This year, the IECA Foundation granted $20,000 to nine organizations that had immediate funding needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The generosity of our loyal donors has provided basic needs to programs that serve the educational and therapeutic needs of children across the country. View our thank-you video here.
College Bound Opportunities
College Bound Opportunities’ (CBO) mission is to mentor, empower, and inspire low-income, first-generation scholars to overcome barriers, graduate college, and achieve success in life. Through their multi-faceted programming encompassing academic, social, emotional and financial supports, they help their Scholars build the tools, resources, skills and knowledge necessary to successfully navigate a college career. Today, 94% of CBO Scholars have graduated or are on track to graduate from college in less than 5 years.
Evanston Scholars improves college access and success for ambitious first- generation and low-income Evanston students. The Foundation grant helped the organization deliver a comprehensive College Affordability curriculum that spans the entire Evanston Scholars program.
Give More HUGS
Established in 2012 to support students and teachers in disadvantaged communities to achieve their educational goals. Give More Hugs has 3 main programs: BookShare, BackPacks and Ambassadors. They provide books, backpacks, and mentorships. Their unique leadership model trains students and teachers to cultivate their leadership while impacting students in underserved communities.
Kids On Point
Kids On Point introduces young people to the world of opportunity outside of their under-resourced neighborhoods through year-round academic, athletic, and enrichment programming. Kids on Point promotes civic engagement by organizing monthly volunteer and service learning projects in collaboration with other charitable organizations in Charleston.
MOSTe (Motivating Our Students Through Experience) is a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that girls from underserved areas in LA County have the support they need to graduate from college. Students enter their programs in the seventh grade and are provided the resources, guidance, and access needed to help them achieve their educational goals.
Pass with Flying Colors
Pass with Flying Colors aims to prepare students in Chicago’s public high schools for college. The Foundation grant helped the program reach 70 first generation students from 9th to 11th grade, providing campus visits, career/major explorations, and college knowledge activities.
Riding Unlimited’s mission for the past 30 years has been to Turn Disabilities Into Possibilities. They help individuals with physical, educational, intellectual and emotional disabilities through the power of the horse. Therapeutic horsemanship improves strength, balance, coordination, memory utilization, muscle tone, motor skills, social interaction and self-esteem. Their facility is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Int’l. (PATH) Premier Accredited Center and their instructors are PATH Intl. certified.
Sisters Circle, a long-term mentoring program for middle and high school girls, has lead the effort to cultivate longer and more meaningful connections with youth and, through these trusted relationships, introduce at-risk girls in Baltimore to a broader network of support that promotes life- long success.
Tailored Rides is a small therapeutic riding center in rural North East Texas. Lamar County, Texas is an economically disadvantaged county with a reported 18.8% of the residents living in poverty and 12.9% reporting a disability. Tailored Rides serves children and adults with special needs, providing an innovative learning environment, for students with disabilities or other disadvantages.