ALPHA LAMBDA DELTA

National Honor Society for First-Year Students

Fairport, NY   |  www.nationalald.org

Mission

To perpetuate scholastic achievement.

Ruling year info

1951

Executive Director

Eileen Merberg

Main address

6800 Pittsford Palmyra Rd Suite 340

Fairport, NY 14450 USA

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EIN

59-6134595

NTEE code info

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many colleges and universities have programs in place for students who struggle academically during their first year. Academic probation and the subsequent programs in place to support students are important components to the higher education landscape. But are we doing enough to also support students who do well? In some cases, assumptions are made that those who excel academically are fine, and don't need as much support. Offering membership in a scholastic national honor society for first-year students can enhance academic offerings and support the retention of successful students.

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

We offer 96 scholarships and graduate fellowships totaling $211,000 annually.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

ACHS 1938

Affiliations & memberships

ACHS 1938

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Maximum number of participants allowed to attend conferences

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Increase in 2020 because it was online

Hours of volunteer service

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Decrease in 2020 because of the pandemic

Total number of paid admissions

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Increasing

Context Notes

Decreased last year due to the pandemic

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

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Scholarships

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Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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Increasing

Number of new website visitors

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Holding steady

Number of website pageviews

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Increasing

Retention of students from first-year to second-year

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These are percentages. Retention rates of ALD members are 10% higher compared to the rates of students who were invited to join but didn't. ALD has a + impact on retaining high-achieving FY students.

Average price of field trip tickets

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Holding steady

Number of competition winners declared

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Scholarships

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Encourage superior scholastic achievement among students in their first year at institutions granting baccalaureate degrees; promote intelligent living, service, and a continued high standard of learning; assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society.

Membership in Alpha Lambda Delta benefits the first-year experience in many ways. Having a group of academically superb freshmen identified and recognized early in their college career is a useful retention tool. Alpha Lambda Delta has discovered that the recognition of freshman academic achievement provides additional motivation for students to maintain high academic standing while providing an opportunity for association with others who are similar in standing.

Alpha Lambda Delta's products and services include:
- 96 scholarships offered annually, ranging from $1000 to $7000, for undergraduate, graduate, and study abroad
- Opportunities for leadership development, including a national student leadership conference
-Senior certificates for students who maintain the 3.5 cumulative GPA
-Maria Leonard Senior Book Award to the graduating senior from each chapter who has achieved the highest cumulative GPA
-Engagement at the campus level in a student organization. This engagement takes the form of involvement in chapter activities, service projects, tutoring and mentoring struggling students, and peer advising.

A wide range of activities and services for chapters and members.
The National Leadership Conference is an example of such services, as are the Jo Anne J. Trow Undergraduate Scholarships and the Order of the Torch Award. Active and engaged social media platforms for members to encourage each other toward academic success.

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?

    Student members, officers and advisors

  • 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 and remedy poor client service experiences, 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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?

    We recently formed a DEI Task Force and are specifically looking at our publications, documents, and practices to be sure they are inclusive

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

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

    Any substantive changes to our organization result in amendments to our Bylaws, and all chapters have a voice and a vote regarding those amendments.

  • 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,

  • 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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ALPHA LAMBDA DELTA

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sharon Emerson-Stonnell

Longwood University

Term: 2018 - 2024

Deborah Manzanares

Baylor University

Anthony Helms

Western Michigan University

Karlea Brunelle-Joiner

Saint Anselm College

Bradley Taylor

High Point University

Travis Martin

Eastern Kentucky University

Idonas Hughes

Cal State Monterey Bay

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/19/2021

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
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/12/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 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 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.