Educational Institutions

American Indian College Fund

Education is the Answer

Denver, CO

Mission

The American Indian College Fund invests in Native students and tribal college education to transform lives and communities. We have one unwavering purpose – increasing the number of American Indians with college degrees. Currently, only 13.8% of American Indians have a college degree – less than half the national average. We intend to double our impact in the next five years. Join us, and help a student today.

Ruling Year

1989

President/CEO

Cheryl Crazy Bull

Main Address

8333 Greenwood Blvd

Denver, CO 80221 USA

Keywords

American Indian, Native American, higher education, college, scholarship, culture, cultural preservation, empowering communities, career readiness, workforce development

EIN

52-1573446

 Number

5640957627

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Rural (S32)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Only 13% of American Indians have a bachelor's degree, less than half the national average. It is projected that by 2020, 65% of all jobs will require a post-secondary degree or certificate. Theses numbers do not add up for healthy, self-sustaining, and prosperous native communities.

Our programs

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

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Student Success Services

Early Childhood Development Initiatives

Cultural Preservation

Scholarship Programs

Tribal College and University Capacity Building

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

We are determined to help more American Indian students complete their college degree. Our goal is to empower individuals and uplift communities through degree attainment and career readiness training. Through programming that supports Native people from their first day of preschool and continuing through their academic goals and career attainment, we are enhancing individuals' abilities to achieve success.

*Developing and enhancing educational programming for our sacred little ones that engages children, parents, elders and the community. *Working with high school students and families to help them see going to college as a viable option. Supporting them with navigating college applications and financial aid processes. Continuing to support them through their first year of college. *Providing financial support through scholarships and fellowships *Providing career exploration and training through internships *Providing tutoring and mentoring support *Supporting leadership development through various program opportunities *Providing faculty development and research grants *Supporting tribal college and university infrastructure and curriculum development and enhancement

The American Indian College Fund has over 28 years of experience in raising money and providing financial support to American Indian students and tribal colleges and universities. We have provided over 120,000 scholarships and currently serve over 4,000 students annually. We have the expertise and staffing to raise funds, develop programming, and directly support students. Our donor partners include foundations, corporations, and individuals and we raise approximately $25 million annually. Our programs include stewarding multi-million multi-year programs and hundreds of individual scholarship programs annually. We have expert teams dedicated to our key initiatives; scholarships, internships, faculty development, early childhood education, cultural preservation through the tribal colleges and universities, leadership development. and career readiness and mentoring. We are financial strong and adept. We have grown our endowment to over $50 million and consistently obtain unqualified audits. Transparency and integrity are core values. The American Indian College Fund is lead by a diverse group of Native and non-Native people who are driven by a common bond; we believe in our mission, in the individuals and communities we serve, and we believe education is the answer to empowering people and uplifting communities and society as a whole.

Increase in the number of Native students applying for and going to college. Increase in the number of students applying for scholarships and increasing the total $ amount of scholarships we are able to award. Increase in the number of student internship opportunities we are able to provide and the number of students accepted into these internships. Increase in the number of students who obtain a certificate or degree. Increase in the number of students participating in the additional programming we provide and utilizing the tools we have provided. Increase in our ability to track students once they graduate.

The American Indian College Fund has transitioned our programming from access to success. We have increased our direct student support from $5.4 million to $8.2 million in the last five years. We initiated internship programming two years ago supporting approximately 30 interns in year one and approximately 60 interns in year two. We began tracking graduates in fiscal year 2012-2013 and have identified over 5,200 scholarship recipients who have graduated since we began tracking this data. In fiscal year 2017-2018 we initiated a pilot program to implement and assess specific programming to enhance graduation results.

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Awards & Accreditations

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Financials

American Indian College Fund

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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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?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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