Return on Investment

Since our founding, we have established a strong record of accountability within the community and among those who participate in Banyan. This bond extends beyond trust, to results.

In 2018, Banyan commissioned Wilder Research to perform a study that would determine the societal return on investment (ROI) that our work fostered based on the youth who have graduated from high school in our first 20 years. The research concluded that Banyan’s ROI per youth yields a benefit:cost ratio of 8:1. For every $1 invested in Banyan, $8 is returned to society! The total aggregate benefit from the educational achievement of the 66 Banyan youth in the study is estimated at $4.2 million. This is derived from increased lifetime after tax earnings, savings from avoided future crime, savings in health care costs, and increased government revenues from taxes. Participation in Banyan has substantial impact.

Banyan youth program chart showing graduation rate and average lifetime earnings of Banyan participants
Banyan investment chart showing average investment in education per child

Banyan Youth Return on Investment

Banyan invests nearly $47,000 per youth to provide its services during the average 9 years of participation in the program. The total aggregate benefit from the educational achievement of the 66 Banyan youth included in the study is estimated at $4.7 million. This translates to $94 million in future benefits from planned program expansion.

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