Building Relationships, Illuminating Opportunities, Changing Lives (Fiscal Year 2012-13)

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annual report 2012 – 2013

A MessAge to tHe CoMMunity “The Fulfillment Fund’s help as I was in the process of applying to college reminded me that anything is possible.”

Dear Friends, As we look back on the 2012-13 academic year, i can’t begin to express how grateful i am for such an amazing year at the Fulfillment Fund, serving more than 2,000 of our city’s students in grades 7-12 and 300 more students who are now college scholars attending school across the country. in this report, “Building relationships, illuminating opportunities, Changing Lives,” we take a look at the Fulfillment Fund’s life-changing impact in the 2012-13 academic year. you’ll meet some of our aspiring high school students and college scholars, as well as some of our alumni and leaders who are deeply committed to our mission of making college a reality for students in educationally and economically underresourced communities.

— William Lara, Boston University, Class of 2017

you’ll meet students like Carlos, Lance and reissa, and you will read through their stories about how special this organization is. our work is more important now than ever. only 5 in 10 high school graduates from low-income communities nationwide go to college, but 9 in 10 of our high school graduates do.

Fulfillment Fund scholar William Lara, Boston University Class of 2017, Architecture and Pre-Med Major

our dream is to extend the Fulfillment Fund’s reach so that one day children throughout Los Angeles will have a real opportunity to pursue a high quality education, and that in so doing, our city will flourish by benefitting from the full power of our diverse population.


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As we pursue this dream, a heartfelt tHAnK you for helping us make such a big difference in the here and now. Whether you give of your time, your financial resources, or both, you are making a tremendous difference in the lives of our young people and their families, and showing through your actions that there are in fact angels in Los Angeles. sincerely,

Kenny rogers Chief executive officer

tABLe oF Contents A Look at How your investment and support Made a Difference Financial summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annual gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A new Future for students in Las Vegas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alumni Ambassadors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friends of the Fulfillment Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Profile: A Commitment to the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leadership Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Here’s a look at how your investment and support of the Fulfillment Fund made a difference in 2012-13.

13,000 hours of one-on-one mentoring

271 trained mentors provided more than 13,000 hours of one-onone guidance

more than


of Fulfillment Fund scholars who graduated high school in 2013 planned to attend college


% 737


students participated in one or more of 29 college campus visits

in-class lessons conducted

one-on-one college and financial aid counseling sessions conducted

1,468 $371,250 students, parents, volunteers, mentors, college representatives and others gathered at UCLA for our annual college access event, Destination College

in disbursed scholarships and stipends

$3.8 million in negotiated financial aid packages

Fulfillment Fund scholar Anissa Brown, UCLA Class of 2017, Neuroscience Major

Across the Los Angeles Unified School District, only 68% of students say adults at their school know them by name. At the Fulfillment Fund, 100% of our students are connected with staff and volunteers who not only know our students’ names, they know their strengths, their challenges, and their aspirations. Whereas only 5 in 10 students in low-income communities who graduate high school go on to college, more than 9 in 10 Fulfillment Fund students do. Whereas nationally only 3 in 10 students from lowincome communities who go to college graduate, more than 7 in 10 Fulfillment Fund scholars do. annual report 2012 – 2013


10th graders from New Open World (NOW) Academy arrive at UCLA for the 17th annual Destination College, the Fulfillment Fund’s signature, daylong college preparation

Only one in 10 students born into the bottom income quartile in the U.S. graduate from four-year universities, compared with 8 in 10 students from the top income quartile. This achievement gap is especially evident in Los Angeles, where more than 100,000 students attend budget-strapped high schools with a majority of low-income families.

BUilDinG relationShiPS We build individual relationships with each and every one of our students. We have found in our 36-year history that connecting students with trusted, caring adults, who can guide them on the path to college, is the single most impactful thing we can do as an organization.

illUminatinG oPPortUnitieS We illuminate opportunities for students by showing them the lifetime value of a college degree. We take them on college trips, and explain to them step-by-step the grades and test scores they need to qualify and the extra-curriculars they need to pursue to become competitive.

ChanGinG liVeS We change lives by providing students with scholarships and access to additional financial aid that make college affordable and graduation a real possibility.


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Meet Carlos, High School Sophomore As a 13-yearold 8th grader, Carlos knew few adults who had graduated from college. that began to change when he was matched with his Fulfillment Fund mentor rodrigo gonzalez, a commercial real estate broker who graduated from uC irvine and Pepperdine university’s graziadio school of Business. the two immediately connected over a shared love of soccer and began building their relationship at Fulfillment Fund events and other outings. today, Carlos is a 10th grader who dreams of playing soccer in college. He is absolutely on track to make that dream a reality, because he is earning A’s and B’s in his college-eligible courses, and playing on a top club team in Pasadena. With encouragement from rodrigo, he has already participated in his first Fulfillment Fund college counseling session.

event geared specifically for students who will be the first in their family to attend college.

in a letter to his mentor, Carlos wrote, “i see you as my inspiration and motivation…thank you for always wanting the best for me.”

“I see you as my inspiration and motivation… thank you for always wanting the best for me.” — Carlos, in a letter to his Fulfillment Fund mentor Rodrigo

Meet Lance, High School Senior growing up in south Los Angeles, the youngest of four siblings, Lance Mcneil dreamed of a future that didn’t necessarily include college: being a firefighter, a police officer, or a professional football player. starting in the 9th grade, Lance began participating in Fulfillment Fund programs at his school, learning the basics of how to get to college, and began to envision a different future for himself. He began learning about careers in science and technology while participating in the Fulfillment Fund’s science, technology, engineering and Math (steM) program, hosted at Creative Artists Agency. in 11th grade, Lance was one of 32 students selected to participate in the Fulfillment Fund’s annual weeklong northern California college trip, where

he visited seven college campuses. the experience dramatically changed his outlook on what was possible for him to achieve in the future, he says. today, Lance has applied to ten colleges, including uCLA and uC Berkeley, and plans to be the first in his family to earn a degree. He is considering a career as a physician, as a way to serve as a role model in the gang-ridden neighborhood where he grew up. “i want to show that, yes, there is a way out.”

“I want to show that, yes, there is a way out.” — Lance, explaining why he wants to become a physician and a role model in the neighborhood where he grew up

Meet reissa, UC Berkeley Senior As a child, reissa loved mathematics: it was an escape from the negativity she faced growing up in a crimeridden neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles. “i relate math with my life: setting it to a problem and finding different approaches to solving it,” she wrote in an essay. “Hearing gunshots while doing homework, i would rather transport myself to a world of magical numbers instead of being involved with the only other thing my neighborhood offers: death, addictions, and poverty.”

When reissa was 15 years old, she was matched with her Fulfillment Fund mentor, Laura “LB” Baer and began participating in Fulfillment Fund sAt workshops and college campus tours. With the help of her Fulfillment Fund mentor and college counselors, reissa applied to ten universities and was accepted to her dream school, uC Berkeley. After graduating from high school in 2010 with a 3.9 gPA, she received the Fulfillment Fund scholarship. “the Fulfillment Fund has been a channel to break free from the bad influences my community has to offer me,” says reissa, who today is a 21-year-old senior at uC Berkeley, on track to receive her degree in May 2014. “i honestly do not think i could have done it without the Fulfillment Fund’s great support.” After graduation she will be joining teach for America, serving as an elementary bilingual teacher in san Jose starting in fall 2014. “i want to be able to encourage and support others to pursue higher education,” she says. “i have been blessed with so much, and i would love to give back.”

“The Fulfillment Fund has been a channel to break free from the bad influences my community has to offer me.” — Reissa, Fulfillment Fund scholar, senior at UC Berkeley To read more Fulfillment Fund student success stories, please visit annual report 2012 – 2013


Financial Summary The Fulfillment Fund’s overall financial position remained very strong in the 2012-13 fiscal year due to our fundraising efforts, as well as efficiencies in our spending. During this year, we opened and operated a second location in Las Vegas, Nevada. We incurred one-time expenses of $1,050,000 related to this expansion, in accordance with a grant received. This location has been incorporated as a nonprofit organization, Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas, and will operate as a separate entity in the future.

Statement of Financial Position Fiscal Ye ar End ed 0 6/3 0/2 01 3

Assets Cash and investments


Pledges receivable, net


Prepaid expenses, deposits and other assets


Property and equipment, net


Total Assets


Liabilities Accounts payable and accrued liabilities


Scholarships payable, net


Total Liabilities


Net Assets


Total liabilities and net assets


Statement of Activities Revenues Contributions 1,972,937 Special events income, net


Other revenues


Total Revenues


Expenses Program Services


Development 282,179 Management and general Total Expenses

776,412 5,287,490


* includes one time expenses of $1,050,000 related to the expansion of a second location in Las Vegas, Nevada, in accordance with a grant received. 6

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Fulfillment Fund scholar Maria Moron, Senior at New Designs Charter School

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Annual Gifts July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013 We thank all of our generous donors for their support.

The Ant Farm

Todd Garner

Ares Management LLC

General Mills Foundation

Aurora Management Partners, LLC

Michelle and Jack Giarraputo

AV Squad, Inc.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher


Cherna and Gary Gitnick, M.D.

Bank of America and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Kevin Goetz

$100,000 - $249,999

Janice and Robert Goldman

Big Picture Entertainment

Jana and Randall Greer

Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman LLP

Jessica Sandler and Adam Goodman

College Access Foundation of California Emy Davis / Edwin W. and Catherine M.Davis Foundation

Imagine Entertainment

Wells Fargo $50,000 - $99,999 The Banky-LaRocque Foundation California Community Foundation Karisma Foundation Melanie and Richard Lundquist Nesbitt Foundation via Northern Trust Bank of California Paramount Pictures Kathleen and Dale Rosenbloom Mr. and Mrs. Adam Sandler

Cassandra and Brad Grey Indian Paintbrush Productions LLC Jo Ann and Charles Kaplan Britta and Ryan Kavanaugh Legendary Pictures MarketCast / Variety MEC Amanda Coetzer and Arnon Milchan

Jason Blum Camie and Thomas C. Booker Skip Brittenham The Brittingham Family Foundation Broadcast Music, Inc Linda and Jerry Bruckheimer Bryan Burk Cabin 21 Sound

Rebecca and Robert Moore

The Capital Group Companies

NBC4 Beating the Odds Scholarship Fund

John W. Carson Foundation Casa Automotive Group

Mary Parent

Jennifer Celotta


Sandy Climan

Shangri-La Entertainment

Goldman Sachs Adi and Jerry Greenberg Caroline and Josh Greenstein Armand Hammer Foundation Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman Hasbro, Inc. HBO The Herman Foundation The Hoyts Corporation Frederick Huntsberry IMAX Corporation In Sync Advertising Industry Creative The Marcia Isreal Foundation, Inc.

CNMK Texas Properties

Linda Abrams and Rabbi Steven Jacobs

Skydance Productions

Jan and David Crosby

Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg

Sony Music Holdings Inc.

Robert Davidow

Kendall Brill & Klieger LLP

SSI Advanced Post Services

Jordan and John Davis

John and Kathy Kissick

Ray Stark

Janna and Rick Delamarter

Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP

Stuart Foundation

Devastudios, Inc.

Josh Klinefelter


Lisa and Dean Devlin

Sandra Krause and William Fitzgerald

Transit, LLC

DG FastChannel, Inc.

Grace E. Latt

The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation

Viacom, Inc.

Digital Theater Systems, Inc.

Helene and Arthur Laub

The Walt Disney Company


Lithographix, Inc.

Andrea Cockrum

Warner Bros. Entertainment

Disc Graphics

Bill Cockrum

William Morris Endeavor Entertainment Foundation

Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

Los Angeles Duplication & Broadcasting, Inc.

$25,000 - $49,999 Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow Jackie and Howard Banchik Michael Bay BLT Communications Edythe and Eli Broad Buddha Jones, LLC. Rebecca Susan Buffett Foundation Marcia and George Chami

Sacha Baron Cohen Creative Artists Agency Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Kimberly and Lorenzo di Bonaventura DreamWorks Animation Dwight Stuart Youth Fund Four By Two Films, Inc. The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

*Anonymous $5,000 - $24,999 1K Studios Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams Allied Integrated Marketing Amalgamated Holdings Limited AMC Theatres Ammo Creative

Tomy Drissi Eclipse Advertising, Inc. David Ellison Evening Star Foundation Fake Empire Joan and William Feldman Sherri and John Fogelman Fox Networks Group Sheril and Robert Freedman

MGM Midnight Oil Creative/LAgraphico Corrine and Milton Miller Steven T. Mnuchin Mob Scene Creative Productions mOcean The Montecito Picture Co., LLC The Morton Family Charitable Fund NBC Universal

A Special Thank You to Our Community Partners California Community Foundation • Children’s Defense Fund - Beat the Odds Clark County Unified School District • Communities in Schools - Los Angeles C5LA Coca - Cola Foundation • Los Angeles Unified School District Magic Johnson Foundation • Marymount College The Michael Brownstein Foundation • National College Access Network (NCAN) NBC4LA • New Designs Charter School • Pacific Lutheran University Southern California College Access Network (So. Cal CAN) University of California, Los Angeles • University of Southern California Women’s Leadership Council annual report 2012 – 2013


The following donors made a multiyear commitment of $5,000 and above between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013:


Doreen and Fred Solomon


Tim Somers

NFL Ventures LP

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Nielsen NRG

Specialty Family Foundation

Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation

Judith and Bruce Stern


Matthew Klein

Northeast Theatre Corporation

Sun Valley Writers’ Conference

CGLC Charitable Trust

Josh Klinefelter

SunAmerica Retirement Markets, Inc.

$100,000 - $249,999

Matthew Kraus

Lorraine W. Todd

Matthew Laycock

Mary Ann and Michael Todd

College Access Foundation of California

Tomy Advertising

Paramount Pictures

Rabbi and Mrs. Uri Herscher

Margaret and R. Casey Olson O’Melveny and Myers OnDisplay Creative Corporation Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. Marti and Tony Oppenheimer Picture Production Company, Ltd Plan B Entertainment Rainbow Digital Services, LLC Real D Cinema Regal Entertainment Group Laura and Kenneth Rogers Rubenstein Communications, Inc. Schawk The Phillip and Terri Schrager Foundation Beth and Harley Schrager

$5,000 - $24,999 Joan and Charles Fox Eileen and Jon Gallo Regina Jones Johnson

Melissa and Raphael Romero

Reva and William Tooley Trailer Park, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Twentieth Century Fox Union Bank United Talent Agency, Inc. VeriTES Village Roadshow Treasury Pty Ltd Dana and Matthew Walden Ralph Collins Walter The Honorable Kim M. and William Wardlaw, Esq.

Leslie and Carl Schuster

Georgina Champan and Harvey Weinstein

Seismic Productions LLC

Janelle and Brian Werdesheim

Shirley and Ralph Shapiro

Wendy and Jay Wintrob

Lori Zech-Shaw and John Shaw

Wiser Post

Laura and Jeff Shell

Susan Harris and Paul Junger Witt

Dr. Madeleine and Tom Sherak

XYi Design Limited

Maria Shriver

Ziffren Brittenham LLP

Lon V. Smith Foundation


“My gratitude to the Fulfillment Fund can never be fully expressed. No matter where I end up in the future, I will always remember the struggles my family went through, and the support I received from the Fulfillment Fund.” — Christopher Mancia, El Camino Community College

The Snyder Family Foundation

A New Future for Students in Las Vegas Every day in Clark County, Nevada, 10 students drop out of school. Clark County’s five-year high school graduation rate is the lowest in the state, and Nevada has the lowest high school graduation rate of any state in the nation, according to the Nevada Department of Education. Only 9.7% of high school graduates go on to college. These staggering statistics are the reason that in Fall 2012, the Fulfillment Fund began extending college access programs and counseling to hundreds of students at two Las Vegas high schools, Del Sol High School and Chaparral High School. Led by CEO Lindy Schumacher, Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas is now making a difference for students like Grant, a 10th grader who says that when he began attending Del Sol High School last year, he didn’t expect to graduate: “There was no point in finishing, because I was not going to college.” His outlook began to change when he began participating in Fulfillment Fund programs at school, learning about financial aid and scholarship opportunities. He learned, he says, that “by trying hard and working, I could make it all the way up to college.” Today, Grant has changed his day-to-day academic habits, with an eye toward college. “When I get to school I sit up and pay attention to the lesson and participate more, answer questions, and I work harder on my tests.” He’s not only planning to graduate high school, he’s thinking of studying engineering at University of Nevada Las Vegas, or maybe Harvard University. “The Fulfillment Fund has given me a reason to come to school and work as hard as I can.” For more information about Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas, please visit


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Staff Kenny Rogers

Maria T. Espinosa

Joan Sumpter

Kadar Lewis

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Programs Officer

Vice President, Finance and Administration

Senior Director of Programs

Mariam Agazaryan Sherry Banks, PhD. Jim Chootipanya Aldwin Escuadro Marc Evangelista Charity Felton Adriana Flores Ariel Garcia Daniel Garcia Ivan Grgas

Joy Hallman Xiomara Iraheta* Elizabeth Kalfas Michele Keller Phil Kong A. Robbie Lee Rahniesha Lewis Christopher Lopez* Juan Lopez* Susan Mangles

Cathy Mansouri Karla Jessica Marquez John Mitchell Isaac Moore Sarah Oesterle Hanna Park Nefara Riesch Karina Santos* Janet Sarver Danny Slucki

Abel Solorio Veronica Sosa-Lopez* Emily Tann Danny Tran RJ Washington Elizabeth Zamudio

* Fulfillment Fund alumni

Alumni Ambassadors Board of Directors Jorge Parra*

Nelson Gil*


Gemma Jimenez*

Isela Barrios* Alex Cruz* Veronica Estrada*

Chris Lopez* Devery Rodgers* Dianna Yedalyan*

Leadership Council Executive Committee Josh Klinefelter

Anjan Choudhury


Board Representative, Sustainable Funding Committee

David Hughes President

Wanda Dragomirescu

Nicole Madani

Chair, Events

VP, Communications & Operations

Steve Lapinski

Marcelo Bermudez*

Chair, Mentoring and Student Support

VP, Corporate Engagement

Jordan Lucoff Fulfillment Fund scholar Alan Daniel, and his little sister

Chair, Membership Development

Leadership Ashley Warne

Christopher Vroman

Vice Chair, Membership Development

Co-Captain, Los Angeles Marathon

Thomas Balamaci

*Fulfillment Fund alumni

Co-Captain, Los Angeles Marathon

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Friends of the Fulfillment Fund Board of Directors Cherna Gitnick Founder and Co-President

Jan Goldman Co-President

Susan Berger

Sybil Bergman

Fran Huddleston

Linda Weitzler

Janet Cooper

Beverly Mayer

Isabel Wintroub

Joan Fox

Deb McAdams

Phyllis Wolf

Marjorie Gross

Doreen Solomon

Sara Guterman

Edele Singer

A Commitment to the Community that we can support the existing educational system and dramatically improve student outcomes, Klinefelter told an audience of more than 900 at the 19th Annual STARS Gala at the Beverly Hilton, where he was honored with the Founders’ Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his dedication and long-term commitment to the Fulfillment Fund.

Josh Klinefelter, Partner at Aurora Capital Group, accepted the Fulfillment Fund Founders’ Distinguished Service Award at the STARS Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in October 2013.

Creating greater equality of educational opportunity is a passion for Josh Klinefelter. At a time when there’s so much cynicism in this country, at the Fulfillment Fund we have proven

Having initially become involved with the Fulfillment Fund as a mentor in 1994, Klinefelter later went on to become a founding member and chairman of the Leadership Council, a dynamic group of more than 50 young professionals committed to raising money for the Fulfillment Fund and participating in its programs. After receiving his MBA at Harvard in 2004, he returned as a mentor for a second time, and in 2011 he joined the Fulfillment Fund Board of Directors. His most fulfilling moment? Seeing the two students he has mentored graduate high school, pursue higher education, and become positive role models for others in the community. “The experience has been

incomparable,” he says. “Nothing in my life has been so inspiring or so humbling.”

The Fulfillment Fund is extraordinarily grateful to Josh Klinefelter for his leadership, generosity, and long-term commitment to the community.

Klinefelter and his second Fulfillment Fund mentee, Javier Martinez, in 2005 shortly after they were matched. Today, Javier is preparing to graduate from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, with a degree in engineering.

“The Fulfillment Fund provided a path for me to achieve excellence throughout my four years of high school. It encouraged me to pursue a college education.” — Courtney Graham, Santa Monica College 10

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BoArD oF DireCtors 2013-2014 Chairman and Founder gary gitnick, M.D., F.A.C.g

Co-Chairman eric esrailian, M.D.

President ralph Walter

Secretary Mary Ann todd

UCLA School of Medicine

UCLA School of Medicine

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Chief executive officer Kenny rogers

treasurer tim somers AMI Asset Management Corporation

thomas C. Booker

robert goldman

Jorge Parra*

tom sherak, Ph.D. (In Memoriam)

Wells Fargo Bank


Propel Fuels

Revolution Consulting Services

David Casares

Jana Waring greer

Lucia rodriguez

Harlan spinner

Vicente Capital Partners


UBS Financial Services Inc.

sanford r. Climan

Charles Kaplan

Lupe rodriguez

Entertainment Media Ventures


Cherna gitnick

Josh Klinefelter


Aurora Capital Group

tracy Herriott

Alan Kumamoto

Janice goldman

Kumamoto Associates

Ann ruth

Chris Wagner

Five Star Legal & Compliance

Brian K. Werdesheim

Carl schuster

Oppenheimer & Company

Wolfgang Puck

Kirk Williams

Madeleine sherak, Ph.D.

KW3 Consulting

My Bench Productions


Carla Mann Woods Mann Healthcare Partners

* Fulfillment Fund alumni

FounDers’ BoArD 2013-14 Pamela Buffett Rebecca Susan Buffett Foundation

Andrea Cockrum Founding CEO

Janet & Barry Cooper Monica Dremann, Psy.D. Psychologist and Philanthropist

Melina esrailian, D.D.s.

Mark Kress

Dale rosenbloom

Joan & Charles Fox


Utopia Pictures

Despina & Jay Landers

Kathleen rosenbloom

Conga Room

Chris Meledandri


Jo Ann Kaplan

Illumination Entertainment

Alba tull

Michael rosenberg

thomas tull

Imagine Entertainment

Legendary Pictures

Brad gluckstein

Organic Farmer

“With all the knowledge I gain from the Fulfillment Fund, I pass on my experiences to my peers and tell them why continuing your education after high school is the best way to go. I just wish the Fulfillment Fund could expand so more kids could get the one-on-one attention I’ve gotten.” — Kevin McCune annual report 2012 – 2013


Across the Los Angeles Unified School District, only 68% of students say adults at their school know them by name. At the Fulfillment Fund, 100% of our students are connected with staff and volunteers who not only know our students’ names, they know their strengths, their challenges, and their aspirations.

Fulfillment Fund scholar Xenthia Mena, Class of 2017, Business Major

5 in 10 9 in 10 Whereas only 5 in 10 students in low-income communities who graduate high school go on to college, more than 9 in 10 Fulfillment Fund students do.

3 in 10 7 in 10 Whereas nationally only 3 in 10 students from low-income communities who go to college graduate, more than 7 in 10 Fulfillment Fund scholars do.

“Knowing that there are still good people in the world keeps me going and trying my best in school; it reminds me that the world isn’t something I should just give up on. Someday I want to help other students when they enter college, like the Fulfillment Fund helped me.” — Jamal Lopez, Pepperdine University, Class of 2016

“Without the Fulfillment Fund, I think I would have settled for something less than what I now know I can achieve. The Fulfillment Fund has helped me grow and mature—as a person and as a student. Someday, I want to come back as a Fulfillment Fund mentor so I can inspire other kids like me.” — Jenny Mateo, UC Santa Cruz, Class of 2017

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Serving the Los Angeles community for more than 36 years, the Fulfillment Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities.

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