Housing, Shelter

Berkeley Student Cooperative Inc

  • Berkeley, CA
  • www.bsc.coop

Mission Statement

The Berkeley Student Cooperative is dedicated to providing a quality, low-cost, cooperative housing community to university students, thereby providing an educational opportunity for those who might not otherwise be able to afford a university education.

Main Programs

  1. Student Housing
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

We provide housing in Berkeley, California to students of UC Berkeley and other nearby colleges.

ruling year

1960

Executive Director since 2012

Self-reported

Kim Benson

Keywords

Self-reported

co-op, cooperative, housing, student, university, education

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EIN

94-0948140

 Number

0982852046

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Housing Owners, Renters Organizations (L50)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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

Self-reported by organization

The BSC has consistently increased our service to marginalized and low-income student communities as well as provide job training and leadership opportunities for these students. Our commitment to higher education access and rent affordability guides the operation of our organization, and our current rent rates and population of BSC members prove our progress in meeting both goals.

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

Student Housing

The Berkeley Student Cooperative was founded by 14 students in 1933, during the Great Depression. Today, the BSC provides affordable housing to nearly 1,300 students in 20 properties surrounding the UC Berkeley campus. We serve the same mission as we did during the Great Depression -- to provide low-cost, cooperative housing so that students can afford a college education.

We serve low-income and traditionally marginalized students. Our room and board rate is $735/month, which is less than half the cost of a triple UC Berkeley dormitory room. We also have an African-American, substance-free, LGBTQ, and, opening in Fall 2016, a People of Color theme house so that traditionally marginalized students can have safe spaces to live in our campus community.

We provide work and leadership experience, thanks to our unique cooperative model. We are student-governed and student-operated, supported by a permanent staff of 23 employees that work closely with the students. There is no other place on campus where a large number of students gain sustained real world experience in a $10 million budget, a portfolio of properties, member policy, and other concerns of a nonprofit serving 1,300 students.

Category

Housing

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

10,398,214

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our overall goal is ultimately to increase the number of low-income students we serve while also ensuring that our housing is open and accessible to all those students who truly need it. The fact that there are currently a little over 7 times as many low-income and working class students at UCB as there are total bed spaces at the BSC indicates to us that we can do better and it inspires us to try to find new ways to do so.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    -Increased collaboration with UC Berkeley to target recruitment of low-income and underprivileged student population.

    -Expansion of BSC's housing counseling and scholarships programs.

    -Theme housing to support students who want to live in specific communities in which they find support.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a robust and committed student governing board, an experienced and committed staff of 23 professionals, and a communications and training infrastructure that reaches each one of our students.

  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We measure success through our demographic analysis. As of 2014, nearly 50% of our students come from low-income backgrounds and 46% are the first in their families to go to college. In addition, 24% of our students are transfer students.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    - Rent stabilization over the past five years. Through creating further efficiencies, we have maintained steady room and board rates and kept our cost at less than half of UC Berkeley dormitories.

    - Improvements in training and orientation at all levels of membership -- new members, student managers, and the student board.

    - Addressing the needs of marginalized students, including measures like opening the Person of Color Theme House (POCTH) in the Fall of 2016.

    - Not accomplished: comprehensive seismic retrofits so that all our students live in safe buildings. We have completed over $18 million in seismic retrofits, financed primarily by our own students. We have over $27 million in further seismic retrofits.

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

We provide housing in Berkeley, California to students of UC Berkeley and other nearby colleges.

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Funding Needs

-Continue our project to seismically retrofit all BSC housing units -Expand on ADA accessibility in housing units -Increase scholarship awards given to low-income students

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Financials

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Berkeley Student Cooperative FKA Univ Students Cooperative Assn
Fiscal year: Jun 01-May 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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

Berkeley Student Cooperative Inc

Leadership

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Executive Director

Kim Benson

BIO

Kim is responsible for ensuring the BSC fulfills its mission of providing quality, low-cost cooperative housing to students. She oversees the long-range strategic, annual and program plans of the organization. She provides leadership to the membership, the staff, and the Board of Directors, to ensure the BSC operates efficiently and successfully.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Austin Pritzkat

UC Berkeley Student

Term: Aug 2015 - May 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

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?