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 Lori Sliwa
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
 
 
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, middle-aged women in the Appalachian region.

 

Background Statement
Jane B. Stephenson founded the NOSW in Berea, Kentucky in 1987. The program grew out of an urgent need for women in Appalachia to become better educated and employed. Women from the Appalachian region share common challenges resulting from low educational attainment, limited employment skills, few strong role models and low self-esteem.   The NOSW uses a proven and holistic curriculum to position participants to overcome these challenges and now has more than 800 graduates.
Impact Statement

The NOSW grew out of an urgent need for women in Appalachia to become better educated and employed -- women served by the NOSW share common challenges of low educational attainment, limited employment skills, few strong role models and ultimately low self-esteem.   The NOSW has provided tools, resources and support to 779 graduates with the end result being women who have helped impact change for themselves and their families.

 Each February and June up to 14 women participate in a 3-week residential program in Berea. There is no cost and funds for childcare and transportation are provided as needed. The program provides an intensive curriculum, health education and screenings, professional internships as well as weekend activities for cultural enrichment and civic engagement. Curriculum includes: leadership development, building self-esteem, goal setting, job search skills, computer basics, Appalachian literature appreciation, civic engagement, understanding violence against women, public speaking, how to enroll in higher education, basic math/financial management, grammar and punctuation, and expressive arts. Participants are also offered mammograms, cervical exams, and other health screenings. Additionally, to boost their confidence and better prepare them for work and school participants take part in a fashion and fun day with a visit to the NOSW clothing closet.

 Follow-up services include workshops, individualized support and guidance, funding for dental work, and educational scholarships.  Outreach programs are offered on topics such as career and job search skills, leadership skills, self-esteem, and computer skills. The NOSW also partners with a wide variety of social service organizations and community resources to help graduates maintain networks of support.  The NOSW is increasing its emphasis on graduate development and is in the development stages of designing a follow-up session for graduates who may need an additional “boost” to reach their goals.

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
  • Mammogram and health screenings for one woman: $250
  • 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 Sr. Robbie Pentecost
Company Affiliation Sisters of Saint Francis-Donor Relations
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Carla Bauman Community VolunteerVoting
Elizabeth Combs Jackson Kelly PLLCVoting
Betty Cook NOSW-`97Voting
Christie Green, MPH, MCHES Cumberland Valley District Health DepartmentVoting
Christi Lee Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc.Voting
Betty Olinger Kentucky State UniversityVoting
Sr. Robbie Pentecost Christian Appalachian ProjectVoting
James Rousey Retired - Madison County Health DepartmentVoting
Lauren Skiles NOSW GraduateVoting
Kenneth Wells Peoples Bank - BereaVoting
Betsy Whaley MACEDVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 69%
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
Standing Committees
Executive
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Board Development / Board Orientation
Personnel
Program / Program Planning
Marketing
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Lori Sliwa
Term Start Apr 2011
Email lsliwa@nosw.org
Experience
Former Director - New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College - 2007-2009
Staff
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 10
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 33%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Outreach/Office Assistant
Title Outreach & Career/Education Coordinator
Title Office Manager
Title Development/Communications Coordinator
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Description

Twice annually the NOSW invites fourteen women to a three-week residential program. There is no cost to the participants and funds for childcare and transportation are provided as needed. The program provides an intensive curriculum, offers dental and health education, screenings and exams, and professional internships as well as weekend activities for cultural enrichment and civic engagement. 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

Beyond the residential sessions, the 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 are facilitated in many of the region's isolated communities on topics of interest such as leadership skills, career and job search skills, domestic violence, divorce recovery, self-esteem, women's health, financial aid and others.  The 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? Yes
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $344,883.00
Projected Expenses $344,883.00
Endowment Value $618,265.00
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$288,471$387,743$376,774
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$8,726$96,559$63,352
Investment Income, Net of Losses$70,129$47,761$25,229
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$765$1,323--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$233,546$217,656$246,533
Administration Expense$53,679$50,583$64,042
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.281.991.50
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%81%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$1,358,340$1,277,095$1,025,433
Current Assets$216,984$190,207$203,351
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$9,702$9,323$22,848
Total Net Assets$1,348,638$1,267,772$1,002,585
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 2/1/16.
 
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 Ms. Lori Sliwa
Board Chair Sr. Robbie Pentecost
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sisters of Saint Francis-Donor Relations