More Than Bootstraps

Because It Takes More Than Bootstraps to Succeed

aka More Than Bootstraps   |   Westfield, NJ   |  http://www.morethanbootstraps.org

Mission

More Than Bootstraps builds a community of first-generation, underrepresented students who empower each other to access and succeed in higher education.

Ruling year info

2019

President

Audrey A Fisch PhD

Main address

421 Highland Ave

Westfield, NJ 07090 USA

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Formerly known as

Audrey Fisch

EIN

83-2245008

NTEE code info

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

MTB Near-Peer Mentoring for College Access and Success

College students from the community return to guide their younger peers through the college search, application, and assimilation process. These leaders, working as a cohort, in turn strengthen their own college-going identities and improve their own chances of success in higher education.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People of Latin American descent

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?

    More Than Bootstraps currently serves first-generation high school and college students from Passaic, New Jersey. The Passaic Public Schools, the seventh-lowest income district in New Jersey, primarily serves students who are underrepresented in higher education: low-income, Latinx, and first-generation. Historically, these students matriculate at local, public Pell-serving institutions. Unfortunately, these institutions have an average six-year graduation rate of 39%. In other words, more than half of the ambitious, enterprising students who find their way from communities like Passaic into higher education find themselves in debt and without a degree at the end of six years.

  • 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 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?

    Feedback from students in the MTB was used to refine our summer training program and refocus how we use graduate student interns.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

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

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • 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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More Than Bootstraps

Board of directors
as of 10/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Audrey Fisch

Audrey Fisch

New Jersey City University

Jim Taylor

Mercator Advisors LLC

Irma Maini

New Jersey City University

Claudia Severino

Passaic County Technical Institute

Atiya Stokes-Brown

Coastal Carolina University

Claire Strom

Rollins College

Michael Sowell

Newark Public Schools

Matt Jackson

Tower Hill School, DE

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/05/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/05/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.