Ron Brown Scholar Fund
1160 Pepsi Place, #206
Charlottesville VA 22901
Mission Statement
The mission of the Ron Brown Scholar Program is to accelerate the progress of bright, highly motivated, young African Americans into the mainstream of leadership in a wide spectrum of professions while instilling a strong dedication to philanthropy (involving leadership and community service).  The RBSP aims to be a major force in producing our nation's next generation of young people who embrace the idea that one form of leadership is service to community.  Almost all Ron Brown Scholars come from low-income families; the average family income of new Ron Brown Scholars was $26,000 in 2010.
 
Another major tenet of the Program is sustaining a strong family bond among Scholars and between Scholars and Program staff; a lifelong network of support and friendship.  Many scholarship programs offer financial support to its recipients; the Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to create lifelong connections among its Scholars with the common core being strong dedication to giving back and offering opportunities to others.  Ron Brown Scholars become conduits for moving ideas and carrying solution forward.  The Program offers extensive support network that mentors, nurtures and motivates students to flourish in college and beyond.  An independent evaluation of the Program in 2009 found that over 70% of RBS held leadership positions on college campuses and more than 80% had performed significant service activities within the past 12 months.  Many Scholars come from difficult experiences and challenging circumstances including poverty, homelessness and severe family problems but each shows the intellect and drive to achieve great things. 
Web and Social Media
Video
Multi-Media Comments The attached YouTube video, a work in progress that highlights just a few of our scholars, provides insight into the character and abilities of the young people selected for our Program. We now have almost 300 scholars and alumni; each of  their stories is unique and poignant but all are living examples of, "The Power of One, the Value of All" .
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael A. Mallory
Board Chair Jack Leslie
Board Chair Company Affiliation Weber Shandwick
Contact Information
Address 1160 Pepsi Place, #206
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Telephone 434 964-1588
Fax 434 964-1859
E-mail info@ronbrown.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1997
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,900,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,800,000.00
Statements
Mission
The mission of the Ron Brown Scholar Program is to accelerate the progress of bright, highly motivated, young African Americans into the mainstream of leadership in a wide spectrum of professions while instilling a strong dedication to philanthropy (involving leadership and community service).  The RBSP aims to be a major force in producing our nation's next generation of young people who embrace the idea that one form of leadership is service to community.  Almost all Ron Brown Scholars come from low-income families; the average family income of new Ron Brown Scholars was $26,000 in 2010.
 
Another major tenet of the Program is sustaining a strong family bond among Scholars and between Scholars and Program staff; a lifelong network of support and friendship.  Many scholarship programs offer financial support to its recipients; the Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to create lifelong connections among its Scholars with the common core being strong dedication to giving back and offering opportunities to others.  Ron Brown Scholars become conduits for moving ideas and carrying solution forward.  The Program offers extensive support network that mentors, nurtures and motivates students to flourish in college and beyond.  An independent evaluation of the Program in 2009 found that over 70% of RBS held leadership positions on college campuses and more than 80% had performed significant service activities within the past 12 months.  Many Scholars come from difficult experiences and challenging circumstances including poverty, homelessness and severe family problems but each shows the intellect and drive to achieve great things. 
Impact
1.Ron Brown Scholars attend the finest colleges and universities in the country.  Upon acceptance, Scholars are each awarded $40,000 to be used at the college of their choice.  The RBSP has seen a 100% graduation rate and more than 54% of the students pursue graduate degrees.  One RBS has become a Truman Scholar, four were Rhodes finalists, one clerked for Justice Stephens, one has a play on Broadway, many are teachers, physicians, engineers and many volunteer in 3rd world countries.  On a local level, they are a part of the Red Cross, Habitat, Care, Aids walks, breast cancer fundraisers and a host of others. 

2. Mentoring and support by Program staff has remained strong and opportunities for undergraduate and alumni Scholars to gather together for leadership conferences, service projects, mentoring others, and networking opportunities is ongoing and has increased this year.  The RBSP held gatherings in six cities last year along with panel discussions related to public service and a forum on issues related to the shortfalls of the public education system.
 
3.The Ron Brown Scholar Alumni Association (financially independent from the Program) has increased its charitable giving in support of the program and its members have actively developed and carried out service projects in their communities and throughout the world.  As the number of graduates steadily increases, the size and reach of the alumni network continually grows.
 
4. RBSP has expanded our offerings of innovative service opportunities. LEAD (Leadership Enrichment and Academic Development), an online high school leadership curriculum developed by the Scholars is being used in several high schools in Virginia.  The program was adopted in both Albemarle and Charlottesville school systems. 
 
5.Our Community Service Foundation awarded a total of $21,600 over the last year to fund Scholar projects in Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; Uniondale, NY; New Haven, CT; Erin-Ijesa, Nigeria; and Addis Abba, Ethiopia.
Needs
Augmenting our office staff (currently: 3 full-time, 5 part-time, and a few volunteers) by adding full-time professional personnel is mandatory if our organization is to remain strong, innovative and in touch with the ideas of our growing family of almost 300 Ron Brown Scholars (past and present). We need financial support for:
1. A full-time service project coordinator. 
 
2. To expand the number of annual scholarships (over 6500 applications were received in 2011 for 16 spaces; fewer scholarships will be awarded next year unless our fundraising efforts are highly successful). 
 
3. To increase leadership and service opportunities for high school students. Expansion of our LEAD online leadership curriculum to more American high schools, development of annual youth leadership conferences in several American cities (currently held in DC only), increased opportunities for RBS to coordinate community service projects in their area. We need funding to do more.
 
4. A coordinator to oversee increasing our capacity to meet Scholar needs by establishing regular calls with Scholars by class and region, developing a manual for alumni and undergrads, liaising with RBSP Steering Committee members and expanding their role to offer professional expertise to RBS in their region. 
Background

The Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP) was founded in 1996 as a living legacy to the late Secretary of Commerce Ronald Brown through the generosity of the CAP Charitable Foundation.  Since then, the now 501(c) 3 public charity has selected 281 young African American students of outstanding promise but limited financial means.  The Program has offered and continues to offer well-deserved funds for college but the intent was always to be no typical Scholarship Program.  It provides invaluable personal attention to accelerate student's progress.  The initial concept was to create a program where bright, motivated, young African Americans could come together and help each other succeed, not just through college but for a lifetime.  They were provided with a financial foundation to begin their journey and a network of dedicated Program staff and mentors to guide them along the way.  As the years have passed and the total number of Ron Brown Scholars (past and present) has grown, the  achievements of and hopes for the Program have far surpassed initial expectations.  The RBSP has not only changed lives but has created an organization dedicated to the cultivation of individuals who will become America’s next generation of great leaders. Ron Brown Scholars comprise a powerful and growing body of compassionate intellectuals who will make a lasting contribution to our nation. Likewise, visions and hopes about the diversity of ways that the RBSP can provide opportunities in leadership and service for many other young people; thus allowing them to expand their horizons and learn the rewards of leadership and giving back to their communities has also increasingly motivated our efforts.  

CEO Statement
“The Power of One, the Value of All.' YES! And, so much more than a slogan -- a reality.  Scholars are navigating the world and sowing seeds through service that are sprouting and transforming communities.  They are taking ownership in the program; meeting in various parts of the country and brainstorming ideas to enhance the RBSP and solve a myriad of problems that plague our society. They are consolidating and expanding their own resources with both their fundraising and “friend-raising” endeavors.  They are coming into their own with a realization that the sky is the limit and that they can accomplish anything that they envision.
 
For instance, many scholars recently performed admirably on an equity and diversity panel held in Washington DC.  They articulated to national educators their ideas of what true service in and out of the classroom entails.  An international law firm in NYC hosted an art exhibit based upon I Have Risen, a book of Ron Brown Scholars' essays, and hosted a panel of Scholars who explained to the audience what “achieving success through a lifetime of service” looks like. Through the RBSP Community Service Foundation, RBS have developed and conducted service projects that have improved the quality of life for hundreds of people around the world.  This is only a small sample of the marvelous works that Scholars are performing.
 
While we are so thankful for our many friends who, because of their belief in the Scholars and concurrence with our vision, continue to commit their time, effort, and resources to the RSBP, we need many more such friends if we are to maintain our services and grow our endeavors. 
 
During the recent process of selecting our 14th class of Scholars, we continued to reflect on the absolute necessity of our Program. Our scholars are emerging as a new generation of leaders, filled with the desire and determination to address society’s economic and social challenges, particularly in the African-American community. Our alumni, friends, and staff have demonstrated that the tight-knit RBSP community, which serves as a network of support and friendship for Scholars’ personal and professional lives, also has the ability to impact individuals in all regions of the world.  As we remain committed to the Program’s mission of accelerating the progress of African Americans into the mainstream of leadership and keeping them connected through service for a lifetime, we hope that you will become involved with our Program. 
Board Chair Statement
My name is Anthony M. Pilaro.  My profile states that I am an accomplished attorney, investment banker, and philanthropist (Chairman of the CAP Charitable Foundation and the CAP Advisers Limited of Dublin).  I support a myriad of causes from community-based charter schools that serve as educational havens in the inner-cities to life-changing medical procedures for those in need.  My philanthropic philosophy is simple: Given the proper nurturing and resources, people will give freely-- not only with their dollars, but of their time, abilities, and creativity.
 
In 1996, following the tragic death of Secretary of Commerce, Ronald Brown, I worked with the CAP Charitable Foundation to establish the Ron Brown Scholar Program.  We began with a simple concept: to create a program where bright, motivated, young African Americans could come together and help each other succeed, not just through college but for a lifetime.  For several years, we provided selected scholars with a foundation to begin their journey: a $40,000 scholarship and a network of dedicated Program staff and mentors to guide them along the way.  What resulted from this initial vision has far surpassed my highest expectations and has yielded a program that has not only changed lives but has created an institution for the cultivation of individuals who will become America’s next generation of great leaders.  I believe that, ultimately, this powerful body of compassionate intellectuals that grows every year will make a lasting contribution to our nation.
 
By 2008, it became clear that the Ron Brown Scholar Program had the strength, the vision, and the leadership to proceed as an independent nonprofit charity.  It has been heartwarming and joyous to celebrate the tremendous progress that the Ron Brown Scholar Program continues to make.  Their mission is sound; their dreams are laudatory; their future is bright.  I am, and I will always be, the most enthusiastic champion of this fine organization.  I am, like a good parent, stepping back so that others may become more involved in the Ron Brown Scholar Program and reap the joys and benefits of meaningful philanthropy.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
National
Scholars are selected nationally.  Much of the Program attention is focused on Virginia, NOVA, DC and Richmond collectively, but Scholars are Global/National in their work and service efforts.  For example, one RBS is still working in New Orleans on a project he created after Katrina.  Many RBS work and volunteer in the inner cities of America where they were raised as well as helping impoverished communities establish basic services and needs in Kenya, Rawanda, Ethiopia and Central America.
Board Chair
Board Chair Jack Leslie
Company Affiliation Weber Shandwick
Term Jan 2014 to Jan 2018
Email jleslie@webershandwick.com
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Kathy Thornton-Bias
Term Jan 2014 to Jan 2018
Email kathytbc@comcast.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Nicole Bates Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Douglas C. Boggs Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Terri P. Dean Girls Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Jordan Goldberg Alliance Berstein
Dane E. Holmes Goldman Sachs
Diana Lady Dougan AmbassadorCyber Century Forum
Jack Leslie Weber Shandwick
Thaderine D. MacFarlane Community Volunteer
Michael A. Mallory Ron Brown Scholar Program
Jonathan D. Mariner Major League Baseball
Gavin McFarland Community Voulnteer
Anthony M. Pilaro Chairman, CAP Foundation, CAP Advisors Limited of Dublin
Andrew C. Pilaro Chairman, CAP Advisers Limited of Dublin
Christopher A. Pilaro President, CAP Charitable Foundation
Marva Smalls MTV Networks
Mary Snitch Lockheed Martin Corporation
Kathy Thornton Bias Museum of Modern Art
Michael Triesman Tiger Fund
Thomas A. Waller Wal-Mart Stores, Inc
Tom Werner Boston Red Sox
Aaron Williams RTi org
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 8
Governance
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 70
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 90
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Michael A. Mallory
Experience
As Executive Director of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, Michael Mallory continues to demonstrate a profound commitment to increasing educational opportunities for young people.  Since 1996, he has been instrumental in shaping the program to embody the ideals of outstanding academic achievement, commitment to service and dedication to leadership in honor of Ron Brown, former Secretary of Commerce.
Before leading the Ron Brown Scholar Program, Mr. Mallory worked in Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Virginia where he earned a B.S. in Science Education and a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision. Serving a dual role as the University’s Director of Minority Recruitment and Assistant Dean of Admissions, he received national recognition for increasing the recruiting, retention and graduation rates of African American students.
 
Mr. Mallory initiated UVA’s first Black Alumni Reunion in 1987 and was co-founder of the Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Program which has accumulated nearly $4 million in assets.  He served on a number of faculty committees at UVA and received the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year in 1996.
 
Mr. Mallory was a classroom teacher in the Albemarle County public schools before being hired by UVA to serve as assistant coach and academic advisor to the men’s basketball team in 1984.  He also served as an Academic Advisor at the University of Virginia and as Assistant Marketing Director for a national tour company.
 
Mr. Mallory’s dedication to the Charlottesville community is evident through his work on numerous boards including Computers 4- Kids, Urban Vision and the Paramount Theatre Foundation.  Additionally, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Scholarship Providers Association and as a Trustee of the College of Arts and Sciences Foundation of the University of Virginia.
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Vanessa M. Evans Associate Director
Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 20
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Programs
Description

Leadership Enrichment & Academic Development Series (L.E.A.D.) is a web based leadership and service curriculum effort adopted by Albemarle and Charlottesville City Schools.  This program teaches middle and high school students the value of leadership and of giving back.  This was originally created by RBS; assistance provided by faculty personnel at UVA and a UVA Ph.D. in gifted instruction.


Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget $60,000.00
Short Term Success
Participants will have the tools needed in order to design and implement their own service projects within their individual communities.  Paired with a Ron Brown Scholar who will serve as a mentor during the project phase, participants will be introduced to young people of similar backgrounds who have achieved significant success in their academic and professional lives.  LEAD participants will become active within their communities and take on projects which will impact in the following ways: 1) successful collaboration with peers; 2) engagement in leadership roles; 3) a community project that improves the locality such as some aspect of a park, a home for seniors, a private residence, or an aspect of their school or school atmosphere (such as a movement against bullying in school).
Long Term Success
The program helps students discover their own leadership traits and characteristics by examining self and leadership in historical and modern perspectives.  Inspired by others' efforts (including RBS, etc.) of similar ages and backgrounds some will strive for "leadership" and apply for small grants from the Ron Brown Scholar Community Service Foundation to lead their peers in community service projects of their own development.  The desired outcomes will stem from more highly motivated youth (regardless of SES).  These include increased drive to take advantage of leadership opportunities, to become good citizens, and to cultivate a lifelong desire to give back.
Description The RBS Community Service Foundation provides small grants to Ron Brown Scholars (RBS) to implement community service projects of their own design, often in collaboration with other RBS.  Grants range from $1000-5000.  Scholars are required to apply for specific projects and must go through an evaluation and review process in order to receive funding.  Projects can be local, regional, national or international in scope.  Originally funded solely through a gift from the CAP Charitable Foundation, the Community Service Foundation now also receives support from State Farm Insurance.
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Budget $0.00
Short Term Success Each year the CSF maintains $25,000.00 to distribute to Scholar projects. In 2010, the CSF supported 6 projects and contributed over $20,000.00 to the following: Teaching First Aid skills to children in New Orleans, LA; Providing financial literacy and business training to middle school students in the Bay Area, CA; Building a water well in Kenya; Assisting with small business counseling in Houston and the MS Delta; Distributing backpacks and school supplies in Haiti, and Structuring after-school programming in New Haven, CT.  Thirteen RBS joined forces to complete these projects.
Long Term Success

The CSF encourages RBS to collaborate on a myriad of projects and ideas.  The creation, development and implementation of a service project not only builds the Scholar network, but provides important opportunities for RBS to develop their individual and group organization and leadership skills.

Description The RBS CAPtains program is a new initiative to engage those talented scholarship applicants (approx. 600) who were outstanding but did not make it to the finalist stage of the Scholarship process.  More than 6,200 students applied for the RBS.  The RBS CAPtains Program links 18-22 year olds to many of the opportunities they would have enjoyed as a Ron Brown Scholar.  Our primary goal is to provide a platform and network for outstanding African American students to achieve their full potential.  To achieve this goal we feel that it is important to share our connections and resources.  The Ron Brown Scholar network has proven to be powerful and will provide these youngsters with privileged access to industry leaders, career opportunities/guidance and graduate scholarships.  Becoming a RBS CAPtain is free and has no associated costs to the students.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget $50,000.00
Short Term Success

Essentially, our priority is to make sure students have access to the right people and resources to help them succeed in a chosen field.  Given the RBS track record of placement with the top law firms, medical schools, companies and leveraged network and resources the short term benefits could be significant.   We have received over 97,000 applications over the past 15 years and were able to assist only 281 Scholars.  We intend to increase our reach through this project and encourage many through greater opportunity.

Long Term Success RBS CAPtains will benefit by being exposed to a wide range of opportunities and therefore become more valuable to companies, colleges, graduate programs and communities.   Students provide us with a permanent email address, the College they will be attending, academic field of interest and a note explaining their interests/goals.  We then share details with select organizations/ companies who are aligned with the Ron Brown Scholar vision and may provide the student with an internship, special insight or job opportunity.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,900,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,800,000.00
Endowment Value $13,623,346.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 6
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$212,000$186,500--
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$2,132,971$819,124$2,660,786
------
----$16,960
Investment Income, Net of Losses($208,173)$1,205,225$2,191,851
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$35,808$17,500$4,104
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,262,448$1,270,562$1,141,068
Administration Expense$295,240$273,741$238,623
Fundraising Expense$461,640$418,007$423,707
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.142.70
Program Expense/Total Expenses63%65%63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%42%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$16,002,167$15,764,288$15,476,120
Current Assets$3,042,858$1,745,406$2,885,707
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$564,802$480,201$458,073
Total Net Assets$15,437,365$15,284,087$15,018,047
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.393.636.30
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To realize our vision, we must continue to build endowment funds to assure we support as many talented and promising African American leaders as possible.
Goal $22,000,000.00
Dates May 2007 to May 2020
Amount Raised To Date $13,623,346.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • This organization is a 501(c)(3) Private Nonoperating Foundation. The organization has notified the IRS of its intention to convert to a public charity and the IRS has ruled that grantors and contributors may consider it a public charity for the purpose of making contributions to the organization.
  • Form 990 prepared by Sabal & Associates.
  • Audit prepared by Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman
  • Financial analysis performed with audit.