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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Student Services

Mission: The mission of the Fulfillment Fund, established in 1977, is to make college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities.

Programs: High school program: 9th 12th grade students attending fulfillment fund partner schools receive classroom-based instruction, one-on-one college and financial aid counseling, sat preparation, college site visits and experiential learning activities. Our programs open young peoples eyes to the possibility of higher education, and change their beliefs about what they are capable of achieving. The lessons of the fulfillment fund high school classroom curriculum are focused on five themes: high school graduation, self-advocacy and empowerment, influences of culture on decision-making, self-assessment and critical reflection, and college readiness. During the 2012-13 academic year, the fulfillment fund extended its high school program to serve more than 600 students attending two high schools in economically underresourced communities in clark county, nevada. This program is now incorporated as fulfillment fund las vegas, an independent nonprofit organization.

mentoring program: the fulfillment fund matches students with a caring, committed adult mentor volunteer who provides one-on-one support and guidance on the students path to high school graduation and transition to college. The fulfillment fund provides in-depth training to all mentors, as well as ongoing support to each mentor-student team.

post-secondary services: fulfillment fund students matriculating to college are eligible to compete for fulfillment fund college scholarships. As students progress through college, the fulfillment fund scholarship program provides tuition support and guidance in directing students to academic, career and workforce training services at their college so they can complete their degree and embark on a professional career. As they graduate from college, fulfillment fund alumni are encouraged to support the organization and the next generation of students by becoming donors, mentors, volunteers and ambassadors. In this way, the work of the fulfillment fund perpetuates a cycle of giving in the community.

Community Stories

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This amazing organizations helps many children in the Los Angeles county achieve their goals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Without the Fulfillment Fund I'm not sure I would be in college today. they helped me in high school and now that I am in college, I can honestly say I wouldn't have made it this far without them.

I am so grateful for all of the help i have received.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I applied to be a mentor 2 years ago. The Fund matches mentors and mentees very carefully and provides a lot of support and training for mentors. We do something fun together once a month. I truly enjoy the time I spend with my mentee; I've learned a lot from this experience. If you want to make a personal difference in someone's life, mentoring through the Fulfillment Fund is a great opportunity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had it not been for the Fulfillment Fund I would have never made it to college. Thanks to the FF I was able to take multiple College tours, teat-prep courses, essay advice, and college counseling. Most importantly thee FF believed in me and my academic success.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an interning for the summer here at Fulfillment Fund and from what I have seen this organization is amazing. The people working here genuinely want to be here to help students in any way they can. Being involved with this organization really makes an impact on the lives of students, and on the lives of those working here as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Fulfillment Fund does an excellent job at encouraging students to attend college and outlines a general brighter future by giving access to a world that would not have existed before their help. Though the financial support gives great resources the counseling and never-ending motivation is invaluable for both high school and college students.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a former Fulfillment Fund scholarship recipient and a current student under the organization, I believe my dream of obtaining a college education wouldn't have been possible without the Fund. The Fund really educates it's students in terms of their college financial needs and obligations to make sure each student knows what they're getting into after choosing the university they plan on attending. The Fund also provides whatever other support a student may need until their goal of a college degree is obtained. In short, this organization believes in it's students and has a high success rate in it's goal of making college dreams because of it's extraordinary diligence and care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I applied to be a mentor 2 years ago. I was really impressed by the Fund's vetting process and they put a lot of thought into the Mentor/Mentee match. We do something fun/interesting/new once a month. It is exciting to see LA through my mentee's eyes; she just hasn't had the opportunity to do many things that most of us take for granted. It is a wonderful and meaningful volunteer experience. If you'd like to make a real difference in a young person's life,you should check it out!

1 Elizabeth182

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Fulfillment Fund is extraordinary! They help students such as myself from low-economic backgrounds have the opportunity to understand what college is and how to get to college. Many students such as myself, have parents that did not make it to High School or even Middle School and cannot explain the process of getting to college. Fulfillment Fund mentors are the best! Mentors such as Ms. Riesch and Ms. Zamudio help us students, as well as our families understand that despite our low budge, college is still possible.

Not to mention that the Fulfillment Fund Scholarship is very much appreciated as well! Helps with college costs, such as buying your books for class and utensils. I really have no idea where I would be without the Fulfillment Fund and their encouragement. Thanks to their help, I am now onto my Junior year at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (in Minnesota). Without their encouragement I do not think I would have made the choice to go there, thankfully I did!

3 Donna210

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My greatest and most satisfying volunteer experience was the role of mentor for a student of the Fulfillment Fund. I cannot speak any prouder about an organization that goes above and beyond their mission statement than the Fulfillment Fund. This organization is fun, respectful and supportive to both students and those voleunteers who decide to be a mentor.

If you are looking to make a difference in youth, this is the organization for you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I immigrated to the United States in 2012. I have attended high school in Los Angeles as a Junior. Obviously, I did not know anything about the college application process or the educational system. The Fulfillment Fund has always been by my side since day one making sure I on the right track to fulfill my dreams. I have been to 3 college trips that they organized, and I still consider them to be one of my greatest experiences that made me make life decisions regarding college. I have also been a Fulfillment Fund ambassador during my senior year helping other seniors like me to complete their college applications and reminding them of all the important deadlines. I got accepted to a lot of great 4-year colleges but preferred to go to Community College to save money, and now I am an intern in the Fulfillment Fund. This is how Fulfillment Fund has changed my life. This is how great they are.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's hard for me to remember the exact date of when I was first introduced to this organization because I honestly didn't think they could possibly affect my life in anyway; but boy I was so wrong! It has been around six-seven years now that I have known of them and have been receiving their help. They make sure to engage with students in classrooms when introducing them with college information, take them on college campus tours, and even provide some of them with scholarships. I was lucky enough to be elected as one of their scholarship recipients and am now going on my fourth year with this benefit. I receive my scholarship at the beginning of each semester, always arriving just in time to help me with college books and transportation fees. They work hard on staying in your life past your high school experience-- I often find emails from them in my inbox and am quick to open them! The Fulfillment Fund is truly an organization that cares and strives to help those who need it by offering us with never-ending opportunities to gasp onto.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Fulfillment Fund is the absolute BEST!!! I am so thankful for all of the support that they have given me throughout the years-- from helping with my personal statement to providing me with great internship opportunities. I know that I can always depend on the Fulfillment fund! With their help, I have made a successful transition to college and I have been able to pay for my books and other school expenses. I don't know where I would be without the Fulfillment Fund!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for this wonderful organization. This organization thrives on the principle of increasing the chance for a low income student to go to college as well as graduate and become successful through education. Without this organization I would probably not be in such a great position that I am currently in right now. The whole college process and transition from high school to college was made possible through the fulfillment fund. I was lucky enough to have amazing fulfillment fund college advisers because they truly care about you. Mrs. Elizabeth and Ms. Riesch were both spectacular and always encouraged me to find endless possibilities to numerous opportunities because they only want the best for their students and nothing less. I would be completely lost as to what was needed in order to go to college because before I did not know how to write a personal letter or a resume but fulfillment fund made sure to advise us as to what we should write and how to present them. Words cannot explain how thankful I am to be apart of such a phenomenal organization filled with spectacular people working to help out the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OMG i can not stress enough how thankful i am for the Fulfillment Fund. They have guided me all the way from high school until now, my last year in college. They introduced me to the university that i will graduate from in May. Thanks to the scholarship provided from the Fulfillment Fund I am able to attend college and pay for books and materials. They are very helpful when it comes to anything about college, and really try and help their students succeed. I will be forever grateful to them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was lucky to become a Fulfillment Fund Scholar.
I owe everything I have accomplished in my academic career to them.
Without the Fund I would never have been informed about the University I am currently enrolled, and expected to graduate in May from.
Without the financial support the Fund has awarded me I would never have been able to financially get through college.
I cannot stress how life-changing this organization has been to my life.
I am the 1st generation to go to college, and even though it was difficult to break the cycle in my family, the Fulfillment Fund made it possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Fulfillment Fund was absolutely the most helpful program at my high school regarding preparation and knowledge gained from college. They help and prepare you through application process and how to prepare yourself for the personal statements. They offer countless events where you get first hand experience at college and what it's like to be a college student. It's an amazing program that continues to help students grow and have a higher success in getting into a university or institute.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be a part of the fulfillment fund since I was in high school. I am currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, with a minor in studio art. Coming to college, although there were some obstacles, was a much easier transition thanks to the preparedness the fulfillment fund program provided me with. Also, on a much more personal level, my counselor in high school through the fulfillment fund made me feel confident enough in myself to persist through college and I could not be more grateful for her and for the program overall. The scholarship they have provided me with has given me the opportunity to not have to work as much and focus more on developing my identity as an adult and my academics. They are amazing people and deserve all the support possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a participant in The Fulfillment Fund since my second year of high school. From the first day of my being part of their organization I have been welcomed with open arms. They have helped me find my way through life. Being that I am a first generation student, life after high school was all unfamiliar to me. With the help of The Fulfillment Fund I have been able to take everyday step by step. When times get hard it is pleasing to know that there is a shoulder who is very familiar with my struggles to help me. If it was not for The Fulfillment Fund being there for me I could not have achieved and gained as many opportunities as I have now.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Fulfillment Fund is a resourceful and empowering nonprofit organization that I have been part of for six years. A review isn't enough to show how grateful I am for the amount of help they provide for students that live in low income communities. They constantly encourage students to pursue higher education and provide them with resources to help them achieve it. Not only do they provide support while students are in high school, but also try and keep in contact with them while they are in college through events or provide them with opportunities for internships. They definitely helped me throughout high school when it came to finding a school and the whole application process. They are kind and patient and you can tell this is something the workers are passionate about. I still receive their help due to the fulfillment fund scholarship which helps me with groceries and books while I am in school. I am glad I am still part of such a warm organization that genuinely cares about students from low income communities making it to college.