Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation Inc

aka Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation Inc   |   Watkinsville, GA   |  AshtonHopeKeeganFoundation.org

Mission

Our Mission: Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation provides resources to empower women who strive to better their lives through education and job training.

Ruling year info

2016

President

Kimberly A Keegan

Treasurer

Edward Keegan

Main address

1230 Scotland Bend

Watkinsville, GA 30677 USA

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EIN

81-4490051

NTEE code info

Vocational Technical (B30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Women who drop out of school are almost guaranteed to remain poor or impoverished. Although there are some government programs designed to assist these women, the resources rarely reach those in need.

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?

Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation Scholarship

Funding for GED and Technical College Scholarships

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Awards

Donor of the Year 2018

Athens Technical College

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

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation Scholarship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 influenced more than 150 students, w/20 direct scholarships. (A decline from 2019 due to COVID). We also supported 13 women with money for basic needs as they lost their employment.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation Scholarship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We were established in late December 2016, and spent 2017 getting financially solvent. 2018 is our first year of full operations.

Number of academic scholarships awarded

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

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation Scholarship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provided 20 direct scholarships, and supported 13 families with COVID relief. Additional projects (learning lab, bulk scrubs buys, etc) provided benefit to additional students.

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.

We raise money for scholarships and educational support materials that enable these women to earn their GED, and then a technical certification that gets them into the professional workforce quickly.

We host an annual Hope Gala that raises our operating funds. This money is used to buy GED textbooks, GED test study guides, and educational supplies (paper, pens, etc) which enables the women to succeed with their GED. Once they have their GED in hand, we provide additional scholarships to cover the cost of tuition, supplies, transportation, child care, etc to enable them to get a technical certification (such as welder, auto repair tech, certified nursing assistant, etc).

We were established as a 501(c)(3) in December, 2016, and spent 2017 building our team and processes. We held our first Hope Gala in Jan, 2018, and raised $22,610.87 to fund our programs for the year. We held our Second Annual Hope Gala in Jan 2019, and raised $36,351.69 (a 60% increase). We now have an experienced Board of Directors, and an experienced team of volunteers that ensure we can sustain our ability to raise the scholarship money, and get it to the needy women.

- In August, 2017, we made our first donation to an organization that specializes in teaching women the skills needed to pass the GED tests.

- In March, 2018, we granted 6 GED vouchers to women at Athens Technical College.

- In May, we granted 3 scholarships to women who recently completed their GEDs and entered technical certification training at Athens Tech. These scholarships not only covered tuition, but also provided money to overcome other impediments to their education, such as transportation and child care.

- In July, we purchased and donated 40 sets of GED textbooks and test preparation aides, as well as boxes of school supplies, to the PALS program at Women to the World. This was a critical need for the program, as the current set of books they had is outdated, and the test prep materials were used and erased over and over again.

- In August, we funded 6 scholarships for women who completed their GEDs and are entering technical certification training. In a noteworthy sign of the success of the programs, one of the women receiving this continuing education scholarship is one of the GED Voucher recipients from March - she completed the GED, and is building more momentum going forward!

- We partnered with The Classic Center and Orange Theory Fitness to host our third annual set of Angel Trees for the women in the PALS Program. Studies show that the women have a tendency to withdraw further from society during the holiday season because of the shame of being unable to provide for their children. By providing holiday gifts, we remove this impediment to the women’s continuing education, and allow them to continue to build momentum throughout the year.

- In December, we funded a portion of the Athens Tech Roll Out Rescue Program. This program ensures students are unable to afford to pay all of their registration fees at the time of registration, are not disenrolled.

- In January, 2019, we held our Second Annual Hope Gala, raising more than $36,000. Our Board just approved our FY19 funding plan, that will allocate $25,000 for scholarships this year. This will allow us to double the size of the scholarships (to $1,000 each) as well as significantly increase the number of scholarships we can award.

- We are also in discussions with another local charity to take over administration of two scholarships they fund (worth $10,000 annually) since they don't have a stable group of volunteers to keep up with the work.

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We added an additional Board member from the student body at the University of GA. This represents a new outreach to a significant portion of the community that we had been disconnected from in the past.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders,

  • 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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Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kimberly Keegan

Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation Inc

Term: 2017 - 2020

Kimberly Keegan

Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation Inc

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/08/2020

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Leadership

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Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Male
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Person with a disability

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