College Success Foundation

At a Glance

National Office: 
1605 NW Sammamish Rd
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: 425-416-2000

Deborah Wilds
People Served: 
22,800
Year Founded: 
2000
Tax ID: 
912036088

Focus area(s):

K-12 Reform
College Access
Personal & Leadership Development

Description

For more than a decade, College Success Foundation (CSF) has provided thousands of low-income, underserved students with a unique integrated system of inspiration, support programming and scholarship funds that enable them not only to attend college, but to succeed in achieving their academic and career goals. CSF works in middle schools, high schools and colleges in Washington State and the District of Columbia, and with school districts, community organizations and government at all levels to improve the college-ready capacity of low-income students, and to increase the number of college graduates. 

Impact and Outcomes

97% of CSF Washington State Achievers Scholars (WSAs), all of whom are low-income, graduate high school
68% of those who initially enroll in a four-year college graduate. (Unleashing America’s Potential: The College Success Foundation 10th Anniversary Report)
The percentage of students graduating from Achievers high schools with the necessary courses to enter a four-year Washington State institution was higher than the number at comparison schools. (Institute for Higher Education Policy, 2010)
WSAs enrolled in postsecondary education at higher rates than both non-recipients and students from the highest income brackets. (Institute for Higher Education Policy, 2010)
46% of Make It Happen! Participants enrolled in college, a significantly higher rate than a group of nonparticipants at 34%.

Mission & Goals

The College Success Foundation’s (CSF) mission is to increase the number of college graduates among low-income and under-served youth. CSF has over 10 years of proven experience inspiring underserved, low-income students to finish high school, and providing the unique integrated system of supports and scholarships they need to graduate college and succeed in life.

CSF’s goals for the next five years are to:

  1. Implement a growth plan that serves more youth and maintains the quality programs and positive outcomes achieved at a smaller scale. CSF will deepen its current work and expand its proven model in Washington State, Washington D.C. and beyond. It will also scale the impact of its brand and model through network building, expertise as a training organization, and increased advocacy.
  2. Build a diversified and sustainable funding base for programs, scholarships and infrastructure.
  3. Develop a national office that supports multiple replication sites.

Program

Middle school programs focus on student interest and potential to succeed in high school and postsecondary education; college and career awareness; college financing; and successful middle to high school transitions.

High school programs provide in-depth information about college and career requirements; prepare students for standardized tests such as SAT/ACT; offer academic enrichment programming and individualized support for students to increase their readiness for college and graduate successfully. Additional programming includes academic assessments, mentoring, campus visits and summer transition to college programs.

College services include scholarship funding, mentoring and career awareness activities, and a robust post-graduation internship and career development program continues to engage and support participants as they enter the workforce.

Capacity-building activities increase the ability of teachers, school administrators and other community partners to help students complete high school college-ready, access higher education opportunities, remain in school and attain a two-year and/or four-year degree, and to build effective advocacy and best practice networks.

Mid-term planning for new and enhanced programs includes middle school summer programming focused on STEM; involvement with community colleges; exploration of educational financing models such as performance-based incentive awards; enhanced support for students in developmental education courses; and a training center on K-12 college access and advising.

Impact

From its inception to the end of 2010, CSF distributed $123 million through 7,200 scholarships to low-income students and helped 2,000 CSF Scholars obtain postsecondary degrees. CSF now engages over 17,000 low-income students annually. In Washington State, students of color comprise 79% of all students served; 100% of students in Washington D.C. are students of color.

According to the American Youth Policy Institute (2009), CSF’s high schools with the Washington State Achievers (WSA) program increased standard math course offerings and honors/advanced English course offerings. Students at these schools were more likely to complete a college-ready curriculum. African American and Native American students at the WSA schools completed college entrance requirements at much higher rates than at similar schools. Achievers were more likely to enroll in college than similar peers and those who applied for but did not receive the scholarship also had greater odds of college enrollment. Nearly 70% of all WSAs who enrolled in college received at least an associate degree and 68% of those initially enrolling in a four-year institution graduate with a four-year degree, nearly doubling the usual degree production for low-income students.

CSF has strengthened its evidence base through a new performance management system and improved internal evaluation capacity. Recent grants have increased staffing in Research and Evaluation and Information Technology departments, and allowed the design and development of a strategic scorecard.

Three third-party evaluations are underway in 2010-13 using quasi-experimental and quantitative analyses. MDRC, the BERC Group and the Lumina Foundation are studying the effectiveness and impact of Getting Ready for Success (a program providing a menu of performance-based incentives to CSF Scholars in Tacoma high schools); the Washington Achievers Scholars (a follow up retrospective analysis of the program in 16 high schools); and the Washington College Access Network (WCAN).

Growth Plan

CSF has developed an ambitious and systematic plan for scaling operations between now and 2016. Using a district-based expansion strategy, the Foundation will serve an additional 42,300 students per year (nearly doubling current capacity) by (1) expanding to two new districts in Spokane and Vancouver, WA; (2) increasing the number of schools served in Washington D.C., and (3) establishing one new site outside of Washington State and Washington D.C. An “Expansion Theory of Action” is detailed in the attached Business Plan, along with descriptions of how partner districts have been identified and prioritized, how new programs will roll out over time, and resources required to meet goals.

To implement its strategic initiatives, CSF needs to raise funds to cover three major cost categories:

  1. ongoing costs of existing services and scholarship programs
  2. additional investments to improve existing program offerings
  3. expansion costs within and outside Washington State 

In all, CSF’s growth strategy will cost about $218 million between 2011 and 2016. This includes expansion plans and additional IT and facilities capital improvements. This amount will require CSF to raise an additional $47 million above normal revenues during that period.

CSF is developing a national office model to support expansion and replication efforts in Washington State, Washington D.C. and beyond. As reorganization proceeds into 2012, CSF will codify its processes and practices for programmatic and central office functions. Preliminary role definitions for the national office and sites, as well as extensive planning on organizational structures and resource requirements have already been articulated.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
1605 NW Sammamish Rd
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: 425-416-2000
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.
  2. If a "notes" or "designation" box is not available, write the city and state on your check in the "notes" section or call the national office to designate your contribution to a local program site.

Locations in the following states:

District Of Columbia

Washington

Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2012

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$10,485,055
Foundation Grants: 
$911,315
Government Funding: 
$10,383,246
Contributions from Individuals: 
$73,493
Special Events: 
$4,211,584
Program Services Fees: 
$0
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$10,005,650
Other Revenue (Description): 
Investment Income Release of Restrictions
Total Revenue: 
$36,070,343

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$6,955,851
Occupancy: 
$688,916
Travel & Entertainment: 
$783,470
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$606,836
Telephone & Communications: 
$82,000
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$25,880,718
Other Expenses (Description): 

Grants: $191,156

Training Events: $1,290,156.00

Scholarship Expenses: $17,521,766

Total Expenses: 
$34,997,791

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$1,072,552

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2011

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$12,041,868
Foundation Grants: 
$3,836,238
Government Funding: 
$4,088,680
Contributions from Individuals: 
$309,374
Program Services Fees: 
$0
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$2,789
Other Revenue: 
$9,590,308
Other Revenue (Description): 
Investment Income: $1,182,001 Release of Restrictions: $8,408,307
Special Events: 
$4,452,606
Total Revenue: 
$34,321,863

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$9,640,174
Occupancy: 
$567,965
Travel & Entertainment: 
$699,134
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$837,026
Telephone & Communication: 
$77,489
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$21,484,183
Other Expenses (Description): 

Grants: $3,520,099.00 Training Events: $1,345,567.00 Scholarship Expenses: $16,618,517.00

Total Expenses: 
$33,305,971

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$1,015,892

Major Funders

Ann Ramsay-Jenkins

Ben B. Cheney Foundation
 
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
 
Costco Wholesale
 
Craves Family Foundation
 
Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation
 
Lumina Foundation
 
Murdock Foundation
 
Raikes Foundation
 
State of Washington
 
Stuart Foundation