NPI Evaluation of Citizen Schools NPI Rating: Neutral Evaluation as of 10/13/2011 Analyst: Stephanie Ng www.nonprofitinvestor.org
NPI Rating: NEUTRALCitizen Schools has a solid base of political and corporatepartners, in addition to an extensive amount of research insupport of the organization’s mission. Both contribute tothe organization’s ability to raise funds. However, CitizenSchools has struggled to generate sufficient funding tocover its program expenses in recent years. At the sametime, the organization is attempting significant expansion inthe next few years, creating uncertainty around whether itcan generate enough contributions to simultaneouslyachieve its growth initiatives and meet the expenses of itsexisting operations. We would recommend that largedonors seek clarity on this point. www.nonprofitinvestor.org
Citizen Schools: Strengths▲Extensive studies provide long-term support for mission and program. “Expanded learning time” and Citizen Schools has been the subject of several formal studies launched by state entities and research organizations, with supporting positive results.▲Citizen Schools’ program model tends to target volunteers from business or civic backgrounds and has attracted relatively high profile partnerships that provide a source for funding and volunteers.▲Administrative expenses have been stable and low. Citizen Schools depends on recruiting and maintaining a large volunteer base, with a relatively small permanent staff. www.nonprofitinvestor.org
Citizen Schools: Cautions● After the organization’s rapid expansion from one state (Massachusetts) to six states in 2006-07, non- governmental contributions have been inconsistent.● In recent years, total contributions generated were not sufficient to cover yearly expenses from existing operations. www.nonprofitinvestor.org
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