Educational Institutions

Jeannette Rankin Foundation

  • Athens, GA
  • www.rankinfoundation.org

Mission Statement

We provide scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older across the U.S. to build better lives through college completion.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Jeannette Rankin Scholarships
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Women in all 50 states are eligible to apply and receive Jeannette Rankin Fund scholarships.

ruling year

1976

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Karen Sterk

Keywords

Self-reported

women, college, education, low-income, scholarship, grants, financial aid, technical school, adult learners

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EIN

58-1273122

 Number

4031835972

Also Known As

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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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Education can mean the difference between a life of poverty and a promising future. Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund (JRF) has awarded more than $2 million to 793 women across the country. Not only will it create more opportunities for them, but also for their families and communities.

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

JRF awards scholarships each fall to help women pay for tuition, as well as rent, child care, transportation, and other living expenses while enrolled in college.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Jeannette Rankin Scholarships

Each year, Jeannette Rankin Fund awards scholarships to low-income women who are pursuing a college education. Applicants must be age 35 or older, pursuing a technical education, an associate's degree or a first bachelor's degree at an accredited college, and low-income according to the Department of Labor's Lower Living Standard. 

Jeannette Rankin scholars are overcoming challenges such as domestic violence, death of a spouse, job layoffs, disabilities and other life-changing circumstances.  Each woman has demonstrated her perseverance and willpower to succeed, and every JRF scholar has clear, achievable goals and a vision for how education will benefit not just herself, but also her family and community.  Because of this, each Jeannette Rankin scholarship extends beyond one woman; it touches the lives of countless others.

Category

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

$125,000.00

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?
    Jeannette Rankin Fund's goal is make college accessible to low-income women 35 and older, so they can get the skills needed to secure careers and conquer poverty.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    By providing scholarships and support, Jeannette Rankin fund helps women not only go to college, but graduate! Each year, Jeannette Rankin scholars receive $2,000 that can be used where they need it most. For up to 5 years and $10,000, a scholar who continues to meets eligibility guidelines and is making progress toward her goals, can apply for renewal awards.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    A dedicated staff and board that continually work to improve the program is the driving force behind Jeannette Rankin Fund's success. Recognition by the National Scholarship Providers Association as the 2014 Scholarship Provider of the Year is one indicator of the strength of the organzation.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    - Increasing the number of scholarships awarded

    - Alumnae surveys that show Jeannette Rankin scholars are continuing succeed (graduation rates, employment, financial security)

    - Long term evaluation of families that benefited from Jeannette Rankin Fund
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Women in all 50 states are eligible to apply and receive Jeannette Rankin Fund scholarships.

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Funding Needs

Each year, JRF must raise funds to award and distribute scholarships to low-income women 35 and older across the country. 82.8% of JRF's expenses are for the scholarship program.    Individuals are the largest supporters of JRF scholarships and we couldn't continue without them. Please consider empowering women through education today.

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

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Operations

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Jeannette Rankin Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Karen Sterk

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ruth Bettandorff

Retired from University of Georgia - Gwinnett Campus, Academic Affairs

Term: 2013 -

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?


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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?


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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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