Aspire Education

Oakland, CA   |
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Aspire Education

EIN: 20-5274459


Aspire Education is the Bay Area’s leader in effective supplemental education programming. For more than 15 years, we have promised-and delivered-real results to over 15,000 students by connecting them to a small community of educators and mentors stocked with content expertise and emotional intelligence. Our top priority is to empower students to grow in confidence, competence, and grit. We are driven by the conviction that although potential is equally distributed across lines of race and class, opportunity is not. Aspire is dedicated to interrupting patterns of inequity in our community, with the shared vision that all young people should have the opportunity for equally high outcomes without regard to where they start in life.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Kathleen Mautner

Main address

101 Broadway

Oakland, CA 94607 USA

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Subject area info

Elementary and secondary education

Reading promotion

Secondary education

Population served info

Children and youth

Ethnic and racial groups

Low-income people



NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

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?

One-on-one Tutoring

Our dynamic corps of tutors work across the academic subject spectrum, securing academic success for the students they support. Tutoring takes place in students' homes and at after-school centers, with reduced prices for families that cannot afford market rates.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Aspire partners with dozens of Bay Area organizations to design custom programs that empower students to reach greater results in college entrance exams or increase confidence and achievement levels in subjects in which they’ve struggled. While many of our programs typically deal with the SAT, ACT, or high school entrance exams, our specialists provide academic support in all subjects.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Community Reading Buddies mobilizes Bay Area young adults to mentor younger students in literacy and ignite them with a passion for reading. In turn, the young adults are trained in social-emotional skills that prepare them to become successful, independent community members.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

Where we work

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 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 don’t use any of these practices

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome


Aspire Education
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.86 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


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 Education

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Aspire Education

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 Education

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Aspire Education’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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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$13,952 -$91,393 $63,105 $28,564 -$139,066
As % of expenses -1.8% -14.5% 13.2% 6.0% -24.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$13,952 -$91,393 $63,105 $28,564 -$139,066
As % of expenses -1.8% -14.5% 13.2% 6.0% -24.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $758,003 $538,584 $544,726 $556,644 $398,667
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -28.9% 1.1% 2.2% -28.4%
Program services revenue 81.4% 71.4% 47.7% 33.5% 39.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 24.7% 22.6%
All other grants and contributions 18.6% 28.5% 26.9% 41.7% 37.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.2% 25.4% 0.1% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $765,632 $629,478 $477,720 $477,483 $564,993
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -17.8% -24.1% 0.0% 18.3%
Personnel 90.1% 88.9% 90.5% 78.5% 68.4%
Professional fees 2.5% 2.6% 2.9% 7.5% 13.9%
Occupancy 2.3% 2.9% 1.1% 3.2% 2.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.1% 2.4%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 5.0% 5.6% 5.2% 10.7% 12.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $765,632 $629,478 $477,720 $477,483 $564,993
One month of savings $63,803 $52,457 $39,810 $39,790 $47,083
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $1 $137,062 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $829,435 $681,935 $517,531 $654,335 $612,076

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 2.2 3.7 6.8 15.3 5.7
Months of cash and investments 2.2 3.7 6.8 15.3 11.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.1 0.9 2.7 3.4 -0.1
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $139,364 $193,877 $268,904 $607,021 $266,465
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $252,700
Receivables $53,131 $39,318 $29,854 $129,568 $33,927
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 30.0% 80.8% 64.1% 72.8% 100.5%
Unrestricted net assets $136,248 $44,855 $107,960 $136,524 -$2,542
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 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 $0 $0 $0 $64,400 $0
Total net assets $136,248 $44,855 $107,960 $200,924 -$2,542

Key data checks

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


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

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Executive Director

Kathleen Mautner

Since beginning her career as a high school teacher in New Orleans, Kathleen has dedicated her career to closing the opportunity gap in education. Kathleen has held district leadership roles focused on improving academic outcomes for all students. She was previously the Director of Community Reading Buddies at Aspire, where she brought her passion for literacy development and systems change to CRB. Kathleen holds a BA in Politics and Spanish from Scripps College and an MPP in Education from Vanderbilt University.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Aspire Education

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Aspire Education

Board of directors
as of 02/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Jack Woodruff

Fatemeh Khatibloo


Albert Liu

Insight Policy Research

Dana Sherry

St. Mary's College of California

Nancy Glasenk


Linda Delgado

West Contra Costa Unified School District

Mike Mccluer


Gwyneth Hutchinson

UC Berkeley

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 2/27/2024

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
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/04/2023

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

  • 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 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.