ARKANSAS SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIP FUND PROGRAM

Education. Empowerment. Employment.

aka ASPSF   |   Springdale, AR   |  www.aspsf.org

Mission

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund's mission is to enable single parents to attain self-sufficiency through post-secondary education. We accomplish this by providing low-income single parents with 1) financial assistance to help with school and household expenses while they work toward completion of a college degree or professional training certificate and 2) developmental programs to help them obtain and sustain professional employment and manage their new, higher income.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director/Chief Development Officer

Ruthanne Hill

Main address

614 East Emma Avenue, Suite 119

Springdale, AR 72764 USA

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EIN

71-0704088

NTEE code info

Single Parent Agencies/Services (P42)

Unknown (Z99)

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

Currently, 18% of Arkansans are living in poverty, including 1 in 4 of our children. To move people out of poverty, Arkansas needs more jobs with better wages, but attracting jobs is difficult when we're 44th in the nation for high school completion and 49th for working-age adults with any education beyond high school. It's hard to attract jobs when you can't show that you have a ready workforce. Not surprisingly, most families living in poverty are single-parent households, the vast majority led by single mothers. In South Arkansas and the Arkansas Delta, single female-headed households make up over 39% of ALL families, and over half the children are currently growing up in poverty. By focusing our efforts on supporting single parents' education, we help the present situation while also investing in future generations. To quote one of our earliest volunteers, “when you single parents out of poverty, they bring their children with them!”

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 for Single Parents

Financial support is granted to eligible applicants currently enrolled in a career focused degree or certificate program with a goal of graduating and obtaining professional employment. Scholarships may be used for both, educational and living expenses.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Students

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.

Average financial aid award per FTE student

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Scholarships for Single Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Prior to 2017, scholarship amounts were set by each county and ranged from $500 per semester to as much as $1,000. In 2018, we raised every county to a minimum of $800 and have increased from there.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Scholarships for Single Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program graduates

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Scholarships for Single Parents

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of single-parent scholarships awarded

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Scholarships for Single Parents

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.

Our ultimate goal is for the single-parents we serve to
* Graduate into sustainable employment with a family-supporting wage,
* With little to no educational debt,
* Move their family out of poverty, and
* Know how to successfully manage their new higher income.

To achieve this goal, we provide financial support and professional and personal development opportunities to single parents pursuing career-focused post-secondary degrees or professional certificates.

Strategy 1: Provide financial assistance to single parents enrolled in career-focused college degrees or skilled trade programs. The parent may use these funds in whatever way they need to help them stay in school, making progress toward completion of their program. This might be textbooks, fees, or school supplies, but it could just as easily be rent, utilities, or groceries.

Strategy 2: Provide personal and professional development opportunities throughout the year. While the student is in our program, s/he may avail themselves of various workshops from 1 - 2 hours long to full-day classes. Topics include work-related skills in the areas of job acquisition (resume writing, interview skills, dress for success, etc.) and soft skills (communication, problem solving, teamwork, leadership, etc.), and personal growth related skills like eating healthy on a budget, homebuying 101, stress management, etc. All of these activities are free for the parents to attend, most include a meal or snacks, and many include a gift card awarded at the end to offset the cost of gas or a babysitter.

Strategy 3: Create strong relationships through mentoring, coaching, and celebrating success. ASPSF is not one of those scholarship organizations that review an application and mail a check. We know each of our students. We meet them in scholarship interviews, we call and email, we celebrate each student and scholarship at an Awards Ceremony in front of the student's children and guests, we celebrate each graduation/

ASPSF has been doing this successfully for the past 31 years.
We have committed partners and funders and an excellent reputation across the state.
We have a staff of 19, all of whom directly support our students and the success of our program.
The five members of our Senior Staff have over 70 years of experience in non-profit human services.
We have a committed Board of Directors with Board attendance near 100% and active Board committees.

From 2017 - 2019, we transitioned into a new organizational structure to allow us to serve more single parents better. Moving from an organization of 62 loosely connected affiliates, we now operate in 10 regions with program staff living and working in each region and a central state staff supporting everyone in the areas of finance, communications, IT, and fund development. Since this transition, scholarships have increased each year and we've been able to raise the amount of our scholarship awards three times.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Alumni on Board of Directors,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We surveyed our students multiple times, formally (survey monkey) and informally (email) through the early months of the pandemic and learned most of our students had lost household income and many were struggling. Based on the detailed knowledge gained, we were able to send emergency funds to each student, purchase 54 laptops for students who didn't own one so they were ready to go when classes resumed online, and wrote/received a grant for housing assistance to help more students who were close to being evicted (before the moratorium on evections). based on everyone's need to stay safe and socially distant from one another, we created drive-through check presentations for delivery of most scholarship checks and mailed the remainder.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • 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,

Financials

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Operations

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ARKANSAS SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIP FUND PROGRAM

Board of directors
as of 2/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Tony Thomas

City of Jonesboro

Term: 2015 - 2022


Board co-chair

Ms. Betsy Baker

Rose Law Firm

Term: 2019 - 2025

Mike Weaver

Southern Bank

Sunshine Bartlett

Arvest Bank

Veronica Alexander

AR Dept of Labor

Rocky Parsons

21C Hotels

David Crouch

Harding University, retired

Adelene McClenny

NWA Community College

Jean Block

Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority

Dr. Charles Donaldson

UA Little Rock

Thomas Flowers

Higher Ed, retired

Ryan Morrow

Apptegy

Ventrell Thompson

Entergy Corporation

Sandra Bagley

Express Scripts

Ray Winiecki

South Arkansas Community College

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? 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 01/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/30/2021

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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.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.