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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Recreation & Sports, Sports, Youth Development

Mission: Our mission is to help children develop skills necessary for success in school and life by learning chess.

Results: According to a study funded by the US Congress and conducted by the Northwest Regional Education Laboratory, students in the Chess for Success program: Tested 17% higher in math and 10% higher in reading. For more information on this research go to: http://www.chessforsuccess.org/schools/study

Target demographics: bridge the achievement gap

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 3,000 students in 71 schools, 19 districts and 9 counties.

Geographic areas served: title 1 schools in Oregon and SW Washington

Programs: after school chess clubs. We use chess as a vehicle to teach children strategy and critical thinking skills which directly transfer into the classroom. Our students have been proven to score 17% higher in math and 10% higher in reading. We are making a difference!

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Richard66


Rating: 5

For over 20 years Chess for Success has been helping students succeed one move at a time. For just over 5 years I have been in awe watching students gain confidence in their ability to solve complex problems, improve their focus, and learn the importance of respect and good sportsmanship. Many of the students from 5 years ago, when I started, are still participating. It has been so rewarding to watch their growth as students and to watch them take an active role in teaching new students. They have built the kind of confidence in their abilities that knows no limits. They know that no matter how difficult a problem they are given, the right amount of time and effort will get results. All this while playing a game that has a long history of being played with respect for your opponent.



Rating: 5

When I raised my hand to volunteer, I had no idea how wonderful the organization was. It helped 50 plus students learn how to play chess effectively. The students learned more than just how to move pieces across the board. They learned to strategize, recognize what play their opponent would make, the students learned good sportsmanship Winning isn't everything but how you play the game. The students were given a greater understanding about the world right next door while attending various Chess for Success tournaments. The most important aspect of the program the students understood and appreciated was the organization cared for them as an individual.

The support I have received has been phenomenal, the staff has been supportive and encouraging as I learned about the world of chess. They are kind and instructive.

I have been involved with a few non-profits but this is one I would strongly recommend to anyone.

1 Victor L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have been great at giving us advice as we build our chess education organization, Learners Chess Academy, in Albuquerque. We have called them from time to time looking for advice or a perspective and they are always willing to share what they've learned along the way.

Comments ( 1 )


Richard 10/17/2013

Thank you, Victor. Hope your program is doing well in Albuquerque!