Charter School Growth Fund
Walton Family Foundation
“At a critical time for our schools and for our kids, STRIVE Prep stands as a real example of what is possible when teachers, school leaders, parents and a supportive community come together to help prepare students for success in the classroom and beyond.”
— Senator Michael Bennet
There simply aren’t enough students in Denver who are prepared to succeed in college. A disproportionate number of these students come from families limited by their current economic circumstances. In fact, Colorado has one of the nation’s widest achievement gaps between students from high and low-income families, and we have one of the nation’s highest dropout rates.1 While progress has been made in boosting high school graduation rates the past few years, college remediation rates remain high, greatly impacting college completion rates, particularly among students who are first-generation college attendees and from families with low incomes.
Our goal is to close the achievement gaps that exist for our student population and put our scholars on the path to college from the moment they enter a STRIVE Prep classroom, resulting in transformation for scholars, families and the city of Denver.
At STRIVE Prep, corporate partnerships allow us to further ensure that our scholars have the educational support they need to STRIVE for college. We seek corporate partners to annually make meaningful contributions to our work that supports students in receiving a high-quality, college preparatory education and unique academic and enrichment opportunities.
As an annual Corporate Partner, your support will be prominently featured in our promotional materials at multiple STRIVE Prep events throughout the year, including the annual STRIVE for College Breakfast, as well as on our website and social media accounts.
For more information about the benefits of being a Corporate Partner, contact Samantha at email@example.com.
The STRIVE Prep Young Professionals Board exists to build and grow strong community connections and raise necessary funds in support of our students, their families, and our teachers, while developing community advocates and philanthropic leaders in the Denver Metro area.
Benefits of Membership:
“My time on the STRIVE Prep Young Professionals Board has been an incredibly fulfilling endeavor. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about Denver’s educational landscape by gaining first-hand experience from a well-run charter school network. The YP Board is a great way to contribute to an organization making a positive impact on the community and in the lives of its students.
– Katherine Brownson,
Founding Board Member
Meet Our Young Professionals Board
STRIVE Prep’s mission of providing a college-preparatory education to all Denver students would not be possible without like-minded partners and supporters. Throughout the past 10 years, generous gifts of both funds and steadfast belief in our vision from the Gates Family Foundation, have helped our scholars prove what we’ve always known – that all kids can succeed.
Since 1946, the Gates Family Foundation has worked to make philanthropic investments that better the state of Colorado, with a concentrated focus on education and natural resources.
As long term advocates for the value of choice and charter schools in the public education system, the Foundation supported STRIVE Prep’s vision from the beginning, and that support has grown and evolved with the network.
What makes the Gates Family Foundation such a valuable supporter is the deep understanding and desire to improve the challenges surrounding education in Denver.
“Our trustees and staff firmly believe that public education has to be the pathway to opportunity for everyone, especially children from low-income families. The scale of the achievement gap here in Colorado tells us we have not been successful in providing that pathway.”
– President Tom Gougeon
This, along with the shared belief that the ultimate indicator of success can only come from students, has helped build a unique relationship between STRIVE Prep and the Gates Family Foundation.
“The Foundation cares about the outcomes for actual students, whether we can collectively make a dramatic shift in the achievement gap over time,” Gougeon said. “But, STRIVE’s success is also important as a proof point, and a chance for everyone to continue to learn how to best serve the needs of all children.”
The value that the foundation has placed on STRIVE Prep’s work has been essential to STRIVE Prep’s success over the years. The scope and generosity of their support has been invaluable in growing the network.
The Gates Family Foundation’s incredibly consistency as one of our most valuable partners over the last 10 years has changed educational opportunities for our students,” STRIVE Prep CEO Chris Gibbons said. “From donations that helped transform our very first campus from a deserted nursing home into a vibrant school, to the support of large growth campaigns that help develop our leaders and open new schools, we would not be where we are today without them.”
There are a variety of individuals and organizations that are helping to ensure that every student in Denver has access to a high-quality public education. Thanks to STRIVE Prep’s many generous donors, we are well on our way to our $12M Campaign goal. We’re so thankful to the Campaign for 7,500 Committee members below who have helped make this possible:
The members of STRIVE Prep’s founding Young Professionals Board support STRIVE Prep in developing an enhanced network of friends, funders, and corporate partners throughout the Denver-metro area.
Members benefit from leadership development for service on nonprofit and corporate boards, and an increased awareness of the social and educational needs in Denver. We’re thrilled to have this group of leaders support us in this critical work.
The STRIVE Prep Champions Circle is an exclusive group of STRIVE Prep supporters and Denver leaders aligned by a common vision of college access and success for all students. These supporters include some of STRIVE Prep’s closest friends and advocates who have showed a deep commitment to our mission and our scholars, as well as generosity in giving and community leadership.
See who else is helping us support our scholars as they STRIVE for college.3 We hope you’ll consider joining this amazing group of community supporters. Gifts listed below were received July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015.
Charter School Growth Fund
Walton Family Foundation
The Anschutz Foundation
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Colorado Department of Education Schools of Choice Office
The Fries Foundation
Gates Family Foundation
I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation
Kent Thiry and Denise O’Leary
The Louis Calder Foundation
The Piton Foundation
Barton Family Foundation
Foundations for Great Schools
Jim Kelley and Amie Knox
Andy and Suzanne Peterson
Sturm Family Foundation
El Pomar Foundation
Fox Family Foundation
Rich Rainaldi and Martha Records
Tim and Kathryn Ryan
TeleTech Community Foundation
Rob Gary and Chris Watney
Connie Burwell White & William W. White Foundation
Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund
George and Mary Sissel Fund
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Michael and Rachael Barkin
John and Bobbi Jo Beeble
Brooke and Bill Brown
James and Wendy Daverman
Kim and Jeff Dolan
Goldstein and Associates
Guaranty Bank and Trust
Kevin and Susan Hall
The Marilyn and Gary Hay Charitable Foundation
Tom and Lisa Heule
Keith and Margaux Trammell
John and Bic Aragon
Adam and Jill Barkin
Suzanne and Roger Barkin
Eric and Kendra Black
Shana Dinner de Vaca and Ramiro Vaca
Eric Sondermann and Tracy Dunning
Jim and Briana Fipp
David and Kathy Gibbons
Diana and David Hall
Greg and Rebecca Hatcher
Camille and Ian Howells
Tom and Sally Kaesemeyer
Daniel and Heather Kos
Moira Cullen and Tim Kotowski
Ethan Gray and Sarah Lim
Dave and Sheila Lucas
Thomas Gougeon and Donna Middlebrooks
PEAK Resources, Inc.
Chris Gibbons and Audra Philippon
Anne and Frank Rowe
Jennifer Meyer-Sandoval and Jon Sandoval
Jason and Melissa Weston