Our Mission & History

Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission - We break down barriers that prevent young, underserved individuals from achieving education and career success.

Our Vision - To transform communities by making college, training and career success a reality for those who face great obstacles.

Our History

After spending eight years as a volunteer helping homeless youth find a path to college in her spare time, Ginny Donohue quit her job as a corporate CFO and founded On Point for College in 1999.

With no funding, and working alone and from the trunk of her car, she visited community centers in Syracuse’s inner-city to find and help young people who wanted something more from life, but didn’t believe that college was possible.

During On Point’s second year, Ginny met Sam Rowser—a community member with college access experience and a dedication to the success of young people, and they joined forces.  As the young program grew to include more and more students, new partners, financial supporters, and volunteers began to join the effort. 

Today, On Point for College is a United Way Agency and a nationally recognized College Access and Success model, financially supported by individual donations, family foundations, corporate donors and foundations, national foundations, and state, local, and federal governments.

On Point for College has received national recognition from the National College Attainment Network and former President Barack Obama. On Point has received grants and funding from Microsoft, TG, Strada Education Network, the Lumina Foundation for Education, the Kresge Foundation, the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, New York State Department of State, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, among many others.