Provide Free 1-1 Tutoring for Bay Area Students

Jan 22, 2014

Join us at Education By Design 2.0 February 27th in San Francisco

Education By Design 2.0
Education By Design 2.0

Thank you for your generous support of Tutorpedia Foundation. We're grateful that you have chosen to stay connected with us and hope to see you soon so we can thank you in person! We'd love to have you join us at Education By Design 2.0 on February 27, 2014 at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco.

Because of your support, during the 2012-2013 academic year:

  • 90 students received personalized academic support
  • 1900 hours of tutoring were provided
  • 84% of TF Scholars saw grade improvement
  • 89% of TF Scholars noted increased confidence
  • 85% of TF Scholars felt more motivated
  • 10% average increase in test scores
  • 100% of TF Scholars matriculated to the next grade level

We are currently working on our 3-5 year strategic plan to build a sustainable future for Tutorpedia Foundation and our students. In 2013, we created a comprehensive data and impact plan, hired site coordinators for 4 program sites to refine the model and experience for students and partners, and we continue to offer students personalized access to professional educators with specific content expertise.

Education By Design 2.0 

Tutorpedia Foundation's fourth annual conversation on personalizing education will be a fun evening of dynamic speakers, delicious food, engaging activities, awesome raffle prizes, and the opportunity to make a larger impact on the lives of under-resourced Bay Area youth. The event is all-ages. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014 -- 6PM - 9PM

Autodesk Gallery - One Market St., Fl 2; San Francisco, CA

Featured Speakers:

Kevin Kumashiro, Ph.D. -  School of Education Dean, University of San Francisco

Jon Deane, M.Ed. - Chief Information Officer, Summit Public Schools

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, January 23, 2014 via our website. A special thanks to our sponsors Autodesk and The Adventure School.

If you'd like to make a connection to your employer or a business in the community, please contact Diaris Alexander, our Director of Operations and Development via email.

TF Scholar with his tutor
TF Scholar with his tutor


Sep 18, 2013

Welcome Back to School!

Dear Supporters,

As summer officially winds down and the start of the new school year ushers in autumn, we wanted to take the opportunity to share some recent developments we've made with regards to our programming. We're grateful to have members of our Community of Learners make unique contributions which each help us continue to refine the Tutorpedia Foundation model and better serve students.

**TF Program Overview (2013-14 Edition)**

  • We have discontinued the student application process for our inaugural "scholarship program" which awarded free tutoring on an annual basis to under-resourced students from across the Bay Area. We made this shift to increase student impact by better leveraging our tutors' time through the clustering of students at individual sites; this represents a shift in our model in favor of deeper collaborations with fewer program partners. We have grandfathered our relationships with existing TF Scholars receiving tutoring scholarships.
  • This year we plan to provide 120 students with over 3000 hours of service which represents a 33% increase in TF Scholars and 60% time increase in high quality personalized tutoring.
  • We hired new site coordinators and lead tutors for our program sites!  These roles represent greater leadership opportunities for our tutors as we strengthen our relationships with partners in the community and measure impact on students through program data.  We welcome Paula (Canal Alliance), Colin (Sophie Scholars), Elisa (Mission HS), Liz (Huckleberry SF), Molly (Sacred Heart Prep), and Ariel (Bay School) to their new positions and wish them good luck with the new school year! 

Interested in getting involved? Fill out this quick survey.

**Become a Volunteer Tutor**

Tutorpedia Foundation is looking for volunteer tutors to help us at our tutoring program at Mission High School (MHS)  in San Francisco this year.  Tutors are needed to work 1-1 with 10th grade students on academic subjects and school success at MHS.

  • Programming occurs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:45-2:30pm. Volunteers are asked to make a commitment to work with students 1 or 2 days per week.
  • Program begins September 16, 2013 and ends May 23, 2014, with no programming the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, and April 1st (for spring break).
  • Tutors must have solid understanding of Algebra as it represents the greatest academic need for our students; however, tutors will also be able to assist students in other areas including reading comprehension, writing, critical thinking, organization, time management, and study skills.
  • Tutorpedia Foundation will provide training and support for volunteers: our Site Coordinator is a 15+ year credentialed veteran teacher.
Interested in becoming a volunteer tutor? Please email Director of Programs David Taus at

**Thank you for support!**

Did you know that more than half of our financial support during the last fiscal year came from generous individual donors?!

Here's what 2 of our supporters, Dawn and Steve Mesite (pictured) had to share about why they chose to donate to Tutorpedia Foundation:

Dawn & Steve Mesite"When we researched the Tutorpedia Foundation, we learned that this organization is dedicated to serving students who may be unable to meet the financial challenge associated with hiring a tutor. I'm a teacher, and know firsthand the impact that a little extra support can have on a student. Steve and I both recognize the important role that education has played in our own lives. We are so pleased that we were able to include a donation to Tutorpedia as part of our wedding celebration."

Why did you choose to donate?

If you are interested in being further engaged with our work, have questions/comments, please email us at info@tutorpediafoundation.orgWe'd love to hear from you!

With Gratitude,

Tutorpedia Foundation


TF Scholar Isaac V. with Mother Cherie
TF Scholar Isaac V. with Mother Cherie


Jun 27, 2013

Thanks to you: Congratulations are in order!

Bianca speaks at February
Bianca speaks at February's "Education By Design"

Happy Summer!

Thanks again for your continued support of our work with under-resourced Bay Area students. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and we're happy to have you as part of the Community of Learners raising our TF Scholars. Because of your generous support, congratulations are in order for TF Scholar Bianca S.!  Bianca recently enrolled at Mercy College, a private liberal arts college in Dobbs Ferry, NY! 

Bianca intends to obtain a BA in Social Work at Mercy College, so that, in her own words, she can “help people and make them happy.”

You may have met Bianca in San Francisco back in February at our event Education By Design. She was the brave student who shared her story with attendees and can be seen in the video recap of the night. Tutorpedia Foundation has worked with Bianca since 2011 to provide her with one-on-one tutoring to assist with school work and SAT preparation.

During this past year, one of our partners, Dr. Amy Morgenstern of Blue Star Admissions Consulting, donated her time to Tutorpedia Foundation to provide one-on-one counseling to Bianca to help her navigate the college application process. We are grateful to have volunteers in our community who compound the work we do with our TF Scholars. To read more about Dr. Morgenstern's work with Bianca, please visit our blog.

The entire Tutorpedia team is proud of Bianca's incredible resolve and remarkable accomplishments during this journey. We wish her the best of luck at Mercy College and beyond. 

Thank you again for your support of our mission. Your support allows us to provide personalized academic support and other educational services to students in our community who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford the extra help. We hope that with your continued support, we will be able to share more success stories as more of our students graduate high school and head to college. 

If you'd like to learn more about opportunities to get involved, please email us at

Bianca with her tutor Aaron & Dr. Morgenstern
Bianca with her tutor Aaron & Dr. Morgenstern


Mar 18, 2013

Thank you for your continued support!

Tutorpedia Foundation staff at Education By Design
Tutorpedia Foundation staff at Education By Design

We are so grateful to have generous supporters like you!

In February, we reached our initial project goal of $10,000 thanks to your contributions! We've since decided to expand our GlobalGiving project goal by $5,000 for 2013. Every year, Tutorpedia Foundation receives applications from deserving low-income students who need extra support to succeed in school. In 2012, we received over 50 applications from students that we did not have the resources to support. With every $1000 raised, this ongoing project will provide a year's worth of free, one-on-one tutoring for one student with an exceptional tutor who can help him or her excel both academically and in everyday life.

About two weeks ago, on February 28th, Tutorpedia Foundation hosted Education By Design-- our third annual fundraiser and conversation on personalizing education at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. The event featured a series of short talks by dynamic speakers focusing on the most effective methods we can use to make learning personal and customize education in real, relevant, and rigorous ways for all students.

Bianca, a high school senior and Tutorpedia Foundation scholarship recipient, spoke about the impact of her experience with her tutor, Aaron. Because of generous donors like you, Bianca has been able to work with Aaron over the last year and a half and during that time her goal of attending college has become attainable. To get a sense of the vision and scope of the Education By Design, watch our recap video on Youtube at Please also check out the photo album we posted on our Facebook.

If you'd like to see what our featured speakers had to say, links to full videos of each talk are found below: 

We greatly appreciate your support and dedication to our mission.
Tutorpedia Foundation team
Proclamation awarded by CA Senator Mark Leno
Proclamation awarded by CA Senator Mark Leno
Featured speakers at Education By Design
Featured speakers at Education By Design
SFUSD Teacher Sekani Moyenda accepts TF award
SFUSD Teacher Sekani Moyenda accepts TF award
TF student Bianca describes experience with tutor
TF student Bianca describes experience with tutor


Dec 14, 2012

Thank you + Happy holidays!

Dear Tutorpedia Foundation supporters,

Happy holidays! Thank you for supporting our efforts to provide a Class of One for low-income Bay Area students and contributing through the GlobalGiving platform. Your kind generosity has helped us support deserving under-resourced students by providing free, high-quality 1-1 tutoring.

We are particularly grateful that our wonderful base of supporters has not only made financial contributions to further our mission, but also stepped up to help us build our organization's capacity by spreading the word, volunteering, becoming a tutor, joining a committee, and making new connections and introductions to increase our network of allies. Accordingly, we have recently expanded our board – we have an incredible community leader in our new Board Chair, Mindy Rogers – and we have added two amazing new members to our board of directors and six dynamic new members to our advisory board. 

Below you will find a snapshot of our most recent work and organizational profile:

2011-12 By The Numbers
  • 2,060 hours of tutoring provided in the 2011-12 school year.
  • 105 students served in the 2011-12 school year.
  • 92 percent of students improved academic grades and test scores after a year of tutoring.
  • 37 tutors currently on Tutorpedia’s staff.
  • 19 volunteers actively tutoring students.
  • 33 workshops offered in small groups using project-based learning.
  • 35 subjects staff have experience teaching or tutoring.
  • 8 standardized tests tutors prepare students to take.
  • 71 applications received requesting tutoring scholarships for the 2012-13 school year.
  • 24 students currently receiving scholarships through Tutorpedia Foundation’s Scholarship Program.
  • 47 students unable to receive scholarships for this year due to budget restrictions.
  • 1,000 dollars provides a year-long tutoring scholarship for one student in need.
  • Your donation = Greatly appreciated!

Thanks again for your support. If you would like to get involved or learn more about Tutorpedia Foundation and other opportunities to support us, please email and our Operations Manager, Diaris Alexander, will get back to you with more information.

Have a joyous holiday season!

With Gratitude,

Tutorpedia Foundation


About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?


Project Leader

Diaris Alexander

Operations Manager
San Francisco, CA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Provide Free 1-1 Tutoring for Bay Area Students