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Starfish, Inc.

Become a Mentor. Change a Life.

aka Starfish Initiative   |   Indianapolis, IN   |  www.starfishinitiative.org

Mission

To inspire, encourage, and prepare motivated high school students from the most vulnerable populations for college, career, and life success through one-on-one mentoring.

Ruling year info

2004

President & CEO

Mrs. Crystal Givens

Main address

2955 North Meridian Street Suite 101

Indianapolis, IN 46208 USA

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EIN

56-2442758

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Starfish Initiative’s core belief remains that mentoring is the key to improving educational attainment and the economic mobility of today’s youth. Founded in 2003, Starfish Initiative (Starfish) envisioned making a true difference in the lives of motivated young people facing life’s toughest challenges.

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?

Filling Empty Caps and Gowns

Providing mentors and college access opportunities to improve graduation rates in Indianapolis.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Filling Empty Caps and Gowns

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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. Ensure that Starfish Initiatives’ programs and services meet the demands in our community.
2. Achieve financial sustainability and position Starfish for future growth.
3. Build a solid, scalable organizational infrastructure consisting of the staff and board of directors.

The strategies for making this happen include:
- Expanding the pipeline of high-need, potential scholars.
- Establish an improved scholar tracking and retention system and work to achieve year-over-year retention rate maintenance and/or increases as needed.
- Expand the base of highly qualified, diverse mentors.
- Establish an improved mentor tracking and retention system and work to achieve year-over-year retention rate maintenance and/or increases as needed.
- Diversify Starfish’s annual revenue streams to have a more balanced portfolio of revenue sources.
- Increase community awareness to educate about Starfish’s competitive advantage and impact and to increase funding.
- Build a working capital fund for future growth/research and development.
- Establish an internal culture of excellence that leads to improved staff retention.
- Establish a board governance structure focused on achieving Starfish’s mission and vision, ensuring financial resources are in place.


Starfish is positioning itself for growth beyond this strategic plan. By implementing the following strategies, Starfish will improve its overall financial position, refine its model for scholar success, and increase its staff team’s capacity long-term. The achievement of the 2022-2024 plan will likely help guide growth in the future. By achieving success through this plan, Starfish will further define and refine its growth trajectory in scholar and community impact, the number of scholars participating in the program, its geographic reach, and potentially other areas not currently identified.

Starfish is in the implementation phase of the three-year strategic plan. Currently, progress has made progress in the areas of establishing partnerships and communicating awareness to educate about impact. There has been significant progress to stabilize the organization with dedicated staff and engaging programming for Scholars and Mentors.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, Measure participation and impact of programming

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Starfish, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Dan Nierste


Board co-chair

Mr. Robert Eckl

Pepper Construction

Term: 2021 - 2024

Mike Feeney

Village of Merici

Steve Gillman

Retired - Eli Lilly and Company

Dan Nierste

Consultant

Amanda Briggs

IUPUI- Fairbanks School of Public Health

Bob Eckl

Pepper Construction

Julian Harrell

Faegre Drinker

Allison Young

Eskenazi Health

Alonzo Ross

Ivy Tech Community College

Lauren Peterson

The Mind Trust

Tate Trujilo

Indiana University Health

Bryan Kelley

ML Talent Strategies

Zachery Baird

Herff Jones

Josie Pipkin

Offprem Technology

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/16/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.