Daniel Trust Foundation

Fairfield, CT   |  www.DanielTrustFoundation.org

Mission

Daniel Trust Foundation is an award-winning nonprofit organization that supports young people in the United States and Rwanda through various educational programs and digital campaigns. In the United States, the Foundation supports low-income students and their teachers through its high school mentoring, college scholarship and teacher recognition programs. In Rwanda, the Foundation supports talented young people through various digital campaigns focusing on higher education, youth entrepreneurship and entertainment. To learn more, please visit: www.DanielTrustFoundation.org.

Ruling year info

2014

President & CEO

Daniel Trust

Main address

PO Box 320322

Fairfield, CT 06825 USA

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EIN

27-1015420

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

32% of students in Bridgeport, Connecticut and 30% in New York City live in poverty. Poverty is the single greatest threat to a child’s well-being. Children living in moderate to extreme poverty face an increased risk of poor health and nutrition, low academic achievement, exposure to violence, abuse, and homelessness, according to The 2017 State of Child Report by the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition. The report also states that growing up in poverty exposes children to higher levels of stress with a high potential to manifest into psychological problems later in life. For children and families in an urban setting like Bridgeport, the conditions of poverty can be overwhelming and debilitating. By providing free academic, emotional and financial support to low-income students in Bridgeport, Connecticut and New York City, Daniel Trust Foundation is helping high achieving low-income students and their families get on a path to self-sufficiency.

Our programs

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

High School Mentoring Program

The high school mentoring program is an intensive 30-week academic program. Enrolled students participate in a weekly class for 15 weeks in their junior year focusing on SAT prep and 15 weeks in their senior year focusing on College Readiness, Career Preparation, Financial Literacy and Teen Driving Education. Why SAT Prep? "It’s one of the most glaring indicators of inequity in the nation’s education system: Students from low-income families tested 166 points below the average on the 2015 SAT test and 396 points behind than their wealthiest peers.” —Chris Peak via NationSwell.

Population(s) Served

Once students graduate from our high school mentoring program, they receive a $2,000 scholarship ($500 per year for 4 years) to help them pay for their college textbooks and other related college expenses. The Daniel Trust Foundation Scholarship, while significant, only covers 42% of the student's needs. We wish we could do more.

Why College Scholarships?

—The average cost for college textbooks is $1,200
—70% of students graduate with student loan debt
—44 million Americans owe $1.3 trillion in student loans
—The average college graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt

Population(s) Served

One of the things that makes the Daniel Trust Foundation unique is that we ask our scholarship recipients to nominate and honor teachers who have made a big impact in their lives. Teachers who are nominated by our students receive an achievement award and a $250 honorarium to help them supplement out of pocket expenses. Why honor teachers? "On average, teachers spent $500 for supplies and one in 10 spent $1,000 or more. For teachers in lower-income districts, the burden can be even higher. Within the past year, Communities in Schools conducted a survey of 700 teachers and found that more than 90% have to buy school supplies to help low-income kids whose parents can’t afford even basic things like pens and notebooks.” —Martha C. White via Time Magazine.

Population(s) Served

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.

Hours of tutoring administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

High School Mentoring Program

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
Related Program

College Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of mentoring

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

High School Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Daniel Trust Foundation is an an award-winning youth development nonprofit organization with offices in Bridgeport, Connecticut and New York City. The mission of the Foundation is to invest in and support low-income students with their educational and professional goals. The Foundation also honors teachers who are making a difference in the lives of their students and communities in which they teach.

Daniel Trust Foundation accomplishes its mission through 3-targeted programs towards the needs of the community. These programs are: (1) a high school mentoring program for juniors and seniors, (2) a college scholarship program for graduates of the mentoring program and (3) a teacher recognition program. High School Mentoring Program: The high school mentoring program is an intensive 30-week academic program. Enrolled students participate in a weekly class for 15 weeks in their junior year focusing on SAT prep and 15 weeks in their senior year focusing on College Readiness, Career Preparation and Financial Literacy. College Scholarship Program: Once students graduate from our high school mentoring program, they receive a $2,000 scholarship ($500 per year for 4 years) to help them pay for their college textbooks and other related college expenses. The Daniel Trust Foundation Scholarship, while significant, only covers 42% of the student's needs. We wish we could do more. Teacher Recognition Program: One of the things that makes Daniel Trust Foundation unique is that we ask our scholarship recipients to nominate and honor teachers who have made a big impact in their lives. Teachers who are nominated by our students receive an achievement award and a $250 honorarium to help them supplement out of pocket expenses.

In the Fall semester (October - November), Daniel Trust Foundation recruits 20 low-income high school juniors (10 in Bridgeport, Connecticut and 10 in New York City) for its mentoring program. The Foundation receives student recommendations for the program from program alumni, local organizations, guidance counselors and teachers at local high schools. Qualified students access the program application on the Foundation's website. The application opens on November 1st and closes on November 30th at 11:59pm EST each year. After the application closes, the Foundation staff reviews applications, interviews and selects qualified students in December.

Applicants for The Daniel Trust Foundation Mentoring Program must: 1) Be high school juniors in Bridgeport, CT and New York City with a 3.0 GPA or higher. 2) Be able to attend a 2-hour 15-week SAT prep class starting in January 2019. 3) Be able to attend a weekly 1-on-1 meeting with a mentor starting in September 2019. 4) Plan to attend a 2-year or 4-year college upon graduating from high school in June 2020. 5) Have a desire to develop leadership skills and be passionate about community service. 6) Demonstrate financial need by providing family income information on the application.

The 20 low-income students who are selected for The Daniel Trust Foundation Mentoring Program each Fall receive free SAT prep, mentorship and other academic support for 2 hours/week for 15 weeks in the Spring semester (January - April) of their junior year. Daniel Trust Foundation partners with Varsity Tutors, an award-winning national tutoring company, to provide high level tutoring experience to the students. In addition, Daniel Trust Foundation invites college admission and financial aid experts to conduct workshops and presentations for the students.

In the Fall semester (September - December) of their senior year, The Foundation staff helps the 20 low-income students apply to college and for financial aid, reviews their college essays, helps them create a resume, and provides other academic and emotional support the students might need. Once students successfully complete all stages of The Daniel Trust Foundation High School Mentoring Program, the Foundation awards them a 4-year $2,000 scholarship (students receive $500 per year) to help them pay for the costs of their college textbooks and supplies. Even though the mentoring program ends when students graduate from high school, the Foundation continues to mentor and support the students throughout their college journey.

Program Success: Daniel Trust Foundation makes sure 100% of the students who participate in The Daniel Trust Foundation Mentoring Program graduate from high school, attends college, stays in college and graduates from college. We make sure this happens by providing our students on going mentorship and financial support through The Daniel Trust Foundation Scholarship Program, which provides graduates of the mentoring program a scholarship to help them cover the costs of textbooks and other school supplies. To renew their scholarship in June of every year, Scholars in The Daniel Trust Foundation Scholarship Program are asked to write and submit a one-page essay detailing their college experiences in the Fall and Spring semesters. Scholars are asked to share their successes, some of the challenges they faced in the year and how they overcame those challenges. In addition to the one-page essay, the Foundation requires the Scholars to submit their Fall and Spring semester grades.

Since 2014, Daniel Trust Foundation has awarded $69,000 in scholarships to 53 low-income students and $13,500 to 41 teachers. 95% of the Scholars who have received our college scholarship have stayed in college and are scheduled to graduate within 4-5 years. Just this past May, six (6) of the Scholars who joined the program when it launched in 2014 graduated from American University, Fairfield University, Mercer University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, University of Bridgeport and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. All 6 alumni have either secured full-time employment and/or have plans to attend graduate school this Fall.

Fundraising Success: When it comes to fundraising, 2017 was a great year for Daniel Trust Foundation. Our goal was to raise over $100,000 for the first time in our history and we ended the year with revenues totaling $102,939, a 44% increase from 2016 revenues of $71,642. Majority of our 2017 income came from individuals (65%), followed by Foundations (24%) and then corporations (11%). This year, 2018, Daniel Trust Foundation is on track to raise over $100,000 again.

Financials

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Daniel Trust Foundation

Board of directors
as of 7/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Daniel Trust

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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