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Annual Reports

Dear Community,

We could not be more grateful for the wealth of support Challenge Success has received over these past 15 years!

As we celebrate this milestone anniversary year, it is clear that in partnership with you, our supporters, we have developed an impactful program model and achieved a sustained momentum for growth. Your support is beyond meaningful and has allowed us to extend our reach in promoting student well-being and engagement with learning to significantly more schools, families, and students across the country. We are excited by what’s to come!

2018 key highlights include:

>> Financial Strategy
  • Focused investment in our infrastructure, program delivery, and operating resources, yielding a 55% increase in our combined program and development revenue
>> School Program
  • Delivered programs to 100 new schools, representing a 30% growth in schools reached, bringing our total cohort to nearly 500 schools in 31 states
  • Solidified our presence in the East Coast by hosting our first School Conference in Boston and making invaluable connections within communities across the Northeast
>> Research
  • Offered a new parent survey tool as a companion diagnostic to our longstanding student survey
  • Published our 4th white paper, A “Fit” Over Rankings: Why College Engagement Matters More Than Selectivity, which debunks college rankings and explains what really matters — college fit and engagement
>> Development
  • Celebrated our 15th anniversary with our largest fundraising event to date
  • Built a growth partner donor cohort committed to substantial 3-year giving

As we head into 2019, we continue to invest in our research, program services, and growth strategy, and respond to the significant need for our school change model. We are inspired by the deep care and concern that educators and families have for their students, just as we are inspired by you — our partners in this important work.

With appreciation,

Charlene Margot Kathy Koo
Board Chair Executive Director