LITERACY COUNCIL OF BENTON COUNTY INC

Literacy changes everything!

aka LCBC   |   Bentonville, AR   |  www.goliteracy.org

Mission

We help adults greatly improve their lives by increasing their English literacy.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Vicki Ronald

Main address

205 NW A St

Bentonville, AR 72712 USA

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Formerly known as

Beaver Lake Literacy Council

EIN

71-0558919

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over 45,000 adults are considered functionally illiterate in Benton County, Arkansas. The Literacy Council of Benton County's mission is to increase adult English literacy within the area by giving our students the reading tools to succeed in life with one on one tutoring.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adult Basic Literacy

In order to be economically and socially successful in a literate society, adults must possess at least basic skills that enable them to encode and decode symbols, or language, that the society considers necessary to communicate effectively. Basic skills in adult literacy programs attempt to provide functional training for either native or non-native speakers in a target language.  The Literacy Council of Benton County provides a program of instruction designed for adults who lack competence in reading, writing, and speaking at a level necessary to function in society.  The program also provides assistance on preparing and applying for a GED.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Learning English as a second language opens many doors for people and provides them with a variety of options they might have otherwise gone without. ESL persons will be able to converse freely with people they meet, making getting settled in a new home or community easier.  Without having knowledge of the English language it may be very frustrating to complete simple tasks and interact with others.  The Literacy Council of Benton County provides a program of instruction designed to help adults with limited English speaking skills achieve competency in the English Language.  The program also provides assistance on preparing and applying for citizenship.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Literacy Council of Benton County trains tutors in a special 2 hour workshop to learn about materials for teaching basic reading and English as a Second Language (ESL) and to learn more about the Literacy Council.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

ProLiteracy America 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status, Adults

Related Program

Volunteer Tutor Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Professional de

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Volunteer Tutor Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Volunteer Tutor Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

English as a Second Language

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who pass citizenship exam

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To teach adults that are functionally illiterate how to read, write and speak English for the county of Benton in the state of Arkansas.

We use our Volunteer Tutor Training to prepare are tutors for teaching English. We use Social Media to get information out. We use Fundraising to raise money needed to pay for teaching and student materials as well as the day to day business of the non-profit.

Fund Raising
Demonstrating mission effectiveness
Tutor Recruitment
Raising the Literacy Council of Benton County's visibility in the community
Growing the Board, both in size and diversity

Acquired a scheduling system for matching tutors and students.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LITERACY COUNCIL OF BENTON COUNTY INC

Board of directors
as of 12/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mike Whited

Arvest Bank

Term: 2019 - 2021

Courtney Fitzgerald

Bentonville Public Library

Michael Parks

Kellie Goodwin

Rajan Kamalanathan

Fallon Zschiegner/Bleich

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/01/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data