Catholic Schools Foundation Inc.

We Change Lives.

aka Inner-City Scholarship Fund   |   Boston, MA   |  www.csfboston.org

Mission

The Catholic Schools Foundation changes lives by providing families with demonstrated financial need an opportunity to give their sons and daughters a quality education, focused on Christian values and character formation at Catholic Schools located throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender.

Ruling year info

1984

Principal Officer

Mr. Michael Reardon

Main address

67 Batterymarch Street 6th floor

Boston, MA 02110 USA

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EIN

22-2485502

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Through its signature program, the Building Minds0y Scholarship Fund, CSF works to provide scholarships to attend Catholic school to students grades K -12 who come from low-income households within the Archdiocese of Boston. Seventy-five percent of the students are minorities, and sixty-two percent of them come from single-parent households. The families in our program could not afford to send their children to these high-quality Catholic schools without the support of our donors.

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?

Building Minds Scholarship Fund

The Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) assists families who wish to send their children to a Catholic school but are unable to afford tuition. CSF has distributed more than $100 million in scholarship aid to over sixty thousand students over the past three decades. We have two core scholarship programs:

Elementary School Scholarships: These scholarships are awarded to qualifying elementary school students whose families have shown a demonstrated financial need. CSF guarantees all funding at the same level for students in grades K-8 (pending qualification), thus providing stability for both families and schools.
CSF Scholars: The CSF Scholars Program was established in 2011 to provide scholarships to a select group of students in the Archdiocese of Boston’s Catholic high schools. Students are selected as CSF Scholars based upon their potential as scholars, active members of their new school community, and their families’ demonstrated financial need.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

This Program provides schools with a nationally-recognized program housed at Boston College that connects at-risk children with a set of prevention, intervention, and enrichment services to provide for the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of young people. The City Connects Counseling Program provides 3,776 students in 11 Boston Catholic schools with the resources they need to succeed inside and outside of the classroom.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is a rigorously researched, classroom–tested curriculum that increases students’ interest in and confidence about engineering. EiE is designed to encourage all children—including those from underrepresented groups—to envision themselves as potential engineers. Developed in conjuncture with scientists, this is a high quality program that meets national as well as Massachusetts state standards. This Program partners with the Museum of Science (MOS) to open doors to new experiences beyond the classroom. Investments to this Program can provide schools with the MOS award-winning Engineering is Elementary curriculum

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

CSF is partnering with Horizons for Homeless Children to provide vulnerable children with an opportunity to improve their lives by attending high-quality Catholic schools. Boston Catholic schools are small community-based schools that promote values and offer a family-oriented atmosphere where children feel safe and are able to experience a consistent and supportive environment. The schools also provide rigorous academic curriculum and enrichment programs. Our partnership with Horizons for Homeless Children serves children in pre-K to 8th grade and is open to students of all faiths.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Where we work

Accreditations

4-Star Charity 2022

Awards

Foundaion of the Year 2013

ACAAP

Affiliations & memberships

Charity Navigator 2015

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 students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Building Minds Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

CSF provides over 4,000 low-income students with scholarship support to attend high-quality Catholic schools every year. CSF provides over $9 million in scholarship and programmatic aid each year.

Number of high school seniors who graduate from high school on time

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

Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Building Minds Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

100% of CSF scholars graduate high school.

Number of seniors who pursue Post-secondary Educational opportunities

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

Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Building Minds Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

98% of CSF scholars go on to college.

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.

Through our signature program, the Building Minds Scholarship Fund, CSF assists families who wish to send their children to a Catholic school but are unable to afford tuition, with a goal of never having a student choose another school because of financial considerations. CSF guarantees all funding at the same level for students who are current scholarship recipients in grades K-8, this ensures that these students receive scholarships from kindergarten through grade eight (pending qualification). Our long-term goal is to establish a scholarship continuum from grades K-12. We are also working to increase the number of scholarships distributed and to better target low-income students to allow them to receive a Catholic education.

A related goal is to continue to provide program aid to students and schools in the form of counseling, technology, marketing, and Hispanic recruitment initiatives. Our financial support for guidance counselor staffing at Catholic schools in the Boston area has had a major impact on the well-being of students. Our Hispanic recruitment program is aimed at identifying and recruiting children for Catholic schools from Boston-area parishes. Because of its success, the concept has been shared widely and is becoming a national model for other cities. And by supporting technology efforts at our schools, we help to ensure that our students are gaining crucial technical skills that they will carry into the workplace.

We continue to meet great success as more than $10 million in scholarship funds was awarded to low-income students last year. These scholarships are not merely helpful to the families receiving them, they are essential. During the 2018 campaign year, we anticipate providing approximately $10 million in scholarship and programmatic support for low-income students.

CSF Scholars boast a graduation rate of 100% and 99% go on to attend college. Massachusetts maintains some of the nation's highest SAT scores, but Catholic high school students in the Boston area score even higher year after year on the SAT and Advanced Placement tests than both the Massachusetts public school average and the national average. Last year, our Catholic high school students scored an average of 46 points higher on their SAT tests than their public school peers. With an average student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, Catholic schools are able to meet the needs of many students who wouldn't thrive in public schools.

We have instituted several new programs that allow for access to private Catholic school for low-income children and that promote operational vitality within Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Financials

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Catholic Schools Foundation Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Rogers

Peter Lynch

Fidelity Investments

James Mooney

The Baupost Group LLC

John Regan

WilmerHale

Sean O'Malley

Archdiocese of Boston

Paul Birmingham

Realtor

John Remondi

Fidelity Investments

Richard Henken

Schochet Associates, Inc.

Brian Gallagher

Deloitte

Christine Komola

Staples Incorporated

Eileen Shapiro

The Hillcrest Group

William Mosakowski

Public Consulting Group

Michael Rogers

Paul O'Brien

Saint Patrick Parish

Robert Cunjak

Sankaty Advisors and Bain Capital

Timothy Tully

State Street Corporation

Margaret Wade

Robert Morrissey

Morrissey, Hawkins & Lynch

Roberto Goizueta

Boston College

David Foley

Covalent Partners

Noel Dixon

State Street Corp.

Kate Ferrara

Deloitte 7 Touche, LLP

Tom Corra

Fidelity

Tchintcia Barros

Threadneedle Investments

Renee Minogue

Sean Judge

Highland Capital Partners

Gary Kaneb

Catamount Management Corp

Ryan Connolly

Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management

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 04/19/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/19/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.
  • 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.