Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Supports Phase III with $1.04 Million

SAN FRANCISCO – CollegeSpring is excited to announce that it has expanded its partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The Foundation’s gift of $1,039,528 million marks the organization’s largest multi-year grant to date, kicking of CollegeSpring’s multi-million Phase III capacity building efforts.

Finalized on Wednesday, March 9, this partnership builds upon their previous collaboration over the last three years.

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s initial investment greatly expanded CollegeSpring’s infrastructure and enhanced the organization’s performance evaluation systems and data collection efforts. With this capacity-building support, CollegeSpring was able to critically assess its impact on the college graduation gap and identify key areas for improvement.

The new collaboration will enable CollegeSpring to actualize its Phase III strategic plan: an initiative that will enhance and expand CollegeSpring’s programs to effectively impact the national college readiness and graduation gap.

Through substantial investments in CollegeSpring’s program development and external affairs capabilities, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is equipping CollegeSpring for success in its next stage of strategic growth. By the end of Phase III, CollegeSpring will make major strides toward closing the college graduation gap, by:

  • realigning current SAT curriculum to fit the revised SAT;
  • developing and implementing new ACT curriculum;
  • piloting lower cost delivery models to reach students outside of its current geographies;
  • providing college match and transition services for high school seniors; and,
  • fostering a supportive, far-reaching community of alumni and mission advocates.

“CollegeSpring’s partnership with The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation since 2013 has been transformative, and we are thrilled that we will have the opportunity to continue working together for the next three years,” said CollegeSpring CEO & Co-Founder Garrett Neiman.

“The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has been one of our biggest advocates and a venerable thought-partner,” said Neiman. “The Foundation’s continued belief in CollegeSpring’s ambitious vision to close the college readiness and graduation gap for all students is invaluable. Support from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation will critically impact our efforts to serve 15,000 additional students over the next three years, and to create new platforms that enhance our scalability and elevate our impact on every student we serve. That is something to celebrate!”