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Aspire! Afterschool Learning

aka Aspire!   |   Arlington, VA   |  www.aspireafterschool.org
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Aspire! Afterschool Learning

EIN: 54-1705642


Mission

Aspire's mission is to expand learning opportunities that help historically underserved young people fulfill their potential through afterschool and summer learning programs that support and connect families, schools, and communities. Aspire envisions an Arlington where all children have access to the support they need to grow, graduate high school, and succeed as learners.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Paula Fynboh

Main address

PO Box 41318

Arlington, VA 22204 USA

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Formerly known as

Greenbrier Learning Center

EIN

54-1705642

Subject area info

Education services

Out-of-school learning

Reading promotion

Tutoring

Child welfare

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Population served info

Children and youth

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Historically underserved students need access to the same opportunities that challenge their more affluent peers' imagination, open doors to emerging fields, and develop a lifelong love of learning. The pandemic shined a light on the opportunity gap, and also widened it. Many students entered our afterschool program in the fall of 2021 and 2022 testing two grade levels behind where they should be in reading and math. Pandemic-related learning loss could have lifelong impacts. As an organization committed to racial equity and justice, we vowtoday and alwaysto purposefully identify, discuss, and challenge ourselves to understand and correct all inequities. We are an anti-racism organization. We will continue to address the achievement gap as our ongoing work toward racial equity and justice, and will work both within our own organization as well as within the systems and structures of our community to challenge racism.

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?

Learning ROCKS!

Learning ROCKS! reaches 130 students across three sites, providing daily after school and summer programming to students in 3rd-8th grades who are at-risk of falling into the achievement/opportunity gap. Targeted reading instruction and support, as well as general academic support / homework help and social-emotional development.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

"Best of" nonprofits in the DC area 2017

Catalogue for Philanthropy - DC

Emerging Leader Award - In Honor of Women, GLC's Executive Director 2009

American Society for Association Executives

Judith O'Connor Scholar, GLC's Executive Director 2010

BoardSource

"Best of" nonprofits in the DC area 2011

Catalogue for Philanthropy - DC

Youth Philanthropy Award 2010

Leadership Arlington

Community Partner of the Year 2019

Leadership Greater Washington

"Best of" nonprofits in the DC area 2007

Catalogue for Philanthropy- DC

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 free participants on field trips

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

Learning ROCKS!

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We believe that Field Trips offer exposure to opportunities, and vocabulary expansion, that they might not otherwise have.

Number of students per teacher during the reporting period

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

Learning ROCKS!

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We believe that keeping class sizes small enhances opportunities for one on one learning, and individual progress and growth.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

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

Learning ROCKS!

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Aspire offers a variety of hands-on STEM learning activities through our six-week summer camp and daily afterschool program, as well as community STEM events.

Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

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

Learning ROCKS!

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through a series of assessments, the students are evaluated at regular intervals throughout the school year with feedback given to assist with improvements in measured areas.

Number of students enrolled

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

Learning ROCKS!

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Post pandemic, we have seen a dramatic increase in the need for Aspire's services in the local school community across all grade levels.

Number of family members participating in school activities

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

Learning ROCKS!

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Throughout the school year, Aspire hosts multiple parent and community events to engage and update on student activities and successes.

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.

Theory of Change:
- Reading proficiency in upper elementary grades is strongly correlated with high school graduation (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2010 and 2014)
- By bolstering students' reading skills, they will be on track to graduate from high school.
- With a high school diploma, students will have all options open to them to lead productive, fulfilling lives.

Aspire's mission is to expand learning opportunities that help historically underserved young people fulfill their potential through afterschool and summer learning programs that support and connect families, schools, and communities. Aspire envisions an Arlington where all children have access to the support they need to grow, graduate high school, and succeed as learners.

Daily programming throughout the year (after school and in the summer), using evidence-based research to inform instructional practices (e.g. guided reading and project based learning).

Serve young people in grades 3rd through 8th most impacted by the opportunity gap during the critical transition years in preparation for middle and high school at no cost to their families.

Strengthen students' literacy, math, and foundational skills through evidence-based and experiential learning opportunities that accelerate achievement.

Create a seamless connection between schools, afterschool, and home.

Partner with families to support their childs learning and development.

We have exceed goals for each of the last five years.

There is high demand for our programs with long waiting lists at all of our sites. We would like to take our program to scale to meet more of the need.

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 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 get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

Aspire! Afterschool Learning
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 2013
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3.38

Average of 35.29 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

5.6

Average of 5.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

10%

Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Aspire! Afterschool Learning

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Aspire! Afterschool Learning

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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.

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Aspire! Afterschool Learning

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Aspire! Afterschool Learning’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.

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $1,114,439 $208,052 $21,923 $87,414 -$42,210
As % of expenses 176.8% 32.1% 2.2% 9.5% -3.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,113,299 $129,624 -$56,524 $8,704 -$118,723
As % of expenses 176.3% 17.9% -5.3% 0.9% -9.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,188,192 $781,897 $953,060 $1,026,050 $1,175,961
Total revenue, % change over prior year 111.9% -34.2% 21.9% 7.7% 14.6%
Program services revenue 5.6% 15.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.3% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 0.3%
Government grants 24.5% 23.1% 46.2% 30.1% 39.2%
All other grants and contributions 69.6% 61.6% 53.2% 69.9% 60.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $630,370 $647,454 $978,729 $920,761 $1,152,905
Total expenses, % change over prior year 9.8% 2.7% 51.2% -5.9% 25.2%
Personnel 80.7% 85.4% 66.7% 83.3% 83.2%
Professional fees 0.2% 1.9% 1.2% 5.6% 5.2%
Occupancy 4.4% 1.5% 0.0% 0.6% 0.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 14.8% 11.1% 32.1% 10.5% 10.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $631,510 $725,882 $1,057,176 $999,471 $1,229,418
One month of savings $52,531 $53,955 $81,561 $76,730 $96,075
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $871,278 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,555,319 $779,837 $1,138,737 $1,076,201 $1,325,493

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 6.3 5.9 3.5 7.9 5.6
Months of cash and investments 6.3 6.0 3.7 7.9 5.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.7 7.9 5.5 6.9 5.1
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $332,188 $316,224 $284,143 $607,579 $536,846
Investments $0 $9,630 $14,121 $0 $0
Receivables $72,236 $156,314 $155,703 $76,268 $125,532
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $873,292 $1,027,963 $1,028,565 $1,029,217 $1,030,815
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.3% 7.9% 15.5% 23.1% 30.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.5% 0.6% 0.5% 9.7% 13.3%
Unrestricted net assets $1,221,753 $1,371,921 $1,315,397 $1,324,101 $1,205,378
Temporarily restricted net assets $9,353 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $9,353 $49,270 $1,678 $9,734 $75,000
Total net assets $1,231,106 $1,421,191 $1,317,075 $1,333,835 $1,280,378

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Paula Fynboh

Paula Fynboh has extensive nonprofit leadership, program development, and equity and social justice experience at the local, national, and international levels. Paula has studied and practiced social change extensively and believes that real and sustainable change happens when people come together at the grassroots and community level around seemingly simple, yet powerful actions that shift the narrative and culture of what is acceptable. Since joining Aspire in 2021, Paula has led the development of Aspire’s next three-year strategic plan, resulting in record student enrollment across Aspire’s program locations and right-sizing Aspire’s staffing model. Her work ensures that Aspire is poised to respond to this growth, put Aspire’s values into action, and ensure more Aspire students have access to our high-quality and results-oriented program. Paula is excited to continue working and building partnerships that will close the educational opportunity gap in Arlington.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Aspire! Afterschool Learning

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Aspire! Afterschool Learning

Board of directors
as of 02/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Richard Knight

KPMG, LLP

Term: 2021 - 2023

Debbie Kaplan

Leadership Greater Washington

Sue Keith

Ceres Talent

Erika Dogan

Capital Petroleum Group, LLC

Caitlin Albright

Wells Fargo

Jim Arnold

Deliver Strategies

Michelle Cohen

Ifrah Law

Valerie Colimon

RSM US LLP

Timothy Cotman

Arlington Public Schools

Gitika Kaul

Compass

Rupal Lamorena

Accenture

Ligia Leon

AT&T

Jacqueline Malkes

SAS Federal LLC

Gail Markulin

Ret. Capital Markets

Tannia Talento

Arlington Public Schools

Claudia Williams

CCS Fundraising

Xochitl Yanez

State Farm Insurance

Doug Zimmerman

Carefree Boat Club

Christy Cole

CHC Philanthropy Services

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? 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 1/22/2024

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
White/Caucasian/European
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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/06/2023

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 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 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.