Educational Institutions

St Lukes Education Foundation Inc

  • Bronx, NY
  • www.stluke138.org

Mission Statement

St. Luke's Education Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization established in 1992 by then-principal, Sr. Patricia Howell, OP, and a small group of alumni of St. Luke's School, a Catholic elementary school located in the Mott Have section of the Bronx, New York. The corporation was formed (1) to receive and administer funds to provide financial support in the form of tuition subsidies for children attending St. Luke's School, and (2) to directly fund education programs at the school. Funds for the corporation's program are raised through solicitations of donations from graduates of St. Luke's School, grants from foundations interested in elementary school education, and contributions from the general public.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarship Program
  2. Mentorship Program
  3. Enrichment Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

St. Luke's School is located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, where the median household income is about $32,000 per year. For many parents, the annual cost of tuition—currently $3,730 per child—is prohibitive, to say the least. For these families, their only other choice is to send their children to the area's public schools, where there is concern about the educational environment and process. These children have little hope of breaking free of the cycle of poverty and looking toward brighter futures without the solid start that a school like St. Luke's can provide.

ruling year

1993

Chairman

Self-reported

J. James Lewis

President

Self-reported

Cynthia Ceilan

Keywords

Self-reported

education, poverty, elementary, school, children, mentorship, scholarship, financial aid

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EIN

13-3706616

 Number

5173403561

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since its founding, the St. Luke's Education Foundation has provided tuition assistance to children and grants for educational programs to St. Luke's School of more than $3.4 million. These donations have enabled many families in the impoverished Mott Haven section of the Bronx, New York, to send their children to a school that is committed to the holistic development of each child put in its care.

St. Luke's School strives to instill in each child the value of academic achievement and the social conscience of a responsible steward of God's creation. For more than 100 years, St. Luke's School has offered a safe haven and stable foundation upon which young minds have been nurtured and guided toward brighter futures. Among those who began their early education at St. Luke's are luminaries in every field and profession.

Although the Archdiocese of New York continues to provide some support, parochial schools throughout the city must rely increasingly on the generosity of their alumni, friends, and donors. This is of particularly critical importance at St. Luke's School, which is located in the poorest Congressional District in the United States. Without tuition assistance, parents may not be able to provide their children with the values-based and excellent education needed for them to move beyond their circumstances to achieve their full potential in life. St. Luke's Education Foundation is proud to do its part in assisting these parents and children in achieving their goals.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scholarship Program

The St. Luke’s Education Foundation provides need-based scholarships to help parents bridge the gap between what they can reasonably afford to pay and the actual cost of tuition for their children to attend St. Luke’s School.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Program 2

Mentorship Program

The foundation seeks and facilitates mentorship programs for the children of St. Luke's School, to offer them glimpses of the kind of futures that are within their grasp as they prepare for high school and begin thinking about their lives as professional adults.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Program 3

Enrichment Programs

Enrichment programs fill a critical gap in the standard curriculum: the need to expose and engage children in activities such as music, sports, dance, and art -- all of which contribute to the healthy and holistic ("mind and body") development of these young lives, and which in turn contributes to higher levels of academic success.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Foundation's goal is to raise funds from private/individual donors to support our primary mission of providing tuition assistance to needy families in the South Bronx so that they can send their children to St. Luke's School.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The foundation conducts two major fundraising appeals each year, reaching approximately 4,000 alumni and friends of St. Luke's School and parish. We also work closely with the Catholic Alumni Partnership (CAP) to reach additional donors through their database of supporters.

    We are currently exploring additional ways of building our development efforts and expanding our capabilities to reach new individuals and philanthropic organizations interested in supporting educational endeavors in impoverished and under-served communities.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The board of directors is comprised of nine regular and three honorary directors. The school's principal and vice-principal are active members of the board and attend meetings regularly. All of the directors serve as unpaid volunteers. The board employs a part-time administrative assistant.

    The board meets five times per year, with meetings held on school premises. The executive members (Chairman, President, Vice President & Treasurer, and Vice President & Secretary), as well as board committees, are in regular contact throughout the year. Board committees present reports to the full board at each meeting.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    At each meeting, the school's principal reports on progress, events, activities, and outcomes of enrichment programs sponsored by the Foundation, enrollment and retention statistics, and use of scholarship (tuition assistance) monies. The principal also keeps the board apprised of special needs and challenges the school is facing and for which the board may provide financial support.

    The Vice-President and Treasurer provides a detailed financial report at each meeting, detailing the revenues and expenses related to the board's fundraising outcomes and donations to the school.

    The principal and one of the board members actively participate in meetings of the Northwest/South Bronx Region that oversees the school on behalf of the Archdiocese. Although the Foundation is not responsible or directly involved in matters related to the school's curriculum and operations, this information is vital to our fundraising efforts and the creation of special campaigns that seek to fill the gaps and shortfalls that result from the limited financial support that the school receives from the Archdiocese of New York.

    For enrichment and mentorship programs, the board is regularly informed of activities and outcomes by the school's principal. This aids in developing and maintaining long-term relationships with the individuals and organizations that generously give of their time and resources to support the Foundation's mission to nurture a community of young learners who can be guided toward breaking free of the cycle of poverty and create promising futures for themselves.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In the first six months of Fiscal Year 2014, the St. Luke's Education Foundation has raised 60% of its goal.
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

St. Luke's School is located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, where the median household income is about $32,000 per year. For many parents, the annual cost of tuition—currently $3,730 per child—is prohibitive, to say the least. For these families, their only other choice is to send their children to the area's public schools, where there is concern about the educational environment and process. These children have little hope of breaking free of the cycle of poverty and looking toward brighter futures without the solid start that a school like St. Luke's can provide.

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Financials

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St. Luke's Education Foundation, Inc.
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31

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Operations

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St Lukes Education Foundation Inc

Leadership

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Chairman

J. James Lewis

President

Cynthia Ceilan

STATEMENT FROM THE Chairman

"Since its founding, the St. Luke's Education Foundation has provided tuition assistance to children and grants for educational programs to St. Luke's School of more than $3.4 million. These donations have enabled many families in the impoverished Mott Haven section of the Bronx, New York, to send their children to a school that is committed to the holistic development of each child put in its care.

St. Luke's School strives to instill in each child the value of academic achievement and the social conscience of a responsible steward of God's creation. For more than 100 years, St. Luke's School has offered a safe haven and stable foundation upon which young minds have been nurtured and guided toward brighter futures. Among those who began their early education at St. Luke's are luminaries in every field and profession.

Although the Archdiocese of New York continues to provide some support, parochial schools throughout the city must rely increasingly on the generosity of their alumni, friends, and donors. This is of particularly critical importance at St. Luke's School, which is located in the poorest Congressional District in the United States. Without tuition assistance, parents may not be able to provide their children with the values-based and excellent education needed for them to move beyond their circumstances to achieve their full potential in life. St. Luke's Education Foundation is proud to do its part in assisting these parents and children in achieving their goals. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

J. James Lewis

St. Luke's Education Foundation

Term: 2012 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
All members of the board are alumni and/or past/present faculty of St. Luke's School. The overwhelming majority grew up in the neighborhood where the school is currently located, and some maintain close ties to the community. The members represent the ethnic and racial composition of the neighborhood as it was in the relatively recent past and as it is in the present.