KIPP Foundation

At a Glance

National Office: 
135 Main Street Suite 1700
San Francisco , CA 94105
Phone: 415-399-1556

Richard Barth
People Served: 
100,000
Tax ID: 
94-3362724

Focus area(s):

Charter Schools
K-12 Reform
College Access

Description

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. The KIPP Foundation supports the KIPP network, working to fuel the growth and impact of its schools by:recruiting and training outstanding educators to open and lead new KIPP schools; providing professional development and resources to support excellent teaching; supporting college counseling to increase the number of students graduating from college; and monitoring and ensuring the quality of KIPP schools. The KIPP Foundation partners with public schools, school districts, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, and others to share what KIPP is learning, improve its own practices, and advocate for a great public school system.

Impact and Outcomes

94% of KIPP’s eighth-grade and twelfth-grade completers have graduated from high school (compared to the national benchmark of 74% for students from low-income families).
81% of KIPP students have matriculated to college (compared to the national benchmark of 45% for students from low-income families).
44% of KIPP alumni have graduated from college with a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree with an additional 6% earning an Associate’s degree (compared to the national benchmark of 9% for students from low-income families).

Mission & Goals

KIPP's mission is to create a respected, influential, and national network of public schools that are successful in helping students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.  KIPP’s goal is to see its students graduating college at a rate comparable to their highest-income peers.

History:

KIPP began in 1994 when two teachers, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, launched a fifth-grade public school program in inner-city Houston, TX, after completing their commitment to Teach For America. In 1995, Feinberg remained in Houston to lead KIPP Academy Middle School, and Levin returned home to New York City to establish KIPP Academy in the South Bronx. These two original KIPP Academies became the starting place for a growing network of schools that are transforming the lives of students in under-resourced communities, and redefining the notion of what is possible in public education.

Program

The KIPP Foundation supports the KIPP network, working to fuel the growth and impact of its schools. The KIPP Foundation does not manage KIPP schools. Instead, the KIPP Foundation enters into a licensing agreement with KIPP schools and regions, in which they mutually commit to creating and supporting public schools in which educationally underserved students will develop the skills, character and knowledge base needed to succeed in top-quality high schools, universities and in the competitive world beyond.

KIPP’s 200 schools, clustered together in regions across the country, are independent organizations overseen by KIPP-trained Regional Executive Directors. They are governed by a local board of directors and supported by a shared services center. 

At KIPP, teachers, students, and families are all united around the same goal: college and a choice-filled life. We believe that an excellent college-preparatory education will set students up for success in whatever life path they choose. Through collective hard work and commitment, KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds. Our success is driven by:

  • High Expectations:We set clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct in order to create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support. We know that every student is different and we personalize learning based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests.
  • Strength of Character:Success in life depends on both academics and character. We help students foster character strengths that are essential for their own success and well-being. And we empower them to express their voice with power and to improve the world around them.
  • Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders:Great schools require great teachers and school leaders. We empower our educators to lead school teams, and we invest in training to help them grow as professionals.
  • Safe, Structured, and Nurturing Environments:Students need physical and emotional safety in order to take risks and learn from their successes and their mistakes. Our schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment with minimal distractions and more time for both academics and extracurriculars, so our students love school and maximize their learning.
  • KIPP Through College:Our counselors and advisors support students as they prepare for and select the right college and career for their needs and interests. After high school, we help KIPP alumni navigate the social, academic, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college.

Impact

By providing a safe, structured, and nurturing learning environment, more time in school, high-quality teachers and a focus on college readiness, KIPP schools have helped students make significant academic gains and, more importantly, demonstrate success in matriculating and graduating from college. Currently, 94% of KIPP students graduate from high school and 81% of KIPP alumni have matriculated to college.

Independent, third-party research also confirms KIPP’s impact. In a rigorous longitudinal evaluation of KIPP schools’ performance, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., found that, “KIPP schools have positive, statistically significant, and educationally meaningful impacts on student achievement, particularly at the elementary and middle school grades.” Mathematica has published several working papers and three major reports on KIPP resulting from these two studies; with the three major reports being released in June 2010, February 2013, and September 2015. Key findings of the most recent report include:

  • KIPP elementary schools have positive, statistically significant, and educationally meaningful impactson three of four measures of reading and mathematics skills.
  • KIPP middle schools have positive, statistically significant, and educationally meaningful impacts on student achievement in math, reading, science, and social studies. Average impacts of middle schools were positive and statistically significant throughout the 10-year period covered by the study.
  • KIPP high schools have positive, statistically significant, and educationally meaningful impacts on student achievement for high school students new to the KIPP network.For students continuing to KIPP high schools from KIPP middle schools, impacts on achievement are not statistically significant. For this group of continuing KIPP students, KIPP high schools do have positive impacts on a variety of college preparation activities and the likelihood of applying to college.

Growth Plan

Currently, there are 200 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, and yet, KIPP has not come close to meeting the demand for high-performing schools in the communities it serves. Across the country, 55,000 students are on KIPP’s waitlists. Nationally, KIPP aims to grow its enrollment to 120,000 by 2020. The vast majority of this growth will occur within established KIPP regions, although KIPP has committed to exploring additional locations in the years ahead. Regions that are planning to open new schools work closely with the KIPP Foundation as they develop and execute against tailored strategic growth plans unique to their local context.

In addition to growing the number of students it serves, by 2020, KIPP has committed to:

  • Get better as it grows bigger, doubling the percentage of KIPP students performing in the top quartile on nationally-normed tests.
  • Celebrate and support 40,000 college-age and older KIPP alumni, who are pursuing college and career opportunities that will enable them to have choice-filled lives and make a difference in their communities.
  • Sharing its insights, tools and learnings with school district and charters to widen its circle of impact beyond students served by KIPP.

As the KIPP network increases the number of students it serves, and dramatically increases its alumni in college, the organization’s commitment to a smart, growth strategy, investment in common, research-based instructional practice, and emphasis on human capital development will ensure sustained quality and excellence.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
135 Main Street Suite 1700
San Francisco , CA 94105
Phone: 415-399-1556
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:

Arkansas

California

Colorado

District Of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Indiana

Louisiana

Massachusetts

Maryland

Minnesota

Missouri

North Carolina

New Jersey

New York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

Tennessee

Texas

Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2016

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$0
Foundation Grants: 
$0
Government Funding: 
$5,297,670
Contributions from Individuals: 
$33,517,560
Special Events: 
$2,438,430
Program Services Fees: 
$2,180,010
Membership Dues: 
$3,698,772
Other Earned Income: 
$184,000
Other Revenue: 
$11,727,670
Total Revenue: 
$59,044,112

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$28,721,726
Occupancy: 
$1,422,260
Travel & Entertainment: 
$11,735,208
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$773,831
Telephone & Communications: 
$335,750
Payments to Affiliates: 
$19,961,500
Other Expenses: 
$3,045,656
Other Expenses (Description): 

Non-operating expenses make up $1,720,086 of the "other expenses" total.

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$65,995,931

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$-6,951,819

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2015

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$0
Foundation Grants: 
$0
Government Funding: 
$8,349,075
Contributions from Individuals: 
$37,544,300
Program Services Fees: 
$3,693,397
Membership Dues: 
$3,468,022
Other Earned Income: 
$33,012
Other Revenue: 
$15,716,373
Other Revenue (Description): 
Other revenue is from designated grants.
Special Events: 
$0
Total Revenue: 
$68,804,179

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$30,474,678
Occupancy: 
$1,349,915
Travel & Entertainment: 
$11,390,915
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$811,337
Telephone & Communication: 
$332,711
Payments to Affiliates: 
$23,479,474
Other Expenses: 
$4,458,204
Other Expenses (Description): 

Non-operating expenses make up $1,176,395 of the "other expenses" total.

Travel and entertainment includes employee travel & network training.

Total Expenses: 
$72,297,234

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$-3,493,055

Major Funders

  • Doris and Donald Fisher Fund
  • Walton Family Foundation
  • The Atlantic Philanthropies
  • The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
  • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
  • Robertson Foundation
  • Accenture
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Citi Foundation
  • Thomas and Susan Dunn
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
  • New Profit Inc.
  • Rainwater Charitable Foundation
  • Arthur Rock and Toni Rembe