What we do for Kids

The Crucial role of Nonprofits

The data are clear. Our children of color, those who live in poverty and those who are learning English do far less well academically when compared with their more affluent, white counterparts. Our public schools, while endeavoring to narrow the oft-cited achievement gap continue to struggle in this quest. Adverse student-teacher ratios, the scarcity of qualified teachers, deteriorating school buildings all contribute to the mediocrity of our educational system. Nonprofit adjuncts are crucial in moving the needle of success for these kids. Educationally and community focused nonprofits are doing what our schools simply cannot provide, especially in children’s social and emotional development.

Volunteer tutors help to reduce the often-large student/teacher ratio in classrooms. By working with those least or most successful, tutors allow the teachers to focus on the majority of students in their classrooms. Volunteers who continue to show up for these students create relationships that reinforce the notion that every child can succeed if given the opportunity. Organizations providing volunteer tutors attempt to measure their effect on educational outcomes for their tutees. This is inherently complex and while they can take some of the credit for increased student achievement, are constantly reminded by academicians that the relationships built with students are more important overall for the students than a better score on the next math test.

The need for mentors continues to be enormous. Many students suffering from adverse childhood experiences need a trusted, non-family member adult who will listen and provide emotional support. The social-emotional issues facing many students are what are holding them back academically, not for want of intelligence. Research bears out that well-conceived mentor programs help children stay in school, graduate and become net-contributors to society.

Restorative justice programs are allowing students who have made poor choices the opportunity to avoid the school-to-prison pipeline so prevalent in many communities.

Programs in art, music, dance, theatre, chess, and bridge for example, allow students to develop skills and to succeed, thus paving the way for academic success as well.

Additionally, programs that teach parents how to participate in their children’s educational success are provided by nonprofits in low-income and immigrant communities.

These and many other programs are delivered by the nonprofit community that is increasingly underfunded. Nonprofits in a community, all doing incredible work on behalf of children are soliciting the same group of funders, dividing the same dollars, although among a growing group of nonprofits. OnePercent for Education will facilitate much needed funding for organizations providing these crucial services to our vulnerable students.

OnePercent for Education will:

  • Facilitate significant financial support to nonprofits engaged in helping students succeed in school and in life.
  • This increased level of support will enable more of our kids to stay in school, graduate and be better prepared for college or career.

This will be accomplished by:

  • Recruiting 500 business members financially committed to supporting education.

  • Recruiting 50 foundations as members financially committed to supporting education.

  • Recruiting 500 individuals financially committed to supporting education.
  • Enlisting and approving educationally focused nonprofits to be funded.
  • Creating and monitoring the granting mechanism for businesses and individuals to support educational nonprofits.
  • Providing the infrastructure as well as oversight to ensure transparent, effective support of all transactions between business, foundation, individual members and nonprofit membership.