The Center for Advocacy & Philanthropy (CAAP) administers ETS's corporate contributions program including ETS's philanthropic commitment to nonprofit organizations, which can take the form of a cash or an in-kind contribution.
Cash contributions support programs that are aligned with ETS's mission and serve communities where there are ETS facilities/offices. The programs that are supported by ETS's cash contributions meet the following three overarching goals:
- Improve teaching and learning
- Expand opportunities for individual learners
- Inform educational policy and assessment
In-kind contributions may include the provision of products, technical support, or the use of ETS facilities for community events such as walks and runs; underwriting the costs of meetings and conferences; or donations of ETS surplus items such as furniture, equipment, technology or supplies. On a local level, preference for philanthropic support is given to nonprofit organizations in the communities where ETS facilities are located such as school districts and social service organizations.
ETS's philanthropic giving also supports national, regional and local education advocacy projects.
ETS provides scholarships as a way of creating college access for disadvantaged students and recognizing academic achievement. Scholarship programs include:
- The ETS Presidential Scholarships for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), which are awarded to rising juniors or seniors enrolled in public and private HBCU's who demonstrate high academic achievement and financial need.
- The ETS/Trenton Central High School (TCHS) Scholarship, which recognizes and supports talented graduating seniors who have a desire to attend college and who can demonstrate high academic achievement, a strong commitment to community engagement and school leadership. The scholarship serves students in one of the most economically depressed areas in Mercer County, the county in New Jersey where ETS is headquartered.
- The William Turnbull Award, which is an annual scholarship to a student attending a two-year educational institution or technical program. Recipients are chosen based on financial need as well as high school academic achievement and work experience. Turnbull, a former ETS president, founded the nonprofit Career Development Awards (CDA) in 1969 to help students who wish to advance their education in vocational fields such as culinary arts, cosmetology, graphic design, automotive technology and healthcare. CAAP hosts the CDA awards ceremony at ETS every year.
- The ETS Community Action Fund (ECAF) Scholarships are 100 percent funded by donations from ETS employees for local students who, despite facing considerable personal challenges, overcame and achieved academic excellence. Since ETS started the ECAF program in 2007, $1 million in scholarships have been awarded. Watch the 2017 ECAF Scholars video.
Use of ETS Resources by the Community
CAAP works with nonprofit organizations who wish to use ETS's facilities to hold events such as board meetings, conferences, after-school programs and fundraisers. The ETS campus in Princeton is the perfect venue for activities such as walks or runs since it is a certified 5K course, is easy to access and has plenty of parking and open spaces. CAAP makes the necessary arrangements with other departments and divisions of ETS and collaborates with the organization to ensure a successful event.
CAAP also works to donate surplus ETS furniture, equipment and supplies to local school districts and other nonprofit organizations.