JOSEPH JAMES MORELLI LEGACY FOUNDATION

The Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization with the mission to honor Joseph James Morelli’s spirit with scholarships to recognize students like Joseph with dyslexia and empower them to believe in themselves.

aka Joseph James Morelli Scholarship   |   Park City, UT   |  https://morelli.foundation

Mission

The Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization with the mission to honor Joseph James Morelli’s spirit with scholarships to recognize students like Joseph with dyslexia and empower them to believe in themselves. The Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation supports high school and college students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and/or dyscalculia who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Ruling year info

2019

Founder, Board Chair and Executive Director

Dr Barbara Wirostko

Co founder and Board member

Dr Joseph John Morelli

Main address

7585 N Ranch Club Trl

Park City, UT 84098 USA

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Formerly known as

Joseph James Morelli Scholarship

EIN

83-1939846

NTEE code info

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and our mission is to honor Joseph’s spirit. Through the awarding of scholarships, we RECOGNIZE students who like Joseph struggle with dyslexia and EMPOWER them to BELIEVE in themselves. The Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation supports high school and college students with learning challenges like dyslexia who wish to pursue a degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). We also have a peer to peer mentorship program for our scholarship recipients. Students with learning challenges go undiagnosed - even into high school and college. We aim to raise awareness that a struggling young adult may have an undiagnosed learning challenge. Upwards of 80 % of juvenile delinquents struggle to read. By increasing awareness, providing support both financially and through recognition, we hope to enable these students to believe in themselves and strive to reach their full potential.

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?

To recognize young adults with dyslexia and empower them to believe in themselves.

We are one of only a few scholarships in the country that help learning challenged young adults. We value the opportunity the scholarship provides to recognize these students and commend them on their determination and perseverance. IN 2020, the Foundation launched its mentorship program for its scholarship recipients. College freshmen are paired with peer mentors to help them navigate the new challenges that college presents, particularly for students with learning differences.

The support and recognition we provide empowers the students to believe in themselves.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Navigating the transition from high school to college can be intimidating, especially for students with 504 Plans and IEPs. Beginning this process early is important, and this presentation cover important topics to help students and parents with the process. This event is being co-hosted by PC PREADS.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adolescents

Dr Barbara Wirostko (Morelli) helped to initiate a working group that meets 2-3 times a year. It serves to improve resources and raise awareness of the gaps in the system for students with all disabilities including students with learning differences. A couple of our University of Utah awardees are student members and have started a U of U student peer mentoring program.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

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.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

Young adults, At-risk youth

Related Program

To recognize young adults with dyslexia and empower them to believe in themselves.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year we plan to support both new and prior students with individual funding. Our financial statements reflect reserves earmarked to support prior awardees through matriculation.

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

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

Adolescents, Young adults

Related Program

To recognize young adults with dyslexia and empower them to believe in themselves.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year we have a broader outreach to high schools, counselors, colleges and scholarship websites across the country. In 2020 we had over 200 applicants apply.

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.

Raise awareness and provide financial and emotional support for struggling young adults with learning challenges like dyslexia. Help these students achieve their potential through recognition, financial support and visibility.

-Outreach - Social media, search engines, letters, and quarterly updates and emails to donors and partners
-Our website: www.morelli.foundation
-Partnerships with high schools, universities, and post secondary institutions across the country
-Collaborations and partnerships with for profit and nonprofit organizations who have similar and aligned missions (PC Reads, Reading Horizons, Wilson Foundation, National Center for Learning Disabilities)
-Personal outreach, one on one meetings, fundraisers (Live PC Give PC, Amy's event in Massachusetts and our annual Park City Thank You Event)
-Partnering with folks like Jake Sussman and his Forgotten Child and began a mentorship program in 2020 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBcW-T7pAnw)
-Our awardees and their families are one of our strongest assets to help us accomplish our goals - they inspire us

We have national outreach, international recognition and outreach through a TedX talk, radio recordings, a website and social media that enable us to raise awareness, raise money, increase our donor pool and applicant pool.
We have a dedicated and committed volunteer committee and well established and accomplished Board.
We have a well established platform (Survey Money) for applicants to apply through and a rigorous review committee. Our Scholarship Review Committee is made up of educators specializing in students with learning disabilities, physicians, and business leaders. This Committee undertakes a very thorough process of reviewing every application in detail and after much deliberation and review of roughly 200 applicants , recommends awardees to the Board for approval.
We have now upwards of 77 students who would like to volunteer and give back to other awardees through our organization. These young adults are particularly appreciative of our Foundation and see the value of supporting others and raising awareness.
We are partnering with the The Curry School of Education at University of Virginia to better understand the gaps in teacher Special ED training

Our awardees and their families are one our our strongest assets to help us accomplish our goals - they inspire us.

Here are a few of our accomplishments since inception. We are now a stand alone 501(c)(3) organization after being under the umbrella of the Park City Community Foundation. We incorporated as the Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation, Inc.

-We have national reach and impact, working with the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
-We are listed on numerous scholarship platforms and search engines.
-We have increased our donations and donor base by roughly 10- 20 % each year.
-We initiated the Joseph James Morelli Endowed Fellowship with the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia to support a graduate student struggling with Learning Challenges (dyslexia) to help better understand the gaps in teacher training and education.
-We are one of only a few scholarships in the U.S. for young adults with dyslexia.
-Since 2014 we have supported 77 students with $150,000!
-Since 2015 we have received a total of 600+ scholarship applications.
-In 2019 we awarded $66,000 to 41 students in 28 states.
-We helped to initiate a Task Force at the University of Utah to improve the accommodations awarded to the students.
- Joseph was a MSU student in the College of Engineering; we were the featured Scholarship at the 2019 Montana State Inaugural Dyslexia Initiative Symposium
- Dr. Barbara Wirostko was asked to give a TedX talk in Bozeman, Montana last April 2019 on Joseph’s story.
- Most importantly and these students tell us again and again that we impact them - we Recognize their struggles, we Empower them, and show that we Believe in them. Check out their quotes on our webpage: www.morelli.foundation
- Each year we hold events in Utah and around the country to raise awareness of the importance of this work.

What is next is our focus on continuing to grow our donors, continuing to raise awareness and continuing to provide scholarships and support to deserving students. We would also like to start to provide scholarships for testing. Earlier recognition of the underlying challenge can make a significant difference. We would aim to help identify struggling young adults/students who may be failing and provide the testing which could enable them to receive an IEP and/or 504 plan which will allow for accommodations. These accommodations once in place can change the trajectory of a failing/struggling young adult. As they did for Joseph.

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.), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email, phones calls,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • 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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Operations

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JOSEPH JAMES MORELLI LEGACY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 6/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr Barbara Wirostko


Board co-chair

Dr Joseph Morelli

Robert Mercer

Marcy Abate

Thomas Abate

Kay Priestly

Eveleen Babich

Anne Ivanhoe

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 01/01/2021

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/01/2021

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 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.
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.