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Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas, Inc

SPSF NWA creates a network of support that empowers determined single parent families through access to education.

aka Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas, Inc.   |   Bentonville, AR   |  www.spsfnwa.org

Mission

Changing Lives By Encouraging Personal Success.

Ruling year info

2002

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Tyler B. Clark

Main address

2601 SW D Street

Bentonville, AR 72712 USA

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Formerly known as

Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Washington County

Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Madison County

Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Carroll County

EIN

68-0498770

NTEE code info

Single Parent Agencies/Services (P42)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1 in 4 children in Arkansas lives in poverty. With more than 186,000 children living in poverty, Arkansas has the third highest child poverty rate in the nation. A major factor contributing to this problem is lack of education of the parent/head of household. Arkansas consistently ranks near the bottom of the list of states in per capita residents who hold bachelor’s degrees or higher. In Arkansas, 90% of single mothers do not hold a college degree. Single-headed families are even more likely to live in poverty and face limited educational and occupational opportunities. A college degree can change these statistics – one family 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?

Single Parent Scholarships

We offer direct financial assistance to help single parents pay for their education and related living expenses.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Families

Where we work

Awards

Quality of Life Award 2009

Northwest Arkansas Community College

Amethyst Award 2007

Washington Regional Medical Center

Golden Rule Award 1999

JC Penney

Community of Excellence 2019

Hispanic Women's Organization

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2001

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2002

Chamber of Commerce 2001

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 academic scholarships awarded

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

Women and girls, Men and boys

Related Program

Single Parent Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Individual scholars assisted through program- these are non-duplicated numbers. Scholars are eligible for additional scholarships.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

Women and girls, Men and boys

Related Program

Single Parent Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Starting in 2021*** Dollar amount of scholarships awarded in four county region (Benton, Carroll, Madison, Washington). Includes named scholarships, graduation bonusses, and GPA scholarships.

Number of program graduates

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

Women and girls, Men and boys

Related Program

Single Parent Scholarships

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of graduates in all career and degree programs who graduate during the year.

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.

The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas, Inc. (SPSF NWA) works to help single parent families become financially stable and independent. We do this by providing direct financial assistance to low-income single parents who are pursuing a career-related course of study to gain sufficient employment to meet the basic needs of their families.

Establish a baseline for funding and identify potential growth areas, utilizing best practices of cultivation, stewardship, networking and donor relations.
-Grow recurring monthly donors by 10%
-Maintain donor retention at 55% or greater
-Diversification of funding sources: more support for general ops, vendors, major donors, individual

Develop and implement a multi-channel approach to brand recognition.
-Increase event attendees
-1 visit per semester with partner schools
-Enage non-profits within rural counties/communities
-Promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Continually monitor internal and community resources to align services with like-minded, competent, credible partners to increase accessibility to all recipients.
-Maintain a comprehensive and diverse list of resources (internal, community, & school) available to recipients.
-Track the referred resources to maintain 40% referral rate.



















Scholarships are awarded on a semester basis and have due dates accordingly. Qualified applicants must reapply each semester via an online portal. Client flow is described below.

Our unique program offers both direct financial assistance as well as supportive services to help ensure that the recipients of the SPSF NWA program achieve both academic and career success, led by the program director and outreach manager.

We offer professional development opportunities annually to enhance the students’ academic learning. In past years, we have primarily focused on topics such as resume' writing, interview skills building, dressing for success and financial literacy. More recently, we are emphasizing connecting scholarship recipients with prospective employers. To date, we’ve held “Career Exploration Days” with Tyson Foods, Inc., Walmart International and Washington Regional Medical Center, and will host additional opportunities.

SPSF NWA also trains professionals to volunteer in our PRO Program, which matches our students with professional advisors in the field to show them the realistic opportunities and challenges they can expect in their chosen career. The PRO Program gives the recipients the invaluable opportunity to network with other single parent scholars, professionals, and community leaders.

Scholarship applicants are required to interview with members of our staff and leadership volunteers each semester which helps them build their interviewing skills and confidence. Interviews also serve as an opportunity to learn what unique challenges each recipient is facing and allows our staff and volunteers to offer resources, referrals, and encouragement. Our scholarship recipients are ALWAYS invited to attend SPSF NWA events and activities to experience the incredible support of the community who believes in them and wants to help them succeed.

Through community partnerships, SPSF NWA offers recreational activities for scholarship families bi-annually. These events provide the opportunity for scholarship families to interact with other single parent families while enjoying the unique cultural and recreational offerings in Northwest Arkansas. These activities not only provide scholarship families a much needed mental break from the rigors of their studies, but also serve to reinforce the idea that this is the quality of life that awaits them when they finish their degree.

Since 1984, the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas has been successful in helping low-income single parents (primarily women) obtain a college degree or career certification as their family’s pathway out of poverty. SPSF NWA serves the residents of Carroll, Madison and Washington counties. Our vision is to end poverty and create prospertity through higher education. We do this by offering direct financial assistance to low-income single parents who are pursuing education that leads to employment
with family sustaining wages.

Our unique program offers both direct financial assistance as well as supportive services, the recipientss of the SPSF NWA program achieve both academic and career success. Surveys conducted demonstrate that, within 6 months of graduation, our alumni consistently secure employment that meets the needs of their families and therefore eliminating dependence on government assistance.

SPSF NWA is more than just financial support. We also offer life skills that go along with seeking a degree. Longstanding capacity building programs include mentoring offered through our PRO program, where students are paired with an area professional working in the same field the recipient wishes to go into. Staff also offers services such as resume building, interview tactics, successful dress for the business world, and professional networking.

We have increased the number of programs that provide student assistance and added a deeper level of sophistication to the support we offer outside of financial help. These new offerings will better ensure the academic and professional success of both our current recipients and our graduate alumni. These exciting new programs for our recipients include:

• On-site counseling services offered weekly to current recipients. Led by licensed professional counselor and former Single Parent Scholarship recipient Twyla Rownak, these sessions are offered to students at no charge. Twyla helps students navigate behavioral health issues that come with single parenthood such as anxiety, stress, parenting, and trauma.

• Learning Coaching is another new program available to recipients this year. Led by volunteer coach Dr. Karen Hodges, a lifelong educator who earned her PhD as a single parent, recipients meet with Karen to help develop skills and strategies for success on campus and out of the classroom.

• The inaugural Empower Summit hosted this fall offered a full day conference that connected alumni, recipients, and interested applicants to an array of resources and breakout sessions that will help with personal branding, resume building, interview skills, and financial planning.

The impact of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund is far-reaching. When families are lifted from poverty, the entire community benefits. The students in our program have roots in Northwest Arkansas and are more likely to remain in our region following graduation, increasing the number of Arkansans who hold college degrees and providing an educated workforce for business, industry, healthcare providers and local school systems. Our program inspires a culture of philanthropy as the graduates of our program are inclined to “give back”, both financially and through volunteer service to the community that supported them during their educational journey.

The success of SPSF NWA is really the success of the entire region. Our graduates become productive, tax-paying, self-supporting members of the community. Local businesses benefit from having an educated workforce and consumers with disposable income. Our cities and state benefit from having citizens who are tax payers instead of citizens dependent upon charitable and public resources. Most importantly, the families we serve benefit by breaking the cycle of poverty. The children of our scholarship recipients go on to attend and succeed in college themselves, by following the example set for them by their parents.

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.
  • 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

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas, Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/28/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Randy Werner

Old Buildings, LLC.

Term: 2023 - 2025

Ruth Collier

Retired | Founder

John Threet

Circuit Court Judge

LeDeana Duncan

Sam's Club

Doris Cordes

Retired | Founder

Anthony Sumlin

Sam's Club

Mark Burdette

Wells Fargo Advisors

Carolyn Rodeffer

University of Arkansas

Randy Werner

Old Buildings, LLC.

Brad Crain

Arvest Bank

Brian Wood

Arvest Wealth Management

Brittany Little

Today's Bank

Brittney Duke

Walmart

Craig Overton

Overton Harrison LLC

Felicia McCranie

Walmart

Mary Heman

Vericast

Mary Schneider

Miller, Butler, Schneider, Pawlik & Rozzell, PLLC

Shannon Ortego

Retired Nurse

Shelle Summers

Rogers/Lowell Chamber of Commerce

Wendy Soderquist Togami

Leadership Consultant

Linda Tomayo

North Arkansas College

Regina Peck

Mayo Projects

Sam Daily, LPC

Bridges to Wellbeing

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/28/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/28/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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 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 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.