Overview of Give Something Back

Q. What is Give Something Back?
Give Something Back, Inc. (Give Back) is a national public charity committed to helping low-income, high-achieving students attain a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree, and/or trade certification(s) while accumulating little to no debt. Give Back prioritizes students who have faced adversity, including those who have experienced foster care, homelessness, or the incarceration of a parent. Give Back is a long-term mentoring and scholarship program that starts when students apply as early as 8th grade and continues throughout high-school and college until the student successfully earns a degree or certification.
Q. When was Give Back founded and what is the timeline for it to be in my state?
The Give Something Back Foundation was founded in 2003 in Illinois. In 2015, Give Back began expanding and is now in 11 states including: New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, California, Kansas, Washington, Maryland, Connecticut, Florida, and Illinois. In 2016, Give Back became a public charity. Our long-term goal is to expand to all 50 states over the next few years.
Q. Where is Give Back headquartered?
Our national headquarters is located at 902 Carnegie Center, Suite 160, Princeton, NJ 08540.
Q. If Give Back is not in my area, how can I bring it here?

Contact us at info@giveback.ngo to request this information for your state. We can walk you through the steps and partnerships that are needed to begin a Give Back program in your area.

Q. Who does Give Back serve?

Give Back serves low-income, high-achieving students with a primary focus on youth who have experienced foster care, homelessness, or the incarceration of a parent. All Give Back students are required to have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero as indicated by completing a financial-aid forecaster similar to FAFSA as a part of the program’s admissions process and maintain a 2.5 GPA. Since inception, we have served over 1,600 students.

Q. What is the model and what are the outcomes of the Give Back program?

Give Back scholars can apply as early as 8th grade. Accepted students are assigned to a mentor who assists them with college preparation through high school and college/trade school. We help students navigate the complex financial aid and scholarship processes when applying to and attending institutions of higher education. We partner with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) for additional support and mentor services. Our outcomes are outstanding with over 90% of high school students remaining in the program and continuing to college and 87% of those graduating from college on time (2 years for associate degrees and 4 years for bachelor’s degrees).

Q. How has the Give Back program changed since it began?

Give Back started by giving low-income, high-performing high school seniors in Illinois $20,000 toward their college education. The program was modified to select middle school students and provide a mentor to help the students through their high school years. We further refined that model to one that awards the promise of a full-ride scholarship to 9th graders who actively participate in Give Back programming, earn a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate good character. The scholarship provides room, board, tuition, and fees. Students participate in mandatory mentorship, events, and programs throughout high school that offer support.

Our plan moving forward is to focus on helping students to first attain an associate degree and/or trade certification(s) before attaining a bachelor’s degree if that is the desire of the student. Additional expenses (e.g. room and board) will be considered and supported on a case-by-case basis. Regardless of the post-secondary track the student chooses, Give Back will strongly encourage and help scholars maintain a 2.5 GPA and demonstrate upstanding character. A 2.5 GPA ensures the student is on track to succeed academically after high school, as well as maintain their eligibility for financial aid.

Q. How is Give Back different from other nonprofits and college readiness programs?

Give Back’s mission is to identify, enroll, and support academically promising students who have the greatest financial need and the lowest statistical likelihood of enrolling in college and achieving a degree or trade certificate. Give Back prioritizes enrollment for students who have experienced foster care, homelessness, and/or the incarceration of a parent. We assist our students through high school and college by providing scholarships so the student can obtain an advanced degree and change their lives for the better, graduate on time, and protect them from burdensome debt.

Q. How can I get involved or support Give Back?

Our greatest needs are for mentors and for CASA/GAL volunteers. Give Back offers the opportunity to participate in virtual mentoring. Caring adults from all 50 states can become virtual mentors, providing long-term support to deserving students. Please apply at: www.giveback.ngo/mentors/

Donations to Give Back can also be made via our website at: www.giveback.ngo/donate/ and through participation in the Chip-In program. Through Chip-in, you can register your credit card and a percentage of your spending can support Give Back or other charities of your choosing. For more information, please visit: https://chip-in.getbeyond.com/

Q. How can I donate to Give Back?

Donations are accepted at: www.giveback.ngo/donate/. If you prefer to send a check, it should be made payable to Give Something Back and mailed to: 902 Carnegie Center, Suite 160, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Q. How can I get my local nonprofit to partner with Give Back?

By becoming a member or supporter of Chip-In.  Please do that via https://chip-in.getbeyond.com/.

Prospective Nonprofit and Association Participants

Q. What is the benefit to an association to participate in the Give Back program?

Becoming a partner or supporter of Give Back can lead opportunities for increased funding and support for your own organization.

Q. What type of students are recruited by Give Back?

Students with experience in the foster care system, with a parent currently or formerly in prison, and/or with a history of homelessness are our primary scholarship recipients. Other students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero from their FAFSA are also eligible.

Q. What industries have Beyond / Give Back been working with?

Currently, we have been working primarily with the hospitality industry and the cyber security industry.

Q. Does Give Back work with nationwide associations?

Yes, Give Back is seeking partnerships with nationwide associations to help us support more students, expand to additional states, and provide new career pathways for our scholars. To partner with Give Back, please contact info@giveback.ngo.

Q. My association works with certifications, are Give Back students interested in specialty certifications?

Yes, especially if you are in the hospitality business or the cyber security industry.

Q. How can a partnership with Give Back benefit my association?

Our partnership could result in new members and funding sources for your organization.

Q. Will Give Back provide programming to my association specifically?

Contact info@giveback.ngo to discuss opportunities to offer programming to your association members. Specifically, Give Back seeks opportunities to recruit mentors and open up career pathways including internships and certifications for scholars.

Q. Can Give Back support association gatherings through sponsorship?

Currently, we do not sponsor association gatherings.

Q. Will Give Back help the educational foundations in our organizations?

Yes, we will. Please contact us to make a connection to Give Back in your state.