Human Services : Social Services

Per Scholas

Opening doors to technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities.

four stars

93.19

804 East 138th Street 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10454
tel: (718) 991-8400   Web Site
EIN: 04-3252955

Board Leadership
Dwayne Brown
Chair

CEO
Plinio Ayala
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.19 four stars
  Financial 91.24 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Per Scholas' mission is to open doors to technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities. We envision a future where individuals from any community can access well-paying career positions, and where talent is recognized and recruited from many diverse sources.

Founded in 1995, Per Scholas first worked to bridge the digital divide for families and children in New York by increasing access to personal computers. Since 1998, we have focused on ensuring the opportunity for adults (18+) to learn 21st century technological skills through rigorous, hands-on training leading to careers in IT. Today we provide our solutions in six cities across the country: Atlanta, GA; Greater Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; the National Capital Region; and New York. To date, Per Scholas has graduated more than 5,600 individuals from its trainings and placed more than 4,100 in jobs nationwide.

Per Scholas' mission is to open doors to technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities. We envision a future where individuals from any community can access well-paying career positions, and where talent is recognized and recruited from many diverse sources.

Founded in 1995, Per Scholas first worked to bridge the digital divide for families and children in New York by increasing access to personal computers. Since 1998, we have focused on ensuring the opportunity for adults (18+) to learn 21st century technological skills through rigorous, hands-on training leading to careers in IT. Today we provide our solutions in six cities across the country: Atlanta, GA; Greater Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; the National Capital Region; and New York. To date, Per Scholas has graduated more than 5,600 individuals from its trainings and placed more than 4,100 in jobs nationwide.

Impact Information

This charity has reported a measure of cost-effectiveness: how much impact (per dollar) your donation will have on the charity's social outcome. The cost-effectiveness calculation was performed using protocols developed by ImpactMatters, an independent auditor of philanthropic impact.

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Program Name: Per Scholas
Program Activities
Per Scholas provides free, high­-quality job training and support services to talented young people. Per Scholas then partners with large I.T. employers to place graduates in jobs.
Impact Statement
$8,000 increases the earnings of a low­-income adult by $13,000.
Impact Assessment
5/5
Assessment Benchmark
Impact assessments of workforce training programs are based on income generated relative to cost. Programs receive a 5/5 assessment if they increase income for a beneficiary by more than $1.50 for every $1 spent and a 4/5 assessment if income increases by more than $0.85 for every $1 spent. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the threshold for cost-effectiveness, it earns a 3/5 assessment.
Methodology
Using data reported by Per Scholas, ImpactMatters analysts calculated impact.
Data Source
Outcome data collected through the research organization M.D.R.C for a study funded by the Social Innovation Fund. M.D.R.C. conducted the evaluation, collecting baseline data and three­ year follow­-up data through surveying, administrative data and other sources.
Method for Attributing Outcomes
WorkAdvance’s impact was measured using a random assignment design, often referred to as the "gold standard" in evaluation. Randomization ensures there are no systematic differences between participants and the control group they are compared to.
Details
Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on December 1, 2018.
This impact information is current as of June 2020, when it was provided to us by ImpactMatters. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

91.24

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
80.6%
  Administrative Expenses 13.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.76
  Program Expenses Growth 23.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 30.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Per Scholas on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Per Scholas on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,779,926
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $43,175
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $11,823,101
   Program Service Revenue $7,820,863
Total Primary Revenue $19,643,964
   Other Revenue $5,067
TOTAL REVENUE $19,649,031
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $12,733,320
   Administrative Expenses $2,256,775
   Fundraising Expenses $864,271
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $15,854,366
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,794,665
   
Net Assets $9,620,136

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$292,438 1.84% Plinio Ayala President & CEO

Mission

Per Scholas' mission is to open doors to technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities. We envision a future where individuals from any community can access well-paying career positions, and where talent is recognized and recruited from many diverse sources.

Founded in 1995, Per Scholas first worked to bridge the digital divide for families and children in New York by increasing access to personal computers. Since 1998, we have focused on ensuring the opportunity for adults (18+) to learn 21st century technological skills through rigorous, hands-on training leading to careers in IT. Today we provide our solutions in six cities across the country: Atlanta, GA; Greater Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; the National Capital Region; and New York. To date, Per Scholas has graduated more than 5,600 individuals from its trainings and placed more than 4,100 in jobs nationwide.

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Charity Contact Info

Per Scholas
804 East 138th Street
2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10454
tel: (718) 991-8400
fax: (718) 991-0362
EIN: 04-3252955

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Board Leadership

Dwayne Brown
Chair

CEO

Plinio Ayala
President & CEO