Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

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

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation is a 501c3 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). Students with learning challenges go undiagnosed - even into High School and College. We look to raise awareness that a struggling young adult could 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 eble 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 only one of a few scholarships in the country that help learning challenged young adults. We value the opportunity the scholarship provides to recognize these students and are commend them on their determination and perseverance. Through the recognize these students and empower them to believe in themselves

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Budget
$60,000

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 (13-19 years)
Budget
$200

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. 1-2 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 (20-25 years)
Budget
$0

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Raise awareness and provide financial and emotional support for struggling young adult with learning challenges like dyslexia. Helping them to achieve their potential through recognition, financial support and visibility.

Outreach - Social media, search engines, letters, as well as 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 in order to build a mentoring program https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBcW-T7pAnw Our awardees and their families are one our 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 enables 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 where our Scholarship Review Committee, made up of educators specializing in students with learning disabilities, physicians, and business leaders, will begin the exhausting process of reviewing every application in detail, and also make the very difficult decisions in selecting awardees from generally roughly 200 well qualified students. We have now upwards of 77 students who would like to volunteer and give back to other awardees through our organization - hence an additional group of young adults and minds who are appreciative and see the value to supporting 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

We will know we are making progress by: Increasing the number of donors each year Increasing the collaborative relationships with Universities, high schools and Post Secondary institutions Continuing to have the same number and or increasing the number of applicants for our yearly Scholarship Continuing to work closely with our students and to support our awardees through post secondary graduation Continuing to be invited to give lectures, video recordings and events. Barbara Wirostko gets invited to and speaks at on behalf of our awardees, students and the Foundation 2-3 times a year Increasing the number of grants what we get awarded increase the number of organizations we partner and collaborate with

Here are a few of our accomplishments since inception. We are now a stand alone 501c3 after being under the umbrella of the Park City Community Foundation. We incorporated as Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation Inc. We have national reach and impact, working with 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 • One of only a few scholarships in the US 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 hence 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 – we impact them, we Recognize their struggles, - 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 continuing to grow our donors, continue to raise awareness and start to provide scholarships for testing ( earlier recognition of the underlying challenge). To help identify struggling young adults/students who may be failing and get them the testing to enable and award the IEP and/or 504 which will allow for the 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 the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), case management notes, community meetings/town halls, suggestion box/email, phones calls.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: 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?

    We share feedback with: 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: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback.

Financials

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

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JOSEPH JAMES MORELLI LEGACY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 1/13/2020
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

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 01/11/2020

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Keywords

advocacy, scholarship, awardees, recognition, high school and college, dyslexia, learning challenges