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2016-2017 Children’s Scholarship Annual Report

The Children’s Scholarship Fund recently released it’s 2016-2017 Annual Report. Read the full report here.

CSF Annual Report webI used to be the Director of Admission and Financial Aid at one of CSF-C’s participating partner schools – that’s where I first saw the impact of CSF-C dollars which changes the trajectory of economically disadvantaged children’s lives.

I want to tell you a true story about a girl whom I will call “Charlotte”. I met Charlotte and her mom when they were looking for a school. Charlotte was a timid second grader who kept her head down, not making eye contact easily, and said that she didn’t like school very much. Her mom said that Charlotte was so quiet and obedient in the classroom that she wasn’t getting noticed, receiving direction or being encouraged by her teachers. Charlotte’s mom knew that her daughter needed a smaller environment where she could feel comfortable, be heard and have the opportunity to thrive.

I scheduled Charlotte’s day-long visit to my school. On that day, I escorted the shy little girl to the classroom to begin what would be a life-changing experience for her. At the end of the day, a “different” child came back to my office – she was excited, enthusiastic and engaged, and couldn’t stop talking to me about the friends she had made and the teachers she had worked with during that time. When her mom arrived to pick her up, Charlotte begged to come back to our school the next day.

We accepted Charlotte for the next school year; however her mom couldn’t conceive how she would be able to afford the tuition – she already worked two jobs and was living pay check to pay check. With CSF-C’s funding and the school’s financial aid, Charlotte’s mom decided that she was able to manage the tuition and accepted enrollment into my school. They both brought the contract to my office and Charlotte gave me the tightest hug I’ve ever received!

Charlotte graduated from our eighth grade and is now very successful in her CMS high school. Through CSF-C’s funding, Charlotte was allowed to attend the school where she could be taught how she best learned and enabled her to reach her highest potential. This is my wish for all the economically disadvantaged girls and boys in Mecklenburg County who are assigned to a school where they’re getting “lost” and are at risk of dropping out in high school.

I want you to know that 100% of your dollars to CSF-C are dedicated to scholarships, giving hope and opportunity to 356 children last year. Is there any better return on investment that will impact our community more? As our children are our future, please join us in providing educational options to economically disadvantaged children so that they are given a chance to succeed and become productive citizens in society.

Linda Ibsen,
Board Chair

2015-2016 Children’s Scholarship Annual Report

The Children’s Scholarship Fund recently released it’s 2015-2016 Annual Report.  Read the full report here.

final-csf-annual-report-2015-16Last year, CSF-C’s priorities were:

  1. Evaluating our Participating Partner Independent Schools,
  2. Measuring outcomes of students and
  3. Ensuring long-term financial stability of the organization.

I am pleased to report that we have made tremendous progress in all three categories and are CHARTING OUR IMPACT!

Evaluating Our Participating Partner Independent Schools –
We are proud of the great strides made toward assessing our schools via on-site school visits, administrative interviews and third party assessment. Our Students and Schools Committee has laid the foundation for ongoing evaluation and compliance of each school to ensure that students’ needs are being met and that they have the opportunity of reaching their highest potential.

Measuring Outcomes of Students –
We recognize our responsibility to report to our donors about the effectiveness of our program. Our board has been committed to assessing the outcomes of our scholarship recipients through parent and school surveys, and graduation data. A comprehensive report is being conducted by an independent educational consulting company which will analyze and measure the various predictors of our students’ success, graduation rates and beyond.

Ensuring Long-Term Financial Stability –
We know that our organization’s sustainability is paramount to all priorities. Our Development Committee has been focused on diversifying the organization’s sources of ongoing revenue. CSF-C successfully launched a new event, the Charlotte Heptathlon, which raised over $200,000 in gross revenue and over $110,000 of net contribution to CSF-C. We anticipate that the Charlotte Heptathlon will expand and are developing strategies toward additional fundraising efforts.

In conclusion, it has been a busy and productive year. I am truly grateful for the dedication of CSF-C’s Board of Directors and management team, and the generous support of our donors. Together, we have provided 351 economically disadvantaged children the chance to succeed.
Please join us this next year as we continue investing in children’s education and changing their lives forever.

Andrew Lindner, Chairman

2014-2015 Children’s Scholarship Fund Annual Report

The Children’s Scholarship Fund recently released it’s 2014-2015 Annual Report.  Read the full report here.


From the Children’s Scholarship Fund Chair of the Board of Directors:

Like many of the supporters of CSF-C, I first became involved with the organization as a result of a personal experience. Several years ago our son was recommended to The Fletcher School, an independent school focused on high achieving children with learning disabilities. Instantly, we witnessed the profound difference the right environment can make in a child’s educational and personal development. We were fortunate to be able to afford this option for our son, but for many others educational options such as these are not possible.

The mission of Children’s Scholarship Fund of Charlotte is to provide assistance to families who wish to take a proactive role in pursuing the right educational environment for their child. I have enormous respect for the families who have availed themselves of opportunities afforded through this program.

It is with great enthusiasm and honor that I assume the role of Chairman. Over the past few years the board and the organization have become more introspective, seeking out the determinants of successful outcomes and challenging ourselves to better understand the schools, families and students that we serve. This coming year will bring continued innovation, introspection and action and my priorities as Chairman will be to achieve significant strides in the following three areas: 1)Evaluating and understanding our participating partner schools, 2) Measuring outcomes of students, and 3) Insuring long-term financial stability of the organization.

On behalf of Children’s Scholarship Fund-Charlotte’s Board of Directors, I would like to invite you to be our partner this next year as the organization continues to change the trajectory of children’s lives through the intrinsic power of education.

Andrew Lindner