DRN Foundation, Inc.

Bringing Futures and Opportunities to Light

Houston, TX   |  http://www.drn-foundation.org

Mission

To support the educational and professional advancement of healthcare professionals.

Ruling year info

2019

Chairman of the Board / Founder

Dr Ravindranath Draksharam MD

Managing Director

Dr Duane P Hill PhD

Main address

3000 Murworth Dr Ste 1012

Houston, TX 77025 USA

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EIN

83-1427354

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

Grants for Pre-Licensure Healthcare Professionals

For healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, destists, etc, completing the journey to patient care involves more than just matriculation into and graduation from college. It also includes standardized examinations which are required to become licensed and to practice. Additionally, several of the healthcare professions utilize a common application system or service through which graduates apply for placement in initial, post-graduation-level training that is required before they can receive professional licensure and can work as an independently-responsible healthcare professional.

All of this costs money — anywhere from $200 to as much as $10,000… a potential barrier to a student who has already invested considerably in their formal education and may have already taken on considerable educational debt.

This is true both for US students and for tens-of-thousand's of internationally trained healthcare professions who want to be a part of US healthcare.

With the looming crisis of not enough healthcare professions to meet the needs of US patients, it is critical that we support these pre-licensure healthcare professionals through the licensure process so that they can take their place in service to US patients.

To support the ability of these individuals to complete their pathway to healthcare practice, the DRN Foundation provides grants and scholarships to individuals who have already demonstrated their ability to be successful on their pathway to underwrite these expenses — required expenses which are generally not provided for by other financial aid programs and which may serve as barriers to their success.

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Pre-licensure healthcare professionals

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, 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?

    N/A

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    N/A

  • 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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DRN Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr Ravindranath Draksharam

K Draksharam

Duane Hill

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 ? No
  • 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 04/13/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/13/2022

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Data
  • 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 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.