Educational Institutions

A Better Chance, Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • www.abetterchance.org

Mission Statement

A Better Chance seeks to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. This is done by facilitating their entry into independent college preparatory schools. Through its network of member schools, A Better Chance is able to leverage an estimated $20+ million per year in financial aid for talented, economically disadvantaged youth of color. More than 96% of A Better Chance's graduates go on to college directly after high school, a majority entering our country's most selective colleges.

Main Programs

  1. College Preparatory Schools Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The CPSP is focused on six regions, including the Northeast, Southeast, Mid-Atantic, Midwest, Northwest, and Southwest. Although it is focused in these areas, it is a national program with top-ranked independent schools at which Scholars are placed ("Member Schools") in more than 30 states. Applications to become Scholars are generated from all regions across the country, sometimes placing students from one region in areas of the country where there are concentrations of Member Schools.

ruling year

1972

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Sandra E. Timmons

Keywords

Self-reported

education, scholarship, diversity, leadership, African American, Black, Native American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, students

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EIN

23-7173492

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

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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Over the past four years, an average of 93% of graduating
A Better Chance seniors in the program indicated they were attending college,
compared to 35% of graduating seniors of color nationally. From 2009-2011, 55%
of our Scholars matriculated to top 100 colleges and universities, as defined
by the U.S. News & World Report. And, many A Better Chance Alumni
take their education even further; a 2010 survey of Alumni indicated that 60%
advanced to the graduate and professional degree levels.
Alumni’s educational success put
them on the road to the highest leadership levels in the country. A Better Chance Alumni currently hold top
positions in the public and private sectors: notably, The Ford Foundation
President Luis Ubiñas; William M. Lewis, Jr., Co-Chairman of Investment Banking
at Lazard; singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman; and Massachusetts Governor Deval
Patrick were all A Better Chance Scholars. These exemplar Alumni and A Better
Chance’s programming over the past 50 years have proven our theory of change: Talent
resides in every community, and when offered an excellent secondary education
opportunity, youth will thrive and become our country’s leaders.

Programs

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

Program 1

College Preparatory Schools Program

Our signature program, the College Preparatory Schools Program, involves an intricate process of recruiting, screening, matching, and placing students in our 250 member schools. It has three main components: Recruitment, Placement, and Supportive Services. A Better Chance also has developed other programs, such as Pathways to College and the Business/Professional Partnership Program, that enhance students' preparation for college and professional employment. A Better Chance offers access to enrichment programs that improve academic and leadership skills, introduce students to business careers, and facilitate study and residence abroad. Through the strength and quality of their education, A Better Chance graduates have achieved success as elected and appointed officials, educators, journalists, and business and professional people, making significant contributions in every walk of life. They are a testament to what talent, paired with opportunity, can achieve in American society.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$2,298,466.00

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We carry out our goal through our signature College Preparatory Schools Program (“CPSP”), which annually recruits, refers and supports about 500 A Better Chance Scholars at more than 300 of the nation’s leading boarding, day and public schools
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The need for access to quality education is greater than ever. Gaps in academic achievement based on race continue. Many students of color are unable to realize their full potential because they lack access to quality educational experiences.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    A Better Chance significantly contributes to the pool of leaders of color who can compete effectively in schools, colleges and the workplace. In our long history, more than 14,000 Alumni have walked through the doors of opportunity and into leadership positions in all sectors of industry, science and the arts.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Together, we can help committed young people of color become future leaders for positive change in our global society
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The CPSP is focused on six regions, including the Northeast, Southeast, Mid-Atantic, Midwest, Northwest, and Southwest. Although it is focused in these areas, it is a national program with top-ranked independent schools at which Scholars are placed ("Member Schools") in more than 30 states. Applications to become Scholars are generated from all regions across the country, sometimes placing students from one region in areas of the country where there are concentrations of Member Schools.

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Financials

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A BETTER CHANCE INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 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.

A Better Chance, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Sandra E. Timmons

BIO

Sandra Timmons joined A Better Chance as President in May, 2003. Before joining A Better Chance, she was Chief Operating Officer of Girls Inc., a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowered girls and an equitable society. During her tenure, she authored a strategic plan to reach and serve more of the nation?s 36 million girls. She also managed the program development, research, training, information technology, national services and human resources departments. Prior to Girls Inc. Sandra served as the Chief of Staff at the College Board in New York City, where she managed the operations of the president?s office and led various policy and project implementations during her tenure. She also held management positions at Honeywell. Her professional background has been enriched through a broad range of volunteer work with community and professional organizations. Sandra holds a BA degree in Business/Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Science in Public Policy Analysis and Management from Carnegie-Mellon University.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Since 1963, A Better Chance has been opening the door to educational opportunities for thousands of young people of color in this nation.  Our mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.  We carry out our mission through our signature College Preparatory Schools Program (“CPSP”), which annually recruits, refers and supports about 500 A Better Chance Scholars at more than 300 of the nation’s leading boarding, day and public schools.
The need for access to quality education is greater than ever. Gaps in academic achievement based on race continue.  Many students of color are unable to realize their full potential because they lack access to quality educational experiences.  This lack of educational access results in an inadequate pipeline of diverse leaders at the highest levels.  A Better Chance significantly contributes to the pool of leaders of color who can compete effectively in schools, colleges and the workplace.   In our long history, over 12,000 Alumni have walked through the doors of opportunity and into leadership positions in all sectors of industry, science and the arts.
Together, we can help committed young people of color become future leaders for positive change in our global society.  Please navigate through this site to learn more about us, and how to get involved in our movement.
Sincerely,
Sandra E. Timmons, President"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ronald R. Pressman

Community Member

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

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?

No

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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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