Educational Institutions

The Childrens Scholarship Fund

  • New York, NY
  • www.scholarshipfund.org

Mission Statement

The Children's Scholarship Fund aims to maximize educational opportunity for all children: for those in need by offering tuition assistance in grades K-8 for alternatives to faltering conventional schools, and for all children by supporting and cultivating education reform and parental choice efforts.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarship Fund
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

CSF offers K-8th grade scholarships in partner program cities and areas across the country. See www.scholarshipfund.org for a list of program areas.

ruling year

1998

President & COO

Self-reported

Ms. Darla Romfo

Keywords

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children, k-8 education, pre-college scholarship, The Childrens Scholarship Fund, children's, childrens, scholarship

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Also Known As

CSF

EIN

13-4002189

 Number

6187232187

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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

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This school year, CSF's scholarships are empowering parents of almost 24,000 low-income
children to choose a private or parochial elementary school for their child. Since
our inception in 1998, CSF has awarded scholarships worth almost $700
million to more than 158,000 low-income children. We believe we succeed every time parents use one of our scholarships to send their child to the school of their choice.

 Beyond the inherent good of putting families in charge of their children's education, we are also helping provide an academically superior education. According to a Department of Education study, private school students score higher on standardized tests than their public school counterparts, and they are more likely to graduate high school and eventually earn a college degree. In fact, children who had been in private school in 8th grade were twice as likely to earn a college degree than children coming from public school. And children in the lowest socio-economic group who attend private school were almost four times as likely to go to college than those in public schools.
 
Recent studies on CSF partner programs have produced similar results. For example, in 2015, 94 percent of CSF New York alumni graduated high school on time, compared to the average NYC public school graduation rate of 67.2 percent. Of the alumni who graduated, 90 percent indicated they planned to enroll in college.

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

Scholarship Fund

We provide partial tuition assistance for low-income families to send their children to private schools in grades K-8. We focus on the earlier grades to ensure a solid educational foundation. Since our inception, almost 158,000 children have benefited from our scholarships across the United States as part of our mission to expand choice in education. Currently almost 24,000 children are using CSF scholarships. These children are attending the school of their parents' choice through the generosity of our donors, the efforts of our partner programs across the country and the sacrifices made by the families themselves, who pay-on average-50% of their children's tuition.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

22,358,796

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

CSF offers K-8th grade scholarships in partner program cities and areas across the country. See www.scholarshipfund.org for a list of program areas.

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Children's Scholarship Fund
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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The Childrens Scholarship Fund

Leadership

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President & COO

Ms. Darla Romfo

BIO

Darla Romfo serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Children's Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to providing partial scholarships for low-income children in grades K-8 to go to private school. CSF's motto is to give parents a choice and children a chance. In bringing that motto to life, CSF has provided scholarships to more than 158,000 children since its inception in 1998 and currently serves almost 24,000 children nationwide. Ms. Romfo has served in this capacity since the organization offered its first scholarships in 1999.

Immediately prior to joining CSF, Ms. Romfo practiced law in both the public and private sectors. She worked on Capitol Hill from 1993 to 1999 serving as Legislative Director and Counsel to Senator John Breaux of Louisiana and Legislative Director and Tax Counsel to Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota. She worked closely with both Senators in their roles as members of the Finance Committee and with Senator Breaux as a member of the Senate Democratic Leadership, and as Chairman of the Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. She also worked closely with Senator Breaux on the National Commission on Retirement Policy and helped develop a comprehensive Social Security and Retirement Reform Bill. Previously, she was an attorney in private practice specializing in tax law.

Ms. Romfo is a frequent speaker on education and parental choice, and is on the board of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. Previously, she was on the board of the Geneva School of Manhattan, a private, non-sectarian school with a classical curriculum.

Ms. Romfo grew up on a farm in North Dakota and graduated from the University of North Dakota with degrees in political science and accounting. She is a CPA and received a law degree from George Washington University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Michael D. McCurry

Public Strategies Washington, Inc.

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