Public, Society Benefit

School Factory Inc

  • Milwaukee, WI
  • http://www.schoolfactory.org

Mission Statement

The School Factory is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps hands-on learning communities start, grow, and thrive.

We fill in the gaps to make learning communities stronger and more stable, whether it's facilitating strategic planning, taking the overhead of financial management off their plate, or partnering with them to build new connections in their community. We work with these groups to manifest the values of inclusion, health & wellness, and development of the full person throughout their lifespan.

We focus on working with groups whose programmatic activities emphasize STEM/STEAM learning, creativity, self management, and/or social skills. We work regularly with collaborative spaces, schools, after school programs, and continuing education programs. Our services include fiscal sponsorship, program hosting, and consulting.

Main Programs

  1. Fiscal Sponsorship
  2. Program Hosting
  3. Consulting
  4. Space Federation & Resources
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

School Factory works throughout the United States and the world, and is based in Milwaukee, WI.

ruling year

2004

Co-Director

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James Carlson

Co-Director

Self-reported

Diana Luepke

Keywords

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transforming education

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EIN

20-0422699

 Number

7429294905

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Fiscal Sponsorship

We provide fiscal sponsorship for new non-profits aligned with our mission to take tax-deductible donations prior to receiving their 501(c)3 designation from the IRS, while learning the ropes for fundraising and financial management.

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Population(s) Served

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Program 2

Program Hosting

We allow programs aligned with our mission to become part of the School Factory, giving them access to our 501(c)3 non-profit container, financial management services, and mentorship.

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Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 3

Consulting

We work with schools, libraries, and other learning communities to help them start or build a sustainable program. We partner these organizations in a variety of ways, provide coaching, and facilitate meetings and input sessions.

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Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 4

Space Federation & Resources

We hope to attain the funding to soon relaunch our Space Federation program, which allows leaders of collaborative spaces to share ideas and best practices within a community of support. In the meantime, we still provide public access to our reference materials like the Make-A-Space Kit, which guides you through starting and growing a collaborative space.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

School Factory works throughout the United States and the world, and is based in Milwaukee, WI.

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SCHOOL FACTORY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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School Factory Inc

Leadership

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Co-Director

James Carlson

Co-Director

Diana Luepke

BIO

James started School Factory in 2003 when he launched Bucketworks. He has been at the helm ever since, initiating new programs like our consulting and fiscal sponsorship services, and building a vision for what is possible.

He currently manages our consulting program and is building strategic partnerships around the world. He collaborates with Diana to set the ongoing strategic direction for the organization and execute on what comes next.

James is an entrepreneur, a technologist, an artist, and more. His experience brings strength to School Factory's focus on STEM/STEAM learning and creativity, and forms the backbone of our insight into collaborative spaces.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Karen Aronson

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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