Clery Center

at the heart of campus safety

Fort Washington, PA   |  http://www.clerycenter.org

Mission

Working together with college and university communities to create safer campuses.

Notes from the nonprofit

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Clery Center at 484-580-8754. Thank you!

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Ms. Jessica Mertz

Main address

501 Office Center Drive Suite 8

Fort Washington, PA 19034 USA

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Formerly known as

Security On Campus, Inc.

EIN

23-2485759

NTEE code info

Crime Prevention N.E.C. (I20)

Safety Education (M40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (I01)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Clery Center empowers colleges and universities to create safer campuses. We connect campus safety professionals with 30 years of experience, unparalleled expertise, and in-depth training, resources, and strategies to understand and implement the Clery Act. We guide institutions to exemplify the spirit of the law with a proactive commitment to campus safety and educate campus communities to know how the law protects them.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Jeanne Clery Act Training Seminars

The Clery Center’s Jeanne Clery Act Training Seminars (CATS) curriculum was designed by a multidisciplinary team of experts and practitioners in the fields of campus law enforcement and student affairs. Developed through funding from the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice, the Clery Center's training program was the first of its kind, empowering participants to understand the Clery Act and develop strategies for addressing common compliance challenges on their campuses. Each interactive session is taught by a practitioner in his or her field. Clery Center launched an online version of its in-person training curriculum in 2013 and a hybrid virtual training option with live instruction in a digital format in 2020.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In 2008, National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM) was unanimously approved by Congress to encourage a public conversation on important topics in violence prevention at our nation’s colleges and universities.

Our role with NCSAM at Clery Center has been simple: to develop free programs and resources that promote campus safety. Each year we choose a relevant theme, then work to spread awareness, inform institutional policy, and effect change.

More information about NCSAM is available online: https://clerycenter.org/ncsam/

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through presentations and workshops, educational videos, outreach campaigns, networking opportunities, and policy work, Clery Center works to expand awareness and understanding of campus safety issues and promising practices with key stakeholders. Projects and initiatives in this category include National Campus Safety Awareness Month, OVW Campus Grant Program, "We Don't Haze", Kristin's Krusade: A Dating Violence Prevention Initiative, and campus fire safety awareness. More information about these projects can be found at the Clery Center's website: www.clerycenter.org.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Clery Center Membership connects campus safety professionals with ready-to-use materials, resources, and strategies to help guide them through understanding and implementing the provisions of the Clery Act. We not only guide institutions in implementation, but to exemplify the spirit of the law with a proactive commitment to campus safety. With Clery Center Membership colleges and universities receive unparalleled expertise in the form of annual security report reviews, unlimited technical assistance and support, free tools and resources, free and discounted trainings, workshops, and webinars, and access to the Clery Center Member directory and private discussion board. Piloted in 2013, the Membership program has over 200 members nationwide.

More information about Clery Center Membership, including a full list of member institutions and a summary of the program's impact is available online: https://clerycenter.org/membership/

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Office on Violence Against Women 2010

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants in conferences

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of paid participants in conferences

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Jeanne Clery Act Training Seminars

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Attendees represent 251 colleges and universities in a Clery Act training focused on a collaborative approach.

Total number of conferences held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Jeanne Clery Act Training Seminars

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Seven comprehensive 3-day training seminars and two basic 1-day training seminars.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total participants in free, paid, online, and in-person trainings and webinars.

Number of students registered for online courses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Participants in online training seminars, videos, and webinars.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Five strategic goals will direct our efforts and investments during 2020 – 2024. The goals, key objectives and strategic initiatives are designed to build upon Clery Center’s record of service and accomplishments, and ultimately to advance its efforts to improve campus safety for all.

I. Impact - Enhance our impact on improving campus safety and our ability to communicate about it.

II. Superior Experiences - Deliver superior experiences for all individuals, colleges, and universities that use our products and services.

III Business Model and Market - Update our business model and expand our reach.

IV. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Build our capacity to operate and to lead in ways that are fully inclusive of and responsive to the broad spectrum of diversity in college and university communities.

V. Organizational Strength - Invest in our people and culture to maintain our strength.

Goal I: Impact
Enhance our impact on improving campus safety and our ability to communicate about it.

Key Objectives
1. Strengthen Clery Center’s overall identity and leadership position as broadly encompassing campus safety.
2. Strengthen Clery Center’s policy and advocacy work.
3. Leverage ongoing Initiatives.
4. Track and communicate about our impact and that of the Clery Act.
5. Evaluate and communicate about Clery Center’s work related to the OVW grants.

Goal II: Superior Experiences
Deliver superior experiences for all individuals, colleges, and universities that use our products and services.
Key Objectives
1. Expand and continually improve product and service offerings.
2. Implement strategies to retain current members.
3. Expand our reach to prospective members and convert them to members.
4. Invest in technology.

Goal III: Business Model and Market
Update our business model and expand our reach.
1. Update our business and fundraising model to increase revenue.
2. Build our market and reach.

Goal IV: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Build our capacity to operate and to lead in ways that are fully inclusive of and responsive to the broad spectrum of diversity in college and university communities.
1. Strengthen Clery Center’s readiness to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in its work.
2. Implement strategies to embed diversity, equity and inclusion in every aspect of Clery Center.

Goal V: Organizational Strength
Invest in our people and culture to maintain our strength.
1. Invest in staff.
2. Invest in the Board of Directors.
3. Maintain a healthy organizational culture.

Strategic initiatives for each goal's key objectives can be found in the full strategic plan document.

Clery Center is currently updating our strategic plan to identify new goals, strategies, and indicators of success. The organization will use internal and external resources to make progress on these objectives, with a specific focus on capacity building through technology and additional staffing to ensure that Clery Center's critical programs can scale effectively.

Internally, Clery Center has a dedicated staff and board who invest time and resources into implementing and evaluating programs and activities. Clery Center has invested in a dedicated staff role focused on technology initiatives within programs, helping the organization identify and implement a cloud-based CRM solution to better track program activities, constituent needs, and outcomes.

Externally, Clery Center maintains partnerships with a number of key players in the fields of campus safety, victim advocacy, policy making, and higher education. The organization uses these partnerships to identify expertise and capacity to more effectively and efficiently deliver programs and services that help campus communities become safer through education and training, policy, and collaboration.

Clery Center's strategic plan has been updated and adopted as of January 2020 and will assign staff responsibilities for monitoring progress on the plan's implementation. Real-time dashboards and improved engagement analysis will help Clery Center determine the scope, impact, and ongoing needs of its programs. More information about Clery Center's operations, strategic plan, and programs is available on the organization's website: www.clerycenter.org.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Clery Center

Board of directors
as of 03/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Sheilah Vance

Law Offices of Sheilah D. Vance, Esquire

Term: 2021 -

Benjamin Clery

Constance Clery

Mary Swanson

Andrew Cagnetta

Transworld Business Brokers

George Dowdall

Saint Joseph's University

Gail Minger

Michael H. Minger Foundation

Anne Seymour

National Center for Victims of Crime

Gary DeVercelly

Julie DeVercelly

Roger Carolin

SCP Partners

Sheilah Vance, Esq.

Law Offices of Sheilah D. Vance, Esquire

Kevin Connors

Pearl Kim

Beth Riley, M.D.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/2/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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