Donate to SEO with Confidence
Charity Navigator has awarded SEO a four-star rating—our eighth consecutive—and the highest rating possible. Because of our level of financial stability and accountability, charitable givers and social investors can feel more confident in supporting SEO and the level of impact their contribution will have.
Less than 5% of nonprofits to have held this distinction eight consecutive years.—out of more than 9,000 charities rated nationwide. Our rating speaks to our fiscal responsibility, transparency, and measurable impact, helping thousands of underserved and underrepresented young people seize every opportunity on their path to college and career success.
Learn about our accolades below and see how far your contribution can go to help propel human potential.
Charity Navigator: Four-Star Rating (2011 - Present)
SEO earned its eight consecutive four-star rating.
Less than 5% of charities have received eight straight four-star ratings, the highest rating available.
Charity Navigator: Perfect 100 Point Rating (2017 - 2018)
America’s premier charity evaluator has awarded SEO with a perfect rating.
Less than 1% of rated charities have earned perfect scores and SEO was one of only four education organizations to do so.
Independent Evaluation by Policy Studies Associates, Inc. (2014)
An independent study proves that SEO Scholars closes the achievement gap. Program participants either outscored or matched all national testtakers on the SAT composite score, including white test-takers, test-takers of the same GPA band, and test-takers of the same ethnicity.
S&I 100 / Social Impact Exchange (2013-Present)
SEO has been named one of America’s top 100 nonprofits on this first-ever broad index of U.S. nonprofits. Each organization featured has been rigorously screened for proof of impact and ability to expand.
Root Cause’s Highest Rating (2014-2016)
SEO Scholars earned 47 out of 50 points in Program Performance and Organizational Health from independent analysts at Root Cause. Root Cause analyzed peer performance in the category of College Access and Success and stated that SEO Scholars has a distinctive program model, strong college-going culture, is the most data-driven organization and has a robust organizational infrastructure.
GuideStar Exchange (2012-Present)
SEO earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating our commitment to transparency.
Grant Winner, “Effective Philanthropy in Urban Communities” (2013)
In a competition of137 non-profits in the Education sector, Columbia Business School students researched, evaluated and selected SEO Scholars as the top non-profit in the Education category and the top nonprofit across all five eligible categories.
The Giving Library (2013)
SEO Scholars was selected to be featured on the Giving Library, an online video archive launched by The Laura and John Arnold Foundation that connects donors to nonprofits. In the video series, SEO’s president & CEO makes the case for why SEO Scholars is an excellent program to support.
College Board Innovation Award Winner (2011)
For college preparatory programs in the Middle States Region.