Educational Institutions

Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc.

  • Washington, DC
  • tmcf.org

Mission Statement

As the only national organization representing America's 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and the nearly 300,000 students that attend them each year, TMCF's mission is to increase access, retention and graduation rates of students attending our member schools, identify and prepare member-school students who have significant leadership potential, create a pipeline for employers of highly-qualified member-schools, students and alumni, and increase capacity of our member-schools so that they can provide the best possible education for their students.

Main Programs

  1. Leadership Development Program
  2. Teacher Quality and Retention Program (TQRP)
  3. Entrepreneurship Training
  4. Scholarship Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Offers scholarships to college and graduate students across the country.

ruling year

1993

President & CEO

Self-reported

Mr. Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

Keywords

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Leadership, Scholarships, postsecondary education, School reform, leadership training, diversity, talent recruitment, historically black colleges, faculty development and leadership training

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Also Known As

TMCF

EIN

41-1750692

 Number

4702022602

Physical Address

901 F Street, NW Suite 300

Washington, DC 20004

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Leadership Development (W70)

Employment Training (J22)

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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The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)'s mission is to increase access to higher education through making college affordable via scholarships, improve retention graduation rates among the 47 publicly-supported Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), improving education at publicly-supported HBCUs, and connecting high-achieving students with professional internship and job opportunities.  TMCF works with our member-schools through training and programmatic support to better improve the operations of these institutions. TMCF is a critical source of funds to support higher education for low-income and first-generation students attending HBCUs.  More than 80% of students enrolled in HBCUs attend TMCF member-schools; our member schools also confer more degrees than any other HBCU organization.  97% of students attending TMCF member-schools apply for some form of financial aid. Nationally, 1 in 3 freshmen students drop out due to lack of resources, and for first-year students that rate is 90%, and the graduation rate for African-American students attending all schools is 41%. Yet, TMCF scholarship recipients graduate at a rate of 97% - demonstrating the difference that scholarships and wrap-around services can make for low-income and first-generation college students. Through this degree completion, each student will increase their lifetime earnings by an average of $1 million - and begin a cycle of earnings that leads to homeownership, wealth creation, and generational academic achievement.

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

Leadership Development Program

With our vision “Changing The World … One Leader At A Time,” TMCF identifies and cultivates students attending our 47 member-schools, who demonstrate leadership qualities. TMCF's leadership development programming begins on-campus, and includes the GALLUP Clifton Strength Finder Assessment, TMCF’s proprietary leadership development framework, on-campus programs to identify students who will be successful at upper levels of education and entering a professional career, and creating a personalized career plan.

For 14 years, the centerpiece of TMCF's leadership development programming has been our Leadership Institute, which brings together top-tier students from our member-schools who participate in on-campus leadership programming, in Washington DC for advanced leadership training. At this competitive 4-day Institute students receive a first-hand professional development experience. As part of this intensive conference, TMCF Scholars participate in a recruitment fair, where major employers from all sectors can meet top talent from TMCF publicly supported HBCU member-schools. Through this process, TMCF facilitates opportunities that neither the student nor the employer might otherwise have. Students immediately see the benefit of this experience, and employers are eager to reach out to our diverse student population.

Category

Youth Job Training & Employment

Population(s) Served

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

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Blacks

Budget

$2,900,000.00

Program 2

Teacher Quality and Retention Program (TQRP)

TMCF’s TQRP program recruits aspiring and new teachers in several categories: generalist teachers for grades 4-8 who do not have a background in STEM – to increase their competency in science and mathematics; African-American male teachers, who are critical role models for young men and boys; and STEM-focused students who are interested in teaching. The goal is to build teacher-leaders who will be change agents for high-needs schools in low-resource communities – which are often predominantly minority in population. To achieve this goal, TQRP provides professional development and support for participating TMCF member-school students and alumni, beginning with pre-service training and continuing through their third year in the classroom. The program consists of a two-week Summer Institute, mentoring, year-round support, and a Fall Professional Development Workshop. The Summer Institute includes both pedagogical workshops and a hands-on practicum at a school that is reviewed and critiqued by peers and master teachers. Understanding the need for teacher support through the critical first years of classroom teaching, TQRP’s mentoring and year-round engagement system provides the necessary support to help teachers remain in the classroom, address complex issues, and persist so that they can fulfill their potential to be teacher leaders.

The TQRP Summer Institutes provides opportunities for participants called Fellows to examine research-based strategies for effective teaching that included topics on classroom management, differentiated instruction, Common Core Standards, technology, and instructional objectives. Fellows were expected to develop lesson plans and implement them in middle school classrooms, under the supervision of cooperating teachers. The majority of the Fellows are recruited from HBCUs and are currently enrolled in Education and STEM majors at their respective colleges or universities.

TQRP directly addresses issues of teacher persistence in the classroom, which is a key to good student academic achievement. For minority and disadvantaged students, one in five teachers (20%) leave each year – 50% more than in more affluent schools. Teacher attrition is one of the most critical issues facing America’s entire educational system, because, as University of Michigan School of Education Assistant Professor Matthew Ronfeldt explains, teacher turnover hinders student learning. "There's fairly substantial empirical evidence that you need to get teachers past those first five years for them to be as effective as they can be. They leave before they get their feet under them. My sense is that teaching is less a lifetime career choice than it used to be." Indeed, close to 500,000 teachers leave the classroom or move each year, costing the U.S. up to $2.2 billion annually. Of those, 50% of new teachers leave.

Through TQRP, TMCF directly addresses these trends, which support high school completion and academic achievement.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Male Adults

Budget

$750,000.00

Program 3

Entrepreneurship Training

One critical element that TMCF recently has identified as a gap in member-school students’ skill set is an entrepreneurial mindset, which would allow them to look beyond the status quo to see the possibilities of what could be. This key change in viewpoint would allow students at TMCF member-schools to both envision a brighter future, create a plan for how to achieve that vision, and integrate innovation into their professional and personal lives.
Through the acquisition of the Opportunity Finance Corporation (OFC), TMCF is bringing innovation and entrepreneurship education and training to the HBCU network in an unprecedented manner. In this way, TMCF is changing the future for students by preparing them to be innovators, problem solvers, communicators and collaborators – thus becoming better employees (intra-preneurs) and job creators (entrepreneurs). The centerpiece of TMCF’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship initiative is TMCF’s Innovation Lab – a program that occurs in the Spring and allows student teams to engage in a competition of their ideas and innovations as presented through business plans and pitches to potential investors.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

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

Blacks

Budget

$450,000.00

Program 4

Scholarship Programs

TMCF awards need- and merit- based scholarships to qualified students attending America's 47 publicly-supported HBCUs. TMCF employs a last-dollar strategy, so as to maximize the scholarship funds.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$2,500,000.00

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of teachers who report feeling prepared to address diverse student needs, including learning disabilities and limited English proficiency

Target Population
Adults, Minorities

Connected to a Program?
Teacher Quality and Retention Program (TQRP)
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Three months after attending the 2015 TQRP Summer Institute , 96% of Fellows reported that as a result of participating, they were at an advantage relative to their peers who didn’t attend.

2. Average financial aid award per FTE student

Target Population
Adults, Minorities, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
Scholarship Programs
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
TMCF provides a variety of scholarships, the majority are need and merit based, but some of which address financial gaps (to facilitate graduation). Most TMCF scholarships are $6200 - $7400.

3. Number of entrance scholarships and awards and exit scholarships

Target Population
Adults, Minorities, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
Scholarship Programs
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
TMCF awards scholarships to high-achieving, low-resource students attending America’s 47 publicly supported HBCUs, providing college access with a goal of graduating and entering sustainable careers.

4. Number of clients placed in internships

Target Population
Adults, Minorities, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
Leadership Development Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
TMCF's Internship Program is an integral part of our member-school students' education, helping to bridge the gap between the academic and working worlds, preparing them for sustainable careers.

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?
    TMCF supports America's 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including medical and law schools, through a variety of strategies that make college accessible through affordability for high-achieving, low-resource, diverse students; build capacity amongst its member-schools, so they can provide the best education for their close to 300,000 students each year; and develop leadership qualities in students on these campuses, thereby helping them succeed in college and in future careers. TMCF understands that a college education is the best guarantee of financial stability, lifting low-resource, high-achieving students out of poverty, and creating a cycle that supports future homeownership, wealth-creation and future family education and success.

    Through its programs, TMCF seeks to:

    1. Increase access to college for low-income/low-resource, high-achieving students
    2. Increase college persistence and graduation rates at publicly-supported HBCUs
    3. Train and support teachers for high-need urban and rural communities - to improve the pipeline of college-ready high school students
    4. Increase workforce diversity through partnering with companies and government agencies to link quality, top-tier students to professional internship and employment opportunities that they would not otherwise have
    5. Improve publicly-supported HBCUs through training and introduction of best practices across the spectrum - from administration to education
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    TMCF is preparing tomorrow's leaders today through programs that:

    • Provide scholarships to low-income and first generation students, so they can remain in college and graduate
    • Strengthen HBCUs so they can provide top-quality education
    • Train future leaders to excel through our Leadership Institute
    • Connect highly qualified member-school students with top-tier employment opportunities that they might not otherwise be able to access
    • Ensure quality and retention of teachers graduating from our member-schools
    • Open new opportunities internationally through our global initiatives
    • Spark entrepreneurship and innovation at select TMCF member-schools
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    TMCF continues to be guided by its mission and strategies, staying focused on deepening its impact, reach and program quality. TMCF continuously seeks to improve its capabilities through introducing effective elements into its programs. In this regard, TMCF recently integrated a strength-based assessment program that helps evaluate students' strengths, so that TMCF's professional staff can help guide them into careers in which they can leverage those strengths, thus deepening our impact for training future leaders and connecting students to employment opportunities.

    As for scholarships, TMCF's capabilities are only limited by the funds we raise each year to support scholarships. Additionally, TMCF engages scholarship recipients throughout the year - including through peer-mentors, to ensure that they have the necessary wrap-around services and support that they need to persist in their college education and graduate.

    TMCF's Teacher Quality and Retention Program trains aspiring and new teachers in educational techniques to better deliver subject matter instruction to children in high-need urban and rural communities, and provides supportive mentoring from veteran teachers to ensure that teachers remain in the classroom.

    TMCF's leadership and professional development programs engage students on 47 publicly supported HBCUs - through on-campus activities such as the GALLUP Strengths Finder Assessment, strengths-coaching, mentoring, our proprietary leadership framework, and individualized career plans. TMCF also links highly qualified and interested students to professional internship and job opportunities with top-tier employers and government agencies. The centerpiece of our leadership development program is TMCF's Leadership Institute, which is a highly selective 4-day conference that brings together top students from HBCU campuses and corporate executives, to create a unique engagement and learning environment. Participants have been coming to this conference for 14 years - entering as students and leaving as professionals.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    TMCF is a results-oriented organization that measures its success through the following metrics:

    - Over 2 million young people have graduated from TMCF member-schools.
    - TMCF has awarded over $250 million to date for scholarships, thus facilitating a college education for thousands of member-school students
    - 55% of TMCF member school graduates go on to enroll in professional and graduate schools
    - Enrollment in STEM fields has increased 57% in the last 20 years in TMCF member schools
    - 97% of TMCF Scholarship recipients graduate college and earn their degrees, while nationally 1 in 3 students drop out of college before their first year due to lack of resources
    - 85% of first-generation college students receiving a TMCF scholarship and wrap-around services advance from their first to their second year, while the national rate is only 10%
    - TMCF was chosen by Apple to be its main partner in addressing the technology industry's diversity gap
    - TMCF's TQRP was selected by the Albert Shanker Institute's 2015 "State of Teacher Diversity in American Education" report as one of the most promising programs in the country for training teachers of color.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    • TMCF will award close to 500 scholarships for the 2016-17 school year will help high-achieving students afford the cost of college, and avoid student loans.

    • Yet, for every student who receives a scholarship, others won't – totaling almost 2,300 students TMCF may not be able to help this year due to limited funds. For every student we cannot help to stay in school, it results in a $1 million lifetime earnings reduction – leading to an overall negative impact on America's economy.

    • Students receiving TMCF scholarships and supportive wrap-around services have a college graduation rate of 97%. The national African Americans college graduation rate is 21%.

    • First-Generation students receiving TMCF scholarships and supportive wrap-around services continue into their second year at a rate of 85%, while the national college retention rate for first-generation students is 10%.

    • TMCF's on-campus Leadership and Professional Training activities and our annual Leadership Institute are unique centerpieces of TMCF's programs, preparing students for success in the workplace by teaching them corporate America's “unwritten rules". Yet, for every student that attends TMCF's Leadership Institute more applied to attend.

    • To create a pipeline of students ready to achieve at the college level, TMCF's Teacher Quality and Retention Program supports new and continuing teachers, preparing them to teach in high-needs schools in urban and rural communities and providing year-round mentoring support. The U.S. Department of Education confirms that teacher turnover is highest in public schools serving low-income, high need communities – resulting in lower student achievement rates, higher drop-out numbers, and fewer college students. Yet, TMCF-trained and supported teachers remain in the classroom.

    • For every $1 that TMCF invests in education, another $10 is needed in order to adequately address the various needs that we see on campus.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Offers scholarships to college and graduate students across the country.

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Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc.

Leadership

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President & CEO

Mr. Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

BIO

Named one of the “Power 100" by Ebony Magazine in its list of the 100 most influential African Americans a year after assuming the role of President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. leads the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the only national organization representing nearly 300,000 students attending this country's 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). With approximately 80% of all HBCU students attending TMCF member-schools, Mr. Taylor leads an organization responsible for providing this country a robust and diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders.

Immediately prior to assuming the presidency of TMCF in 2010, Mr. Taylor worked as a senior executive for IAC/InterActiveCorp – first as its Senior Vice President of Human Resources and then as the President & CEO of one of IAC's operating subsidiaries. Before joining IAC, Mr. Taylor's career spanned nearly 15 years as Litigation Partner and President of the human resources consulting business for the McGuireWoods law firm; Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Compass Group USA; General Counsel & Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Viacom's Paramount Pictures Live Entertainment Group; and Associate General Counsel & Vice President of Human Resources for Blockbuster Entertainment Group.

Mr. Taylor, an Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholar and honors graduate of the University of Miami, went on to earn a Master of Arts With Honors from Drake University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence With Honors from the Drake Law School, where he served as Research Editor of the Drake Law Review and argued on the National Moot Court Team. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois, and Washington, DC.

Mr. Taylor, who currently serves on the corporate board of Gallup, a leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research, also volunteers his time to several not-for-profit boards, including serving as: Former Chairman of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), one of the world's largest professional associations with 250,000 members in over 100 countries; a member of the National Board of Directors of the YMCA; and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Cooper Union, one of the nation's oldest institutions of higher learning, dedicated exclusively to preparing students for the professions of art, architecture, and engineering. He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. James Clifton

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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?

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?