Equal Chance for Education

Siempre Adalante

Mission

Our mission is to provide opportunities for higher education without regard to race, religion, or nation of birth.

Ruling year info

2015

Principal Officer

Dr. Michael Spalding

Main address

73 White Bridge Road Suite 103 #351

Nashville, TN 37205 USA

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EIN

46-4528066

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Minority Rights (R22)

Economic Development (S30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our mission is to enable opportunities for higher education without regard to race, religion, or nation of birth by by offering scholarships to "DREAMers" in Nashville, TN who are not eligible for student loans or financial aid because of their legal status.

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?

Scholarships

Criteria for our scholarships include a documented financial need, a definite career goal, a B average, and no other access to federal aid or student loans.  ECE has supported 386 ECE scholars attending 15 area universities:, Lipscomb, Trevecca, Belmont, Cumberland, and Watkins, University of Memphis, MTSU, Milligan, Maryville, and Vanderbilt. Their GPA is an average 3.46 and we have a 97.8% retention rate. Their majors include accounting, nursing, business, computer science, social justice, and many more.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Our students receive peer mentorship from other students at their university to provide support in any collegiate challenges they may experience. In addition, as of this year (2021), our students will also be paired with Community Mentors - older members of our community who work in the same career path as the student. The community mentors will assist with the college to career transition by offering advice and tips for internships and job opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Immigrants and migrants
Students

Where we work

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.

Our organization aims to accept all of the qualified applicants into our program to receive:
1. scholarship support to the TN university of their choice
2. strong mentorship throughout college and as they enter the workforce
3. external support such as 24/7 access to call our staff for help/advise
4. an immigration attorney on retainer

Our strategies are to involve donors and grant-making organizations past one-time donations. We'd like to engage our community so that they can track the students' successes and be involved as much as they can in the collegiate experience of each student.

Our biggest donors support specific students and pledge 4-year scholarships so that each student is secure in their collegiate journey. We also offer memorial scholarships to which people can contribute in honor of their loved ones.

We currently can support all of our students each year but we'd like to reach a point at which we have a better vision of 1, 3, and 5 year capabilities to support.

To date, we have 86 graduates and 307 students currently enrolled in college (of whom 77 are freshmen). We continue to support them financially and have expanded our Mentor Program to make sure that each student receives personal support through his or her college career. 100% of our alumni committed to giving back financially and to participating in our mentor program as peer mentors. Our alumni have started their careers in engineering, nursing, business, education, and several are pursuing master’s degrees at Vanderbilt, Meharry Medical College, Yale Law School, Trevecca Nazarene, and Lipscomb University.

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?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

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

    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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • 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 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Equal Chance for Education

Board of directors
as of 2/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr Michael Spalding

Michael Spalding

Robert Bone

Greg Daily

Raymond Pirtle

William Crenshaw

Monica Cintado

Jim Munro

Trish Munro

Dave Mahanes

Kenyatta Lovett

Raquel Oluyemo

Saghi Asgarifar

Angela Tillery

Kristin McGraner

Trey Lipman

Sam Hatcher

Jay Joyner

Neil Krugman

Jackie Shrago

George Garrett

Richard Rhoda

Charles Bone

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 02/11/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/11/2022

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Data
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
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 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.