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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

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Pros Better My Game

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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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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!

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a intern at the Fulfillment Fund has been a life changing experience. Being able to help inner city students prepare for college is the most rewarding, thing I've ever done in my young career life, I hope to continue to support the Fulfillment Fund in any other way that I can in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started at the Fulfillment Fund as a high school student paired up with a mentor. My mentor helped me through the process of applying for colleges/universities and helped me meet any deadlines for any paperwork needed. Without her and the Fulfillment Fund going to a four year university felt almost impossible not only financially, but also statistically. I was going through a really hard time back then and they couldn't have come into my life at a better time! I am now working as a volunteer with the organization because I want to give to people what they were able to give me, which is hope for a better future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Seeing the college experiences in movies and television shows was as far as my knowledge went in regards to higher education. As I entered high school I knew I wanted to graduate because that is what my parents have instilled in me since a young girl, therefore my mind was focused on graduating. What came after graduation was not in mind, but then came the Fulfillment Fund and they opened up a whole new door to a wonderland of colleges and universities. From what I needed to do in high school in order to graduate, to the college tours, Destination College and other college fairs, to understanding our financial aid letters and tips on surviving and conquering the real world is what the Fulfillment Fund has done for me. It not only has educated me about higher education, but it has provided me with resources that have been very useful in the work place. The mentors and friends gained from this amazing organization are people who are life changers and I and my family will forever be great flu for everything they have done.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are no words to fully describe how great, thankful and important the Fulfillment Fund has been in my life. As the eldest child in my family, I have the role of setting an example to my siblings but being a first generation college student I was afraid college was not going to be an option. That changed when I started high school because I became a member of the Fulfillment Fund. They have helped me in so many ways such as learning about the many colleges, about financial aid, about their applications and with their one-on-one counseling, I was able to get aid in completing the college process. Thanks to their partnership with Marymount College(now Marymount California University) I am a full-tuition scholarship recipient. With this great opportunity, college is now not only an option but my future. Being a Fulfillment Fund scholarship recipient as well, has helped me with books and school material, something I am extremely thankful for. I will remain in the Fulfillment Fund for as long as can and I know they will be equally as important to my brother now that he will be a junior in high school.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Fulfillment Fund in middle school when the organization paired me up with a mentor and introduced me to the idea of college and a better future. The positive impact the Fulfillment Fund had in my life is so grand that I feel confident saying I really wouldn't be as happy and fulfilled in my life if it weren't for this program. I am now a proud alumni and volunteer. I plan to be a mentor in the future.

Ligia R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a UC Davis senior and I can thank the Fulfillment Fund for helping me get where I am now.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with the fund for over 15 years. The Fulfillment Fund changed my life in many ways. It gave me an opportunity to learn about the possibilities to attend college, have a career and learn about Mentorship in which I was introduced to through their College Pathways program. As an Alumni, I now am mentoring my second student as a Thank You for all the Fund has done for me. I am an Entrepreneur and hope to inspire others just as the Fulfillment Fund inspired me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fulfillment Fund has helped me a lot both when i was in High School and now that i am in college. they are always their when i have a question or concern. they give out good advise and won't give up on you no matter what.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fulfillment Fund has helped me get were i am today. It is an amazing organization and I love being an Alumni.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fulfillment Fund has helped me since I was in high school and this organization has been a life changer for me. It helped me apply for colleges and it continues to help me in my education through the scholarship I was awarded. I stronger believe they are a great organization that helps students succeed in their academic goals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being an alum of the Fulfillment Fund, I can attest to how wonderful the organization is. I was introduced to them by chance when I switched schools and was placed into an English class where the students happened to be selected to be paired with the Fund. That semester we were reading Shakespeare's The Tempest, after which The Fulfillment Fund provided the means for our class to travel to all the way to Ashland, Oregon to experience the play in person at the Annual Shakespeare Festival. That trip forever changed my life in that it exposed me to things that I never thought I would have the opportunity to see or do. It was an enlightening and bonding experience for our class from educational, social and culture aspects. Because of the Fund, I became much more serious in my academics and future ambitions. They continued to provide the resources and support that I needed in my education and still do to thousands of students. I choose to continue to volunteer with them in varying aspects because of the impact they have had in my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Fulfillment Fund has done so much for students all across the country that most students wouldn't have went to college if it was for their support. If it wasn't for their support in high school, I probably wouldn't have gone to college. But thanks to them, I did and now they are helping my younger sister the same way they helped me. I can't express how happy I am to be a Fulfillment Fund participant because it means so much to me that the Fulfillment goes up and beyond to help students go to college.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The fulfillment fund have been really help to me thanks to their scholarship i am able to pay for my books and school material . the program is really helpful an they are always there when evern you need advice or help with college .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Initially I was hesitant to volunteer as a mentor, knowing the time and emotional commitment that came with the job. However, upon my first mentee meeting, it became overwhelmingly clear that this was no job, but a lifelong relationship...friendship....that I have been blessed to be given. You become so much more than just a role model, you become an extended family member. Fulfillment Fund has done a wonderful job in not only preparing me for my role as mentor, but matching me with a candidate that shares my personality traits and zest for life. The FF staff is readily available to answer questions and is always quick to offer help. In truth, it has been an honor to be involved with this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was once a mentee in the program and has signed up to be a mentor. It was a life changing experience. Fulfillment Fund is a great program to be involved in. They truly care about your academics and making you a better person in life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Fulfillment Fund over the years in several capacities. I am currently a mentor to a high school student and I serve on the Fulfillment Fund's Leadership Council, which is a group of young professionals who provide fundraising and program support. The Fulfillment Fund is a wonderful organization dedicated to helping LAUSD students graduate high school and achieve a college education. They have been in L.A. for over 30 years and have a proven track record of success. I am proud to be associated with a group that gets real results and has improved the lives of so many young people.

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