The David & Dovetta Wilson Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Lend a Hand Wherever You Can

aka DDWSF   |   Elmont, NY   |  www.wilsonfund.org

Mission

The purpose of the David and Dovetta Wilson Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarships to public high school graduates entering college at an accredited college/university.

Ruling year info

1992

Chair of the Board

Mr. David Randolph Wilson

Executive Director

Mrs. Crystal L. Wilson

Main address

115-67 237TH St

Elmont, NY 11003 USA

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EIN

11-3015593

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The David & Dovetta Wilson Scholarship Fund (​DDWSF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization dedicated to assisting America’s young people with their quest for higher education. We are a private, volunteer-driven fund and dispense nine awards per year to deserving high school seniors that plan to attend accredited colleges and universities. DDWSF realizes that the ever changing dynamics in today’s society makes it increasingly more important for our young people to develop a strong sense of both their responsibility and their place in our nation and the world. We look particularly for those community minded young people who display this understanding. DDWSF’s commitment is to help address students’ need to fill the financial gap experienced in pursuing higher education. As higher education costs increase, the ability to meet these costs dwindles. DDWSF endeavors to lend a hand in the fight.

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?

The David & Dovetta Wilson Scholarship

The David & Dovetta Wilson Scholarship Fund (DDWSF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization dedicated to assisting America’s young people with their quest for higher education. We are a private, volunteer-driven fund and dispense nine awards per year to deserving seniors from public U.S. high schools that plan to attend accredited colleges and universities. Wilson Fund Scholarship Recipients excel academically, engage in civic and religious acts of service, and demonstrate a commitment to use their education to give back to our local, state and national communities. DDWSF distributes additional funds in the form of umbrella awards to recipients on behalf of families and individuals invested in the support of education and leadership.

Population(s) Served
Students

We offer Undergraduate Support Grants to Wilson Fund Scholarship Recipients as they work toward completion of undergraduate degrees. We provide additional scholar support services to these students; such as, professional and leadership development opportunities, community events such as The Exchange panels and monthly Scholar Chats, wellness checks, care packages, and networking.

Population(s) Served
Students

This award recognizes individuals whose achievements and efforts exemplify our commitment to each other, our community, nation, and the world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 youth who volunteer/participate in community service

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

Students

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to have data reflecting 100% (qty 36) of Wilson Fund Undergraduate Scholars are engaged in community service. Current metrics for 2019 reflect 16 out of 18 scholars surveyed.

Average financial aid award per FTE student

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

Students

Related Program

The David & Dovetta Wilson Scholarship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of academic scholarships awarded

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

Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to be able to provide scholarships to nine entering freshmen and support awards to all enrolled Wilson Fund Undergraduate Scholars by 2025. We are on track to meet that goal by 2021.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Mission Statement:
The mission of the David & Dovetta Wilson Scholarship Fund, Inc. is to provide nine scholarships to students graduating public high schools and enrolled in accredited college/university.

Vision:
By 2025 DDWSF will award $36,000 in scholarships to David & Dovetta Wilson Scholars attending college/university in the United States to support academic achievement and community engagement and will develop a strong presence in New York City.

We currently engage in year round fund raising activities to meet our goal of awarding scholarships to nine high school seniors each year. We will continue to solicit assistance from corporations, friends and supporters who share our vision for tomorrow’s leaders.

We look to grow our program from one-time scholarships that help bridge the financial gap to renewable awards for the length of each recipient's undergraduate career.

In 2018, we engaged in a comprehensive strategic planning endeavor. To date, our Board has expanded to include five new members and we have engaged an Executive Director to support our programming.

We are working to increase the impact of our funds through environmental assessments, responsive data analysis, and a growing mentorship program, slated to begin in earnest by 2022. We have a passionate, engaged leadership and developing network of supporters. Our volunteers are investigating potential grant opportunities, and our Board is working to strengthen our Alumni network.

From January 2018 to the present, we have endeavored to support the mission and infrastructure of the organization. Initially, work focused on the development of the Strategy Plan as well as the codification of precedents and governance documentation. Throughout, we have provided support and leadership opportunities to various members of the Board, applied non profit standards of excellence to committee work, and augmented social media and communications. Most of these developments have been prioritized in the interest of supporting the sustainability of DDWSF, while preserving the founding principles and laying the groundwork for our adaptability in a changing environment. We have expanded our social media presence and fundraising efforts, and in 2020 made a transition to more virtual platforms in response to the pandemic crisis.

Total direct financial support has seen a growth rate of 400% since 2013. Programming now includes financial support for Wilson Fund sophomores and juniors, and by 2021 will include the opportunity for all enrolled Wilson Fund undergraduate scholars to apply for grants. Care packages, professional development and networking opportunities have also been incorporated into our scholar support programming.

Areas for continued growth opportunity include Recipient Relations, Board professional development, corporate sponsorship and umbrella award management. Administrative and management efforts would be optimized by additional staffing.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To improve governance and programs

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Missing contact information for some of the poeple we serve

Financials

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Operations

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

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The David & Dovetta Wilson Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Wilson

The David & Dovetta Wilson Scholarship Fund

David R Wilson

Chair

Timothy M Wilson

Treasurer

Charles E Wilson

Secretary

Bernard R Wilson

Finance Committee Chair

Pravin Gohel

Seleste Burns

Tanya L Thomas

Board Governance Committee Chair

Jean Anne Barnes

Vice-Chair

Meesha Brown

Katelyn Jackman

Member-at-large

Freddie Wilson

Julian T Woods

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 2/9/2022

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
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/09/2022

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Data
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.