Educational Institutions

SAVONG FOUNDATION

Cathedral City, CA

Mission

Our mission is to support and empower underprivileged youth in northern Cambodia through education, shelter and healthcare.

Ruling Year

2011

Principal Officer

Phil Caldwell

Main Address

68400 Concepcion Road

Cathedral City, CA 92234 USA

Keywords

Cambodia youth education healthcare shelter music arts culture

EIN

27-3567820

 Number

7971540564

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Rural (S32)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Cambodia is in need of a large number of professionals to advance the country from its developing stage. We find ambitious yet financially disadvantaged youth from the countryside and provide them with private school education. The ultimate goal is to support them through university so that they will achieve a professional career.

Our programs

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

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Full Scholarship Program

Music Project

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of students who demonstrate writing ability

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Full Scholarship Program

Context notes

The Savong Foundation coordinates with the educational institutions where our students are enrolled to receive monthly performance updates on each student, most notably our high school level students.

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Full Scholarship Program

Context notes

A board member serves as the "student manager" and maintains a current Excel file on each student's performance. A local staff member immediately assists struggling students.

Number of students who perform at average or above on standardized testing

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Full Scholarship Program

Context notes

The board's student manager receives and publishes monthly updates on student performance. Both excellent and poor performances are highlighted and addressed immediately.

Number of students with good social and leadership skills and self-discipline

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Full Scholarship Program

Context notes

All students are monitored for university-level potential.

Number of students enrolled

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Full Scholarship Program

Context notes

Scholarships are awarded annually and the entire list of students is published and uploaded onto our social media websites.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The Savong Foundation's primary goal is to enroll as many students as possible into a private high school, university program or vocational apprenticeships. The targeted group of students mostly live in Northern Cambodia (Siem Reap or surrounding rural areas). Through our local administrative staff and foreign volunteers, we interview each student to assess their application and determine if they will do reasonably well in our programs.

Every student's performance is closely monitored and is afforded adult mentorship. Our obvious intent is provide the education and skills necessary for our students to achieve more for themselves and their families with the hope that they pursue a professional career.

Each student is interviewed by local administrative staff (to include foreign volunteers and school administrators) to determine their academic aptitude and provide a general sense as to whether or not they're truly committed to excelling in their school work. Students are required to take a placement examination to better assess their appropriate grade level. Living accommodations are provided for those students whose families live outside of town or are so impoverished that their families simply cannot provide for them.

University students are processed in a similar manner. Depending on their needs, a personal laptop will be provided.

In all cases, student performances are closely monitored. High school students take monthly exams and their grades are reported shortly thereafter. University students write exams approximately every six months. A board member acts as a "grade monitor" and keeps up to date records on all students. We have a paid scholarship manager in Cambodia who will assist struggling students and help monitor the progress of all the students.

Our principal point of contact to ensure everything is operating smoothly is Svay Savong, the man for whom we named this charity. Savong has long term experience with managing NGOs and working with the government of Cambodia.

In addition to Svay Savong, there exists a staff of local Cambodians who assists us as well. We directly pay one assistant to supervise student activities, report their grades and assist students needing help with their studies or in their personal lives.

Our Board consists of all volunteers who pay for their own expenses and travel. At least two of our four members visit Cambodia on an annual basis to get a firsthand perspective on our activities and impact.

We liaison with corporate sponsors to increase our fundraising and awareness. We maintain an impressive Facebook page and charity website.

With students, our primary indicator center on their overall academic performance. Here again, students performances are closely monitored and additional assistance provided when necessary. Struggling students are provided the help they need to understand their coursework. In some instances, some students are ultimately removed from our program unreasonably poor performance or disciplinary reasons.

Another indicator is our increasing number of sponsored students and our outreach efforts outside the immediate Siem Reap area. We started with a handful of students a few years ago and now have approximately 30 students in school. Some students hear of us from many miles away and contact us directly asking for support.

Ultimately, our measure of success will be the number of our students who graduate with professional degrees. We are still a young charity and we have not had anyone reach that level quite yet.

We now have approximately 30 students enrolled in high school, university or vocational apprenticeship programs. We have better streamlined the costs of operating dormitory facilities, employed support staff to manage efforts on the ground, and keep administrative costs to an absolute minimum. This is no small feat considering this project began with a simple conversation and an idea just a few years ago with almost no funding at all.

Our Board members are committed to the project and have each volunteered their time and taken on additional support responsibilities. Costs are now audited and published. Students are now interviewed and required to sign a contract outlining our expectations and conditional support. Student performances are now monitored monthly and a detailed "trending" report is publish. Sponsors are kept up to date in real time. Our social media presence has grown tremendously.

What started out as a few people struggling to get the project off the ground (less than $10,000 annual budget) has grown to over $50,000 annually and literally dozens of international supporters. We look forward to continuing to support additional students. Our next target is to enroll and support 50 students.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

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

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
As our Foundation is centered in providing educational opportunities to deserving students in Cambodia, we desire perspectives that range from understanding basic sound business strategies to first hand knowledge of the challenges Cambodians face on a day to day basis. We feel our board is fundamentally sound from a "diversity" perspective.