Educational Institutions

Mitchell Institute

  • Portland, ME
  • www.mitchellinstitiute.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mitchell Institute is to increase the likelihood that young people from every community in Maine will aspire to, pursue, and achieve a college education.

Main Programs

  1. Personal and Professional Development
Service Areas

Self-reported

Maine

State of Maine- We provide a scholarship to one college going senior from every public high school in Maine.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Meg Baxter

Keywords

Self-reported

Scholarships, Research, Leadership

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Also Known As

Mitchell Institute

EIN

01-0523390

 Number

0683408873

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

The Mitchell Institute's approach works: 85% of Mitchell Scholars complete college and achieve a degree, compared with 55% of students nationally. 87% of Mitchell Scholar Alumni are working in career-related jobs–nearly two-thirds of them in Maine–and 40% have completed or are pursuing graduate degrees.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Personal and Professional Development

In addition to scholarships, we provide opportunities for Mitchell Scholars to develop their career plans and hone their leadership skills.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Homeless

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Mitchell Institute's guiding tenet is that no Maine student with the qualifications and ambition to pursue a college education should be denied that opportunity due to limited financial resources. At its inception, the Mitchell Institute made just financial investments in deserving Maine students. Through both observation and evidence-based research, we learned that college student success depends on more than hard work and financial aid. Support, guidance, mentoring, and counseling–both during and after college–increases Scholars' chances of attaining a degree and finding meaningful employment in Maine. The Mitchell Institute offers Mitchell Scholars a suite of programs and assistance that encourage a partnership with each scholar, every step of the way. Today, Scholars and Alumni say that the combination of financial and personal support makes a world of difference for them and their families.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Every year, a Mitchell Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from each of the 130 public high schools in Maine. Selection is based on academic performance, financial need, and community impact. Since 1995, we have awarded more than 2,400 scholarships totaling over $12 million. In addition, we offer the following support programs:

    Leadership Development. Through weekend retreats and day-long events, the Institute convenes scholars, alumni, and business and community leaders for networking, training, and team-building activities. These interactions build an enduring community, establish connections, and equip scholars with the tools required for success during and after college.

    Career and Personal Support. The Institute strives to establish a unique collaboration with scholars at every step of their undergraduate and post-college life by introducing scholars and alumni to professionals in the same field, advising on career opportunities, and mentoring on professional aspirations.

    Fellowship Awards. These awards of up to $1,500 offer support to qualified scholars and alumni in their pursuit of career-related internships and service projects. These one-time investments empower scholars to pursue professional development opportunities regardless of financial hurdles.

    Promise Fund. An emergency fund provides one-time grants to scholars facing unforeseen financial crises. If left unfunded, these are the types of crises that could derail a scholar's ability to remain in college.

    Research. The Institute's internal measurement program provides evidence of scholars' success, and ensures that they receive the most effective forms of personal and professional support.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Since 2000, longitudinal research has measured the impact of Mitchell Institute programs and evaluated scholar goals and achievements. We accomplish this through a yearly survey distributed by mail and email to current scholars as well as alumni, and we average a 45% response rate. Due to the success of our programs, our Scholars complete college at rates well above state and national averages. The six-year graduation rate for Mitchell Scholars is 85%, compared with a national average of 50%. Four in five Mitchell Scholar Alumni report that they have a job related to their career interests, and more than two-thirds of Mitchell Scholar Alumni indicate that being a Mitchell Scholar has had a positive impact of their career and personal development.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Maine

State of Maine- We provide a scholarship to one college going senior from every public high school in Maine.

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Financials

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Senator George J Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Mitchell Institute

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Meg Baxter

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

David Johnson

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity