SAVONG FOUNDATION

Cathedral City, CA   |  www.savongfoundation.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Phil Caldwell

Main address

68400 Concepcion Road

Cathedral City, CA 92234 USA

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EIN

27-3567820

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Rural (S32)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Full Scholarship Program

Due to the lack of quality education in the countryside, we bring disadvantaged but ambitious, hard working students to Siem Reap and cover their school fees. We work with other branches within the NGO to cover living and health expenses. The long term plan is to support and motivate the students until they achieve a professional career.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Description to be determined.

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 students who demonstrate writing ability

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

Age groups

Related Program

Full Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

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

Full Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

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

Full Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

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

Full Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All students are monitored for university-level potential.

Number of students enrolled

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

Full Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

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

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The Savong Foundation's primary goal is to enroll as many students as possible into a private high school, university program or vocational apprenticeships. We recently expanded our focus to include cultural musical instruction with a goal of keeping this form of music thriving in the region. 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.

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.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email, Donor feedback,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We now follow our students beyond their enrollment in our program to monitor how they're doing in their professions and families (if they wish to share this information).

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, Students often don't open up until the issue is overwhelming.,

Financials

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Operations

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

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SAVONG FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 4/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Phil Caldwell

Phil Caldwell

CEO

Brandi Jackson

Secretary

Eddie Lamborn

Scholarship Manager

Jenny Lau

Treasurer

Sean Heim

Music Project Manager

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 ? No
  • 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? 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/05/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data