10,000 Degrees

College graduates who change the world.

aka 10,000 Degrees   |   San Rafael, CA   |  http://www.10000degrees.org/

Mission

A leading college success nonprofit in California, 10,000 Degrees helps students from low-income backgrounds get to and through college. Thanks to comprehensive personal support, academic counseling, and financial aid management, more than 80% of 10,000 Degrees four-year college students earn bachelor's degrees, compared to 31% of their peers nationally and our community college students transfer to and graduate from four-year colleges at three times the national average. As vital members of local communities, 10,000 Degrees college alumni are more likely to vote, more likely to volunteer, and earn over $1 million more in their lifetimes.

Ruling year info

1981

President & CEO

Ms. Kim Mazzuca

Main address

1401 Los Gamos Drive, Suite 120

San Rafael, CA 94903 USA

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EIN

95-3667812

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (T01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our mission is to help students from low-income backgrounds get to and through college in order to positively impact their communities and the world. Our programming is driven by the persistent racial and socioeconomic inequities that have historically marginalized students and their access to educational opportunity. We have no GPA to join our programs and we are the only college success nonprofit that has targeted programming for students who begin their college journey to a four-year degree at community college. We believe that regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, all students should have the support and resources to earn a college degree. We believe in the potential of all students and our promise is a college degree.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

10,000 Degrees College Access & Success

A leading college success nonprofit in California, 10,000 Degrees helps students from low-income backgrounds get to and through college through our innovative Fellowship Program. We hire recent college graduates from similar backgrounds to our students, mostly alumni of 10,000 Degrees, to help our students understand, navigate and manage the college going process until graduation. We provide personalized college advising, scholarships, financial aid counseling and career development opportunities. Thanks to financial aid counseling until baccalaureate attainment, our students graduate with 89% less loan debt.

Population(s) Served
Students
Low-income people

Where we work

Awards

Independent Scholarship Provider of the Year 2011

National Scholarship Providers Association

Affiliations & memberships

National College Access Network 2000

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

10,000 Degrees chief goal is to increase baccalaureate attainment rates among students from low-income backgrounds and students from low-income backgrounds. Our commitment is bolstered by the belief that economic mobility is fueled by higher education and employment opportunities. A college degree can break the cycle of poverty for generations to come. In comparison to high school graduates, college graduates are less likely to be unemployed, pay more taxes, experience greater health outcomes, and are more likely to volunteer and vote. College graduates earn $1 million more in earnings over their lifetime. As the demand for college educated workers is estimated to increase in most occupational categories by 2030, California will fall about 1.1 million college graduates short of economic demand by that date if current trends persist. Yet, at every stage, these student populations lag on achievement measures compared to their more advantaged counterparts.

10,000 Degrees prepares college-bound high school students to succeed in college and beyond through comprehensive personalized support, college counseling, and financial aid management. Through free state and federal financial aid, including grants and scholarships, 10,000 Degrees students take on 89% less student loan debt than their peers. Unlike other college success programs, we have targeted programming for students who begin their college journey to a baccalaureate at both community college and a four-year college or university. According to the California Department of Education, more than 80% of students entering community college nationwide indicate a desire to earn a four-year degree, but less than 14% do so. Our community college students transfer to and graduate from four-year colleges at three times the national average.

Our success is due in large part to our innovative Fellowship Program. We hire recent college graduates, the majority of whom are alumni of 10,000 Degrees, and all from similar backgrounds to our students, to help them understand, navigate and manage the entire college-going process until graduation. They serve as powerful role models.

10,000 Degrees currently serves students in 31 Bay area high schools, 26 community colleges, and over 130 four-year colleges and universities in California and beyond. With the help of a well-trained staff as well as over 300 mentors and volunteers, we are able to support our students and their families effectively and efficiently as we continue to grow our programs.

Over 80% of our four-year colleges graduate within six years compared to 31% of their peers. Our community college students transfer to and graduate from four-year colleges at three times the national average. And, thanks to comprehensive wrap-around support that includes financial aid management until graduation, our students graduate ready to succeed in careers with 89% less loan debt on average.

We are in year five of our five-year plan, Next Five: Building a New Generation of Leaders (2017-21). We have met or exceeded all of our growth targets, including serving 12,000 students annually by 2021. Since the launch of our strategic plan, we have expanded from two to seven counties and grown from serving 4,500 to over 12,000 students and their family members annually through our broad-reach programming which includes community-based college knowledge and financial aid workshops. This includes a significant increase in the number of college students we are supporting annually with scholarships plus one-to-one support which has grown from 1,300 students in 2017 to 2,200 students in 2020.

Planning for our 2022-26 five-year strategic plan is underway.

Financials

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Operations

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

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10,000 Degrees

Board of directors
as of 10/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Toby Mumford

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 ? Yes
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data