Equal Opportunity Schools

GuideStar Charity Check

Equal Opportunity Schools

EIN: 37-1609659


Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) strengthens educator and system leader capacity to break down barriers in order to increase access, belonging, and success in rigorous college and career-prep secondary school courses for underserved and underrepresented students so that they may thrive in their postsecondary pursuits and life goals.

Ruling year info


Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Eddie Lincoln

Main address

5601 Sixth Avenue South, Stuite 258


Show more contact info



Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Middle school education

Secondary education

Teacher education

College preparation

Show more subject areas

Population served info


Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people


NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms



Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ensuring underserved and underrepresented students have equitable access and opportunity to enroll in rigorous high school coursework. Each year, approximately three-quarters of a million (750,000) incoming juniors and seniors are ready to be enrolled in rigorous academic programs, but do not have equitable access to these courses. These students are disproportionately students of color and low-income students. We help schools identify and remove barriers to equitable access.

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?

Action For Equity

The Action For Equity (A4E) multi-phase partnership model, consisting of Access Opportunity, Experience Success, Extend Equity, and Sustain Equity, is designed to help you build equity and sustainability at the highest levels of your academic course offerings.

A4E is your road map to ensuring that your students, and particularly students of color and low-income students, have access to and success in your most academically intense high school programs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups

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 students enrolled

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

Action For Equity

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Number of students who completed Equal Opportunity Schools' diagnostics, resulting in a 43-point Student Identity Card that is used by educators/counselors to support student access to advanced study.

Number of teachers trained

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

Action For Equity

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Teachers receive training in how to utilize Equal Opportunity Schools' diagnostic tools to provide 360 perspective on students' abilities to more equitably succeed in advanced coursework.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

EOS aims to partner with school districts across the nation to address the systemic barriers found in school districts and to shift the narrative around who can enroll in rigorous coursework, by shifting adult mindset, breaking down barriers of participation, increasing student sense of belonging, and changing school culture.

EOS collaborates and leads districts on their equity initiatives, which are needed to ensure underserved and underrepresented students, especially students of color and low-income students, have equitable access and opportunity to enroll in rigorous coursework.

Equal Opportunity Schools partners with school, district, county, state, and national leaders to close race and income enrollment gaps in AP and IB programs, while also maintaining or increasing the success of these programs.

The process spans four phases, carried out over multiple years. We work closely with our partner schools to gather context, examine critical data from the perspectives of students and staff, create a set of strategies for engagement and advocacy, and ultimately enroll diverse students in AP/IB classes. We support schools in monitoring their growing equitable AP/IB programs for success, sustainability, and student belonging.

Since each individual school starts with a unique baseline and sets their custom equity goals, the duration of each phase can vary. EOS's partnership model is designed to meet schools where they're at and provide the service and supports needed to increase student access, belonging, and success.

Equal Opportunity Schools' is comprised of 70 changemakers who are interacting with partner districts on a daily basis.

Through the implementation and integration of our Action For Equity partnership, Equal Opportunity Schools has identified tens of thousands (and counting) students of color and low-income students-among active partners, from our inception, to enroll in AP or IB courses. EOS has partnered with over 650 schools in 210 districts across 33 states.

EOS has partnered with more than 650 schools in 210 districts across 33 states and has identified tens of thousands of students who have enrolled in rigorous coursework.

EOS has pivoted from a one partnership phase to a four phased approach, and most recently has pivoted to offer certain components virtually due to environmental (COVID19) restrictions.

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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Equal Opportunity Schools
Fiscal year: Aug 01 - Jul 31
Financial documents
2022 Equal Opportunity Schools 2021 Final Audit FS July 31, 2021 2019 Final Audited Report July 2019
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14.85 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Equal Opportunity Schools

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data

Equal Opportunity Schools

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data

Equal Opportunity Schools

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Equal Opportunity Schools’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

Created in partnership with

Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $2,081,353 $1,534,346 $786,879 $2,834,850 $9,106,666
As % of expenses 29.5% 17.7% 7.3% 26.2% 64.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $2,049,435 $1,195,938 $760,999 $2,401,825 $9,057,875
As % of expenses 28.9% 13.2% 7.1% 21.3% 63.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $10,449,343 $7,914,855 $13,967,461 $11,869,783 $21,501,552
Total revenue, % change over prior year 27.2% -24.3% 76.5% -15.0% 81.1%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.7% 1.6% 0.8% 1.2% 0.0%
Government grants 56.0% 86.7% 52.4% 53.8% 43.1%
All other grants and contributions 43.3% 11.6% 46.9% 45.0% 56.9%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $7,059,426 $8,690,429 $10,721,745 $10,831,674 $14,123,122
Total expenses, % change over prior year 23.7% 23.1% 23.4% 1.0% 30.4%
Personnel 70.0% 69.6% 68.2% 72.7% 64.8%
Professional fees 3.2% 11.2% 8.9% 13.8% 17.2%
Occupancy 1.9% 1.8% 1.6% 2.9% 2.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 2.6% 0.7% 1.9% 0.2% 1.1%
All other expenses 22.3% 16.6% 19.3% 10.4% 14.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $7,091,344 $9,028,837 $10,747,625 $11,264,699 $14,171,913
One month of savings $588,286 $724,202 $893,479 $902,640 $1,176,927
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,216,100
Fixed asset additions $32,501 $0 $229,939 $437,375 $56,582
Total full costs (estimated) $7,712,131 $9,753,039 $11,871,043 $12,604,714 $16,621,522

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.7 2.2 2.0 3.4 8.6
Months of cash and investments 10.4 8.4 8.1 10.1 20.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 8.0 8.2 7.3 9.8 15.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $2,783,576 $1,574,796 $1,828,208 $3,045,611 $10,089,588
Investments $3,356,242 $4,523,043 $5,385,851 $6,106,670 $13,657,810
Receivables $3,871,728 $3,168,957 $6,369,933 $6,429,403 $2,914,787
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $191,468 $202,377 $432,316 $441,935 $542,085
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 44.9% 59.6% 33.9% 34.3% 45.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.3% 6.8% 11.5% 14.5% 24.0%
Unrestricted net assets $4,820,711 $6,016,649 $6,777,648 $9,179,473 $18,237,348
Temporarily restricted net assets $5,342,390 $3,048,197 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $5,342,390 $3,048,197 $5,767,647 $4,579,751 $2,402,655
Total net assets $10,163,101 $9,064,846 $12,545,295 $13,759,224 $20,640,003

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Eddie Lincoln

Eddie is passionate about issues of social justice and educational equity. He is deeply committed to closing the opportunity gap for underrepresented youth and is proud to be an active member of his community. Most recently, Eddie served as the Assistant Director for K-12 Partnerships as part of the Seattle University Youth Initiative, a community engagement effort focused on strengthening education and support systems for neighborhood youth and their families. In his role, he successfully partnered with Seattle Public Schools to develop programs which address gaps in services and learning opportunities. Eddie also served as the University liaison to staff, students, and community partners interested in engaging in school-based projects and programming. Eddie has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Seattle University and a Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Equal Opportunity Schools

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Show data for fiscal year
Compensation data
Download up to 5 most recent years of officer and director compensation data for this organization

Equal Opportunity Schools

Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Show data for fiscal year
Compensation data
Download up to 5 most recent years of highest paid employee data for this organization

Equal Opportunity Schools

Board of directors
as of 01/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
Download the most recent year of board of directors data for this organization
Board chair

Joanne Harrell

Edward Lee Vargas


Joanne Harrell


Eric Weaver

Universities Space Research Association

Ronald Fortune

Doug Borchard

New Profit

Stephen Fink


Jere King

Stanford Women on Boards

Deborah Wilds

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/8/2022

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/30/2020

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

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.


Fiscal year ending
There are no fundraisers recorded for this organization.