College Summit

At a Glance

National Office: 
1763 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 319-1763

Keith Frome
People Served: 
250,000
Year Founded: 
1993
Tax ID: 
52-2007028

Focus area(s):

K-12 Reform
College Access
After-School & Out-of-School
Personal & Leadership Development
Mentoring

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Description

College Summit is an entrepreneurial organization that measurably and affordably increases college enrollment rates in low-income communities and seeks to raise the purpose of public education from issuing high school diplomas to successfully preparing all students for college and career success. College Summit activates a dormant asset—the students themselves—by training, deploying, and coaching teams of high school students (Peer Leaders) to motivate their peers to realize their college and career aspirations. 

Impact and Outcomes

Since 1993, College Summit has been a leader and an influencer in the national college access movement. To date, the organization has helped over 250,000 students from more than 500 partner schools navigate the path to college and career.
Historically, high schools come to us with an average College Enrollment Rate (CER) of 47%-51%, at the lower end of the national average for low-income schools (47%-58%). For Peer Leaders, the average CER is 74-81%, exceeding the national average for higher-income students (61%-73%).
Our students are also staying in college. Peer Leaders persist at an extraordinary rate of 82%-84% (on par with the higher-income average).

Matching Gift

Donors receive a 1:1 match for up to $2,550,000 when contributing to College Summit.

Mission & Goals

With the launch of our PeerForward initiative in 2015, College Summit is pursuing its core mission—transforming the lives of youth from low-income communities by connecting them to college and career—in a configuration designed for scale, sustainability, and significant impact.  Our goal is to partner with 500 American high schools by 2020, and 1,000 schools by 2025, ultimately impacting the lives of 1.8 million students across the country.

Program

College Summit’s PeerForward program is designed to create a college-going culture and increase college enrollment rates amongst underserved populations.  To accomplish this, we employ the following three steps:

1) We use the power of peer influence: Four incoming juniors and four incoming seniors are chosen per school. These are the influencers – College Summit Peer Leaders. Not necessarily high achievers or star athletes, these teens have the respect and power to influence the attitudes and behavior of their classmates and are proven to be the most effective change agents driving college-going culture for high schools. 

2) We train student leaders on the know-hows of college success: The selected Peer Leaders gather at local college campuses for College Summit’s intensive multi-day workshop on the practical and emotional aspects of the college application process as well as hands-on training to solidify their capacity to influence networks of fellow students.  A teacher sponsor receives training alongside students.

3) We achieve benchmarks: Back in their schools, the junior and senior Peer Leaders drive the three actions most predictive of college enrollment: 1) multiple applications for admission; 2) filing for financial aid on time; and 3) connecting academics and higher education to concrete career ambitions.  This third action is strengthened by our collaboration with leading employers such as Wal-Mart, AT&T, Mutual of America and Deloitte, who have provided career pathway advice and mentorship to our students. PeerForward focuses on these measurable outcomes that have been shown to be reliable predictors of enrollment. By maintaining a laser focus on these outcomes, while establishing an infrastructure that is nimble and flexible, the College Summit team is able to adjust resources and tactics, replicating what works as we scale nationwide.

Impact

In the 2016-17 school year, College Summit plans to partner with 25 school districts nationwide, representing 97 schools and over 100 teams.  Their collective reach will impact the lives of 85,000 students.

Growth Plan

College Summit has ambitious plans for growth.  Put simply, we aim to reach 1.8 million kids in 10 years.  Our goal is to be in 500 schools by 2020 (which will mean we’ve impacted more than 660K students) and 1,000 schools by 2025 (which will mean having impacted more than 1.8 million students).

We believe it’s possible through the power of sustainability and scale. Sustainability means a better balance between the fees paid by our partner schools and the funds given us by foundations and donors. Scale means rapid nationwide growth. The objectives reinforce each other; i.e., a sustainable balance puts us on better footing for rapid growth, and rapid growth makes it easier to maintain balance.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
1763 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 319-1763
List of locations

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Locations in the following states:

California

Colorado

Connecticut

District Of Columbia

Florida

Indiana

Missouri

New York

South Carolina

West Virginia

Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2017

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$0
Foundation Grants: 
$8,055,808
Government Funding: 
$55,808
Contributions from Individuals: 
$0
Special Events: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$1,725,000
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$75,600
Other Revenue (Description): 
Rental
Total Revenue: 
$9,912,216

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$6,688,207
Occupancy: 
$416,132
Travel & Entertainment: 
$557,696
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$356,401
Telephone & Communications: 
$174,831
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$734,404
Other Expenses (Description): 

Program

Total Expenses: 
$8,927,671

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$984,545

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2016

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$1,591,040
Foundation Grants: 
$3,307,227
Government Funding: 
$915,358
Contributions from Individuals: 
$624,281
Program Services Fees: 
$2,446,357
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$2,243,755
Other Revenue: 
$1,969,540
Other Revenue (Description): 
Rental: 421,835.00 In-Kind:1,547,705.00
Special Events: 
$819,108
Total Revenue: 
$13,916,666

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$8,307,113
Occupancy: 
$571,381
Travel & Entertainment: 
$590,965
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$1,242,501
Telephone & Communication: 
$126,216
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$3,604,863
Other Expenses (Description): 

Program: 2,057,158.00

In-Kind: 1,547,705.00

Total Expenses: 
$14,443,039

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$-526,373

Major Funders

·        AT&T Wireless Services

·        Capital One

·        Chuck Harris

·        Clarence Otis

·        Deloitte LLP

·        Druckenmiller Foundation

·        ECMC Foundation

·        Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

·        FedEx

·        Feil Foundation

·        Fossil Foundation

·        Freddie Mac Foundation

·        Henry Kravis

·        John Mack

·        John Thain

·        Joseph DiMenna

·        Kapnick Family Foundation

·        Ken Rosh and Merideth Schlesinger

·        McCance Family Foundation

·        Melanie Lundquist

·        Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

·        Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

·        Mutual of America

·        New Profit, Inc.

·        Owen Ryan

·        Peter Dartley

·        Roch Hillenbrand

·        Ross Perot Jr.

·        Samberg Family Foundation

·        Steve Denning

·        Steve Sacks

·        Venture Philanthropy Partners

·        Walmart

·        William K. Bowes Jr. Foundation