staff violations of these limits and prohibitions will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.


Inclusiveness & Diversity Statement

The officers, directors, committee members, employees and persons served by The Literacy Alliance shall be selected entirely on a non-discriminatory basis with respect to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, disability or any other barriers to participation.