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Opportunity Resource Services, Inc.

Texas without generational poverty.

aka ORS   |   CLEBURNE, TX   |  www.orstx.org

Mission

Connect Texans to higher education, and build educated communities.

Notes from the nonprofit

https://orstx.org/give

Ruling year info

2013

President and CEO

Dustin Phillips

Main address

218 S RIDGEWAY DR

CLEBURNE, TX 76033 USA

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EIN

27-3827740

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We envision a Texas without generational poverty. There is substantial evidence that children who grow up in poverty become adults who live in poverty, or have marginally improved income. The idea that a child in a poor family has the same opportunity for success as an equally-abled child in a rich family simply is not true. It is in our best interest as a society to address generational poverty because of the opportunity cost in economic production when so many people equally capable are not able to contribute at the same level. An educated workforce is key to being competitive in the global economy.

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?

Classic Upward Bound 1

Year-round, intensive academic preparation and mentoring for low-income and first-generation youth (first in their families to have a bachelor's degree) as they prepare for college enrollment

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Year-round, intensive academic preparation and mentoring for low-income and first-generation youth (first in their families to have a bachelor's degree) as they prepare for college enrollment

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Year-round, intensive academic preparation and mentoring for low-income and first-generation youth (first in their families to have a bachelor's degree) as they prepare for college enrollment. Exposure to STEM careers, education, and mentors.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Year-round, intensive academic preparation and mentoring for low-income and first-generation youth (first in their families to have a bachelor's degree) as they prepare for college enrollment. Exposure to STEM careers, education, and mentors.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Outreach program to recruit 1,000 adults every year and assist with enrolling in higher education, providing the community at large with information and resources regarding financial aid and opportunities in higher education, and helping adults enter and complete GED programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors
Adolescents

Outreach program to recruit 850 adults every year and assist with enrolling in higher education, providing the community at large with information and resources regarding financial aid and opportunities in higher education, and helping adults enter and complete GED programs.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults
Seniors

Outreach program to recruit 850 adults every year and assist with enrolling in higher education, providing the community at large with information and resources regarding financial aid and opportunities in higher education, and helping adults enter and complete GED programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors
Adults
Seniors
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 educated through field trips

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

Young adults, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of individuals served that completed either a high school program and graduated or completed a GED program.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

The number of students who enroll in college immediately following high school graduation.

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

At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of high school graduates who are persisting in college

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of students who started college and have remained year-over-year.

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.

To connect Texans to higher education and to build educated communities. We believe that higher education is the surest path out of poverty, and is the key to an improved economy.

We know from the Bureau of Labor that most jobs being created in our economy require some kind of education or training after high school. As our economy has grown and expanded into increased technical production, the need for skilled labor has increased. Skilled trades have become attractive career options that provide financial stability. Furthermore, it is well-documented that as education increases, so does community well-being. Health and mental health improves, and crime decreases. Connecting Texans to some form of higher education will ensure that we disrupt the cycle of generational poverty in families, and build healthy, sustained communities.

At ORS, we believe that generational poverty can be combated, in part, through education.

By providing impassioned advocacy for education, building rich relationships with community partners and clients, creating inventive solutions leveraging technology and data, & by providing sustained intervention through long-term service structures, our clients will have the tools and resources necessary to exit poverty.

Our clients are facing a number of social and economic headwinds when trying to change the course of their lives. While ORS cannot address every challenge a client may face in this process, we can connect the dots to education – the surest way to end generational poverty.

ORS holds Federally funded grants through the Department of Education. These grants provide funding for services focused on ending generational poverty by ensuring low-income individuals have every opportunity to enter a program of higher education.

ORS has grown by leaps and bounds. We have successfully written for Federal grants funded through the Department of Education, and we have secured state grant funds by the Texas Department of Wildlife. We serve over 3,000 individuals annually among all of our programs.

Our next steps include writing for additional grants to serve new communities throughout Texas, and taking our programming online to broaden our reach.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Opportunity Resource Services, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tara Bertram

Opportunity Resource Services

Term: 2023 - 2024

Tara Bertram

Cooks Children's Hospital

James Villegas

Optum Services

Patty Sisco

Retired Educator

Austen Powell

Southwest Adventist University

LeChester Williams

Financial Services Professional

Jonathan Estrada

Dallas College

Andrea Galante

Financial Services Professional

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/15/2024

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/02/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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 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 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 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.