Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation (ARCS Foundation)

Advancing Science in America

aka ARCS Pittsburgh   |   Pittsburgh, PA   |  www.arcsfoundation.org

Mission

The ARCS Foundation advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research.The Pittsburgh Chapter has the additional focus of increasing the number of these scholars pursuing advanced scientific study and research in Western Pennsylvania.

Notes from the nonprofit

Since we have no staff, nor any CEO, we do not conduct an annual CEO assessment. Instead, as part of ARCS National, an extensive online survey of all members or scholars (our beneficiaries) is conducted every 3 years that asks questions regarding leadership, transparency, communications, and so forth. The results for each ARCS Chapter (Pittsburgh is one of 16 Chapters) are used for ongoing program improvements and as a measure of our impact. ARCS Pittsburgh conducts a long-range plan every five years (see most recent copy in attached documents). Additionally, each year ARCS Pittsburgh holds an all donor-member meeting at which an annual review and plan is discussed, using various formats to encourage participation in our ongoing program improvement. Finally, committee goals are set each year (our board is comprised of working-committee chairs) and reported on throughout the year.

Ruling year info

2003

Co-President

Jennifer Martin

Co-President

Bev Elliott

Main address

PO Box 9117

Pittsburgh, PA 15224 USA

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EIN

57-1173984

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (U12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are a total volunteer women's organization which requires many donated hours of work from our members. Sustaining the growth, quality, and enthusiasm from among our members will continue to be challenging.

Our programs

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

ARCS Scholar Award Fund

The ARCS Scholars Award Fund is the primary reason for the existence of the ARCS Foundation. ARCS takes great pride in offering a channel for corporate, foundation and individual donors to support education without administrative overhead, because 100% of all donor funds are used to support scholar awards. A Pittsburgh Chapter Scholar receives $5000 of support per year for three years, or until the completion of his or her doctoral degree, whichever is sooner. Each academic institution that the Pittsburgh Chapter partners with undergoes a comprehensive evaluation and must be approved by the ARCS National Board. Candidates for ARCS Awards are recommended by their deans and department chairs. Final selection is determined by the recipient institutions and is based solely on merit. ARCS awards are presented to the scholar as unrestricted funds, providing a resource for expenses that may not be covered by other financial assistance mechanisms.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

The James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education, the highest award given by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) 2009

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

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.

1. Annually raise $175,000 to support 10 new exceptional Ph.D. students at Pitt and CMU each fall;
2. Sustain at least 1/3 of our members at the Named Award donation level;
3. Maintain a membership of at least 105;
4. Strengthen our organizational infrastructure with skilled member-volunteers and a part-time staff person.

1. Expanding the profitability of our annual spring event by expanding our invitation list and continuing to hold it in interesting locations;
2. Launching the Named Award Endowment Initiative with each of our university partners which could yield, in perpetuity, up to 10 scholar awards;
3. Provide more casual, social gatherings for our members to get to know each other (along with the exhilarating lectures, field trips, and other educational events);
4. Providing more personalized contact with donor-members;
5. Expanding support via partnerships with industries interested in areas of advanced STEM skills.

We have averaged membership at a little of 100 for a few years and believe our membership growth goals are very sound. Our fundraising history shows sustainability at $150,000 and therefore the $175,000 goal to be achieved in the next three years is achievable.
We have hired a part-time technical assistant and formed a committee of skilled volunteers working together to support our website and database. We have empowered our board committees to reaffirm responsibilities and goals for each committee that align with our overall key goals.
We continue to have a strong subset of our membership (about 1/3-1/2) who are highly engaged, willing to contribute time, funds, and talents to our mission and we have a healthy renewal of newer donor-members on our board each year.

1. 2017-2018 fundraising total ($184,000) far exceeded the initial goal of $125,000; building on the lessons learned will help us reach our $175,000 annual revenue goal more easily.
2. 2017-2018 membership goal of at least 100 was achieved (104) and membership totals for 2018-2019 appear to be holding.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation (ARCS Foundation)

Board of directors
as of 7/31/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Bev Elliott


Board co-chair

Jennifer Martin

Charlotte Beukema

Community Volunteer

Linda Burke

Community Volunteer

Kate Freed

Consultant

Karen Slevin

Partner, Linden Partners

Kathy Testoni

Community Volunteer

Pamela Meadowcroft

Meadowcroft and Associates, Inc

Leslie Dunn

University of Pittsburgh, Alzheimers Disease Research Center

Becky McGough

Community Volunteer

Linda Thier

Consultant

Beth Wainwright

Community Volunteer

Anne Crawford

Community Volunteer

Carol Stockman

Community Volunteer

Vicky Guscoff

Senior Engineer, AT&T

Lynne Porter

MD, MedSurgPI

Genny McIntyre

VP Institutional Advancement, Western PA Conservancy

Board leadership practices

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  • 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? Yes