Success for All Foundation

At a Glance

National Office: 
300 E. Joppa Road, Suite 500
Baltimore, MD 21286
Phone: (410) 616-2300

Nancy Madden
People Served: 
2,500,000
Year Founded: 
1987
Tax ID: 
52-2061820

Focus area(s):

Early Education
K-12 Reform
Reading/Math

Description

The Success for All Foundation (SFAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, evaluation, and dissemination of research-proven reform models for preschool, elementary, and middle schools, especially those serving at-risk children. The foundation offers educational programs to help students achieve grade-level performance across the curriculum and reach their full potential.

Proven strategies focus on attendance, parental involvement, positive school culture, family needs, health issues, and individual student support and intervention to make sure that students are in school and ready to learn. Implementation is supported by extensive job-embedded professional development and coaching that enables teachers and school leaders to make the most of the research-proven approach.
 

Impact and Outcomes

A three-year evaluation found that students in SFA schools performed at significantly higher levels than similar students in control schools. The difference in three years was enough to cut the black-white achievement gap in half.
Many SFA schools have substantially increased student retention rates.
SFA schools have reduced special education placements for learning disabilities by about half. The additional cost of serving such students averages around $4,000 a year.
In addition to reducing special education placements, schools who implement Success for All have fewer students who must repeat grades.

Mission & Goals

The Success for All Foundation’s core mission is to develop, evaluate, and disseminate research-based strategies to help improve the effectiveness of preschool, elementary, and middle schools, especially those that serve large populations of students considered at-risk of failing.

The Success for All Foundation's research-proven education programs are accessible to struggling schools and children at the lowest prices possible. We strive to ensure that all children have the education they need to be successful.

Program

The Success for All Foundation’s research-proven school improvement model has five integrated core elements:

  1. Leadership for Continuous Improvement: School leaders, teachers, and staff collaborate to set quarterly goals, select leverage points for involvement, measure progress, and celebrate success. 
  2. School-wide Support and Intervention Tools: Proven strategies help identify needs and solutions around attendance, parental involvement, positive school culture, family needs, health issues, and individual students in order to ensure that students are in school and ready to learn.
  3. Powerful Instruction: All instruction in the SFAF approach is built around a cooperative learning framework that engages and motivates students every day in rich conversation and challenging activities. Tutoring and other tools provide the individual attention and extra time that students need to succeed.
  4. Professional Development and Coaching: Implementation is supported by extensive job-embedded professional development and coaching that helps teachers and school leaders make the most of the research-proven approach.
  5. Research and Results: Research shows that the SFAF approach and materials increase reading and performance, cut the achievement gap between African Americans, Hispanics, and white students, and prepare teachers to support the needs of English learners.  

Impact

Success for All has been researched in over 50 studies.  The findings consistently show that Implementation of Success for All substantially increases student achievement in reading.  In the largest study, the size of that difference was enough to cut the size of the achievement gap between black and white students in half. 

 

SFAF schools have reduced special education placements for learning disabilities by about half. For each student not assigned to special education, schools save an average of $4000 -per year. 

 

The Success for All approach utilizes a cooperative learning approach that engages students actively in their learning.  Schools report improvements in school climate and decreases in disciplinary referrals when they implement Success for All.  

Growth Plan

Leveraging the urgency of success in early reading-The key to success in college and career is learning to read in the early grades.  Thirty states have passed legislation that requires that students read at grade level by third grade or face consequences.  Success for All’s early literacy programs have been proven to work in study after study.  Success for All’s growth efforts will be focused in states struggling to meet their own objectives for increasing the success of their students.  We will offer partnerships at two levels:

 

Comprehensive School Improvement -For about $125 per student per year for three years, Success for All can offer comprehensive professional development and targeted materials that have been proven to increase the number of students reading at grade level by third grade.  Our goal will be to partner with 50 additional schools - in particular schools that  are struggling with large number of students at risk of failure-  to implement this comprehensive program.  Philanthropic partners can assist schools wishing to implement by funding startup costs.  Many of the nation’s poorest schools so not have the resources to adopt this effective approach without assistance.

 

Targeted tutoring –Success for All has begun to offer a computer-assisted peer-assisted tutoring model.  This approach allows schools with fewer struggling beginning readers to receive the targeted assistance they need.  This strategy allows a paraprofessional tutor to provide cost-effective tutoring to small groups of students.  Philanthropic partners can assist schools wishing to implement by supporting the cost of adding a paraprofessional tutor to implement the Success for All tutoring model – about $25,000 a year to jump-start the learning of 60 to 80 children.

 

Leveraging the new federal education law-The US Congress has recently passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  This law requires, among other provisions, that federal funds for improvement of the neediest schools in our nation be spent on programs with proven effectiveness. Success for All’s strategies in comprehensive school improvement, early reading, adolescent literacy, and mathematics in elementary and middle grades meet the evidence requirements of this legislation.  Success for All is launching a public awareness campaign to make educators aware of the evidence and the promise of this approach to increasing the success of their students. The “priority schools” identified in the legislation as in urgent need of improvement serve 2 million children every year.  These students deserve to have schools that use proven strategies for success.  

Location of Sites

National Office: 
300 E. Joppa Road, Suite 500
Baltimore, MD 21286
Phone: (410) 616-2300
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.

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Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2016

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$1,015,000
Foundation Grants: 
$1,015,000
Government Funding: 
$5,941,713
Contributions from Individuals: 
$85,000
Special Events: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$11,565,433
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$0
Total Revenue: 
$19,622,146

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$11,444,934
Occupancy: 
$780,501
Travel & Entertainment: 
$2,423,423
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$196,943
Telephone & Communications: 
$611,356
Payments to Affiliates: 
$55,000
Other Expenses: 
$757,114
Other Expenses (Description): 

Materials and Conferences 


3,407,875.00
Other Expenses (Description): 

Other Expenses (Description): 

Other Expenses (Description): 

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$16,269,271

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$3,352,875

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2015

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$1,491,096
Foundation Grants: 
$1,137,691
Government Funding: 
$10,166,329
Contributions from Individuals: 
$72,806
Program Services Fees: 
$11,063,146
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$378
Other Revenue: 
$0
Special Events: 
$0
Total Revenue: 
$23,931,446

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$14,316,058
Occupancy: 
$790,157
Travel & Entertainment: 
$2,773,109
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$134,676
Telephone & Communication: 
$590,035
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$815,385
Other Expenses (Description): 

Materials and Conferences 


$3,723,835.00
Total Expenses: 
$19,419,420

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$4,512,026

Major Funders

Over the past 10 years, the Success for All Foundation has received financial support ranging from $100,000 to $2,500,000 from the following funders:

 
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
 
Braufman Family Foundation
 
Carnegie Foundation
 
The Ford Foundation
 
The Goldman Sachs Foundation
 
Caterpillar Foundation
 
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
 
The Johns Hopkins University
 
Macy's
 
MRM Foundation, Inc.
 
Pitney Bowes, Inc.
 
The President and Fellows of Harvard College
 
New Schools Venture Fund
 
RLG Foundation
 
The Rural School and Community Trust
 
The Sandler Family Supporting Foundation
 
U.S. Department of Education
 
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
 
The Wachovia Foundation
 
William T. Grant Foundation
 
The Abell Foundation
 
 Bowland Charitable Trust

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Cummins, Inc.

DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc.

Google

ITC Holdings Corp.

Schoolwide

Stanley Black & Decker