Educational Institutions

NORTHLAND PIONEER COLLEGE FRIENDS AND FAMILY INC

  • Snowflake, AZ
  • www.npcfriendsfamily.org

Mission Statement

NPC Friends and Family supports Northland Pioneer College in creating, supporting and promoting lifelong learning through fund raising, advocacy and volunteerism.

Main Programs

  1. NPC Friends and Family Need-Based Scholarships
  2. NPC Friends and Family Emergency Fund
  3. NPC Friends and Family High School Equivalency Grant
  4. NPC Friends and Family Endowment Fund
Service Areas

Self-reported

Arizona

NPC Friends and Family serves the students of Northland Pioneer College, encompassing all of Navajo and Apache Counties. This region of over 21,000 square miles is approximately the size of West Virginia, yet its population density is fewer than ten people per square mile. For comparison, there are over 450 people per square mile in Maricopa County where Arizona's capital city of Phoenix is located. The tribal lands of Arizona's Navajo, Hopi and White Mountain Apache people are part of this vast region, juxtaposed by great natural beauty and appalling poverty. There are no large employers, and the regional economy is based on agriculture (ranching; forest products), government and education, with some tourism and waning power generation (coal-fired power plants). The largest population center in the two-county region, Winslow, is located over three hours from Phoenix, an hour from Flagstaff, and four hours from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

ruling year

1986

Executive Director since 2014

Self-reported

Betsyann Wilson

Keywords

Self-reported

Scholarships, Need-Based, Working Poor, Higher Education

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EIN

86-0478757

 Number

0694813378

Physical Address

1611 S. Main Street

Snowflake, 85937

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community/Junior College (B41)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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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Since we began awarding scholarships in Fall 2014, 98% of our scholarship recipients are either still enrolled at Northland Pioneer College, or they have completed their educational goals by earning a certificate or degree. NPC Friends and Family scholarships improve retention and completion for college students in two of the most socioeconomically depressed counties in the entire U.S.! Your support of NPC Friends and Family is life-changing!

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

NPC Friends and Family Need-Based Scholarships

$500 per semester is awarded to two students at each of our nine rural and remote service locations to help them meet the needs associated with completing their college program. These needs include, but are not limited to tuition, books, course fees, child care and transportation costs - which can be quite significant given that the NPC service area covers 21,000 square miles, about the size of West Virginia!

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

18,000.00

Program 2

NPC Friends and Family Emergency Fund

Up to $250 per semester is given at each of our nine service locations to assist students with unforeseen emergency expenses that threaten their ability to complete the semester.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$4500.00

Program 3

NPC Friends and Family High School Equivalency Grant

This need-based fund provides up to $250 to at least one student at each NPC location each semester to help them with unmet financial need related to their pursuit of a high school equivalency diploma. These students truly fall between the cracks of the college system. Because they lack a high school diploma, they cannot qualify for Federal financial aid, yet they are among our neediest students, and can drastically improve their lives through education by completing the high school equivalency diploma.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$4500.00

Program 4

NPC Friends and Family Endowment Fund

This fund, established in Fall 2014, is intended to provide NPC Friends and Family with long-term financial security, empowering us to continue to award need-based grants and scholarships to NPC students regardless of downturns in the economy that affect our ability to raise funds.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$3,000,000

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?
    NPC Friends and Family intends to make a difference in the lives of people across Navajo and Apache Counties in rural, Northeastern Arizona by making quality education accessible to all. We believe that education is the single greatest gift you can give yourself. You can use it throughout your life to affect your personal outcomes in a positive way, and no one can ever take it from you. Northland Pioneer College students are succeeding in spite of all the odds. Many are the first generation in their families to attend college. Lots of adults are coming to NPC while coping with the responsibilities of caring for children or elderly family members. Most have incredible financial need. Are goals are to continue to help these students achieve.

    It is our goal that no person who comes to Northland Pioneer College seeking a post-secondary education, whether for transfer to a four-year university or to obtain the skills needed for gainful employment be turned away for lack of funds. It is our goal that every student who receives an NPC Friends and Family scholarship persists and completes their intended educational aspirations. It is our goal that NPC Friends and Family scholarship recipients are empowered to succeed, in college, employment and life. Because a scholarship means more to our students than just money. It is a validation of the efforts and sacrifices they are making to improve their own lives, and the lives of their families, through education. It is our goal that our efforts on behalf of students will strengthen the socioeconomic profiles of our communities across Navajo and Apache Counties. We endeavor to be a tireless advocate for NPC students, as well as a strong partner to the towns and settlements across our service area.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    NPC Friends and Family awards grants and scholarships every semester at every one of our nine locations across Navajo and Apache Counties: Whiteriver Center (Whiteriver, AZ - Fort Apache Reservation), White Mountain Campus (Show Low, AZ - Navajo County), Springerville-Eagar Center (Apache County), St. Johns (Apache County), Silver Creek Campus (Snowflake, AZ - Navajo County), Painted Desert Campus (Holbrook, AZ - Navajo County), Little Colorado Campus (Winslow, AZ - Navajo County), Hopi Center (Polacca, AZ - Hopi Reservation), and Kayenta Center (Kayenta, AZ - Navajo Reservation). We also maintain an emergency fund to assist students with unforeseen expenses that would preclude them from being able to complete their semester, as well as a fund for students who are seeking a high school equivalency diploma, because these students are not eligible for Federal financial aid.

    Because so many of our students are adults who are returning to college after a hiatus from education, we assist them - both one-on-one and through workshops offered across our service area - in identifying scholarship opportunities, completing applications, and writing strong, competitive scholarship essays.

    To make these strategies possible, we conduct four key fund raising events each year, in addition to semi-annual newsletters to all our supporters. We seek grant funding for scholarships and for programs that benefit our students, especially those who are low-income, Native American and/or the first generation in their families to go to college. Through our fund raising events, we partner with our local communities to bring recognition to them, advance tourism, and strengthen their economies, all the while conveying the message that a college education is affordable, accessible and life-changing.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    NPC Friends and Family enjoys the great fortune of being located in a corner of the world that is poor financially but rich in spirit. Our community members are strong supporters of our students, and partner with us in advancing fund raising events, giving tirelessly of themselves through volunteerism and through donations from their own pockets. We enjoy excellent relations with all of our college communities, the Navajo, Hopi and White Mountain Apache people, whose lands are encompassed within our service area, and with employers throughout the two-county area. We never lack for help, when planning and executing a fund raiser, organizing a workshop on scholarship search and application, or reaching out for ideas and connections from outside our geographic area. The people of Navajo and Apache County communities are the most generous in the world. More than that, the Northland Pioneer College Family - faculty, staff, administration and students, are our greatest supporters. We have a strong and giving board of directors, a concise strategic plan, and -thanks to our events like our annual Scholarship Golf Tournament (www.npc.edu/golftournament) and Pedal the Petrified (www.npc.edu/Pedal4Scholarships) a growing list of volunteers and friends from across Arizona and beyond its borders.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our strategic plan, which was developed from our mission - Creating, supporting and promoting lifelong learning through fund raising, advocacy and volunteerism - is organized under a series of short-term, medium (three to five year) and long-term (10+ year) goals that are specific, measurable, realistic and time-oriented. Our board of directors reviews progress on the strategic planning goals quarterly, and works with the executive director to ensure ongoing progress, as well as improvement and refinement of strategies. Guided by the strategic plan, our executive director sets measurable goals and objectives quarterly, and presents to the board on progress and outcomes at the end of each quarter. We celebrate success and share it through the media, so we are always moving forward.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since we underwent a complete reorganization in Fall 2014, we have established eighteen $500.00 board-approved scholarships, awarded each semester at every location served by Northland Pioneer College, and raised enough funds to cover them for one year, plus a year in reserve. We have also established an emergency fund of $4500.00 per year, raising enough funds to cover one year, plus a year in reserve. Private donors have established eight scholarships for programs of study that include nursing, fire science, and university transfer. We were honored in 2016 to finish fourth in the State of Arizona in the category of Small Non-Profits for our fund raising efforts on Arizona Gives Day, taking in over $22,000 in donations and $5,000 in bonus money. In spite of our extreme rurality and the low socioeconomic profile of our area, we finished 24th in a field of almost 900 non-profits across the state who were registered for Arizona Gives Day.

    Most important of all, of all the students who have received NPC Friends and Family scholarships since Fall 2014, 26.8% have completed the degree or certificate they sought, 78.2% enrolled in the semester following their scholarship award, and 74.4% are still enrolled, with a cumulative GPA of 3.33 on a 4.0 scale.

    We have a long-term goal of establishing a million-dollar endowment, because we know that good times don't last, but if we plan ahead, good causes and good people do! We have put over $225,000.00 into our endowment fund since Fall 2014, but our priority is to put financial resources into the hands of NPC students. We are working and growing at the same time, and we are excited about our future!
Service Areas

Self-reported

Arizona

NPC Friends and Family serves the students of Northland Pioneer College, encompassing all of Navajo and Apache Counties. This region of over 21,000 square miles is approximately the size of West Virginia, yet its population density is fewer than ten people per square mile. For comparison, there are over 450 people per square mile in Maricopa County where Arizona's capital city of Phoenix is located. The tribal lands of Arizona's Navajo, Hopi and White Mountain Apache people are part of this vast region, juxtaposed by great natural beauty and appalling poverty. There are no large employers, and the regional economy is based on agriculture (ranching; forest products), government and education, with some tourism and waning power generation (coal-fired power plants). The largest population center in the two-county region, Winslow, is located over three hours from Phoenix, an hour from Flagstaff, and four hours from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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NORTHLAND PIONEER COLLEGE FRIENDS AND FAMILY INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Executive Director

Betsyann Wilson

BIO

Betsyann Wilson has worked for and on behalf of Northland Pioneer College since 1997, in Student Services and as a grant writer. She is passionate about the courage and determination of the students of this rural, remote and economically depressed region, and inspired every day to work for their benefit, helping them achieve their goals of college completion, through NPC Friends and Family.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"NPC Friends and Family serves a truly unique community college. Northland Pioneer College, founded in 1974, is the only comprehensive community college serving all of Navajo and Apache Counties. This rural and remote region encompasses over 21,000 square miles, and includes the tribal lands of the Arizona's Navajo, Hopi and White Mountain Apache people. The two counties are among the poorest 1% of all counties in the United States. Poverty levels are high, and levels of education are low, yet NPC students are the finest and bravest college students you will ever meet. Many are the first generation in their families to even attempt college. Many are parents, some are single parents, some are the caregivers for the elders in their families. Yet they persist, and this tenacity speaks to the knowledge they hold true: that a college education will change their lives, and the lives of their families for the better. Even more than that, they posit that they are setting an example for their children and the younger members of their families: A college education is of great value, and it is attainable. They are challenged by the need to travel great distances to take classes at one of NPC's nine locations, compounded by a lack of the kinds of supportive services urban dwellers may take for granted: affordable, accessible child care; public transportation; well-paying employment opportunities. Yet they succeed. They succeed because generous people like you believe in them. We in the non-profit sector recognize that you can choose where to make your charitable gifts. We ask that you consider NPC Friends and Family. With per-credit tuition the lowest of any college in Arizona's system, there is nowhere your gift will go further or help more students achieve the promise of a college education. We humbly and sincerely thank you!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Eric Bishop

Bishop Technologies

Term: May 2015 - May 2018

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