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Nsoro Foundation Inc

Fostering Hope Through Education

aka The nsoro Educational Foundation   |   Atlanta, GA   |  https://nsoro.foundation/

Mission

The mission of The nsoro Educational Foundation provides access to and attainment of post secondary education for all youth aging out of foster care.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Ms. Monica Pantoja

Main address

667 Fairburn Road NW

Atlanta, GA 30331 USA

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EIN

87-0758361

NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At The nsoro Educational Foundation, we believe no young person aging out of the foster care system should have to navigate the world alone. nsoro offers educational opportunities, a community of support, and most importantly, hope, to some of this generation’s most impressive young adults. nsoro's Scholarship Program not only provides access to post-secondary education but ensures persistence through a holistic mentorship program, resulting in a 81% graduation rate.

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?

nsoro Scholarship Program

The nsoro Scholarship Program provides youth aging out foster care funding for post secondary education at fully accredited post secondary institutions. nsoro funds both traditional 4 year colleges, trade/vocational and graduate study through age 26

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.

Number of former foster youth who graduate from college

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Young adults

Related Program

nsoro Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of nsoro scholars who are employed post graduation

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Young adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

The number of nsoro scholars who do not experience homelessness.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

nsoro Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2023 - we serve 268 scholars across 31 states. Stable housing is a prevailing barrier to achieving self-sufficiency. Gainful employment, college to career is fundamental to our nsoroWORKS initiative.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We are purpose-driven servants working to provide every youth in foster care access to a college education. With more than 600 students attending College Bound and 700 scholars, we are creating a population of thriving former foster youth determined to beat the odds.

Our goals are to ensure consistent and timely nsoro scholarship funds can be accessed by our scholars to support them through graduation, to build the capacity to recruit more scholars and to increase our capacity to connect nsoro scholars to additional supports to successfully complete their post-secondary education and enter the workforce.

Our strategies to accomplish these goals include the following:

* Diversify and increase revenue streams for the organization to be used for scholarships;
* Increase programmatic offerings over the next three years;
* Focus on increasing the graduation rate of nsoro scholars from 78% to 85% with mentorships and other educational support;
* Leverage partnerships with colleges and universities to support nsoro scholars;
* Raise awareness of The nsoro Foundation and offer additional scholarship opportunities for all youth in foster care.

The nsoro Foundation's goals are to ensure consistent and timely nsoro scholarship funds can be accessed by our scholars to support them through graduation, to build the capacity to recruit more scholars and to increase our capacity to connect nsoro scholars to additional supports to successfully complete their post-secondary education and enter the workforce.

We have the capability of ensuring consistent and timely scholarship funds can be accessed by our scholars to support them through graduation by utilizing staff, Board of Directors, Development Committee members and volunteers to increase and diversify our revenue streams and funding opportunities. We also have the capability of building our capacity to recruit more scholars with a strategic marketing plan to raise awareness of The nsoro Foundation among the nation's youth in foster care. And our ability to increase our capacity to connect nsoro scholars to additional supports to successfully complete their post-secondary education and enter the workforce is already underway with our partnerships with colleges and universities across the nation and our growing internship program with major corporations and businesses throughout the country.

The nsoro Foundation is proud of the following accomplishments:

* 98% of nsoro scholars have never been incarcerated;
* 96% of nsoro scholars have never abused drugs or alcohol;
* 92% of nsoro scholars have never been homeless;
* 78% of nsoro scholars have graduated.

What is next? We are actively increasing our revenue sources and building our endowment so we can ensure all youth in foster care have access to funding for a college 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 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, 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, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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Nsoro Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Darrell Mays

Navigation Capital Partners

Term: 2005 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Steve Smith

Tony Conway

Legendary Events

Tish Inman

Community Volunteer

Tom Davis

AT-PAC

Tara Mays

Community Volunteer

Vince Burkett

Vista Equity

Juanita Baranco

Mercedes Benz Atlanta

Chris Gilmore

Townsend and Lockett

Carl Peoples

Goldman Sachs

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/10/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/21/2020

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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
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.