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Project Hope Alliance

 1954 Placentia Avenue, Suite 202
 Costa Mesa, CA 92627
[P] (949) 722-7863
[F] (949) 722-7836
www.ProjectHopeAlliance.org
[email protected]
Marisol Parand
FOUNDED: 1989
INCORPORATED: 2003
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Organization DBA Project Hope Alliance
Former Names Project HOPE School Foundation (2003)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 75-3099628 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Project Hope Alliance is committed to ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. We aren't just giving homeless children hope, we are giving them a basis for hope through education and housing, and by demonstrating in a real way that their futures are not limited by their parents' economic circumstances.

Mission Statement

Project Hope Alliance is committed to ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. We aren't just giving homeless children hope, we are giving them a basis for hope through education and housing, and by demonstrating in a real way that their futures are not limited by their parents' economic circumstances.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $2,194,000.00
Projected Revenue $2,200,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Family Stability Program
  • Bright Start Program
  • Promotor Pathway Program
  • Soaring To Success

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview


Mission Statement

Project Hope Alliance is committed to ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. We aren't just giving homeless children hope, we are giving them a basis for hope through education and housing, and by demonstrating in a real way that their futures are not limited by their parents' economic circumstances.


Background Statement

Project Hope Alliance was founded in 1989 by a school teacher who learned that "motel kids" weren't attending school and began teaching them out of the back of her car. Soon thereafter, this informal school acquired a permanent home at a local church, eventually growing into a school for kindergarten through 8th grade students in the city of Orange. Project Hope Alliance was formed to provide transportation for these students, allowing them access to education, often for the first time.

Since this time, Project Hope Alliance has continued to identify and address the myriad of unique obstacles faced by homeless students. Today, its programs work in tandem to eliminate the barriers these students experience that prevent them from attending and succeeding in school, increase family stability by moving homeless families into permanent housing, and, ultimately, empower children to end the cycle of homelessness.


Impact Statement

For 28 years, Project Hope Alliance has been ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. With you, we can end homelessness today and prevent homelessness tomorrow.

…Our team is ending homelessness today by rapidly rehousing working-poor families and guiding them into financial independence and self-sufficiency.

…Our team is ending homelessness tomorrow by providing homeless children with the tools and opportunities they need to achieve an exceptional education and a brighter future.

With more than 28,000 homeless children attending Orange County schools, your support is more crucial than ever.


Needs Statement

Mentors: Our Bright Start and Soaring to Success programs pair the young learners we serve with a volunteer mentor who meets with them every week for a two-hour session. Trained by Project Hope Alliance and Every Monday Matters, our volunteer functions as a mentor, coach, and motivator. Every Monday morning, the Every Monday Matters team sends each volunteer the weekly curriculum and activities outlined in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step lesson format. The primary goal for the students during this time with the mentor is to deepen their understanding of their self worth, awareness, and growth, as well as building a positive self-concept. Our goal is to have each child understand how much they matter in the world and to deeply appreciate how much they have to offer to the experience of those around them.

Donations: Our Family Stability Program seeks to end homelessness for working families in Orange County by assisting with budgeting, job placement, and advocacy. Every donation, no matter the size, brings us closer to moving another child out of homelessness and into stability. 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Here are 5 ways to join Project Hope Alliance in our mission of ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time.

1 Become a committed monthly donor and make our life-changing work possible: projecthopealliance.org/sparkhope
 
2 Make a one-time, tax-deductible gift: projecthopealliance.org 
 
3 Feed a family by donating items to the Community Pantry:  projecthopealliance.org/pantry
 
4 Volunteer in the areas of mentoring, helping around the office, food/resource pantry organization, special seasonal opportunities, and more: projecthopealliance.org/volunteer
 
5 Attend and share community events raising support for our mission: projecthopealliance.org/events 

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County


Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Homeless Services/Centers
  2. Education - Student Services
  3. Housing, Shelter - Housing Support

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Programs


Family Stability Program

Through our Family Stability Program, we 1) move working poor families directly from homelessness into permanent housing through Rapid-Re-Housing (endorsed by HUD as best practice for ending homelessness); 2) provide comprehensive support services such as financial counseling, credit score repair, adult education, job training, parent enrichment programs to create long term self-sufficiency, and to partner alongside parents to ensure the academic success of their child(ren); 3) empower and enable formerly homeless children to become healthier and end the cycle of homelessness through education; 4) guide and mentor homeless teens through our High School Promotor Pathway Program; 5) transition participants off of ongoing financial support; and 6) continue to follow each child to their high school graduation and into adulthood.

Budget  $860,500.00
Category  Housing, General/Other Housing, General/Other
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Homeless
Program Short-Term Success  Our immediate focus is to provide stable, sustainable housing for working poor families in order to create a basis of educational stability for their children.
Program Long-Term Success  The Family Stability Program exists to end family homelessness in Orange County by granting access to permanent housing. Project Hope Alliance's transformative two-prong approach with housing and educational support currently has an 85.75% success rate in producing stability for homeless families.
Program Success Monitored By  The efficacy of our program is determined by tracking the families assisted, monitoring any return to homelessness, and thereby measuring the program success rate of ending or preventing homelessness. Case managers also track student success through 12th grade to monitor the impact of housing on student academic achievement.
Examples of Program Success 

  • Since 2012, Project Hope Alliance has moved more than 800 children and parents out of homelessness through our core Family Stability Program.
  • In FY16, 77% of the families moved out homelessness maintained permanent, independent housing for at least 12 months, and 88% of the families maintained economic self-sufficiency over the course of a year's time. 

Read more success stories at www.projecthopealliance.org/success-stories

Bright Start Program

Launched in Fall 2015, our innovative Bright Start Pilot Program equips the K-3 children we serve with the skills, knowledge, and mentoring needed to enter a classroom and excel. Combining Imagine Learning academic curriculum with Every Monday Matters inspirational curriculum, the program pairs elementary-age children with supportive volunteer mentors who help guide them through a unique experience designed to inspire our young learners. Each student receives a laptop with built-in WiFi, creating an enduring partnership between the child and learning that remains with the student wherever he or she goes, from classroom to home. Parents and families learn how to best advocate for academic success via monthly Collective "Imagine It" Dinners. As a result, the program uplifts, connects, and empowers each family member, because every one matters.

Budget  $93,400.00
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Homeless Families
Program Short-Term Success 

The primary goal for the students during this time with the mentor is to deepen their understanding of their self worth, awareness and growth, as well as building a positive self-concept.

Program Long-Term Success 

Our goal is to have each child understand how much they matter in the world and to deeply appreciate how much they have to offer to the experience of those around them.

Program Success Monitored By 

A highly qualified Bright Start Program Manager works directly with students, parents, and classroom teachers, as well as with staff from non-profit partners, Every Monday Matters, and Imagine Learning. Parents and classroom teachers receive an overview of the program, monthly motivational tips and strategies specifically intended for young learners, as well as guidance on data interpretation and programmatic features. The Bright Start Program Manager also regularly reviews student progress with Imagine Learning staff to evaluate each student's usage and progression through the program.

Examples of Program Success 
  • Of the children enrolled in the Bright Start Program, 95-100% will demonstrate improved academic progress year round.
  • 80% of parents will affirm that the Bright Start Program contributed to academic gains and socio-emotional growth for their child(ren), as measured by the Social Skills Improvement System, and the Joseph Preschool and Primary Self-Concept Screening Test.
Read more success stories at www.projecthopealliance.org/success-stories

Promotor Pathway Program

Our Promotor Pathway Program serves disconnected youth ages 14-24. The program was developed by the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) of Washington, D.C., and has been highly successful for the past eight years, leading to support from organizations such as the Clinton Global Initiative. Project Hope Alliance is one of only two other organizations nationwide chosen to execute this program. We work in partnership with LAYC, and locally, with Newport-Mesa Unified School District, OC Department of Education, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (located across the street from Newport Harbor High School; they provide workspace), and various organizations that provide educational, counseling, and vocational resources.

Budget  $326,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Homeless
Program Short-Term Success 

Born of the belief that a strong relationship with a caring adult is critical to a youth's ability to succeed, Promotores are professional intensive case managers who also act as a combination of youth development workers, advocates, and mentors for disconnected youth. Promotores provide one-on-one intensive support and are available to youth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Program Long-Term Success 

This program is particularly critical to help eliminate as many barriers in a youth's life as possible, so that each achieves the goals of improvements in healthy behaviors, increased academic success, successful transition from high school to college and/or the workforce, and obtaining long-term career success.

Program Success Monitored By 

The Promotor is responsible for providing services and referrals, support, and follow-up over an extended period of time.

Examples of Program Success  --

Soaring To Success

Launched in October 2016, Soaring To Success follows the same Bright Start model of both educational and socio-emotional enrichment for children, grades 3-6. Project Hope Alliance provides each child a laptop with internet access and adaptive educational curriculum via Imagine Learning.

Budget  $93,400.00
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Homeless Families
Program Short-Term Success  The primary goal for the students during this time with the mentor is to deepen their understanding of their self worth, awareness and growth, as well as building a positive self-concept.
Program Long-Term Success  Our goal is to have each child understand how much they matter in the world and to deeply appreciate how much they have to offer to the experience of those around them.
Program Success Monitored By  A highly qualified Bright Start Program Manager works directly with students, parents, and classroom teachers, as well as with staff from non-profit partners, Every Monday Matters, and Imagine Learning. Parents and classroom teachers receive an overview of the program, monthly motivational tips and strategies specifically intended for young learners, as well as guidance on data interpretation and programmatic features. The Bright Start Program Manager also regularly reviews student progress with Imagine Learning staff to evaluate each student's usage and progression through the program.
Examples of Program Success 
  • Of the children enrolled in Soaring to Success, 95-100% will demonstrate improved academic progress year round.
  • 80% of parents will affirm that the Soaring to Success program contributed to academic gains and socio-emotional growth for their child(ren), as measured by the Social Skills Improvement System, and the Joseph Preschool and Primary Self-Concept Screening Test.

Read more success stories at www.projecthopealliance.org/success-stories


Management


CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Friend
CEO Term Start Jan 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Prior to becoming the CEO of Project Hope Alliance, Jennifer Friend enjoyed a successful career as a partner at a large law firm managing a litigation team, and a substantial personal book of business representing national and international clients throughout the civil courts of California. While practicing law, Jennifer served as the President and Secretary of the Project Hope Alliance Board of Directors, and was actively engaged in the organization's expansion and strategic growth. In this capacity, she also shared with the community her personal story of growing up in Orange County and experiencing significant financial struggles, which found her family of six forced from their home at various times during her childhood and living in different motels in Orange County. Ultimately, Jennifer found her calling in advocating for and advancing the needs of homeless children in Orange County, and elected to resign from her partnership and make her avocation of making sure that every child in Orange County has a fair chance to realize and fulfill their potential, her vocation.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Tiffany Mitchell Director of Youth & Family Stability Programs

Tiffany has her doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology and over nine years of experience working in the nonprofit community serving individuals and families struggling with homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, and mental/behavioral health needs. Her desire to make a difference in her community started at a young age and was evident through her participation in numerous volunteer opportunities mentoring children and serving the homeless. This experience fueled her educational and professional goals. Tiffany's experience coupled with her ability to nurture strong relationships with county and government entities has allowed her to develop and manage multiphase programs that meet the needs of the communities she serves. She has a record of success in managing strong teams and providing service excellence through her commitment, dedication, and adaptability to the growing and changing needs of the community.

Marisol Parand Director of Development & Communications

Marisol Parand, BA, MA, Psychology & Organizational Management, started her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers as an executive in charge of psychological batteries of prospective employees. She later took a job in the Import/Export business in Florida. The experience of matching individuals emotionally, mentally, and socially with particular job positions fostered greater interest in helping people in a different way—the non-profit community. Marisol's education and business experience earned her the position of Director of Development of well-known local non-profit organizations, where she developed a keen sense of creative services and project development in print, digital marketing, and advertising to better package the message of "hope and sustenance" to potential philanthropic support. She is a fund development strategist and has proven success in fundraising, major donor cultivation, managing mature corporation relationships, packaging appeals, and acquisition pieces. She also has extensive experience with foundations, prospect research, and records management. She has created and developed programs to meet financial needs, and managed both small- and large-scale events.

Annie Weir Director of Operations

While earning her Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School, Weir spent a summer as an intern with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. It was here she further developed her passion for fighting for those born into hardship, particularly children. Following graduation, she was a legal fellow with the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, where she researched and contributed to reports regarding juvenile justice. Prior to joining Project Hope Alliance, Weir practiced Family Law at the firm of A Center for Children and Family Law.

Annie Weir Director of Operations

While earning her Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School, Annie spent a summer as an intern with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. It was here she further developed her passion for fighting for those born into hardship, particularly children. Following graduation, she was a legal fellow with the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, where she researched and contributed to reports regarding juvenile justice. Prior to joining Project Hope Alliance, Annie practiced Family Law at the firm of A Center for Children and Family Law.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
United Way Member Agency 2012

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

 
 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 15
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 576
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: 17
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 14
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? --
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Lynn Hemans
Board Chair Company Affiliation Taco Bell
Board Chair Term May 2016 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Alisha Ballard The Legacy Foundation Voting
Pete Deutschman The Buddy Group Voting
Lynn Hemans Taco Bell Voting
Kelly Lam The Whole Purpose Voting
Joe Lewis III Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California at Irvine Voting
Eric J. Rans Michelman & Robinson, LLP Voting
Ray Weston Taco Bell Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $2,200,000.00
Projected Expenses $2,194,000.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audited Financial Statement

2015 Audited Financial Statement

2014 Audited Financial Statement

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 --
Total Revenue $1,243,311 $1,044,396 --
Total Expenses $1,229,038 $1,066,600 --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 --
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,201,515 $987,570 --
Government Contributions $0 $0 --
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 $0 --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 --
Earned Revenue $0 $0 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $209 $417 --
Membership Dues $0 $0 --
Special Events $41,587 $56,409 --
Revenue In-Kind $87,824 $41,000 --
Other $0 $-18,409 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 --
Program Expense $983,423 $894,277 --
Administration Expense $102,628 $101,457 --
Fundraising Expense $142,987 $70,866 --
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.01 0.98 --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 84% --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 7% --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 --
Total Assets $405,044 $381,413 --
Current Assets $336,346 $358,957 --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 --
Current Liabilities $15,224 $5,866 --
Total Net Assets $389,820 $375,547 --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 --
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 22.09 61.19 --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 --
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% --
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

Documents


Other Documents

Annual Report (2016)

Annual Report (2015)

No Other Documents currently available.