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Piston Foundation Inc

Stamford, CT   |  www.pistonfoundation.org

Mission

The Piston Foundation is a public charity that funds skilled trade education for students and apprentices who want to pursue careers in automotive craft, vehicle restoration, and service. The Piston Foundation has a mission to bring more young people into the collector car industry. We're working to help the craftspeople who built this American touchstone transfer their skills to a new generation and help young technicians build rewarding careers in the trades and services that fuel the passion of 25 million American car enthusiasts.

Ruling year info

2021

Founder & EO

Robert Minnick

President &COO

Jeff Mason

Main address

PO Box 8179

Stamford, CT 06905 USA

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EIN

85-4373512

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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?

Piston Fund Scholarships

Piston Fund Scholarships
The Piston Fund program provides automotive education scholarships to graduates with an interest in collector cars.

Population(s) Served

The Piston Academy program will provide apprenticeship placements and training grants to working technicians who want to begin a career in collector car restoration.

Population(s) Served

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

Students, Unemployed people, Veterans

Related Program

Piston Fund Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2023 we awarded 23 Scholarships and our first Apprenticeship award. We have now awarded 33 Scholarships!

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

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

Students, Self-employed people, Unemployed people, Veterans

Related Program

Piston Fund Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

23 new scholars in 2023! In 2022, the first year of awarding scholarships, we awarded scholarships to ALL 10 students who completed our application process

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.

Make a difference in the lives of aspiring technicians and helping young people get the education and/or experience they need to start rewarding careers as the next generation in the collector car industry. These scholars will provided needed employees in the industry to replace retiring employees.

Our strategy is to raise funds through these programs:
Cars for Piston Scholars
Sponsor a Piston Scholar- Piston Fund Scholarships
Sponsor a Piston Academy Apprenticeship

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually

  • 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

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Piston Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Minnick

Jeff Mason

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? No
  • 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 7/30/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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