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BERKELEY STUDENT COOPERATIVE INC

Berkeley, CA

Mission

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.

Ruling Year

1960

Executive Director

Kim Benson

Main Address

2424 Ridge Rd

Berkeley, CA 94709 USA

Keywords

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

EIN

94-0948140

 Number

0982852046

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Housing Owners, Renters Organizations (L50)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Increasing costs of living and attending college pose an obstacle for students seeking to take the steps towards success in their lives. Often, there is a compromise between the effort that a student can put into education and their quality of living, with many prospective students having to give something up entirely.

The Berkeley Student Cooperative, true to our 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit mission, is changing who gets to go to college and stay in college. We provide a quality, low-cost, cooperative housing community to students at UC Berkeley and other Bay Area colleges and universities.

The BSC is a student-run organization that provides meaningful experiences to prepare students for the next step. We are democratically run by our students and all contribute labor to keep us affordable.

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 Housing

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of applications for housing received from targeted population

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Students

Related program

Student Housing

Context notes

The BSC receives over 2,000 applications a year. We accept 1,260 members and have a waitlist of over 1,400.

Number of low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Students

Related program

Student Housing

Context notes

Low-income students who have received affordable housing in the BSC system. 60% of the total membership.

Number of children with a disability supported to live at home

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Students,

People with disabilities

Related program

Student Housing

Context notes

Students with disabilities who have received affordable housing in the BSC system. 14% of total membership.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Students

Related program

Student Housing

Context notes

145 scholarships provided to member applicants in financial need of at least $8,606/year.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Students

Related program

Student Housing

Context notes

The BSC provides one of the lowest-cost housing options in Berkeley and further awarded 145 member applicants with scholarship towards financial aid.

Number of people in the area with access to affordable housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Students

Related program

Student Housing

Context notes

The BSC provides one of the lowest-cost housing options for students attending UC Berkeley and other colleges in the Bay Area.

Number of first-generation college students who have received access to afforadable housing

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees,

Students

Related program

Student Housing

Context notes

45% of our membership are first-generation college students.

Number of college transfer student who have received access to afforadable housing

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Students

Related program

Student Housing

Context notes

25% of our membership are students who have transferred colleges, usually from a local community college to UC Berkeley.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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.

-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.

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.

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.

- 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.

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BERKELEY STUDENT COOPERATIVE INC

Fiscal year: Jun 01-May 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Race & Ethnicity

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Full-Time Staff.

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Full-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies

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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
The BSC has members, board, and staff attend Anti-Oppression workshops regularly focusing on diversity and understanding of matters such as gender, race, disabilities, etc.