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Dollars 4 Tic Scholars

College Scholarships for Movers and Shakers

aka Dollars 4 Tic Scholars   |   Boca Raton, FL   |  www.dollars4ticscholars.org

Mission

Encouragement and investment in the future societal contributions of Tourette's Syndrome Scholars through college scholarships. Secondarily to provide scholarships for students to attend Tourette Syndrome summer camp.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Diane Diamantis

Vice President

Kelsey (Diamantis) Padilla

Main address

21801 Little Bear Lane

Boca Raton, FL 33428 USA

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EIN

47-0992764

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Students with Tourette Syndrome may face additional financial hurdles for costs associated with special requirements including tutors, medication costs, class retakes, therapy costs, private dorm rooms, psych-ed testing, or sensory equipment, such as weighted blankets and noise-cancelling headphones. Dollars 4 Tic Scholars seeks to provide students with Tourette Syndrome with the opportunity to attend college and transform their lives. By awarding scholarships to offset the costs of higher education, Dollars 4 Tic Scholars makes it possible for students to focus on completing their college degree instead of on the financial burden of tuition, room and board, books and fees. Our applicants exemplify great fortitude by challenging their circumstances of Tourette Syndrome to reach a bright future.

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?

College Scholarships for Students with Tourette Syndrome

The Kelsey B. Diamantis TS Scholarship Family Foundation, Inc. d/b/a Dollars 4 Tic Scholars provides college scholarships for students with Tourette Syndrome. Our goal is to encourage TS students to attend college and stay in college, to earn a degree and make a positive contribution to society.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adolescents

We sponsor camp attendance scholarships for students ages 7 to 17 to attend Tourette Syndrome summer camp.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Rising Star Award 2019

.ORG Impact Awards

Affiliations & memberships

National Society of Nonprofit Organizations 2022

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

College Scholarships for Students with Tourette Syndrome

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total of all college scholarship dollars awarded in a given year to students with Tourette Syndrome

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

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

College Scholarships for Students with Tourette Syndrome

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total number of college students with Tourette Syndrome the organization assisted in one year

Number of grants received

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

College Scholarships for Students with Tourette Syndrome

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The more grants our organization applies for and is awarded, the more we can expand our student and camper support.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We have two current goals and two recently achieved goals. Current goals include:
A) continue to provide college scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who have Tourette Syndrome who are seeking degrees
B) expand our programs beyond helping children (summer camp), college-aged youth (scholarships) to increase our current assistance to adults with Tourette Syndrome

We have achieved the following previously listed goals:
A) adding a scholarship for a student with Tourette Syndrome who is involved in spreading awareness of the condition
B) establish a renewable scholarship program that awards a student for multiple years in a row providing they meet certain requirements. This will truly make an impact on families facing college expenses along with the other potential expenses that Tourette Syndrome has required.

A - Due to a relocation our fundraising capability has slowed down, but we continue to pursue grants for our undergraduate and graduate scholarships and have re-introduced small local fundraisers in 2023 to support our scholarship fund.
B - We increased the amount of scholarships we awarded from 2021 to 2022, from 7 to 10.
C - We make our application available online every year and our number of applicants has increased, thus we hope to help provide quality education through scholarships to deserving students.
D - we participate in community "giving" days such as Giving Tuesday with specific program goals as the target
E - We promote Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month (May 15 through June 15) annually to share information about Tourette Syndrome
F - identify vocational/technical schools we can partner with to provide financial assistance to the adult population with Tourette Syndrome for career training courses

A) Our co-founder has a marketing background that helps us promote awareness about our mission and our events
B) We invest annually in online grant tracking software, resulting in a higher output of grant proposals and better grant research
C) Research potential vocational/technical partners

A) We have awarded 50 undergraduate college scholarships since our inception
B) We have awarded 3 graduate student scholarships
C) we have partnered with a PC Training institute to provide financial assistance for adults interested in vocational/technical PC training courses
D) We have created a solid volunteer group for our Scholarship Selection Committee
E) We have funded camp attendance for 17 children ages 7 to 17 for Tourette Syndrome Summer Camp

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 bright spots and enhance positive service experiences

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Dollars 4 Tic Scholars

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kelsey Padilla

The Kelsey B. Diamantis TS Scholarship Family Foundation, Inc./Dollars 4 Tic Scholars

Term: 2014 -

Kelsey Diamantis Padilla

Dollars 4 Tic Scholars

Peter Diamantis

Dollars 4 Tic Scholars

Christina Ziros

Dollars 4 Tic Scholars

Diane G Diamantis

Dollars 4 Tic Scholars

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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