America Needs You

America Needs You (ANY)’s flagship chapter is New York Needs You (NYNY). The organization primarily provides resources to support first-generation, low income, high-achieving college students. To date, ANY has enrolled 425 students as “fellows” into its programs while reaching broader audiences through its complementary initiatives.

NPI Rating: BUY

America Needs You benefits from strong partnerships across various fields, a commitment to transparency, and structured commitment periods. These factors are partially offset by the organization’s relatively short track record and lack of public disclosure on material changes to financials.

STRENGTHS

  • Strong relationship with diverse corporate partners. ANY’s corporate partnerships span different sectors ranging from financials firms such as Goldman Sachs and Macquarie to retail firms including American Eagle Outfitters. The partners facilitate in fundraising, volunteers recruitment, and provide career support for Fellows, including priority recruiting.
  • Commitment to transparency. ANY maintains a strong commitment to transparency. Beyond the availability of annual financials on the organization’s website, the executive team is open and prompt about responding to requests for further information.
  • Structured commitment periods to minimize volunteer turnover. Fellows are matched 1:1 with Mentor Coaches. Program is well-structured with identical two-year commitment periods for Fellows and Mentor Coaches. Fellows are incentivized to stay with the program via two internships, professional development grants, and in-kind services.

CAUTIONS

  • Short track record. Founded in 2009, ANY only began to expand outside of New York in 2012. As such the organization has a limited pool of program graduates to gage success of the program’s impact.
  • Lack of publicly available disclosure on material changes to financial statements. The organization has incurred a number of non-recurring charges over its history (related primarily to program investment or changes to programs). Detailed commentary from management is necessary to understand the drivers for the change and should be made publicly available.

 

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