Mission: The mission of the Ron Brown Scholar Program is to accelerate the progress of African Americans into the mainstream of leadership in business, education, government, ... (More)

Ron Brown Scholar Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2014, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.ronbrown.org

 485 HILLSDALE DRIVE
Charlottesville VA 22901-5734



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated entirely from a single beacon score: 100% Finance & Accountability


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Ron Brown Scholar Fund is a passing score

This V4 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

70.39%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

20/21 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Audited

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$250,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $250,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

3.45%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



MICHAEL A MALLORY, PRESIDENT & CEO

$256,600


VANESSA M EVANS, ASSIST. SECRETARY

$178,473


DANE HOLMES, TRUSTEECHAIRMAN

$0


JORDAN GOLDBERG, TREASURER

$0


NICOLE BATES, VICE CHAIR

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Scholarships (other) (BMF activity code: 040)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Ron Brown Scholar Fund reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Support Services for Undergraduate Scholars: • With the sudden shuttering of colleges and universities many of our Scholars found themselves facing housing and food insecurity. An Emergency Fund was created for undergraduates who could not return home to assist with current needs for cost of housing, medication, food and utilities Fundraising: • Loss of fundraising opportunities and sponsorship revenue from cancellation of primary in-person fundraising event and leadership conferences • Loss of non-refundable pre-purchased items for fundraising event • Increased electronic solicitation in absence of in-person events Selection Process: • Loss of non-refundable flights for 24 finalists flying from out of state to Washington, DC for their Selection Weekend of events Communications: • Scaled down on printed communications and mass mailings as part of cost-cutting measures Operations: • Costs of scaling up technology and updates for virtual meetings and events


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

The pandemic’s effect on our program offerings has been twofold: on the one hand, it created new needs we have had to address with new services; on the other hand, it forced us to rethink how we deliver our programming. We confronted the most pressing set of new demands in Spring 2020. As colleges across the country responded to the rapid spread of COVID-19, many of our college-age Scholars found themselves with no way to provide for their own basic necessities. The closure of dorms and dining halls meant that our Scholars suddenly faced food and housing insecurity. The Ron Brown Scholar Program sprang immediately into action: our alumni contributed generously to a COVID-19 emergency fund, which we used to supply the wants of students in need. In response to the psychological toll, which took longer to unfold, we created a Self-Care zoom series, helped students find psychological support and counseling, and did our best to make the mental health of our Scholars and Alumni a priority.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

While we have had remote staff and interns in the past, most of the employees of the Ron Brown Scholar Program work out of our office in Charlottesville, VA. COVID-19 forced us to shift to a work-from-home model that has actually proved quite effective. We formalized our biweekly staff meetings, have come to rely more heavily on phone and Zoom conversations than impromptu chats in the hallway. Each year, our Selection Committee reviews thousands of applications from students around the country. Where in the past we have typically interviewed each of the finalists in person, this too shifted to a virtual event. And although we doubled the number of scholarships we offered this year, the lack of travel meant we were able to involve more of our supporters in this process, and complete it in the same amount of time it would normally have taken.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Our internal polling suggests, in spite of the impossibility of meeting in person, our Scholars and alumni feel more connected to our program than ever before. This is thanks in large part to the effort we’ve put into outreach and virtual programming. We designed these programs as replacements for our usual gatherings, but going forward we will retain them as supplements to our face-to-face programs. The redoubled focus on mental health and explicit engagement with social justice will remain as well. Finally, our successful transition to WFH has shown us that we can, if necessary, accommodate remote work—both occasionally on the part of those of us who live here in Charlottesville and more permanently for interns and employees who live elsewhere.


...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Ron Brown Scholar Fund cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

Learn more about Impact & Results.

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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Ron Brown Scholar Fund reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$2,204,506

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


Scholarship Grants


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Ron Brown Scholar Fund is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Cultivating tomorrow’s leaders today. The Ron Brown Scholar Program is committed to advancing higher education by improving the lives of intellectually gifted, community and public service-minded African Americans, by accelerating their progress into impactful leadership roles and opportunities.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


The vision of the Ron Brown Scholar Program is to cultivate the next generation of transformational leaders who positively impact their communities and blaze new paths in their chosen careers and professions.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Create new partnerships with outside organizations which build the professional expertise of our scholars and alumni.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Two: Scale up to reach more high school students within our Guided Pathway Support Program to provide a more clearly defined pathway to college.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Expand services offered to our constituencies both at the undergraduate level and graduate level to better prepare them for career and beyond.

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Our staff are encouraged to attend training workshops and to collaborate with peers outside of our organizations to gain better insight into best practices and to develop new ideas and strategies.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

The Ron Brown Scholar Program has partnered with several organizations brought about by Board relationships and organizational memberships. Staff continue to present at national leadership conferences, mission specific events and staff/board are often invited to be strategic partners or sit on Boards with different organizations.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Our internal polling suggests, in spite of the impossibility of meeting in person, our Scholars and alumni feel more connected to our program than ever before. This is thanks in large part to the effort we’ve put into outreach and virtual programming. We designed these programs as replacements for our usual gatherings, but going forward we will retain them as supplements to our face-to-face programs. The redoubled focus on mental health and explicit engagement with social justice will remain as well. Finally, our successful transition to WFH has shown us that we can, if necessary, accommodate remote work—both occasionally on the part of those of us who live here in Charlottesville and more permanently for interns and employees who live elsewhere.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Ron Brown Scholar Fund is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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