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$350,000 Grant Fuels 10,000 Degrees Expansion to San Francisco

San Rafael, CA, January 18, 2018 – 10,000 Degrees, a leading college success nonprofit in California, has been awarded a multi-year Catalyst Grant from the Wellington Management Foundation to help launch program expansion to San Francisco, beginning at Balboa High School and City College of San Francisco.

“We are very pleased to have been awarded $350,000 and believe this will be help drive transformative change in educational opportunities for students in San Francisco,” says Kim Mazzuca, 10,000 Degrees President & CEO. “Just as exciting is having Wellington Management as a key strategic partner that values our work to reach even more high-need community college students in a new market.”

The two-year grant from the Wellington Management Foundation helps support students at Balboa High School with plans to expand to two more area high schools. The grant also supports the broader 10,000 Degrees Community College Success Initiative. Powered in large part by 10,000 Degrees innovative Fellowship Program, this ongoing multi-campus initiative aims to more than double the six-year baccalaureate attainment rate of students who start at community college while simultaneously building capacity for program replication, conceptual scale, and sharing of best practices.


10,000 Degrees combines personal support, college advising, and financial aid management to help students from low-income backgrounds get to and through college. More than 80% of 10,000 Degrees four-year college students earn bachelor’s degrees, compared to 31% of their peers nationally. Headquartered in San Rafael, California, 10,000 Degrees currently works with students in 19 area high schools, 10 community colleges, and over 50 four-year colleges and universities in California and across the nation.


The Wellington Management Foundation was founded in 1992 in Boston and supports programs and organizations that improve the education and educational opportunities of economically disadvantaged youth. Through Annual Grants, Catalyst Gifts, and Strategic Partnerships, the Foundation supports more than 80 education-focused nonprofits in eastern Massachusetts and 8 global cities where Wellington Management has offices. The Catalyst Giving Initiative was launched in 2015 to help education-focused nonprofits that are showing meaningful and sustainable academic outcomes move forward in a significant way towards their strategic vision.