New Haven Promise
28 Lincoln Way
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 28 Lincoln Way
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 776-6473 x
Fax 203-785-0082
E-mail info@newhavenpromise.org
Web and Social Media
Nearly 450 Scholars, family and community members came together at the Omni Hotel in August 2013 to celebrate Promise's third cohort as they head off to colleges around the state. In the program's third year, a record number of New Haven seniors applied and qualified for Promise.
Mission

New Haven Promise is a scholarship and support program designed to promote college education as an aspiration for all New Haven Public School students.

New Haven Promise's mission is to build a culture in the public schools in which students aspire to attend and graduate from college; to provide financial support for those students; and to facilitate their return to live, work, and serve in the greater New Haven community.
New Haven Promise envisions a community where all young people gain the education and experience required to function productively in a knowledge-based economy.  
 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2010
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Patricia Melton
Board Chair Dr. Peter Salovey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Yale University
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $3,059,520.00
Projected Expenses $3,059,520.00
Statements
Mission

New Haven Promise is a scholarship and support program designed to promote college education as an aspiration for all New Haven Public School students.

New Haven Promise's mission is to build a culture in the public schools in which students aspire to attend and graduate from college; to provide financial support for those students; and to facilitate their return to live, work, and serve in the greater New Haven community.
New Haven Promise envisions a community where all young people gain the education and experience required to function productively in a knowledge-based economy.  
 
Background

Yale University, the City of New Haven, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and New Haven Public Schools announced and launched New Haven Promise on November 9, 2010. The original goal of Promise was to incentivize academic achievement and to ensure the existence of an educated workforce to function in the city's knowledge-based economy. 

 
The scholarship program was then phased in with the first entering cohort receiving the full scholarship amount in 2014. As classes enter college at full funding, Promise will reach full implementation in 2017 (i.e. when all classes enrolled in college will be receiving the full scholarship amount). At that point, Promise expects to disburse approximately $3 million per year.  
 
The past three years have resulted in the tremendous growth of programming for Promise Scholars. From the emergence of a summer internship program to a nationally-recognized peer mentoring program, New Haven Promise is focusing more and more on supporting students through school and ensuring they have opportunities back in New Haven upon graduation. A particular space of growth has been college affordability beyond the Promise Scholarship, focusing on financial literacy and education regarding other sources of college funding for residents of the greater New Haven region.  
 
After five years of incubation within and support from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Promise launched as an independent 501(c)(3) organization this year. As an independent organization, Promise looks forward to expanding programming even further moving forward. 
Impact

New Haven Promise currently has four primary goals:

• Foster a college-going culture among New Haven public school students and motivate students to gain admission to college

• Broaden and deepen community support for the New Haven Promise program

• Motivate scholars to graduate from college within four years 

• Facilitate scholars' return to live, work, and participate fully in the greater New Haven Community

Over 750 New Haven students have qualified for Promise since the program’s inception and gone on to enroll at in-state Connecticut colleges and universities. For the 2015-2016 academic year, Promise will have disbursed over $1.7 million in scholarship dollars. Since 2010, Promise has disbursed nearly $4 million. Through its partnership with New Haven Public Schools, Promise has impacted roughly 23,000 City students. The ultimate effect is the emergence of a college-going culture in which students have the incentive and financial support to pursue and graduate from college. 
 
However, New Haven Promise has expanded beyond just disbursing scholarships. For instance, in just two years, the New Haven Promise Internship Program has placed more than 75 students in paid summer positions throughout the City of New Haven. Now in our third year of the program, we expect that number to continue to increase dramatically. The result is that students are able to gain valuable work experience in their fields, earn money to pay down their expected summer contribution, and develop professional networks in their city. 
 
In addition, Promise has spent the past year expanding programming and broadening its abilities to address college affordability even beyond the city. With the implementation of fafsanewhaven.org, a college affordability resource for all families within greater New Haven, Promise launched a three-part series of events to help students and their families prepare for college, including film screening and financial workshops.
Needs
Gifts made to New Haven Promise, a component fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, support outreach to students and parents, events such as our Scholar Celebration and on-campus receptions, leadership and networking initiatives for Promise Scholars, and more.
CEO Statement

New Haven Promise is one of the nation’s largest and most visible responses to a problem faced by numerous cities across the country. With outward migration, economic decline, and poor education outcomes becoming more and more ubiquitous nationally, place-based scholarships like New Haven Promise have emerged as a potential solution. In the past five years, New Haven Promise has indeed had a tremendous impact on the City of New Haven. We hope you’ll join us for the next five years to continue to provide support for the future leaders of New Haven.

Our Promise program has become a leader in this national movement, offering extensive programming and support for our scholars at every stage of their academic and professional development. Our Promise Internship Program is a testament to our growth and ability to adapt to the needs of our students, and our nationally recognized peer mentor program continues to provide on-campus support. Additionally, we have extended our programming to offer college affordability resources to students and their families across greater New Haven.
 
Promise has also become a vital voice for students in the city, representing their interests and leveraging our scholarship dollars to secure even more benefit for students. This year, we announced a partnership with the University of Connecticut that will result in a guaranteed $5,000 renewable award for all Promise Scholars in addition to their New Haven Promise Scholarships. We hope this is a first step to many more agreements as colleges and university’s compete for New Haven’s best and brightest students.
 
As we prepare to reach full implementation and distribute more than $3 million per year to our scholars, we look forward to expanding programming further. New Haven Promise has taken an important first step in our future development through establishing ourselves as an independent 501(c)(3) after five years of incubation within The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. We hope you’ll join us in the next five years as we continue to increase opportunities for students across the region and ensure the vitality of New Haven for decades to come.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Scholarships & Student Financial Aid
Areas Served
New Haven
West Haven
New Haven Promise serves the students of the City of New Haven, Connecticut through scholarship funding and internship programming. However, New Haven Promise also provides programming to benefit all of the region's residents, including hosting and creating financial literacy and college affordability events and materials.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

New Haven Promise is an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Since its foundation, Promise has received generous support from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. The Community Foundation funds and administers Promise. For more information about The Community Foundation, please view its profile on giveGreater.org.

Programs
Description
New Haven Promise Scholarships pay up to full tuition at in-state public colleges and up to $2,500 annually at in-state private colleges for students who: live in New Haven, attend New Haven public schools, earn a 3.0 GPA in high school, maintain a 90% attendance rate, have a positive disciplinary record, and complete 40 hours of community service.
 
Students with a high school GPA between 2.5 and 2.9 who meet the other eligibility requirements for Promise are eligible for Passport to Promise. Passport is a competitive scholarship program that provides students with a $1,000 scholarship in their freshman year with the opportunity to become a full Promise Scholar by maintaining a 2.0 GPA in college.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / Adults /
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Promise has seen an increase in the number of students who qualify for the scholarship as well as the number of students who accept the award each year since the program's inception. In 2013, a record 486 students applied for a Promise scholarship; 203 qualified and 169 accepted the scholarship.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
New Haven Promise Scholarships are a substantial incentive for families with school-age children to live in New Haven. The program will help to enhance New Haven's growth, stability and economic development.
 
The benefits of increasing the number of New Haven residents with a college education are astounding:  High school graduates are healthier and live longer than high school dropouts; college graduates are 3.5 times less likely to be unemployed than high school dropouts; as the number of college graduates in a metropolitan area increases by 10%, individuals' earnings increase by 7.7%.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. New Haven Promise's success will be measured in tandem with New Haven School Change, the school district's nationally recognized school reform effort. In coming years we will measure our success by looking at the number of high school dropouts, college matriculation and retention rates and the number of Promise scholarship recipients.
Description

The Partnership is a holistic continuum of support services for students and parents that begins in kindergarten and follows a student through college graduation into their career.

In the K-8s, New Haven Promise Partnership helped create a college-going curriculum that serves as a feeder program for the work that College Summit, a nationally known college-readiness program, is doing in the NHPS high schools. Together, these two programs create a comprehensive preK-12 college-going curriculum.

In the community, the Partnership recruits volunteers who go door-to-door to speak with parents about how Promise can benefit their family.  The Partnership also offers college-focused financial literacy classes for parents with the goal of giving parents the information they need to help their student make an informed choice about college.

The Partnership is developing on-campus support networks for our growing group of Promise Scholars currently enrolled in college. The Partnership will also offer internships, resume and job interview training to help our students succeed in college and life.

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / /
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

New Haven Public Schools is one of the first school districts in the nation to implement a preK-12 college-going program. In May 2011, Pathways to Promise was launched to map the work being done in the high schools through the District’s partnership with College Summit. College Summit, a nationally recognized nonprofit helps students connect the dots between college and career goals and the academic decisions they make each day. Over the next four years, College Summit will be phased in to all New Haven Public School high schools thanks to support from Yale-New Haven Hospital (New Haven Promise: Partnership’s flagship sponsor) and Wells Fargo.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. New Haven Promise: Partnership will instill an aspiration for college is all New Haven Public School students. In the long-term this will translate into lower high school dropout rates and higher college matriculation and retention rates.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. New Haven Promise and New Haven School Change, the school district's nationally recognized school reform effort, will both be monitored and evaluated by the New Haven Promise Board on an annual basis.
CEO/Executive Director
Patricia Melton
Term Start Aug 2012
Email info@newhavenpromise.org
Experience

Patricia Melton, a first-generation college student and graduate of Yale, is the Executive Director of New Haven Promise. Her career has spanned several educational levels — universities, traditional public schools, public charter schools and independent schools.

Most recently, Melton served as the Assistant Dean of Instruction for the Early College program at Vincennes University in Indianapolis, Ind. Early College blends high school and college: students simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate degree.

In that post, Melton developed the strategic plan for Ben Davis University High School and implemented the plan at six other schools. The BDU partnership is one of the highest performing early colleges in the nation: 100 percent of BDU students received their high school diploma and 85 percent completed the associate degree from Vincennes University.

Melton rebranded and strengthened X-Mester, a signature program at BDU. The program pairs mostly first-generation aspiring college students — who study and live on a university campus for two weeks — with “fellows,” elite college students and graduates who serve as teachers, mentors and role models. Several of the fellows have since joined the educational field and participating students’ performance has improved by a cumulative full letter grade in just two years.

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Emily Byrne Nov 2010 - Dec 2012
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Comments
CEO Comments New Haven Promise is funded and administered by The Community Foundation. New Haven Promise staff (listed above) manage the day-to-day activities of the program. For more information about The Community Foundation, please view its profile on giveGreater.org.
Board Chair
Dr. Peter Salovey
Company Affiliation Yale University
Term July 2013 to Jan 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
William Ginsberg Community Foundation
Mayor Toni N. Harp City of New Havven
Dr. Dorsey Kendrick Gateway Community College
Patricia Melton New Haven Promise
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 3%
CEO Comments
The New Haven Promise Board (listed above) oversees New Haven Promise. The Community Foundation funds New Haven Promise. For more information about The Community Foundation, please view its profile on giveGreater.org.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $3,059,520.00
Projected Expenses $3,059,520.00
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902014
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
From 9902008
Audit Documents
Audit2014
Audit2013
Audit2012
Audit2011
Audit2010
Audit2009
Audit2008
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Letter
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
New Haven Promise Goes Door to Door2011View
C-O-L-L-E-G-E2011View
Five Things Parents & Guardians Need to Know2011View
New Haven Promise Helping 110 City Graduates Attend College2011View
Ivan Gets A Promise2011View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals ChartHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Revenue$51,684,416$49,800,638$54,294,041
Total Expenses$27,510,642$27,279,866$26,320,880
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$23,488,824$21,763,689$17,910,009
Government Contributions$531,732$769,136$900,000
Federal----$900,000
State------
Local------
Unspecified$531,732$769,136--
Individual Contributions------
------
------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$27,663,860$27,267,813$35,484,032
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$23,332,037$23,117,438$22,011,575
Administration Expense$2,493,683$2,484,027$3,089,811
Fundraising Expense$1,684,922$1,678,401$1,219,494
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.881.832.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%85%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%7%6%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$443,530,278$416,295,565$363,752,780
Current Assets$17,124,979$15,080,330$12,790,395
Long-Term Liabilities$562,332$552,145$540,560
Current Liabilities$1,300,963$2,893,625$3,242,652
Total Net Assets$441,666,983$412,849,795$359,969,568
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --The Community Foundation of North West Connecticut $2,697,987
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Connecticut Association of the Performing Arts $2,500,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.165.213.94
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments

New Haven Promise was incorporated on December 31, 2015. We are in the first fiscal year and will file the first Form 990 by the end of November 2016.

Foundation Staff Comments

The financials listed for this profile are that of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, which funds and administer New Haven Promise. For more information about The Community Foundation, please visit its profile on giveGreater.org.

Address 28 Lincoln Way
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 776-6473
Contact Email info@newhavenpromise.org
CEO/Executive Director Patricia Melton
Board Chair Dr. Peter Salovey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Yale University

 

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