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“10,000 Degrees has a demonstrably positive effect on the educational outcomes of the students” and the “greatest impact on the participant’s self-reported confidence and preparedness to pursue a college education.”  — National Scholarship Providers Association

We are proud to have earned recognition from a host of national evaluators and associations.

Four-star rating by Charity Navigator

America’s largest independent charity evaluator awarded 10,000 Degrees their top rating for sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency. (2015)

Winner of 2015 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits

GreatNonprofits is the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

Winner of Social Impact Exchange’s National Business Plan Competition (2012)

Based on:

  • Quality, impact and ability to meet goals in timely fashion
  • Marketability/scalability
  • Expansion readiness
  • Strength of management team and governance
  • Rigor and feasibility of financial model over time
  • Evidence of systems to track/monitor growth

The Social Impact Exchange (SEI) consists of the Growth Philanthropy Network and Duke University’s Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society (CSPCS) and Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship.

College Knowledge Challenge Grant Awardee

Awarded funding to create College KRED, an online interactive college access game, from College Knowledge Challenge sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with Facebook, Redpoint Education, and College Summit.

Named to S&I 100:  An index of top nonprofits creating social impact

A listing created by Social Impact Exchange, National Growth Philanthropy Network.

Lumina Education Foundation’s Recognition as National Model

Awarded grant through the McCabe Fund, which seeks to expand successful program models that help historically underserved youth gain access to college.

Independent Scholarship Provider of the Year (2011)

Awarded for exceptional leadership, efficiency, and impact in support of higher education by the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA). NSPA is the largest membership organization for scholarship providers in the US.

National College Access Network

10,000 Degrees President and CEO Kim Mazzuca named to their Board of Directors (term completed)

The College Board of New York

10,000 Degrees Vice President and Deputy Director Traci Lanier appointed Special Advisor