Mission: Eastside is a nonprofit, tuition-free secondary school focused on opening new doors for low-income students who will be of the first generation in their families to go to college. Our three-year college readiness program, summer session, residential program, and alumni and career pathways program all provide critical layers of support that enable our students to meet the expectations of our challenging college preparatory curriculum and succeed in college and beyond.

In a community in which fewer than 40% of students graduate from high school, Eastside students are blazing a new trail of academic success: since our founding in 1996, over 99% of our graduates have been admitted to four-year colleges and universities. Eastside students who are the first in their families to go to college create a ripple effect, changing their own lives, the lives of their families, and the life of their community.

Eastside College Preparatory School is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1999, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.eastside.org/

  1041 Myrtle Street
East Palo Alto CA 94303 

  650-688-0850


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The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for Eastside College Preparatory School is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

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Exceptional

This charity's score is 92.99, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year published by the IRS. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

80.0%


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. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

13.1%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

6.7%


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Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

0.5%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.05


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

11.76 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

2.42%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
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No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

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  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Policies


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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

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Transparency


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Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Chris Bischof, Principal

$160,905 (1.65% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

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:

Other sports club (BMF activity code: 288)


Foundation Status:

School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) (BMF foundation code: 11)


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

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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.


Eastside College Preparatory School reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery


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

In order to support our school community through the pandemic, we added several new programs and forms of support (see below for more information). We launched a COVID-19 Emergency Fund, which helped us cover these new expenses.


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

When we closed our campus in March of 2020, many Eastside families were already struggling with the high cost of living and the rising cost of housing in the Bay Area. Reduced employment hours and subsequent job losses quickly led to even greater challenges for many. As our faculty adjusted lesson plans, revised curricula, and learned new tools for distance learning, we also began introducing new initiatives to help our students, alumni, and families. These included daily meals, mental healthcare, technology for distance learning, and emergency scholarships for college students. These forms of support enabled our students and alumni to continue focusing on their education and making progress toward their shared goal of becoming first-generation college graduates. In such an unusually challenging time, we feel very lucky to have been able to offer all of these new forms of support while also sustaining our core programming.


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

Please see our answer to the question above: we began offering several new forms of support for Eastside students, alumni, and families. Additionally, to prepare to open our campus in the fall of 2021, we completed renovations to improve airflow and reduce the risk of disease transmission. This included upgrading air filters, adding a new filtration ionization system, and installing operable windows in every classroom and office.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Faculty members have reflected that the tools used for distance learning (such as Zoom, Google Classroom, and Hapara) will continue to be helpful in the years to come, and that some of the adjustments they made to lesson plans may be worth maintaining. For example, as part of our Career Pathways Program, we typically invite volunteers to campus to do mock and informational interviews with students. During the 2020-21 school year, instead of doing mock interviews, students recorded themselves answering interview questions, and then volunteers provided feedback on their responses. This provided students with valuable preparation for phone screenings. Similarly, informational interviews were held via Zoom, which enabled professionals who live and work outside our immediate area to participate. We were therefore able to draw from a wider pool than we had in previous years, pairing students with professionals who work in their fields of interest and whose roles match their skillsets.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
4/1/20222020 92.99
11/1/20212019 92.27
12/23/20202019 90.22

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

9/3/20192018 93.30
4/1/20192017 93.29
12/1/20182016 93.42
2/1/20182016 91.09
12/1/20162015 91.12
6/1/20162014 95.04
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 93.25
5/1/20152013 94.91
4/1/20152013 92.13
12/20/20132012 88.77
11/6/20122011 93.67
9/20/20112010 88.65
Rating Version: 1.0
10/1/20102009 88.19
6/1/20082007 95.33
4/1/20072006 98.14
11/1/20062005 93.80
5/1/20052004 95.40
12/1/20042003 98.27

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...   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

Eastside College Preparatory School 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.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Eastside College Preparatory School reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$7,586,029

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


Educating Students


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...   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 Eastside College Preparatory School is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

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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


Eastside is a nonprofit, tuition-free secondary school focused on opening new doors for low-income students who will be of the first generation in their families to go to college. Our three-year college readiness program, summer session, residential program, and alumni and career pathways program all provide critical layers of support that enable our students to meet the expectations of our challenging college preparatory curriculum and succeed in college and beyond. In a community in which fewer than 40% of students graduate from high school, Eastside students are blazing a new trail of academic success: since our founding in 1996, over 99% of our graduates have been admitted to four-year colleges and universities. Eastside students who are the first in their families to go to college create a ripple effect, changing their own lives, the lives of their families, and the life of their community.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Educational equity for students who are historically underrepresented in higher education.


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: Help all students become independent learners through developing their academic mindset, especially around self-efficacy, effort and persistence.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Two: Continue to develop curriculum and support for student wellness, social emotional learning, and executive function skills through advising program and community resources.

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


Goal Three: Build on alumni support to increase college retention, graduation rates, and successful transitions into professional careers. Collect data and feedback from alumni to evaluate our school program.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


What has gotten in the way of your oganization pursuing this investment?

During the past 18 months, we had to make many programmatic changes to adapt to the pandemic. As described under "Share how COVID-19 affected your nonprofit," we transitioned to a distance learning curriculum, and also introduced several new forms of support for our school community, including family meals, technology for distance learning, mental healthcare, and emergency scholarships for alumni in college. Given the extraordinary time and resources these efforts required, leadership development was less of a priority during the past year and a half.

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

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

We partner with Foothill College to offer courses such as psychology and statistics, for which students can earn college credits. On average, students earn 23 Foothill credits before graduating, which not only gives them the confidence that they can master college-level material, but also a significant head-start on completing their college requirements. We also partner with local nonprofits and businesses to match our alumni with summer internships in their fields of interest. This provides critical experience for our college students, who must find their first job opportunities without the professional networks and social capital their more affluent peers possess. Additionally, community service is an integral part of an Eastside education. In their junior year, all students complete Community Action and Reflective Engagement (CARE) projects, in which they take on community service commitments focused on a single organization and create reflections they present to younger students.

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.


As we have described, we launched a distance-learning curriculum in March 2020. We also introduced several new forms of support for students, alumni, and families, including daily meals, mental healthcare, technology for distance learning, and emergency scholarships for college students. A handful of students remained in the dorms: those with the highest need for supportive housing who were also willing to commit to being part of the Eastside dormitory “bubble.” Our residential faculty (RFs) continued to be in daily communication with boarding students who returned to their family homes, checking in on their progress and providing both emotional and academic support. Most of our college and career coaching was already done online or over the phone since our graduates live around the country, so in some ways our alumni programming was adjusted less dramatically than our high school programming. However, our alumni team did introduce three new programs for college students who were unable to secure summer internships due to the pandemic: 1. A human-centered design challenge, offered in partnership with the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Students served as design consultants for local non-profits, with the goal of helping to solve a challenge the organization has identified. 2. A networking bootcamp, during which students participated in Eastside-hosted workshops, virtual brown bag sessions, and independently scheduled networking conversations. 3. A professional development program, in which alumni chose from a variety of pre-approved courses (through platforms such as Stanford Continuing Studies, Coursera, and Data Camp). Despite many obstacles, our students and alumni persevered, and while much of the near future is still uncertain, we know our efforts to support first-generation students are more important now than ever before.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Chris Bischof

Principal

Chris Bischof

Board President

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This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

Eastside College Preparatory School has earned a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 100/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

100

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

100/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 100 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 11 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


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Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. 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.


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Methodology


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Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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