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Educational non-profit receives national award



INCLINE VILLAGE — eLearning Cafés, Inc., an innovative educational nonprofit that provides a variety of learning opportunities to its communities, has been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award from Great Nonprofits, the national organization that recognizes the best of nonprofits based on user reviews.

Great Nonprofits said the honor as “Top-Rated Nonprofit” was based on the large number of positive reviews that eLearning Cafés received from volunteers, donors and students, writing about their personal experience with the nonprofit.

“The fact that people with direct experience with eLearning Cafés have voted that the organization is making a real difference is very satisfying to all of us,” said Kathryn E. Kelly, Executive Director and founder.

The eLearning Café has helped over 400 K-12 students, including learners as far away as Spain and Japan, and adult and professional learners. One third of Incline High School’s class of 2013 took one or more classes at the eLearning Café, from credit recovery through advanced placement. Incline High also posted the highest increase in graduation rate in the school district last year.

“We teach to the individual, whether students, adult learners, or professionals. Starting with great teachers and engaging, rigorous courses, we use technology and other tools to personalize the education experience in an inviting environment,” Dr. Kelly explained. “When you let students be in control of their learning, great things result, whether retaking a class, looking for advanced academic opportunities, or just expanding personal horizons.”

eLearning Cafés, Inc., and its new subsidiary, I•Schools, was one of 1,400 nonprofits nationally to qualify for the year, and one of 12 in Nevada. “Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits.

Making the Top-Rated list is designed to give donors and volunteers more confidence in the credibility of an organization since the reviews by volunteers, students and donors show the on-the-ground results of a nonprofit. The award is a form of recognition by the community.

Dr. Kelly founded eLearning Café in 2011 as a community learning center to give motivated learners of all ages access to evidence-based teaching methods to enhance student learning.

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