PROJECT GRAD USA

Address
2855 MANGUM ROAD SUITE A200
HOUSTON, TX 77092
Contact
Website: http://www.projectgradusa.org
Phone: +1 (832) 831-6039
Nonprofit
NTEE: B90 - Educational Services and Schools - Other
EIN: 76-0666426

Mission

THE MISSION OF PROJECT GRAD USA (GRAD) IS TO ENSURE A QUALITY PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS IN LOW-INCOME AREAS SO THAT MORE STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE FROM DISADVANTAGED BACKGROUNDS, GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL PREPARED TO EXCEL IN COLLEGE AND BEYOND. GRAD FOCUSES ITS EFFORTS EXCLUSIVELY ON CHRONICALLY LOW-PERFORMING SCHOOLS IN DISADVANTAGED NEIGHBORHOODS. THE MISSION OF EACH GRAD ACADEMY, AS PART OF THE GRAD ACADEMIES NETWORK OF PROJECT GRAD USA, IS TO PROVIDE ALL STUDENTS WITH AN OUTSTANDING 21ST CENTURY EDUCATION, TO PREPARE THEM FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS, AND TO INSPIRE THEM TO BECOME ENGAGED PARTICIPANTS IN OUR DEMOCRACY.
 20162015201420132012
Basic features of the organization
Year of formation1994
Subsection code03
PF filing required0    
Metropolitan statistical area3362
Form of organization
CorporationTrue
Human resources, including compensation
Summary compensation info
Total compensation of current key personnel$553,813.00$852,501.00   
Sum of reportable (W2/1099) compensation$374,946.00$807,502.00 $340,184.00$429,653.00
Number of employees6483 3343
Number of people compensated >$100k35 12
Number of volunteers00 00
Number of highly compensated contractors00 0 
Personnel
Beck, Sally
Title   CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICERCHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Name of key/compensated person   SALLY W BECKSALLY W BECK
Position of compensated person
Current officer   TrueTrue
Average hours per week working for org   20.0010.00
Reportable compensation from org   $51,000.00$21,000.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs   $0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs    $0.00$0.00
Boykin, Wade
Title    ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Name of key/compensated person    WADE BOYKIN
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org    8.00
Reportable compensation from org    $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs    $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs     $0.00
Brace, Klaudia
Title    CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Name of key/compensated person    KLAUDIA BRACE
Position of compensated person
Current officer    True
Average hours per week working for org    43.30
Reportable compensation from org    $53,595.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs    $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs     $0.00
D, Marcy
TitleCHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICERCHEIF ACADEMIC OFFICER   
Name of key/compensated personMARCY SINGER-GABELLA PH DMARCY SINGER-GABELLA PH D   
Position of compensated person
Current officerTrueTrue   
Average hours per week working for org40.0040.00   
Reportable compensation from org$19,371.00$121,021.00   
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00   
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00   
Dunwoody, W
TitleCHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDCHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDCHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Name of key/compensated personW MCCOMB DUNWOODYW MCCOMB DUNWOODY W MCCOMB DUNWOODYW MCCOMB DUNWOODY
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org8.008.00 8.008.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Feinberg, Mike
TitleBOARD MEMBERBOARD MEMBER BOARD MEMBERBOARD MEMBER
Name of key/compensated personMIKE FEINBERGMIKE FEINBERG MIKE FEINBERGMIKE FEINBERG
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org8.008.00 8.008.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Funkhouser, Peggy
Title    ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Name of key/compensated person    PEGGY FUNKHOUSER
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org    8.00
Reportable compensation from org    $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs    $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs     $0.00
Ketelsen, James
Title    FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN EMERITU
Name of key/compensated person    JAMES L KETELSEN
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org    8.00
Reportable compensation from org    $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs    $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs     $0.00
Nix, William
Title    ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Name of key/compensated person    WILLIAM NIX
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org    8.00
Reportable compensation from org    $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs    $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs     $0.00
Ogden, Daryl
TitleCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Name of key/compensated personDARYL OGDENDARYL OGDEN DARYL OGDENDARYL OGDEN
Position of compensated person
Current officerTrueTrue TrueTrue
Average hours per week working for org43.3440.00 43.3043.30
Reportable compensation from org$230,625.00$251,982.00 $192,489.00$141,355.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Oliver, Greg
Title VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONSVICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS
Name of key/compensated person GREG OLIVER GREG OLIVERGREG OLIVER
Position of compensated person
Current officer True TrueTrue
Average hours per week working for org 40.00 43.3043.30
Reportable compensation from org $113,622.00 $90,445.00$36,549.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00 $0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00 $0.00$0.00
Owens, Nikia
Title    VICE PRESIDENT, COLLEGE ACCESS
Name of key/compensated person    NIKIA OWENS
Position of compensated person
Current officer    True
Average hours per week working for org    43.30
Reportable compensation from org    $25,254.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs    $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs     $0.00
Pitts, J
Title CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER   
Name of key/compensated person J DOUGLAS PITTS   
Position of compensated person
Current officer True   
Average hours per week working for org 40.00   
Reportable compensation from org $165,993.00   
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00   
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00   
Rivera, Robert
Title    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER-OUTGOING
Name of key/compensated person    ROBERT RIVERA
Position of compensated person
Current officer    True
Average hours per week working for org    43.30
Reportable compensation from org    $48,111.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs    $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs     $0.00
Schacht, Henry
Title    ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Name of key/compensated person    HENRY B SCHACHT
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org    8.00
Reportable compensation from org    $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs    $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs     $0.00
Schleusener, Anna
Title CHIEF OF STAFF   
Name of key/compensated person ANNA SCHLEUSENER   
Position of compensated person
Current officer True   
Average hours per week working for org 40.00   
Reportable compensation from org $45,000.00   
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00   
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00   
Shaw, Tamala
TitleVICE PRESIDENT OF SCHOOL DVICE PRESIDENT OF SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT   
Name of key/compensated personTAMALA BOYD SHAWTAMALA BOYD SHAW   
Position of compensated person
Current officerTrueTrue   
Average hours per week working for org40.0040.00   
Reportable compensation from org$124,950.00$109,884.00   
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00   
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00   
Singer-Gabella, Marcy
Title   BOARD MEMBER 
Name of key/compensated person   MARCY SINGER-GABELLA 
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org   8.00 
Reportable compensation from org   $0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs   $0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs    $0.00 
Staff, Joel
TitleCHIEF OPERATING OFFICERBOARD MEMBER BOARD MEMBERBOARD MEMBER
Name of key/compensated personJOEL STAFFJOEL STAFF JOEL STAFFJOEL STAFF
Position of compensated person
Current officerTrue    
Average hours per week working for org8.008.00 8.008.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Tullock, J
Title    ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Name of key/compensated person    J LAURENS TULLOCK
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org    8.00
Reportable compensation from org    $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs    $0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs     $0.00
Welsh, Carol
Title   VICE PRESIDENT, COLLEGE ACVICE PRESIDENT, COLLEGE ACCESS
Name of key/compensated person   CAROL WELSHCAROL WELSH
Position of compensated person
Current officer   TrueTrue
Average hours per week working for org   43.3043.30
Reportable compensation from org   $6,250.00$103,789.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs   $0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs    $0.00$0.00
Wick, Chad
TitleBOARD MEMBERBOARD MEMBER BOARD MEMBERBOARD MEMBER
Name of key/compensated personCHAD P WICKCHAD P WICK CHAD P WICKCHAD P WICK
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org8.008.00 8.008.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Wyatt, Joe
TitleVICE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDVICE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDVICE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Name of key/compensated personJOE B WYATTJOE B WYATT JOE B WYATTJOE B WYATT
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org8.008.00 8.008.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Purpose: mission, activities, & accomplishments
Mission or significant activitiesTHE MISSION OF THE ORGANIZATION IS TO ENSURE A QUALITY PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR ALL AT RISK CHILDREN IN ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES SO THAT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES INCREASE AND GRADUATES ARE PREPARED TO ENTER AND BE SUCCESSFUL IN COLLEGE.THE MISSION OF THE ORGANIZATION IS TO ENSURE A QUALITY PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR ALL AT RISK CHILDREN IN ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES SO THAT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES INCREASE AND GRADUATES ARE PREPARED TO ENTER AND BE SUCCESSFUL IN COLLEGE. THE MISSION OF THE ORGANIZATION IS TO ENSURE A QUALITY PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR ALL AT RISK CHILDREN IN ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES SO THAT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES INCREASE AND GRADUATES ARE PREPARED TO ENTER AND BE SUCCESSFUL IN COLLEGE.THE MISSION OF THE ORGANIZATION IS TO ENSURE A QUALITY PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR ALL AT RISK CHILDREN IN ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES SO THAT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES INCREASE AND GRADUATES ARE PREPARED TO ENTER AND BE SUCCESSFUL IN COLLEGE.
Program service expenses, total$4,511,341.00$4,361,277.00 $1,936,703.00$2,037,405.00
Programs, including revenue & expenses
PROJECT GRAD USA (GRAD) HAS OVER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE SUCCESSFULLY SERVING SOME OF THE HIGHEST-NEED SCHOOLS IN THE NATION. THE TRADITIONAL GRAD "PARTNERSHIP" MODEL WAS CONTINUED IN 2013 IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, WHERE GRAD, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, SERVED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THROUGH IT'S PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE ACCESS CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM. THROUGH THIS PROGRAM, GRAD WORKED WITH STUDENTS IN FOUR HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN PENNSYLVANIA THROUGH MAY 2013, PROVIDING TUTORING AND COLLEGE ACCESS COUNSELING IN ORDER TO INCREASE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES AND READINESS FOR COLLEGE. WHEN GRAD'S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ENDED IN MAY, ONE PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PENNSYLVANIA, WOODLAND HILLS, CHOOSE TO ENGAGE GRAD ON THEIR OWN TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE COLLEGE ACCESS COUNSELING AND TUTORING FOR THE 2013/2014 SCHOOL YEAR.GRAD WAS NAMED AN OFFICIALLY AUTHORIZED PROGRAM OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION UNDER THE HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY ACT. IN 2012 GRAD WAS DESIGNATED AS AN OFFICIAL TURNAROUND PARTNER BY THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION. IN 2013, GRAD WAS NAMED THE OPERATOR OF DEAN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL, A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS. THIS SCHOOL SERVICES GRADES 9-12 IN A TECHNICAL/VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, AND GRAD BEGAN IT'S OPERATION OF THE SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER 2013 FOR THE 2013/2014 SCHOOL YEAR.GRAD BECAME AN OFFICIAL OPERATOR FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (ASD) OF TENNESSEEGRAD IN 2012 AS WELL. GRAD ACADEMY MEMPHIS, AN ASD HIGH SCHOOL, OPENED IN 2013. AT THIS ACADEMY, GRADS PROVEN COLLEGE ACCESS AND PARENT & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES HAVE BEEN INTEGRATED WITH THE NEW TECH NETWORK (NTN) MODEL TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE WRAP-AROUND SERVICES THAT FOSTER A COLLEGE-BOUND CULTURE. THESE MODELS HAVE SHOWN SUCCESS ACROSS A VARIETY OF POST-HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS, AND SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENTS. THE SCHOOL OPENED WITH 185 NINTH GRADE STUDENTS IN AUGUST 2013 FOR THE 2013/2014 SCHOOL YEAR.
Program expenses$4,511,341.00$4,361,277.00 $1,936,703.00 
Grants and allocations made   $0.00 
Program revenue$219,407.00$287,384.00 $415,448.00 
Program descriptionPROJECT GRAD USA (GRAD) HAS OVER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE SUCCESSFULLY SERVING SOME OF THE HIGHEST-NEED SCHOOLS IN THE NATION. THE TRADITIONAL GRAD "PARTNERSHIP" MODEL WAS CONTINUED IN 2013 IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, WHERE GRAD, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, SERVED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THROUGH IT'S PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE ACCESS CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM. THROUGH THIS PROGRAM, GRAD WORKED WITH STUDENTS IN FOUR HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN PENNSYLVANIA THROUGH MAY 2013, PROVIDING TUTORING AND COLLEGE ACCESS COUNSELING IN ORDER TO INCREASE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES AND READINESS FOR COLLEGE. WHEN GRAD'S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ENDED IN MAY, ONE PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PENNSYLVANIA, WOODLAND HILLS, CHOOSE TO ENGAGE GRAD ON THEIR OWN TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE COLLEGE ACCESS COUNSELING AND TUTORING FOR THE 2013/2014 SCHOOL YEAR.GRAD WAS NAMED AN OFFICIALLY AUTHORIZED PROGRAM OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION UNDER THE HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY ACT. IN 2012 GRAD WAS DESIGNATED AS AN OFFICIAL TURNAROUND PARTNER BY THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION. IN 2013, GRAD WAS NAMED THE OPERATOR OF DEAN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL, A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS. THIS SCHOOL SERVICES GRADES 9-12 IN A TECHNICAL/VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, AND GRAD BEGAN IT'S OPERATION OF THE SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER 2013 FOR THE 2013/2014 SCHOOL YEAR.GRAD BECAME AN OFFICIAL OPERATOR FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (ASD) OF TENNESSEEGRAD IN 2012 AS WELL. GRAD ACADEMY MEMPHIS, AN ASD HIGH SCHOOL, OPENED IN 2013. AT THIS ACADEMY, GRADS PROVEN COLLEGE ACCESS AND PARENT & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES HAVE BEEN INTEGRATED WITH THE NEW TECH NETWORK (NTN) MODEL TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE WRAP-AROUND SERVICES THAT FOSTER A COLLEGE-BOUND CULTURE. THESE MODELS HAVE SHOWN SUCCESS ACROSS A VARIETY OF POST-HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS, AND SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENTS. THE SCHOOL OPENED WITH 185 NINTH GRADE STUDENTS IN AUGUST 2013 FOR THE 2013/2014 SCHOOL YEAR.PROJECT GRAD USA (GRAD) HAS OVER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE SUCCESSFULLY SERVING SOME OF THE HIGHEST-NEED SCHOOLS IN THE NATION. THE TRADITIONAL GRAD "PARTNERSHIP" MODEL WAS CONTINUED IN 2013 IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, WHERE GRAD, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, SERVED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THROUGH IT'S PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE ACCESS CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM. THROUGH THIS PROGRAM, GRAD WORKED WITH STUDENTS IN FOUR HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN PENNSYLVANIA THROUGH MAY 2013, PROVIDING TUTORING AND COLLEGE ACCESS COUNSELING IN ORDER TO INCREASE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES AND READINESS FOR COLLEGE. WHEN GRAD'S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ENDED IN MAY, ONE PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PENNSYLVANIA, WOODLAND HILLS, CHOOSE TO ENGAGE GRAD ON THEIR OWN TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE COLLEGE ACCESS COUNSELING AND TUTORING FOR THE 2013/2014 SCHOOL YEAR.GRAD WAS NAMED AN OFFICIALLY AUTHORIZED PROGRAM OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION UNDER THE HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY ACT. IN 2012 GRAD WAS DESIGNATED AS AN OFFICIAL TURNAROUND PARTNER BY THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION. IN 2013, GRAD WAS NAMED THE OPERATOR OF DEAN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL, A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS. THIS SCHOOL SERVICES GRADES 9-12 IN A TECHNICAL/VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, AND GRAD BEGAN IT'S OPERATION OF THE SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER 2013 FOR THE 2013/2014 SCHOOL YEAR.GRAD BECAME AN OFFICIAL OPERATOR FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (ASD) OF TENNESSEEGRAD IN 2012 AS WELL. GRAD ACADEMY MEMPHIS, AN ASD HIGH SCHOOL, OPENED IN 2013. AT THIS ACADEMY, GRADS PROVEN COLLEGE ACCESS AND PARENT & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES HAVE BEEN INTEGRATED WITH THE NEW TECH NETWORK (NTN) MODEL TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE WRAP-AROUND SERVICES THAT FOSTER A COLLEGE-BOUND CULTURE. THESE MODELS HAVE SHOWN SUCCESS ACROSS A VARIETY OF POST-HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS, AND SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENTS. THE SCHOOL OPENED WITH 185 NINTH GRADE STUDENTS IN AUGUST 2013 FOR THE 2013/2014 SCHOOL YEAR. PROJECT GRAD USA (GRAD) HAS OVER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE SUCCESSFULLY SERVING SOME OF THE HIGHEST-NEED SCHOOLS IN THE NATION. THE TRADITIONAL GRAD "PARTNERSHIP" MODEL WAS CONTINUED IN 2013 IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, WHERE GRAD, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, SERVED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THROUGH IT'S PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE ACCESS CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM. THROUGH THIS PROGRAM, GRAD WORKED WITH STUDENTS IN FOUR HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN PENNSYLVANIA THROUGH MAY 2013, PROVIDING TUTORING AND COLLEGE ACCESS COUNSELING IN ORDER TO INCREASE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES AND READINESS FOR COLLEGE. WHEN GRAD'S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ENDED IN MAY, ONE PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PENNSYLVANIA, WOODLAND HILLS, CHOOSE TO ENGAGE GRAD ON THEIR OWN TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE COLLEGE ACCESS COUNSELING AND TUTORING FOR THE 2013/2014 SCHOOL YEAR.GRAD WAS NAMED AN OFFICIALLY AUTHORIZED PROGRAM OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION UNDER THE HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY ACT. IN 2012 GRAD WAS DESIGNATED AS AN OFFICIAL TURNAROUND PARTNER BY THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION. IN 2013, GRAD WAS NAMED THE OPERATOR OF DEAN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL, A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS. THIS SCHOOL SERVICES GRADES 9-12 IN A TECHNICAL/VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, AND GRAD BEGAN IT'S OPERATION OF THE SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER 2013 FOR THE 2013/2014 SCHOOL YEAR.GRAD BECAME AN OFFICIAL OPERATOR FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (ASD) OF TENNESSEEGRAD IN 2012 AS WELL. GRAD ACADEMY MEMPHIS, AN ASD HIGH SCHOOL, OPENED IN 2013. AT THIS ACADEMY, GRADS PROVEN COLLEGE ACCESS AND PARENT & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES HAVE BEEN INTEGRATED WITH THE NEW TECH NETWORK (NTN) MODEL TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE WRAP-AROUND SERVICES THAT FOSTER A COLLEGE-BOUND CULTURE. THESE MODELS HAVE SHOWN SUCCESS ACROSS A VARIETY OF POST-HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS, AND SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENTS. THE SCHOOL OPENED WITH 185 NINTH GRADE STUDENTS IN AUGUST 2013 FOR THE 2013/2014 SCHOOL YEAR. 
PROJECT GRAD USA RECEIVED FUNDING FROM THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION TO PILOT ITS COLLEGE READINESS INITIATIVE IN ATLANTA WITH THREE HIGH SCHOOLS AND TWO FEEDER MIDDLE SCHOOLS. THE MODEL IS DESIGNED TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS COMPLETING HIGH SCHOOL PREPARED TO SUCCEED IN COLLEGE AND CAREER. GRAD IMPLEMENTED A SUMMER BRIDGE EXPERIENCE TO FACILITATE THE TRANSITION FROM 8TH TO 9TH GRADE FOR STUDENTS IN THE PILOT DURING BOTH YEARS OF THE GRANT. PROJECT GRAD PROVIDED TUTORING SUPPORT IN LITERACY AND MATH TO THE TARGETED MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS AND CONDUCTED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR THEIR TEACHERS. PROJECT GRAD USA STAFF PROVIDED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE LITERACY AND MATH COACHES IN THE TARGET MIDDLE SCHOOLS TO BUILD CAPACITY IN THE SYSTEM. PROJECT GRAD USA ALSO BUILT IT CAPACITY IN THE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS WITH THE HIRING OF THREE STAFF MEMBERS.
Program description    PROJECT GRAD USA RECEIVED FUNDING FROM THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION TO PILOT ITS COLLEGE READINESS INITIATIVE IN ATLANTA WITH THREE HIGH SCHOOLS AND TWO FEEDER MIDDLE SCHOOLS. THE MODEL IS DESIGNED TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS COMPLETING HIGH SCHOOL PREPARED TO SUCCEED IN COLLEGE AND CAREER. GRAD IMPLEMENTED A SUMMER BRIDGE EXPERIENCE TO FACILITATE THE TRANSITION FROM 8TH TO 9TH GRADE FOR STUDENTS IN THE PILOT DURING BOTH YEARS OF THE GRANT. PROJECT GRAD PROVIDED TUTORING SUPPORT IN LITERACY AND MATH TO THE TARGETED MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS AND CONDUCTED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR THEIR TEACHERS. PROJECT GRAD USA STAFF PROVIDED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE LITERACY AND MATH COACHES IN THE TARGET MIDDLE SCHOOLS TO BUILD CAPACITY IN THE SYSTEM. PROJECT GRAD USA ALSO BUILT IT CAPACITY IN THE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS WITH THE HIRING OF THREE STAFF MEMBERS.
PROJECT GRAD WAS FORMED ON AUGUST 25, 1994, AS A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, AND BEGAN OPERATIONS IN HOUSTON, TEXAS IN MARCH 1995. IT WAS ESTABLISHED TO IMPROVE THE INSTRUCTIONAL QUALITY AND CULTURE OF AT-RISK FEEDER SYSTEMS (ALL THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS THAT FEED INTO A HIGH SCHOOL) IN THE HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE MISSION OF PROJECT GRAD IS TO ENSURE A QUALITY PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR ALL AT RISK CHILDREN IN ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES SO THAT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES INCREASE AND GRADUATES ARE PREPARED TO ENTER AND BE SUCCESSFUL IN COLLEGE. ON AUGUST 28, 2000, PROJECT GRAD USA WAS FORMED TO FACILITATE THE NATIONAL EXPANSION OF PROJECT GRAD COMPONENTS AND PROGRAMS INTO OTHER CITIES WITH AT-RISK INNER-CITY HIGH SCHOOLS AND FEEDER SYSTEMS. THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OFFICIALLY COMMENCED OPERATIONS ON JANUARY 1, 2001. AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2010, PROJECT GRAD USA HAS IMPLEMENTED THE GRAD MODEL IN KENAI PENINSULA, AK; LOS ANGELES, CA; ATLANTA, GA; NEWARK, NJ; LONG ISLAND, NY; AKRON, OH; CINCINNATI, OH; LORAIN, OH; NEW ORLEANS, LA; PHILADELPHIA, PA; KNOXVILLE, TN; BROWNSVILLE, TX; AND HOUSTON, TX. IN ADDITION, PROJECT GRAD USA BEGAN A STATEWIDE INITIATIVE IN 2008 IN PENNSYLVANIA, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE PENNSYLVANIA HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE AGENCY. THIS PROGRAM, KNOWN AS THE PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE ACCESS CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM, TARGETS STUDENTS IN FOUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS, INCREASING THEIR ABILITY TO GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL AND ACHIEVE COLLEGE SUCCESS. PROJECT GRAD USA RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION IN OCTOBER OF 2008 TO DEVELOP NATIONAL CAPACITY AND PILOT GRAD'S COLLEGE READINESS INITIATIVE (CRI). CRI IS BEING PILOTED IN ATLANTA, AND WITH ADDITIONAL FUNDING, WILL EXPAND TO BE THE BLUEPRINT FOR GRAD'S WORK NATIONALLY.
Program expenses    $2,037,405.00
Grants and allocations made    $54,500.00
Program revenue    $666,849.00
Program description    PROJECT GRAD WAS FORMED ON AUGUST 25, 1994, AS A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, AND BEGAN OPERATIONS IN HOUSTON, TEXAS IN MARCH 1995. IT WAS ESTABLISHED TO IMPROVE THE INSTRUCTIONAL QUALITY AND CULTURE OF AT-RISK FEEDER SYSTEMS (ALL THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS THAT FEED INTO A HIGH SCHOOL) IN THE HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE MISSION OF PROJECT GRAD IS TO ENSURE A QUALITY PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR ALL AT RISK CHILDREN IN ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES SO THAT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES INCREASE AND GRADUATES ARE PREPARED TO ENTER AND BE SUCCESSFUL IN COLLEGE. ON AUGUST 28, 2000, PROJECT GRAD USA WAS FORMED TO FACILITATE THE NATIONAL EXPANSION OF PROJECT GRAD COMPONENTS AND PROGRAMS INTO OTHER CITIES WITH AT-RISK INNER-CITY HIGH SCHOOLS AND FEEDER SYSTEMS. THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OFFICIALLY COMMENCED OPERATIONS ON JANUARY 1, 2001. AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2010, PROJECT GRAD USA HAS IMPLEMENTED THE GRAD MODEL IN KENAI PENINSULA, AK; LOS ANGELES, CA; ATLANTA, GA; NEWARK, NJ; LONG ISLAND, NY; AKRON, OH; CINCINNATI, OH; LORAIN, OH; NEW ORLEANS, LA; PHILADELPHIA, PA; KNOXVILLE, TN; BROWNSVILLE, TX; AND HOUSTON, TX. IN ADDITION, PROJECT GRAD USA BEGAN A STATEWIDE INITIATIVE IN 2008 IN PENNSYLVANIA, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE PENNSYLVANIA HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE AGENCY. THIS PROGRAM, KNOWN AS THE PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE ACCESS CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM, TARGETS STUDENTS IN FOUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS, INCREASING THEIR ABILITY TO GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL AND ACHIEVE COLLEGE SUCCESS. PROJECT GRAD USA RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION IN OCTOBER OF 2008 TO DEVELOP NATIONAL CAPACITY AND PILOT GRAD'S COLLEGE READINESS INITIATIVE (CRI). CRI IS BEING PILOTED IN ATLANTA, AND WITH ADDITIONAL FUNDING, WILL EXPAND TO BE THE BLUEPRINT FOR GRAD'S WORK NATIONALLY.
THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (PDE), THROUGH THE COLLEGE ACCESS GRANT (CACGP), WILL AGAIN PARTNER WITH PROJECT GRAD AND THE PENNSYLVANIA HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE AGENCY (PHEAA) TO DELIVER COORDINATED COLLEGE PREPARATORY SERVICES THAT HAVE BOTH DEPTH AND BREADTH, AMOUNTING TO $3.5 MILLION PER YEAR FOR FIVE YEARS. DEPTH WILL BE PROVIDED THROUGH INTENSIVE SERVICES DELIVERED BY PROJECT GRAD USA TO STUDENTS IN TWELVE LOW-INCOME AND BELOW-PROFICIENT HIGH SCHOOLS, AND THEIR FEEDER MIDDLE SCHOOLS. THROUGH THIS MODEL, PROJECT GRAD WILL PROVIDED A FULL-TIME, ON THE GROUND, COLLEGE ACCESS PRESENCE IN THE CHOSEN SCHOOL DISTRICTS.AS REFLECTED IN THE ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REPORT SUBMITTED TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THE PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE ACCESS CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM (A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN PDE, PHEAA AND GRAD) PROVIDED 51,576 DIRECT SERVICES TO 7,043 STUDENTS AT 11 FOCUS HIGH SCHOOLS AND THEIR FEEDER MIDDLE SCHOOLS. THIS PROGRAM REACHED 2,650 STUDENTS THROUGH TUTORING, AND PRESENTED 280 FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOPS FOR 14,000 PARENTS ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA. IT ALSO CONDUCTED 48 COLLEGE TOURS AND 44 COLLEGE FORUMS THAT ASSISTED 932 STUDENTS AND 2,583 STUDENTS, RESPECTIVELY.THE PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE OF POSTSECONDARY AND HIGHER EDUCATION WILL ENSURE CACGP IMPLEMENTATION, EFFECTIVE PROGRAM DELIVERY, QUALITY CONTROL AND WILL SUPPORT BUY-IN WITH THE TARGETED DISTRICTS AND THE STATEWIDE EFFORT.
Program description    THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (PDE), THROUGH THE COLLEGE ACCESS GRANT (CACGP), WILL AGAIN PARTNER WITH PROJECT GRAD AND THE PENNSYLVANIA HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE AGENCY (PHEAA) TO DELIVER COORDINATED COLLEGE PREPARATORY SERVICES THAT HAVE BOTH DEPTH AND BREADTH, AMOUNTING TO $3.5 MILLION PER YEAR FOR FIVE YEARS. DEPTH WILL BE PROVIDED THROUGH INTENSIVE SERVICES DELIVERED BY PROJECT GRAD USA TO STUDENTS IN TWELVE LOW-INCOME AND BELOW-PROFICIENT HIGH SCHOOLS, AND THEIR FEEDER MIDDLE SCHOOLS. THROUGH THIS MODEL, PROJECT GRAD WILL PROVIDED A FULL-TIME, ON THE GROUND, COLLEGE ACCESS PRESENCE IN THE CHOSEN SCHOOL DISTRICTS.AS REFLECTED IN THE ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REPORT SUBMITTED TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THE PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE ACCESS CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM (A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN PDE, PHEAA AND GRAD) PROVIDED 51,576 DIRECT SERVICES TO 7,043 STUDENTS AT 11 FOCUS HIGH SCHOOLS AND THEIR FEEDER MIDDLE SCHOOLS. THIS PROGRAM REACHED 2,650 STUDENTS THROUGH TUTORING, AND PRESENTED 280 FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOPS FOR 14,000 PARENTS ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA. IT ALSO CONDUCTED 48 COLLEGE TOURS AND 44 COLLEGE FORUMS THAT ASSISTED 932 STUDENTS AND 2,583 STUDENTS, RESPECTIVELY.THE PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE OF POSTSECONDARY AND HIGHER EDUCATION WILL ENSURE CACGP IMPLEMENTATION, EFFECTIVE PROGRAM DELIVERY, QUALITY CONTROL AND WILL SUPPORT BUY-IN WITH THE TARGETED DISTRICTS AND THE STATEWIDE EFFORT.
Financial data
Revenue
Total revenue$5,091,123.00$4,092,002.00 $3,916,841.00$3,261,085.00
Revenue from contributions (total)$4,871,716.00$3,804,618.00$1,616,099.00$3,296,032.00$2,594,178.00
Investment income, current yr$0.00$0.00 $0.00$58.00
Total revenue from grants, etc., current yr$4,871,716.00$3,804,618.00 $3,296,032.00$2,594,178.00
Total unrelated business revenue$0.00$0.00 $205,361.00$0.00
Other revenue, current yr$0.00$0.00 $205,361.00$17,177.00
Net unrelated business taxable revenue$0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Program service revenue (total)$219,407.00$287,384.00$614,338.00$415,448.00$649,672.00
Gross receipts$5,091,123.00$4,092,002.00 $3,916,841.00$3,261,085.00
Sources of contributions
Revenue from gov't grants$3,834,823.00$2,888,982.00 $332,481.00$1,800,660.00
Revenue from all other contributions$1,036,893.00$915,636.00 $2,963,551.00$793,518.00
Other types of revenue
Miscellaneous revenue (total)   $205,361.00 
Income from dividends, interest, and similar investments    $58.00
Net rental income $0.00$0.00$0.00$17,177.00
Expense categories (totals)
Total functional expenses: sum of all$6,641,944.00$6,314,140.00 $3,665,489.00$2,842,407.00
Total functional expenses: program service $4,511,341.00$4,361,277.00 $1,936,703.00$2,037,405.00
Total functional expenses: management and general$1,633,310.00$1,362,036.00 $871,145.00$620,857.00
Total functional expenses: fundraising$497,293.00$590,827.00 $857,641.00$184,145.00
Fees for services
Legal fees (total)$12,604.00$16,691.00 $4,191.00$1,300.00
Fundraising service fees (total)$0.00$0.00 $0.00$0.00
Assets and liabilities
Total assets$1,190,082.00$2,170,045.00$708,984.00$272,353.00$367,363.00
Total assets, beginning of year$2,170,045.00$708,984.00 $367,363.00$666,687.00
Total liabilities$2,836,737.00$2,265,879.00$481,877.00$995,018.00$1,144,680.00
Total liabilities, beginning of year$2,265,879.00$481,877.00 $1,144,680.00$1,787,635.00
Pledges & accounts receivable, net    $0.00
Unrestricted net assets, end of yr-$1,802,273.00-$585,755.00 -$4,401,043.00-$4,455,695.00
Temporarily restricted net assets$155,618.00$489,921.00 $3,678,378.00$3,678,378.00
Net assets-$1,646,655.00-$95,834.00 -$722,665.00-$777,317.00
Net assets, beginning of year-$95,834.00$227,107.00 -$777,317.00-$1,120,948.00
Other assets$994.00$31,948.00   
Investments: other securities    $0.00
Cash: non-interest bearing$315,874.00$328,710.00 $203,825.00$36,511.00
Cash: non-interest bearing, beginning of year$328,710.00$51,199.00 $36,511.00$46,153.00
Loans and other payables to key persons$1,336,200.00$510,000.00   
Other financial variables
Revenue less expenses-$1,550,821.00-$2,222,138.00 $251,352.00$418,678.00
Savings & temp cash investment$1,784.00$2,376.00 $65.00 
Accounts receivable, net$352,881.00$1,063,186.00 $68,463.00$330,852.00
Accounts payable & accrued expenses$990,232.00$1,154,769.00 $600,018.00$769,680.00
Unsecured notes & loans to unrelated parties$405,000.00$405,000.00   
Secured mortgages and notes payable$105,305.00$196,110.00 $395,000.00$375,000.00
Total net assets or fund balances-$1,646,655.00-$95,834.00 -$722,665.00-$777,317.00
Depreciation, depletion, amortization$327,144.00$249,891.00   
Governance and accountability
Number of voting members77 77
Number of independent voting members00 00
Financial sheets auditedTrueTrue   
Audit on consolidated basisTrueTrue   
Accrual accountingTrueTrue TrueTrue
Tax year start date2015-07-012014-07-01 2013-01-012012-01-01
Tax year end date2016-06-012015-06-012014-06-012013-12-012012-12-01
Has local chaptersTrueTrue TrueTrue
Indicators for schedules (selected)
Outstanding loan to key person or disqualified personTrueTrue   
Grants to domestic org/gov't >$5k    True
Metadata about the filing
E-return type: 990, 990EZ, or 990PF990990 990990
Reason for form submission
Address change   True 
Date e-filing submitted2017-09-202016-08-10 2014-12-292014-01-08
IRS schema version2015v3.02014v6.0 2013v3.02012v2.1
Filing identifier201741329349302849201631379349304258 201433219349301638201333199349305988
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