Educational Institutions

Daniel M Murphy Scholarship Fdn

  • Chicago, IL
  • www.dmsf.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund is to give high school scholarship assistance and educational support to Chicago students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  DMSF seeks to make a life-altering difference in the lives of its Scholars by providing them with the best opportunity to succeed in high school and college.

We serve students from 37 zip codes located within the city of Chicago. Our Scholars all possess grit, determination, leadership potential, a strong academic record, and financial need. DMSF Scholars enroll in high-quality college preparatory high schools here at home in Chicago as well as residential programs and boarding schools across the country. Many of our Scholars are first-generation college students, and on average, come from families of 5 who average $37,000 annually. DMSF provides the opportunity for Scholars to achieve their potential and foster future success.

Main Programs

  1. Mentoring
  2. Tutoring
  3. College Counseling
  4. Affinity Groups
  5. Caddie Program
  6. LEAP and Ideal Student Workshop
Service Areas

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Illinois

Chicago, IL

ruling year

1990

Executive Director

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Mr. Andrew David

Keywords

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Chicago, IL

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EIN

36-3675466

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The mission of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund is to provide life-changing educational opportunities to Chicago-area students by offering scholarships to college preparatory high schools and educational programming to support our Scholars' academic persistence and lifelong success.

In order to achieve our stated mission, DMSF must raise enough money to fund the scholarships and programming support that our Scholars need to be successful in high school.

DMSF proudly supported 341 students throughout the 2014-2015 school year and graduated 81 seniors. The DMSF Family is also growing—112 8th graders were accepted as DMSF Scholars last year, and our current student enrollment is 372. These achievements and marked growth are possible because of strategic fundraising and the generous support of our donors.

DMSF's 25th anniversary was not only an organizational milestone of our longevity and progress; it was also a hugely popular achievement among our donors. We anticipated about $650,000 in revenue from our 25th Anniversary event but it grossed $1,130,000 in the end. We are so grateful for the commitment of our supporters.

The celebration of DMSF's 25th event offered the perfect opportunity for our Board of Directors to kick off our commitment to grow our student population by 40% by the year 2020. The commitment to increase the number of Scholars from 350 to 500 students naturally begot the campaign's Forward to 500 campaign. (The first phase of this campaign focused only on Board of Directors and Chairman's Counsel and yielded $1,233,350 in multi-year commitments by the end of fiscal year 2015. Phase I wrapped in December 2015 with 100% participation and close to $4,000,000 in pledges.)

Programs

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Mentoring

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College Counseling

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Affinity Groups

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Caddie Program

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LEAP and Ideal Student Workshop

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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?
    the driving goal of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund is to provide meaningful education and academic support during high school so that our Scholars have the best opportunity to enroll in and excel throughout college. Our programs support our Scholars early and continue throughout their high school enrollment.

    In addition to scholarship awards, the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund provides tailored enrichment programs to support student success including tutoring, mentoring, affinity group sessions, and college counseling. Our comprehensive approach offers real-time impact with lasting ramifications for our Scholars' futures.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We offer comprehensive, innovative programming to support our Scholars both in and out of the classroom. DMSF programming includes:
    -professional tutoring
    -adult mentors
    -affinity group support
    -college counseling
    -standardized test preparation
    -academic support and advocacy
    -social outings
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our education and fundraising teams collaborate to ensure that the appropriate resources are available for our Scholars to succeed. Through the support of our volunteers, donors, Board of Directors, and dedicated staff, DMSF Scholars are fully supported.

    The education team utilizes the expertise of former educators, former DMSF Scholars themselves, and up-to-date studies to best inform their work. The fundraising team, also relying on education's best practices, builds their work around student need and organizational well-being. Effectiveness and efficiency are DMSF's driving goals .
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund measures Scholar success by monitoring the academic achievement, standardized test performance, extracurricular involvement, and college admission rate. DMSF requires that all scholarship recipients maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in core courses also offers standardized test preparation so that DMSF Scholars remain competitive during the college admission, especially financial aid award, granting process. Scholars are encouraged to take full advantage of the extracurricular activities offered at their schools as well as take on leadership roles in their communities. We foster student development in all facets so that DMSF Scholars have the best chance to graduate from high school, enroll in and persist through college, and go on to become thriving professionals in the workplace after graduation.

    Since our original “class" of four Scholars in 1989, the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund has impacted the lives of 2,200 scholarship participants. To contextualize the DMSF impact, we compare the achievements of our Scholars to their peers across the country and here at home at Chicago Public Schools. Specifically, the high school graduation rate at DMSF is 86%, the national rate is 81%, and the CPS rate is 73%. Our Scholars' average ACT score is 24.3 points which is 3.3 greater than the national and 8.3 above the CPS average. Most impressively, DMSF Scholars enroll at 4-year colleges more than two times their peers at CPS and across the country—97% of DMSF Scholars attend 4-year schools as compared to 39% nationally and 40% in CPS. Of those who attend college, 85% of DMSF Scholars graduate. Unfortunately, only 18% of students complete their degrees among all 50 states, and a mere 14% of students who begin 9th grade at a CPS high school will graduate college. Overall, our college persistence rate is the best descriptor of the long-term impact of the DMSF.

    DMSF measures organizational effectiveness by tracking Scholar high school and college persistence, financial sustainability, constituent engagement, and transparency. A full 100% of the Scholar Class of 2015 was accepted to four-year colleges—97% enrolled in Bachelor's Degree programs and 3% began Associate's Degree tracks at community college. Eighteen Evans Scholarships were awarded to the Class of 2015 DMSF Scholars as well as one Golden Apple and one Posse award. Our Scholars' high school achievement often continues in college, and the classes of 2011 through 2013 earned an 88% college persistence rate. We expect this to increase steadily over the next few years. Student success is best supported by a strong organization, so financial sustainability, donor engagement, and overall transparency is crucial. The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund works tirelessly to ensure best practices are in place on both the development and programming areas of our work.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In order to continue our community impact and longevity as an organization, the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund launched the Forward to 500 Campaign to increase the number of awarded scholarships to 500 by the year 2020. To sustain this initiative, the Development and Education teams began significant strategic planning to increase fundraising efforts, staff capacity, and in-office operations with a special focus on major gift solicitation and Scholar recruitment.

    One strategy included a business engagement with Merge, a marketing and branding company, to streamline our organization's brand and messaging strategy in anticipation of increased outreach including ideas for a new logo, greater social media presence, and public engagement. The Education Committee has long hoped to convert the Scholar application to an online format, and in FY 2016, the process is in place. DMSF is in the process of developing a customized Salesforce database that will provide immediate access to Scholar demographics, performance data, and participation information. The Events Committee has been strategizing about ways to engage new donor demographics and is considering adding new fundraising events to do so.
Service Areas

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Illinois

Chicago, IL

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Funding Needs

DMSF is always in need of Sponsor a Scholar donors.  Tuition costs at our partnership schools go up every year, and the need among our scholar population increases as well.

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Financials

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DANIEL MURPHY SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
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Operations

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Executive Director

Mr. Andrew David

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Justin Foley

Gelber Group

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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