Educational Institutions

Posse Foundation

  • New York, NY
  • www.possefoundation.org

Mission Statement

The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. The Foundation extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams ("Posses") of 10 students. The Foundation's partner universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.

Main Programs

  1. The Posse Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Posse is a national initiative with city sites in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, D.C.

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer since 1989

Self-reported

Ms. Deborah Bial

Keywords

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College Access, Diversity, Leadership, Afterschool, Retention, Graduation, Scholarship, Career, Youth, Culture

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Also Known As

Posse

EIN

13-3840394

 Number

7388227979

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

The Posse Program

The Posse Foundation achieves its mission and goals through five program components:

1)     Dynamic Assessment Process - Posse's unique recruitment and selection process.

2)     Posse Access – Launched in 2009, the Foundation’s new online database directly connects students who are nominated, but not selected, for Posse Scholarships to the Foundation’s partner institutions. By identifying candidates through Posse Access, partner schools will see a much greater pool of highly qualified students, exponentially increasing the number of students Posse serves.

3)     Pre-Collegiate Training Program - Once Posse Scholars are selected, they participate in weekly workshops from January to August during their senior year in high school. These workshops focus on four core competencies: team building and group support, cross-cultural communication, leadership, and academic excellence.

4)     Campus Program - Posse Scholars meet with an on-campus mentor weekly and are visited by Posse staff several times a year. In addition, Posse facilitates an annual weekend-long PossePlus Retreat attended by members of the larger student body, faculty and administration with the goal of discussing an important campus issue identified by Posse Scholars. The goal of the Campus Program is to ensure the retention of Posse Scholars and to increase the impact of the Scholars and the Program on Posse partner college campuses.

5)     Career Program - Helps Posse Scholars transition from being leaders on campus to becoming leaders in the workforce.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$12,819,045.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Posse is a national initiative with city sites in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, D.C.

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THE POSSE FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Posse Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Deborah Bial

BIO

Deborah has her master's and doctoral degrees with a focus on administration, planning, and social policy in higher education from Harvard University. She has trained hundreds of young people, established relationships with top college faculty and administrators, and developed partnerships that have led to more than $400 million in scholarships for urban youth. She is also the recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship for her work with The Posse Foundation. She has honorary doctorates from Babson College, DePauw University, Denison College, Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Lafayette College, Middlebury College, Sewanee: The University of the South, Trinity College, and Wheaton College.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jeffrey Ubben

Founder and Managing Partner, ValueAct Capital

Term: Jan 2008 -

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