THE ASPSF TOOLBOX - SECTION 1
Development resources for Affiliates of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
INTRODUCTION TO ASPSF
Introduction to the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
ASPSF Mission Statement:
Introduction to the Toolbox:
In order for this guidebook to reach its full potential as a provider of information, it must be used. We urge our affiliates to keep it in a convenient location for board members, to make copies of it for members who request them, and to make it available whenever working committees need ideas, guidance, and the benefit of the experiences of others in order to complete their important tasks.
A full version of this guidebook as well as individual sections (chapters) may be downloaded and printed as needed by clicking any of the links in the side-bar to the right. This requires Adobe® Reader® to be installed on your computer.
If you have ideas for future additions to the Toolbox or would like to make contributions of materials, please feel free to contact the ASPSF office at any time.
The ASPSF Toolbox was created to provide local affiliates with a guide to assist in fundraising, providing media coverage for local events, recruiting volunteers and board members, mentoring students, and many other topics. The ASPSF Toolbox is user-friendly and is designed to provide on-site assistance with all phases of affiliate development, retention, and growth.
Please use this Toolbox! Share it with others and let us know what worked for your affiliate. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to helping single parents complete their post-secondary education in preparation for meeting their full potential in life. Remember, we not only touch people's lives, we affect generations for life.
We expect affiliates to establish supportive relationships with their applicants and awardees for the purpose of empowering them to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. Support in the form of referrals to other community resources, mentorship, and applicant interviews are encouraged. Any auxiliary programs should be strictly voluntary.
We encourage affiliates to share successful operational strategies with the ASPSF network in order that all within the network can benefit.
We will provide matching grants and developmental supportive services to affiliates with the expectation that they will provide scholarships in a consistent manner, comply with reporting requirements, honor the general eligibility requirements, treat all scholarship applicants and awardees with respect, and maintain a positive reputation in the community.
The Delta Scholarship Project
Two field representatives work on-site in the Delta to achieve the goals and objectives of the project. They work to identify and contact existing nonprofit organizations to develop collaborations and partnerships around new Single Parent Scholarship Funds, and to offer support services to both new and existing funds. Field representatives work with emerging leaders and unaffiliated persons expressing an interest in forming new Funds. Through contact with existing organizations, established leaders, and emerging leaders, additional interest is generated in the concept of community-based incentive scholarship funds for single parents in the Delta region.
The initial goal of the Project was to award at least 680 scholarships worth $340,000 among 27 counties between 2001 and 2003. In its first year, the Project organized or re-organized six Delta affiliates and added three more in the first few months of 2002. The project has operated with increasing effectiveness and success since its inception.
Field Staff Services:
Because of the success of the Delta Scholarship Project, additional field representative positions were created in 2006 and 2010 to serve all volunteer-driven SPSFs. Affiliates are encouraged to remain in regular contact with their field representatives and to fully utilize their skills and services. Below is a list of the service areas for each field representative.
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