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Abstract or Description

Student project for LEAD 501: Fundamentals of Nonprofits on Words Alive, a literacy organization that promotes reading for pleasure for children and adolescents through read-aloud programs and book groups.

The Executive Director, Jennifer Williamson, and the board agreed that a performance audit will help the organization reach the next level of compliance and professionalism. The evaluation team (the team) suggested the Standard for Excellence (Standards) because of its thoroughness, design, and detail to mission. Standards was preferred by the team because it was more comprehensive than other suggested evaluation tools such as the Better Business Bureau or the Independent Sector. The Standards was also more logically structured and easier to follow. The team felt that it would be easier to present the findings to Words Alive with the comprehensive questions that Standards provided.

Publication Date

Fall 2009

Document Type



philanthropic, philanthropy, performance, performance, audit, community, development, nonprofit, not-for-profit, non-profit, capacity building, program design, methodology, social marketing, plan, evaluation, needs assessment, words, alive, excellence


Nonprofit Administration and Management

Words Alive Standards for Excellence Performance Audit