BOOTSTRAPS INC

Helping mountain-area students reach their educational dreams since 1945.

Evergreen, CO   |  www.bootstrapsinc.org

Mission

The mission of Bootstraps, in partnership with the community, is to support the continuing education of promising students in the mountain area, with an emphasis on financial need.

Ruling year info

1980

Principal Officer

Colleen Skates

Main address

PO Box 253

Evergreen, CO 80437 USA

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Formerly known as

Evergreen Scholarship/Bootstraps, Inc.

Evergreen Scholarship Association

EIN

84-0800861

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

It's almost impossible to find a job that does not require some sort of education beyond high school, yet for many high school graduates, college or technical school is out of reach due to limited finances. Families struggle to assist their children in reaching their educational dreams and often incur significant debt.

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?

Scholarships

Bootstraps awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the Conifer/Evergreen, CO area. Scholarships are based on a combination of merit and financial need. The value of the scholarships range from $1,000 for one year to $24,000 for four years.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Bootstraps awards interest-free loans for one year up to four years. The value of the loans is between $1,000 and $3,500 for one year. Students make monthly payments upon graduation to repay the loans. The repaid loans are then "recycled" to other students.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Bootstraps makes interest-free loans to students who received a Bootstraps award upon graduation from high school. These loans average $1,000 and can be renewed for a total of four years. Upon graduation from college, recipients make monthly payments. Once the loan is paid in full, the funds are "recycled" as loans to other students.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Bootstraps' want to eliminate financial barriers to continuing education for students of the Evergreen and Conifer, CO area.

Bootstraps awards last dollar scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Evergreen and Conifer, CO as well as interest-free educational loans.

Since 1945, Bootstraps has awarded $4 million dollars in scholarships and loans. Through our programs, students who did not have financial means are able to receive a continuing education. Bootstraps has strong support from the community that we serve, ensuring that we can help students who are the most in need.

Since 1945, Bootstraps has awarded $4 million dollars in scholarships and loans. Through our programs, students who did not have financial means are able to receive a continuing education.

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?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • 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?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • 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

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

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BOOTSTRAPS INC

Board of directors
as of 1/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Kimberley Viergever

No Affiliation

Term: 2019 - 2020


Board co-chair

Ms Jennifer Richey

Samson Eberhart

Stephanie Titus

Shelbi Perry

Kimberly Lange

Kimball Herfurt

Coldwell Bank Real Estate

Sue Freytag

Jefferson County Schools

Chet Curry

Lori Frease

Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce

Kelsey Smith

Platte Canyon School District

Lauren Davis

Melanie Cook

Ernst & Young

Nancy Whitesell

Nancy Whitesell

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? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/13/2021

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/13/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.