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Education : Scholarship and Financial Support

Student Sponsor Partners

Providing at-risk students in New York City with an opportunity of a quality education

four stars

92.91

424 Madison Avenue Suite 1002
New York, NY 10017
tel: (212) 986-9575   Web Site
EIN: 13-3392965

Board Leadership
Christopher J. Niehaus
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Debra Vizzi
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.91 four stars
  Financial 92.84 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1986, Student Sponsor Partners (SSP) has been providing at-risk students in New York City with the opportunity of a quality, non-public high school education, through the financial support and one-to-one guidance of a sponsor. SSP serves youths who are academically at-risk, financially disadvantaged, and socially needy (with roughly three-quarters of our population coming from single-parent homes). Each SSP student is paired with a Sponsor, who provides tuition assistance for the student to attend a private high school and serves as a role model and academic coach until graduation day. The combination of a committed Sponsor and a challenging scholastic environment dramatically improves SSP students' prospects, not only for earning their diplomas but also for achieving real and lasting life-success after high school.

Since 1986, Student Sponsor Partners (SSP) has been providing at-risk students in New York City with the opportunity of a quality, non-public high school education, through the financial support and one-to-one guidance of a sponsor. SSP serves youths who are academically at-risk, financially disadvantaged, and socially needy (with roughly three-quarters of our population coming from single-parent homes). Each SSP student is paired with a Sponsor, who provides tuition assistance for the student to attend a private high school and serves as a role model and academic coach until graduation day. The combination of a committed Sponsor and a challenging scholastic environment dramatically improves SSP students' prospects, not only for earning their diplomas but also for achieving real and lasting life-success after high school.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2019
Percentage of students who graduate high school and earn college acceptances
99
Hours of mentoring
8,880
Number of students enrolled
1,100
Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded
25,700,000
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

92.84

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
87.6%
  Administrative Expenses 6.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.13
  Program Expenses Growth 5.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Student Sponsor Partners on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Student Sponsor Partners on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email, School input
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
Based on feedback, we determined the best way to strengthen outputs and outcomes was to invest more time and be more active in mentorship relationships We have brought on new leadership to the mentoring team who are looking at data and cultivating relationships between students and mentors This also includes the integration of Innovative Mentoring Software in order to share notes and grades in real time Another update to enhance student outcomes are a cohort of Student Engagement Managers who joined our team to check in on students regularly, in addition to the School Coordinators who are school administrators that monitor Student Sponsor Partners participants These Student Engagement Managers have dedicated schools and students they meet with and advise
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Student Sponsor Partners (NY) 92.91 four stars
I Have A Dream Foundation - Los Angeles (CA) 85.94 three stars
Denver Scholarship Foundation (CO) 90.08 four stars
Futures in Education (NY) 86.19 three stars
Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Inc. (FL) 87.07 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,312,795
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $2,189,640
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,502,435
   Program Service Revenue $1,998
Total Primary Revenue $7,504,433
   Other Revenue $49,969
TOTAL REVENUE $7,554,402
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,037,195
   Administrative Expenses $470,584
   Fundraising Expenses $473,302
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,981,081
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-426,679
   
Net Assets $8,672,179

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Tuition Paid $7,037,195 100.0%

Ratings History
Student Sponsor Partners has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 08/01/2019 92.91 four stars
2017-08 12/21/2018 91.46 four stars
2016-08 03/01/2018 91.16 four stars
2015-08 11/01/2016 91.16 four stars
2014-08 08/01/2016 91.16 four stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 88.22 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 11/01/2015 87.83 three stars
2013-08 07/01/2014 81.57 three stars
2012-08 07/01/2013 83.14 three stars
2011-08 05/01/2012 83.87 three stars
2010-08 09/20/2011 89.93 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-08 07/01/2011 88.97 three stars
2009-08 08/01/2010 93.98 four stars
2008-08 07/01/2009 89.50 three stars
2007-08 08/01/2008 87.30 three stars
2006-08 04/01/2007 83.47 three stars
2005-08 05/01/2006 80.97 three stars
2004-08 04/01/2005 86.40 three stars
2003-08 06/01/2004 92.22 four stars
2002-08 06/09/2003 94.05 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-3392965
Name in IRS Master File STUDENT SPONSOR PARTNERSHIP INC
NTEE Code B95
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (40) Scholarships (other)
(328) Combat juvenile delinquency
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date February, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Debra Vizzi Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$238,998 2.99% Denise Durham Williams Former Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Student Sponsor Partners (NY) 92.91 four stars
Denver Scholarship Foundation (CO) 90.08 four stars
Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (PA) 95.72 four stars
Institute for Educational Advancement (CA) 85.43 three stars
The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund (NY) 93.57 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Student Sponsor Partners
424 Madison Avenue
Suite 1002
New York, NY 10017
tel: (212) 986-9575
fax: (917) 210-3846
EIN: 13-3392965

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Board Leadership

Christopher J. Niehaus
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Debra Vizzi
Executive Director

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