FOUNDATION FOR STUDENTS RISING ABOVE

Rating: 4.99 stars   73 reviews

Issues: Education, Philanthropy

Location: PO Box 29174 San Francisco CA 94129 USA

Mission: Students Rising Above helps exceptional low-income Bay Area high school students who are overcoming tremendous odds of poverty, homelessness, and neglect, to fulfill their dream of a college education. We provide the mentoring, financial assistance, and employment skills to be successful in school and in life.
Target demographics: low-income, first generation college students
Geographic areas served: the San Francisco Bay Area
Programs: college application assistance, pre-college readiness support, tuition assistance, career development workshops, paid summer internships, mentors and healthcare.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

As an educator, I think this organization is absolutely fantastic resource for underprivileged Bay Area students. I was so impressed with the student stories and the efforts of SRA, I am now both a donor and a volunteer mentor for two students. I can't say enough good things about the people involved and how the success of so many students happened because of SRA.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been so impressed by the work that SRA does. My son is married to a woman who was supported by this organization through college and now works for them. I have seen and heard about what good work they do. This is truly an organization that helps students who truly want and deserve the opportunity to go to college and life's circumstances were not there to have it happen until SRA showed up in their lives. The courage and drive of the organization is there to match that of the students who are truly rising above the circumstances that they grew up in.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SRA invests in low-income, first generation college students who have demonstrated a deep commitment to education and strength of character in overcoming tremendous odds of poverty. SRA help each student to realize his or her potential by guiding and supporting them through college graduation, and into the workforce. These are areas I struggled with through my college years. I feel greatly impressed that this type of organization is working hard to make a difference. I felt great to donate money to support this causse.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work harder to engage more young professionals to serve as mentors.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I became aware of SRA a few years ago through their student profiles on CBS 5. We started making modest donations and then increased them substantially after we understood how incredibly effective and efficient SRA is in accomplishing its mission of educating underserved youth. SRA became the primary recipient of our charitable contributions. Ultimately, we also signed up to be student mentors. All of our interactions with the leadership, staff, and volunteers at SRA have been fabulous - they have an excellent, highly motivated team. Their success rate speaks for itself.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

There are so many good causes out there. It's sometimes hard to know how to choose how to allocate your charitable giving "budget". But I have had no doubts about my giving to SRA - I've been a donor since their inception, and they receive more of my money than any other non-profit. Why? Because their success rate at what they do is fantastic and because they run a very lean organization. My donation to them makes a tangible difference in the lives of these smart hardworking students. They change the lives forever of every student they work with.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Students Rising Above is such a unique and truly inspiring organization. While tuition assistance is available for low income/high potential students, it is daunting for many to consider how they will afford to travel to school, where will the basic necessities come from and who will guide them through this "off to college" process. For many of the wonderful SRA students there is not a parent in their life....for others the parent is not able to be a resource. Through it's amazing volunteer mentors and very specifically targeted grants, SRA is able to help these fantastic students who have worked so hard to overcome their challenges. The high school student who is accepted into SRA's "class" will have the support and resources that they need (beyond tuition) to make their college experience a success. Their life will be changed forever.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting their students, hearing their stories and watching the amazing transformation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do everything possible to broaden the awareness of SRA throughout the community.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Hearing from the students directly and seeing first hand what enormous challenges they overcame on their journey. The obstacles in many cases go significantly beyond financial issues as some of the students have been through emotional turmoil at a young age, were homeless for a period or neglected. The children have the will, the drive and the work ethic to succeed - all self-imposed.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I was introduced to SRA a few years ago, at about the same time my own daughter was applying to, and subsequently leaving for, college. While my daughter is very independent and self-sufficient, there was still much input needed from her parents (and many other expenes outside of the tuition/room & board). It was hard to imagine a student going through this with no resouces. SRA IS that resource.

What would you tell others about this organization?

In addition to being a tremendous cause, the organization is Incredibly low overheard and very well manged.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

After learning about Students Rising Above from Wendy Tokuda on a TV segment in 2004, we decided this program makes a difference in young peoples' lives and ultimately in society. Since 1/2005 and our first contribution, we have continued to make Students Rising Above a part of our monthly giving. After seeing first hand, the difference this program makes, we decided to increase our monthly contribution. We are pleased to support a program which makes such a difference.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having the opportunity to meet and talk with several students the value of Students Rising Above is clear.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to publicize SRA, especially highlighting student successes.

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