Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Commits Nearly $1M to Support Core Functions, Program Expansion


San Francisco, CA, June 19, 2013 – CollegeSpring announced today that the organization will receive a landmark grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to support the organization’s expanded statewide operations and growth.

“The announcement of this grant is the culmination of a very thorough, eight-month due diligence process, which makes the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s support all the more meaningful,” said CollegeSpring co-founder and CEO, Garrett Neiman. “The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is well known for their commitment to building the capacity of high-growth non-profit organizations, and with their support we will be well equipped to ensure that our programs operate at increasingly high levels of quality while gathering new evidence of the effectiveness of our work. As we work tirelessly to double our reach to 4,000 students annually over the next two years and embark on an effort to expand nationally, this investment could not have come at a more crucial time.”

To date, CollegeSpring has offered quality programs with a compelling model, curriculum, and clear evidence of impact: program-wide, over 4,400 of students from dozens of high schools in two geographies and various academic settings have increased their SAT scores by 180 points on average and gained the tools needed to apply successfully to college. In CollegeSpring’s short history (which includes two volunteer-led years and three professionally-run years) it has become a nonprofit with an annual budget over $2.6 million and a full-time staff of 12.

This three year grant of $938,677 will help build CollegeSpring’s capacity in both scale and sophistication to:

  • Serve substantially more students with ever-increasing consistency and quality. CollegeSpring aims to serve over 9,300 students by 2015.
  • Collect new evidence of impact and complete an independent formative evaluation in order to inform future program changes.
  • Pursue expanded partnerships, including more partnerships with traditional public schools.
  • Successfully launch CollegeSpring’s first out-of-state office and prepare appropriately for future growth.

CollegeSpring will accomplish these goals by increasing investment in robust data systems and by hiring new national-level staff, including a Director of Research and Evaluation and a Director of Program Quality and Training.

About CollegeSpring

Founded in 2008, CollegeSpring is the largest SAT preparation program explicitly designed to meet the needs of low-income and first-generation college students. It was founded on the belief that test preparation and college-readiness instruction should work together as an effective springboard to college. CollegeSpring partners with individual schools, school networks, and other community organizations in the Bay Area and Los Angeles to serve thousands of high school students from low-income backgrounds. CollegeSpring’s program includes small-group mentoring with current undergraduates as well as instruction by professional teachers, so that students receive the personal and academic support they need to succeed. Across all programs (summer and academic year), CollegeSpring students see an average SAT score improvement of 180 points and gain the knowledge they need to succeed in college admissions. The program has served 4,400 students statewide and expects to reach an additional 7,600 by 2015.

For more information or to schedule interviews contact Erin Fogg at 831-402-0871 or [email protected].

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