10,000 Degrees

At a Glance

National Office: 
1650 Los Gamos Drive, Suite 110 Suite 110
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: (415)-451-4240

Kim Mazzuca
People Served: 
19,000
Year Founded: 
1981
Tax ID: 
95-3667812

Focus area(s):

College Access

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Description

Since 1981, 10,000 Degrees has empowered over 19,000 under-served students to find a path to and through college with unprecedented success: 84% of 10,000 Degree students who start at four-year colleges graduate compared to 54% nationwide and 31% for low-income, first-generation students. Their own need-based scholarship program, strategic leveraging of community and government aid, and capable volunteers, especially alumni who lead college-ready workshops, prove to be extremely cost-effective. 10,000 Degrees won the National Scholarship Provider of the Year in 2011, and their business plan for growth took home first-place in a nationwide field of entries chosen by the Growth Philanthropy Network in 2012. 

Impact and Outcomes

100% of 10,000 Degrees Institute students attend college.
10,000 Degrees students leverage an average financial package of $21,148.
84% of 10,000 Degree students graduate from 4-year colleges vs 54% nationally.

Mission & Goals

10,000 Degrees believes that every student should have a chance at college. Since 1981, they have helped more than 18,500 students in the San Francisco Bay area earn a college degree – and change their lives and the lives of their families forever.  10,000 Degrees students live below the poverty line, attend public schools and 90% are the first in their families to pursue a college degree. Despite these factors, 84% of 10,000 Degrees students have not only gained acceptance to college but have graduated from four-year colleges – far above the national average of 31% for students from low-income households and the national average of 54% for all students nationwide.

10,000 Degrees knows that college access isn’t enough – the life-changing outcome is to earn a college degree.  They bring every resource available to bear in service of that goal. The organization's own need-based scholarship program, strategic leveraging of community and government resources and capable volunteer mentors, especially alumni, make 10,000 Degrees’ proven approach extremely cost-effective. Focused on college success for more than a decade, 10,000 Degrees aspires to expand their innovative model beyond the North Bay region. In every community they serve, they aim to put 10,000 students on the path to a college degree.  Watch their videos to learn more: http://www.10000degrees.org/10000-degrees-videos/
 

Program

Four primary factors contribute to successfully completing college: (1) academic preparation, (2) expectations that college is possible and essential, (3) information about college preparation and (4) affordability. These characteristics shape the 10,000 Degrees' philosophy.  10,000 Degrees’ model is relationship-intensive. They start by exposing low-income and minority students in the 3rd grade to the possibility of college – and progress with them through a series of integrated activities until they achieve their college diploma:

  • “College4Kids” in Elementary School and Middle School
  • College and Financial Aid Guidance in High School
  • 10,000 Degrees College Institute and Mentoring
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid Management the Senior Year
  • College Success through renewable scholarships, ongoing financial aid counseling and management, academic advising, internship and career guidance and resource referrals in college
  • Alumni Engagement as role models, mentors, instructors, guest speakers, board members and donors

This approach features several distinctive and proven interventions, which consistently produce a high return on investment, including:

  • A research-based curriculum tied to reliable outcome measures 
  • A program without a GPA requirement that leads to both four-year and community colleges
  • A “college persistence” emphasis supported by technology and peer and alumni mentoring
  • Renewable scholarships 

10,000 Degrees deploys this program flexibly, collaborating with existing mission-aligned efforts, and leveraging existing infrastructure.  Learn more at: http://www.10000degrees.org/our-approach

Impact

10,000 Degrees currently serves nearly 4,000 students annually through a combination of outreach programs to elementary and middle school students and their families, an intensive summer institute for high school juniors and seniors, and persistence support for current college students. 10,000 Degrees reports outcomes measures via a series of periodic external evaluations and internal student tracking.  

An outside evaluator, the TCC Group, concluded an extensive evaluation of 10,000 Degrees in January 2011, consisting of a longitudinal survey of 10,000 Degrees' alumni, a survey of current participants, and numerous focus groups. Specifically, the study found that 10,000 Degrees' students reported “greater confidence in their capacity to complete high school, succeed on college entrance exams, and understand the advantages and disadvantages of two-year vs. four-year colleges.” Graduates also reported increased ability to formulate academic and career goals, work in teams with their peers, and take tests. In addition to these qualitative outcomes, 10,000 Degrees was able to document 100% of 10,000 Degrees students graduate from high school, 98% matriculate in college, and 84% complete their degree. 
 
The organization's program cost per student is approximately $1,800 per year when averaged across programs with different levels of intensity.

Growth Plan

Funding Model.  In 2012, 10,000 Degrees served 2,500 students.  Their goal is to serve 10,000 students in the North Bay by 2015, quadrupling their impact.  The organization will accomplish their scaling objectives through a focus on building contributed income as well as strategic and client partnerships, licensing new technology for scaling college preparation programs, and scholarship administration. 

10,000 Degrees is building the capacity of their fundraising program to: 
  • broaden their individual gifts program, 
  • expand and deepen corporate partnerships, 
  • bring their foundation relations program into the national arena, thereby expanding their patron/donor base, 
  • and advance alumni engagement. 

 
The variety of sources allows for long-term, sustainable revenue and the continuation of 10,000 Degrees’ programs.
 
Growth Plan.  10,000 Degrees is at a tipping point. With strong and consistent leadership, a board chaired by an alumnus and a lean operating budget of $5 million, 10,000 Degrees has a well-tested model and an energetic and dedicated cadre of alumni who include school principals and teachers in their communities. After years of largely investing in scholarships, they are seeking $20 million to build a robust operational platform from which to launch their successful model into waiting communities while continuing to strengthen and refine their unique programs. This significant philanthropic investment will be used, specifically, to: 
 
  • Deepen and expand work in Marin County. Such growth will essentially double the number of students they can serve in the 10,000 Degrees College Institute and through Mentoring. 10,000 Degrees’ initial phase of growth in Marin County has resulted in 17,000 alumni, and is now moving forward to put another 10,000 Marin students on the path to a college degree, just as they will expand to other North Bay communities and beyond. Their objective is that every student in need in Marin is able to attend the Summer Institute as a rising high school junior and receive the organization's support until they graduate from college. Projection of cost: $2 million. 
  • Serve new North Bay communities. The organization's next opportunities include Sonoma and Solano counties, Richmond and West Contra Costa and possibly Napa. Richmond and Vallejo have been selected because the need is enormous and these communities deeply desire the 10,000 Degrees program. In partnership with the Community Foundation Sonoma County, 10,000 Degrees is serving students through the Sonoma County Office of Education and local school districts in Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Sonoma Valley and Petaluma. Following an assessment of local capacity and building on the existing infrastructure in each community, 10,000 Degrees will customize the delivery of programs to local needs, working with school districts, high schools and community-based organizations, community foundations, service clubs and Chambers of Commerce. Projection of cost: $6 million. 
     
  • Provide more scholarships. Supporting these first two initiatives is the commitment to take 10,000 Degrees scholarships into each new community while helping those communities develop ongoing sustainable funding from community philanthropic resources. This builds trust, visibility and a network of partnerships. In addition to the average per student annual scholarship of $3,500, 10,000 Degrees leverages an average of $16,500 more for each student, every year in additional financial aid, such as Pell or Cal Grants and institutional and private scholarships. The investment of an additional $7 million in scholarships from this $20 million expansion fund will, in fact, seed community philanthropy directed to need-based scholarships, leverage an additional $32 million in total financial aid, and ensure that 2,000 new scholarships are awarded each year. Projection of cost: $ 7 million. 
     
  • Fund research and development and innovation. 10,000 Degrees is developing innovative tools and technology – for example, online educational games that have great learning potential for students and possible revenue for 10,000 Degrees. Working with leading Bay Area digital game designers and software developers, 10,000 Degrees is helping create applications that will link a student with thousands of others through social media; together they will complete gaming “missions,” such as securing money for college from hidden resources, finding an adult whose job they admire or identifying ways to stand out on a college application. New technological innovations such as these will continue to fortify the 10,000 Degrees program. 
 
10,000 Degrees is committed to providing its college success tools to communities beyond the Bay Area. Another innovation, the “10,000 Degrees Capacity-Building Center,” will be the vehicle to disseminate programs to a broader geography. Fees for products and services will be recycled back into continued program development. This campaign will provide the initial capital necessary for all the new aspects of the organization. Projection of cost: $5 million.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
1650 Los Gamos Drive, Suite 110 Suite 110
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: (415)-451-4240
List of locations

To make a contribution to a program site:

  1. Click on the "Make a Contribution Now" button and include the name, city and state of the program you would like to support, in the "notes" text box on the organization's donation form, if available.
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Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2013

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$70,000
Foundation Grants: 
$2,401,000
Government Funding: 
$0
Contributions from Individuals: 
$1,705,000
Special Events: 
$488,550
Program Services Fees: 
$0
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$98,500
Other Revenue: 
$222,815
Other Revenue (Description): 
Other Revenue includes In Kind Donations, Interest income and funds raised for Marin Kids, a fiscal sponsorship of 10,000 Degrees.
Total Revenue: 
$4,985,865

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$2,025,100
Occupancy: 
$193,000
Travel & Entertainment: 
$25,000
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$141,400
Telephone & Communications: 
$27,000
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$2,760,475
Other Expenses (Description): 

Other Expenses include:

Scholarships $1,945,000

Program Facilities, Supplies and Evaluation $361,260

Collateral Material, advertising and donor communications $116,000

Event expenses $107,000

Misc. expenses $19,400

Marin Kids Expenses (fiscal sponorship) $211,815

Total Expenses: 
$5,171,975

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$-186,110

Prior Year Actuals

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$25,000
Foundation Grants: 
$2,525,505
Government Funding: 
$0
Contributions from Individuals: 
$1,444,200
Program Services Fees: 
$5,950
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$75,000
Other Revenue: 
$13,502
Other Revenue (Description): 
Other Revenue includes Interest Income and In Kind Donations
Special Events: 
$301,495
Total Revenue: 
$4,390,652

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$1,595,052
Occupancy: 
$183,649
Travel & Entertainment: 
$61,102
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$116,336
Telephone & Communication: 
$22,337
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$2,074,889
Other Expenses (Description): 

Other Expenses include:

Scholarships $1,740,849

Program Facilities, Supplies $173,951

Collateral Material, Advertising and donor communications $47,286

Events $59,981

Board Expenses, Interest, Depreciation $52,822

Total Expenses: 
$4,053,365

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$337,287

Major Funders

 

John Boneparth and Gail Harris 
The California Endowment
Jeanie and Michael Casey 
Child Care Scholarship Fund
Mitch and Susan Cohen 
College Access Foundation of CA
County of Marin Board of Supervisors
Robert and Ruth Dell 
Dodge & Cox Investment Managers
Wayne & Andrea Erdbrink Fund 
Justin Faggioli and Sandy Donnell 
Kai Chong Tong Scholarship Fund
Gruber Family Foundation
Impact100 Sonoma
Erin Kinikin and Ben Polk 
Francoise Lepage and Denise Lucy 
Lynx Foundation
Marin Community Foundation
Marjorie Mooney Scholarship Fund of MCF
Andrew and Ann Mathieson
National College Access Network
New Leader Scholarship Fund
Jamie O'Hara and Cynthia Weldon 
Pacific Education Foundation
George and Janet Pasha 
Joanne and Thomas Peterson 
Redwood Trust
Larry and Diane Rosenberger
Adam Rubinson
John and Betsy Scarborough 
Women's Foundation of California
Ilene Zauderer