PIPs Education Fund Inc

Good powering education. Education powering good.

New York, NY   |  https://pipseducationfund.org

Mission

PIPs Education Fund (PEF) is a New York State 501(c)(3) organization whose charitable mission is to help bridge the education equity gap by turning student engagement in personal, community, and planetary action into financial support for school. With nearly half of all college students dropping out over unpaid debts of as little as $1000, and a similar portion facing some form of food or housing insecurity, PEF is meeting the urgency of the moment with an innovative new action-study program for low-income students called PIPs for School (P4S) Scholars. Empowered with a behavior motivation and tracking platform called the PIPs Rewards™ App (PIPs App), students credit the program with motivating behavior change and fostering a sense of agency and responsibility to the world.

Ruling year info

2019

President

Wendy Gordon

Main address

1 Rockefeller Plz Rm 2500

New York, NY 10020 USA

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EIN

36-4900453

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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PIPs for School

PIPs for School is a national “action-study” program that utilizes PIPs RewardsTM behavior motivation and tracking app to incentivize student engagement in personal, community, and planetary action. The program, owned and operated by the nonprofit PIPs Education Fund (PEF), is powered by PIPs, a “currency of good,” which stands for Positive Impact Points, that can be earned through game-like engagement in responsible behaviors—like riding the bus, recycling, volunteering, or completing a wellness class - and used to unlock scholarship grants and gift cards for food and other essentials. By providing multiple “touch points” through which engagement in good is tracked and meaningfully rewarded, P4S not only motivates behavior change but fosters in students a sense of agency and responsibility to the world around them. P4S is implemented in partnership with local host non-profits, including post-secondary institutions.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Low-income people

Where we work

Accreditations

B Corps Certification 2021

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    PIPs Education Fund's serves students in secondary and post-secondary institutions. In the case of our PIPs for School (P4S) Campus program, our campus partners decide which students will be served; some open the program to all students, others may limit it to freshmen or honors students. The P4S Scholars program is a unique intervention serving low-income students in high school and college exclusively.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

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

    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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our P4S Scholars earn points for a variety of actions, some such as meeting with a mentor, completing a shift at work or volunteering, that are verified using Google Forms. At the start of the program, the students were asked to submit a new report for every action they took, even those actions they could take multiple times a week. After a few weeks, the students complained that it took too much time. So we allowed them to submit one form per week per action that detailed every time they took that action and who could confirm it. They would still have to submit several google forms per week, but it was far fewer than originally.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It’s a fundamental goal of the P4S program to bring forward in students’ consciousness a sense of personal agency, and an appreciation that their actions matter. Listening is critical, feedback loops essential so as to train our platform and improve our services, all in order to empower our students.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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PIPs Education Fund Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/2/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Wendy Gordon

PIPs Rewards LLC

Term: 2025 - 2019

Stephanie Browner

New School

David Sand

Community Capital Management LLC

Susan Tu

Facebook

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? 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 03/01/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/01/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.