CLERY CENTER

2014–2015 ANNUAL REPORT


Tdhe Clery Center’s mission is simple: working with colleges and universities to create safer campus communities.

Through programs focused on education and training, advocacy, and policy, we work towards building a world where all college students can live and learn in environments of dignity and respect.

Co-founder Connie Clery reflects on the spirit and legacy of the Clery Act.

CREATING IMPACT: 2014 PROGRAMS

Individual & Community Impact

In October 2014, the Clery Center partnered with the Victim Rights Law Center to host a 2-day conference focused on the intersections of the Clery Act and Title IX. Over 150 participants from 24 states gathered at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa., to discuss promising practices, innovative programs, and embracing the spirit of the law.

We work each day to train, educate, and empower colleges and universities to create safer campus communities. Through our core programs and initiatives, the Clery Center helps create a safer world for millions of college students across the United States.

Whether it was coming to an in-person training, watching The Alarming Truth on campus, or implementing new activities on campus through National Campus Safety Awareness Month, over 3,000 campus professionals from nearly 1,700 institutions accessed the education, resources, and support they need to create safer communities.


PARTICIPATING IN A NATIONAL CONVERSATION

Silent No More: Student Activism

In the past few years, student survivors and activists have sparked a national dialogue — and soul searching — about the role colleges and universities play in preventing and responding to campus sexual assault.

2014 marked a pivotal year in efforts to raise the issue of campus sexual violence as an urgent national issue.

Over the past few years, student survivors have shared powerful stories of heartbreaking victimization and betrayal, demanding more from the institutions that promised to educate — and protect — them. On hundreds of campuses, students heaved mattresses over their shoulders, signifying the individual and shared weight sexual violence creates.

The Clery Center was proud to be part of the national discussion these efforts sparked, traveling thousands of miles and speaking with journalists, campus leadership, and policy makers about the impact of violence on college and university campuses.

Sharing Our Perspective

Executive Director Alison Kiss (second from right) joins Amherst College President Biddy Martin and student activist Andrea Pino on PBS NewsHour to discuss the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.
The Clery Center’s staff lent their perspective and expertise to dozens of media outlets in 2014.

PBS NewsHour: White House task force asks colleges for more accountability on sexual assault

Aljazeera America: Sexual assault reports jump 61 percent at top colleges in two years

Washington Post: Forcible sex offense reports double at U-Md. and U-Va., echoing increase across U.S.

CBS Evening News: Brown University Acts Swiftly in Date Rape Drug Case


TAKING THE LEAD

2014 Policy Initiatives

In 2014, the Clery Center worked with government officials and advocates for landmark policy events, including the White House Task Force and “It’s On Us” campaign, negotiated rulemaking, and Senate roundtables on campus sexual assault.

In 2014, the Clery Center’s team spent countless early mornings and late nights on the trains between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., to participate in policy discussions about the Clery Act and campus safety issues.

Updates to the Jeanne Clery Act. We were part of the U.S. Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking committee tasked with recommending final regulations for the 2013 Violence Against Women Act Amendments to the Clery Act.

White House Task Force & Campaign. We joined colleagues in the fields of campus safety and victim advocacy at the White House’s release of the first report from the Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, as well as the campaign launch of “It’s On Us”.

Senate Hearings on Campus Sexual Assault. We sat at the table during the first of three roundtable discussions on campus sexual assault hosted by Sen. Claire McCaskill.


2014 FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Summary of Income & Expenses

Estimated income for FY2014 totaled $995,151. Roughly a quarter of the Clery Center’s income came from private contributions, while over half (52.7%) came from earned income. About 20% of the organization’s income was through federal grants.
Estimated expenses for FY2014 totaled $948,739. Approximately 86% of expenses were directly related to programs (including member services). About 14% of expenses went to fundraising, management, and operations.

The Clery Center grew 27% in 2014, reaching nearly $1 million in income— a first in the organization’s history. Expenses also grew in 2014 (42%), but remained lower than the organization’s income. (Note: The income and expenses detailed above represent estimates, and were calculated on an accrual basis. More information about the Clery Center, including a copy of our most recent audited financial statements and Form 990, can be found on our website and at GuideStar.)

GuideStar Gold Exchange Participant

The Clery Center is proud to serve as a GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant, representing our commitment to financial transparency. For more information about the Exchange program, please visit GuideStar.


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