2017 Conference Sponsors

NCAN is grateful to the following organizations for their generous conference sponsorship.


Career Success Sponsor

Strada Education Network is a new kind of nonprofit organization that takes a fresh approach to addressing — and solving — critical higher education and workforce challenges. We advance our guiding principle, Completion with a Purpose, through a unique combination of strategic philanthropy, research and insights, and innovative solutions to improve the college-to-career pathway.



Young Men of Color Track Sponsor

Since 1915, the California Community Foundation has worked to transform generosity into impact to realize a stronger, healthier and more prosperous Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund (LASIF) is the capstone to the Foundation’s work across the educational pipeline. Launched in 2012 in collaboration with the College Futures Foundation, LASIF has grown to serve as a major driver of college attainment efforts in L.A. County.  LASIF supports highly effective programs that address the multifaceted needs of low-income students, going beyond college admission to degree completion, while bringing together key stakeholders around a shared vision for postsecondary success in the region.

Community Investment Sponsor 

The FCA Foundation is committed to rebalancing inequalities to promote the full realization of every human being.  We seek to support outcomes in our communities that ensure people can enjoy equality and dignity. 


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Community Investment Sponsor

Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to achieve a postsecondary education. The Foundation’s work is driven by four fundamental beliefs in Community, Equity, Investment and Partnership. The Foundation invests in initiatives across the full education continuum from Early Grade Success through Postsecondary Completion. Since 2006, the Foundation has invested over $185 million in education programs and initiatives in Arizona and Florida.



Access to Opportunity Sponsor

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership organization that challenges all students to own their futures. It collaborates with its partners to increase excellence and equity for all students. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college. Using its programs and services—which include the SAT©, the PSAT/NMSQT, the Advanced Placement Program©, and several Access to OpportunityTM (A2O) initiatives—the College Board is committed to breaking down barriers so students can focus their efforts, practice hard, and propel themselves into the opportunities they have earned.



Success in Higher Education Track Sponsor

For 50 years, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates has believed in the power of higher education to change lives for the better. The nonprofit group works to help students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. Since 2006, Great Lakes’ education philanthropy program has committed over $200 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students from low-income households, students of color, and first-generation students—so they can go on to transform their lives, their families, and our communities.


FAFSA Completion Challenge Sponsor

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America's cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development in Detroit. In 2016, the foundation invested $2.3 million in raising national FAFSA completion rates and on Sept. 13 will award $300,000 in prizes to U.S. cities that significantly increased FAFSA completion for the high school class of 2017.


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Equity and Diversity Track Sponsor

Travelers is ensuring opportunity by contributing to efforts that create strong, vibrant communities and offer pathways to success. Through corporate funding and the Travelers Foundation, Travelers targets its giving to three key outcomes: academic & career success, thriving neighborhoods and culturally enriched communities. With the primary focus of educating underrepresented students to lead tomorrow’s workforce, Travelers also contributes to organizations that aid in developing communities through small business support and neighborhood revitalization, and enriching lives and learning through arts & culture.



Good College Fit Sponsor

The TalentED Project builds critical relationships between college access professionals and admissions recruiters at colleges that are a good fit for first-generation, lower-income students. This free, new online tool makes it easy for professionals to work with their 10th-12th grade students to: create profiles showcasing their interests and achievements beyond test scores; build a list of good fit colleges nationwide based on tailored college searches; and establish connections with admissions recruiters at those institutions. Maximize your network and help strengthen the recruitment pipeline of underrepresented students by joining more than 225 college access organizations and high schools who have already gained exclusive access to a growing list of nearly 100 private and public colleges and universities, including Butler, Centre, Earlham, Kennesaw State, Stockton, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Vanderbilt. The TalentED Project is a partnership between UBS, the Tennessee College Access and Success Network and Discovery Education.


California State Sponsor

College Futures Foundation operates on the beliefs that a vibrant future for California’s economy and communities requires more bachelor’s degrees, and that every student should have the chance to succeed in college. College Futures works to remove systemic and institutional barriers to college success, enabling students to access the knowledge, financial aid, and other resources they need to earn college degrees and choose their own futures. The foundation aims to chart a new course for student populations who are low-income and have had historically low college success rates by changing policies, practices, systems, and institutions in ways that better support students. Established in 2005, the foundation awards nearly $20 million in grants annually.



Tote Bag Sponsor

The National Student Clearinghouse is the nation’s trusted source for education verification and for student educational outcomes research. The Clearinghouse helps educational institutions improve efficiency, reduce costs and workload, and enhance the quality-of-service they provide to their students and alumni, lending institutions, employers, and other organizations. Through our one-of-a-kind access to national student outcomes data and educational research services, the Clearinghouse also serves as a valuable source for longitudinal and other studies on educational progress.



Success Gallery Sponsor

The ACT Center for Equity in Learning supports research, partnerships and initiatives that focus on closing gaps in equity and achievement. Our goal is to produce actionable evidence to guide thought leadership, and inform changes in policy and practice, that will lead to improved learning and achievement.


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 Financial Education Sponsor 

TG is a nonprofit corporation that promotes educational access and success so that students can realize their college and career dreams. TG offers resources to help students and families plan and prepare for college, learn the basics of money management, and repay their federal student loans. 

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Education Data Management Sponsor

AEM is a recognized market leader in helping education clients improve the programs, systems, processes, and data used to advance student learning. In a landscape where change is the norm, education leaders need proven and customizable solutions to improve their organizations and programs. AEM has worked with all states and territories to assist in data collection and federal reform grant initiatives; every school district to collect data on equity; every institution for higher education that receives Title IV funding to provide customer assistance support and manage their federal student aid; and 16 program offices. 




Conference App Sponsor

American Student Assistance® (ASA) is a national nonprofit dedicated to eliminating finance as a barrier to higher education. ASA’s College Planning Services helps young people and adults from all backgrounds plan for, enroll in, and complete college, including identifying and applying for various sources of financial aid. Services are provided through ASA’s College Planning Centers, school-based programs, and in collaboration with other community based organizations.



Board of Directors Reception Co-Sponsor

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs now and forever. 



Twitter Sponsor

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded over $152 million in scholarships to nearly 2,200 students from 8th grade to graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services The foundation as also awarded over $90 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.



Conference Patron  

beyond.uptake is the philanthropic and civic innovation arm of the predictive analytics company, Uptake. Using predictive analytics and machine learning engineered for our philanthropic partners, we make tools for trackable social change. With our Student Union application, we use machine learning to match first generation college students to schools where they have the highest likelihood of graduating.


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Conference Patron 

BridgeEdU’s proprietary financial aid product, YesU, reinvents the college financial aid guidance process for students and their families. YesU is a dynamic and personalized mobile app that will provide educational and motivational content to guide students step by step through the four primary areas of college funding: Federal Aid, State Aid, Institutional Grants, and Private Scholarships.  

YesU wants students to understand what the total cost of attendance will be and how aid can help them go to schools they may have thought were out of reach. We will lead families on a guided path to receive all the free grant aid they are eligible for – and not take unnecessary student loans.




Conference Patron 

College Forward (CoFo) is an Austin, TX based non-profit that specializes in coaching motivated, under-served students to achieve the benefits of a college degree. In 2010, we took a step back and realized that our staff were in desperate need of a systems upgrade. We could no longer provide top quality, data-informed student services using spreadsheets and other one-size-fits-all databases. CoFo has spent the last several years designing, testing, and optimizing what is now called CoPilot on the Salesforce AppExchange. Join us for a live demo and learn how we are helping organizations across the country improve outcomes for their students through CoPilot.


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Conference Patron

Naviance by Hobsons is a college and career planning platform that helps students achieve their post-secondary goals. With Naviance, schools and districts can help students identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, find best-fit colleges, and reach their post-secondary goals. More than 12,000 schools rely on Naviance to close the aspiration to achievement gap and provide consistent access to high quality college and career readiness to all students.



Conference Patron

For nearly 60 years, Scholarship America has worked directly with students, parents, donors, colleges, businesses and communities to empower people to achieve their educational goals. As the nation’s largest private education support organization, having distributed over $3.7 billion to more than 2.3 million students, Scholarship America is working to further engage the private sector to support programs and policies that advance equity in postsecondary education and help students overcome barriers to access, persistence and attainment.



Conference Patron

Virginia529 makes higher education more accessible and affordable for families and individuals. With more than $62 billion in assets under management and 2.5 million accounts as of March 31, 2017, Virginia529 is the largest 529 plan available. Flexible, affordable, tax-advantaged programs and early commitment scholarship program SOAR Virginia® assist students of any age in reaching their higher education goals.