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Roane State Community College Foundation

Transforming lives. Strengthening community. Inspiring excellence.

aka Roane State Foundation   |   Harriman, TN   |  www.roanestate.edu/foundation

Mission

The mission of Roane State Foundation is to maintain and enhance the quality of life, including economic development, in Roane State's service area by developing friends and funds for the support of educational, cultural, and service goals of Roane State Community College.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Mr. Scott K Niermann

Main address

276 Patton Lane

Harriman, TN 37748 USA

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EIN

58-1413034

NTEE code info

Community/Junior College (B41)

Private Operating Foundations (T23)

Community/Junior College (B41)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since 1979, Roane State Foundation has been on a mission to strengthen communities and eliminate barriers to student success. With the help of donors and friends, we provide financial support to students and programs on nine Roane State campuses across ten counties of Middle and East Tennessee. The impact we seek is threefold: to transform lives through annual student scholarship opportunities; to inspire excellence with the provision of faculty development opportunities and support for RSCC programs; and to strengthen community by supporting initiatives and capital projects that fuel student growth. Initiatives to support Roane State students and communities can take many forms, but at the end of the day, our purpose is simple: we partner with friends and donors to build bridges to the future, one student at a time.

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 and Student Aid

In a recent internal survey of Roane State students, 55% stated that they had experienced at least one form of basic needs insecurity in the past year. But at Roane State Foundation, we believe that every student should have the opportunity to pursue their goals. Studies show that Roane State Community College students who receive at least $1,000 in scholarships annually are more than twice as likely to graduate on time, giving them increased opportunities to obtain gainful employment and contribute to the overall economic growth of our East Tennessee communities. In order to provide students in our region with access to higher education and successful pathways to gainful employment, each year Roane State Foundation awards more than $450,000 in scholarships to traditional and adult students, dual enrollment students, and Middle College students across our service area.

Population(s) Served

Inspiring excellence at Roane State Foundation reaches beyond support for student scholarship programs. When community members donate to the Foundation, they are also supporting Roane State Community College (RSCC) programs like athletics, theater, art, and music. But inspiring excellence doesn't stop there: with the help of donors and friends, Roane State Foundation also invests in professional development opportunities for RSCC faculty and staff.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Academics

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 who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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

Adults, Students

Related Program

Scholarships and Student Aid

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

The Roane State Foundation was founded in 1979 as a separate not-for-profit entity with the purpose of providing financial support for the students and programs of Roane State Community College. The Foundation seeks to enhance community awareness of the college, to secure private contributions and bequests, and to manage monies or properties given to the Foundation.

To have an active Board of Directors working with the Roane State Foundation staff in raising money for a chemistry lab at the Cumberland County Campus and to also make the "drive to 55," as set by the Governor of Tennessee, a reality.

Dedicated staff and active Board of Directors.

We have reached our strategic plan goals for the past 5 years and plan to surpass new goals in the next strategic plan as well.

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?

    Students and faculty of Roane State Community College, and college-community partnerships.

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Roane State Foundation, in conjunction with College personnel, consolidated the screening of Pay-It-Forward: Emergency Aid program applications by partnering with the Dean of Students office. The "[email protected]" email address serves to connect any student with needed resources, including those of the Pay-It-Forward program.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    Primarily, sharing student needs and feedback has helped clarify the case for support shared with donors and the public. However, our Board of Directors has also changed program guidelines and spending limits in some areas, in response to emerging student needs.

  • 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 ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Roane State Community College Foundation

Board of directors
as of 07/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Barry Stephenson

Roane State Foundation Board of Directors

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 ? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/26/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/26/2022

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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.
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.