HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT

Breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty through education

Highlands Ranch, CO   |  https://www.hideplainsight.org

Mission

To break the cycle of homelessness and poverty through education. Areas served-The state of Colorado

Notes from the nonprofit

Hide In Plain Sight received the following awards in 2015-16: Excellence In Community Impact Award-Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce Nominated for Excellence in Innovation Award-HR Chamber of Commerce Dream Big Award-Parker Chamber of Commerce Youth Roots Social Impact Award The State of Colorado has awarded HIPS consecutive matching grants in 2016 through 2021. These grants match our funding $1 for $1 up to a certain amount each year to provide scholarships to homeless and students 250% of poverty to attend any public college, university or trade school while studying curriculum listed in the State of Colorado's Key Industry list.

Ruling year info

2015

Interim Executive Director

Mr. Steve Peterson

Main address

9249 S Broadway 200-387

Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 USA

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EIN

47-3094771

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

By providing scholarships to homeless and students in poverty we provide a solution through education to enable these students to become competitive in the job market, earn a living/sustainable wage and break their cycle of poverty.

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?

Scholarship

The purpose of each scholarship is to provide funding to homeless students to remove the barriers they face in continuing their education at a college, vocational school or certificate training program.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

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 people no longer couch surfing or doubling up with others as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Young adults, Out-of-home youth, Homeless people, Low-income people

Related Program

Scholarship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Scholarship awards in 2020 were increased from a previous average of $2,500 to $5,000 per student.

Average grant amount

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

Young adults, Homeless people, Low-income people

Related Program

Scholarship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Eradicating homelessness through education one student at a time.

Build multiple sources of annual revenue, an endowment fund and increase staffing in the next 5 years to provide more scholarships and increase workforce placement of our scholars.

By building an annual membership club, an alumni association of our scholars, an endowment fund all which will lead to increasing our organizations staffing to implement our annual fund goals through grantwriting, events and other sundry fundraising strategies.

As of 6/30/2020 of our first 186 scholars, 116 have graduated with another 55 remain enrolled in their education curriculum. To date in February of 2021 235 scholarships have been awarded totaling $632,000.

Our impact measured by the Colorado Community College System which indicates that for every dollar invested in high quality education there is an $11.30 economic return to society through tax savings and social improvements.
Taking our $630,000 in scholarships and using the metrics above there will be a $7.1M impact in our communities
due to our donors giving through our scholarship program.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Homeless and students in poverty attending a post-secondary educational institution in Colorado.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • 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?

    Our scholarship criteria changed.

  • 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?

  • 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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Board of directors
as of 10/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Jeff Webb

Kevin Simpson

Pickens Tech College

Jeff Webb

Fidelity

Amy Shanahan

Retired

Mindy Sandoval

Scholar

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/8/2022

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

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/15/2021

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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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.