S.H. Cowell Foundation and CollegeSpring Supporters Make Potential Possible in SFUSD

San Francisco, CA, July 9, 2013 – This summer, CollegeSpring embarked on its first programs in partnership with San Francisco Unified School District–CollegeSpring’s first partnership with a traditional public school district. Programs recently finished at three San Francisco schools: Abraham Lincoln High School, Philip and Sala Burton High School, and Mission High School.

A portion of our program costs are covered by our partner organizations, but students in CollegeSpring’s SAT test preparation and college-readiness programs pay nothing for the experience–study materials, professional instruction, and mentoring by current undergraduates are all provided free of charge to give our students the same opportunities as their peers. We are able to provide programs free of charge for students thanks to the generosity of supporters who are driven to see this work succeed.

Our San Francisco Unified School District programs are a perfect example. In order to fund this summer’s SFUSD programs, CollegeSpring needed to raise $51,000 in philanthropy. The S.H. Cowell Foundation offered a challenge grant of $25,000 contingent upon CollegeSpring’s ability to raise the remaining need of $26,000 in the few weeks before programs began.

The outpouring of support in response to this challenge was incredible. In less than two weeks, CollegeSpring supporters, including both first-time donors and established advocates, gave $33,050 to make our SFUSD programs possible, exceeding our need by $5,050.

We are so incredibly grateful for the support of everyone who gave so generously in response to this challenge to make our first district-level programs a success:

Mark Berenson
Eric Chen
Caretha Coleman
Charles T.C. Compton Family Fund
Larry Diamond
Christina Dickerson
Ron Gonzales
Leslie and George Hume Fund
Innovate Foundation
Tip Kim
Trish and Larry Kubal
Jennie Leung
Jeffrey Margolis
Bill and Susan Oberndorf Foundation
Taylor Thompson
Tierney Family Fund
Victor Trione
James Ukropina
Mary Vascellero
Vermeil Family Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Thank you so much for your support and generosity!