NEW OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL FOR WOMEN INC.
204 Chestnut St
Berea KY 40403
Contact Information
Nonprofit NEW OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL FOR WOMEN INC.
Address 204 Chestnut St
Berea, KY 40403
Phone (859) 985-7200
Contact Name Robbie Pentecost
Web and Social Media
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1998
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Online - www.nosw.org
 
Via Check and Mailed to Office
 
Gift of Stock
Meridian Wealth Management, LLC
Matt Stockham Financial Advisor
Office phone: 859-543-4516
Account Name: New Opportunity School for Women, Inc.
 
In-Kind 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement

The mission of the New Opportunity School for Women, Inc. is to improve the educational, financial, and personal circumstances of low-income women in the Appalachian region.

 

Background Statement
For three decades, New Opportunity School for Women, Inc. (NOSW) has been equipping low-income Appalachian women with the knowledge, tools, and support they need to build a fulfilling life for themselves, their families, and their communities. Born out of an urgent need for women in Appalachia to become better educated and employed, NOSW has served more than 800 graduates since its founding in 1987. All programs are designed to fulfill our mission of improving the educational, financial, and personal circumstances of low-income Appalachian women.

2-Week Residential Session

Up to 10 women are welcomed to Berea, with lodging, meals, tuition, and extracurricular outings provided at no cost. Funds for childcare and transportation are also provided as needed. During the session, women attend intensive classes, along with field trips addressing a comprehensive curriculum with tracks that include: self-esteem and wellness; career, education, and finance; and arts, culture, and community.


1-Week Non-Residential Sessions

In 2017 NOSW added 1-week, non-residential programs to address the changing needs of the women we serve and more intentionally partner with organizations in the Appalachian region of KY. Each session will serve up to 10 women at no cost. Funds for transportation are provided as needed, and childcare and meals will be onsite. Specific curriculum and activities include: self-esteem, motivation and goal-setting; and mentoring and community engagement. Participants who are interested and able may apply for NOSW’s 3-week residential program held each spring in Berea.

Graduate Leadership Development Retreat


A 4-day retreat each August, the Graduate Leadership Retreat offers up to 8 graduates an intensive weekend of workshops and activities designed to give them a boost in confidence, motivation, and goal-setting so they can continue moving forward with their long-term goals. 2 graduates serve as peer mentors.
Impact Statement

The core of NOSW’s programming now has three components: 2-week residential programming in Berea and five to six 1-week non-residential programs hosted at partner sites throughout the Appalachian region of KY.   Additionally, a 4-day Graduate Leadership Development Retreat was implemented in 2015 and continues to be offered annually each summer. All programs are designed to fulfill our mission of improving the educational, financial, and personal circumstances of low-income Appalachian women.

 Statistical Achievements in 2016:

52 NOSW Information Session and Outreach Workshops were facilitated and served 1,213 individuals.

18 education scholarships were awarded.  

13 graduates requested and received dental assistance.

(NOTE: Education scholarship and dental assistance requests fluctuate depending on the readiness and needs of graduates.)

NOSW’s accomplishments can be seen in the changed lives of the women it serves. Formal surveys historically report that 79% have been employed, in school, or both; 80% have reported completing some form of higher/continuing education; 59% report that their children, and 64% report that their grandchildren, have continued their education after high school; 87% have experienced improved personal circumstances since graduating from the NOSW; and 89% feel a stronger sense of self-esteem and self-reliance.

 

 NOSW Graduate Impact Statement:

“The NOSW changed the trajectory of my life and put me on the path to seeking full-time employment in nonprofit social work since graduating the program in 2015. I have enrolled in Berea College as a full-time student seeking two degrees and have maintained an “A” average. I now have the opportunity to study the social support systems of the Island Nation of Cuba and I hope to incorporate what I learn into any employment opportunities that I can acquire in the field of social work upon graduation.”  (J. W.-NOSW `15)

Needs Statement

Your Donation Matters

  • Sponsorship for one woman for one three-week session: $5000
  • Meals for one woman for one three-week session: $400
  • Books and supplies for one woman attending a session: $200
  • Average child-care costs for one woman: $100 per week
  • Education scholarships for graduates enrolled full-time $500 per semester and enrolled part-time-$350 per semester
  • General Office Supplies
CEO/Executive Director Statement

The NOSW began with the simple desire to help women find the power within to transform their lives. The NOSW has changed the lives of not only our graduates, but of their families and their communities.

Statistics Worth Noting

·       Over 800 women have graduated from the combined NOSW programs in Berea, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee since 1987;

 

·         Historically, 79% of NOSW graduate survey respondents have reported that they are employed, in school, or both; and 80% have reported completing some form of higher/continuing education;

 

·         59% report that their children had continued their education after high school; and 64% report that their grandchildren had continued their education after high school;

 

·         76% report that their health/wellness is improved and they actively attend to their physical and mental well-being;

 

·         89% feel a stronger sense of self-esteem and self-reliance.

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Employment / Employment Preparation & Procurement
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Higher Education
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
Ohio
Tennessee
Virginia
West Virginia
Board Chair
Board Chair Betsy Whaley
Company Affiliation MACED
Term May 2017 to Dec 2020
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mary Absher NOSW@LMC Graduate 2005Voting
Carla Bauman Community VolunteerVoting
Elizabeth Combs Jackson Kelly PLLCVoting
Michelle Coomes Community VolunteerVoting
Christie Green, MPH, MCHES Cumberland Valley District Health DepartmentVoting
Christi Lee Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc.Voting
Lauren Skiles NOSW GraduateVoting
Lora Smith Foundation for Appalachian KYVoting
Kenneth Wells Peoples Bank - BereaVoting
Betsy Whaley MACEDVoting
Rodney Wolfenbarger Brushy Fork Institute @ Berea CollegeVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 78%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Christi Lee
Company Affiliation Appalachian Regional Healthcare
Term May 2017 to Dec 2020
Email clee@arh.org
Standing Committees
Executive
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Board Development / Board Orientation
Program / Program Planning
Marketing
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Sr. Robbie Pentecost
Term Start July 2017
Email rpentecost@nosw.org
Staff
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 10
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 66%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description

Annually, NOSW invites up to 12 women to a 2-week residential program. There is no cost to the participants and funds for childcare and transportation are provided as needed. The intensive curriculum includes: leadership development, building self-esteem, goal setting, job search skills, computer basics, Appalachian literature, understanding violence against women, public speaking, learning how to become enrolled in further education, basic math/financial management, grammar and punctuation. Participants are offered mammograms, pap smears, other health screenings, and dental exams during the program and graduates are eligible for financial support for subsequent dental care. Health education is an integral part of the program, addressing wellness and any needed medical referrals.

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Population Served , ,
Description The 1-week, non-residential programs will focus on building confidence, self-esteem, and goals. This format allows women who would not be able to attend the 3-week program to experience the core component of NOSW’s curriculum and may also serve as an introduction or stepping stone toward attending the 3-week program. NOSW is partnering with organizations throughout the region to serve as host sites.
Category
Population Served , ,
Description The 4-day Graduate Leadership Development Retreat began in 2015 and is a new program designed to help graduates who need an extra boost of support, guidance, and resources to reach their goals.
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Population Served , ,
Description

NOSW works actively in the Appalachian region to provide follow-up services for graduates including individualized support, funds for dental work and scholarships for higher education. Additionally, outreach programs and information sessions are facilitated in many of the region's isolated communities. NOSW encourages graduates to actively seek roles in their local schools, government and communities.

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Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2016
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Financials
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $327,729.00
Projected Expenses $327,729.00
Endowment Value $690,171.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$127,328$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$127,328----
Individual Contributions$75,211$288,471$387,743
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$40,150$8,726$96,559
Investment Income, Net of Losses$34,819$70,129$47,761
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other($86,838)$765$1,323
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$237,872$233,546$217,656
Administration Expense$64,126$53,679$50,583
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.631.281.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%81%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets--$1,358,340$1,277,095
Current Assets--$216,984$190,207
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities--$9,702$9,323
Total Net Assets--$1,348,638$1,267,772
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
The NOSW has an endowment account and investment account managed by Meridian Wealth Management under our long-time financial advisor Matt Stockham.  The endowment amount noted above reflects the value as of 4/11/17.
 
There is an additional investment account managed by the Blue Grass Community Foundation with a value of $7200.
Address 204 Chestnut St
Berea, KY 40403
Primary Phone 859 985-7200
Contact Email info@nosw.org
CEO/Executive Director Sr. Robbie Pentecost
Board Chair Betsy Whaley
Board Chair Company Affiliation MACED