At each annual meeting, our board selects a beneficiary for the following year's capital campaign. That selection process is informed by a variety of criteria, including mission focus, organizational efficiency, leadership, and perhaps most importantly, degree and timing of need.
Our capital contribution recognizes excellence in mission management and acknowledges that financial resources are often the only remaining piece in the "concept to implementation" puzzle.
2019 Campaign: City Year
City Year is an education nonprofit (and partner of AmeriCorps) dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. It partners with public schools in 29 high-need communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members act as mentors and tutors, providing research-based support to help students stay on track to graduate high school, prepare for college, and envision career success.
City Year believes education has the power to help all students reach their potential, and we agree. Here are a few other reasons why we’ve chosen to support this organization in 2019:
Since its founding in 1988, City Year has served more than two million children, completed over 57 million service hours, and graduated more than 30,000 alumni.
City Year helps students in high-need communities overcome challenges and external factors that can impede their attendance rates and ability to learn. Schools are typically only designed to offer additional supports to 15% of students, but in high-poverty communities, 50% or more of students need additional supports.
Students who work with City Year AmeriCorps members are 2-3x more likely to improve on state assessments in math and English.
Research shows that students stay in school, are more engaged, and perform better academically when they feel supported by at least one adult who is part of their educational experience.
City Year provides a powerful double bottom line: improved outcomes for students in high-need schools and the cultivation of the next generation of educational leaders (in the form of City Year alumni).