Educational Institutions

Escondido Education Foundation

  • Escondido, CA
  • www.escondido-education-foundation.org

Mission Statement

Raising funds to support innovative learning in Escondido's public K-8 schools.

Main Programs

  1. Innovative Classsroom Projects
  2. Escondido Youth Media Festival
Service Areas

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California

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2008

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Ms. Katie Elena Ragazzi

Keywords

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EIN

20-1286047

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Last year (Fiscal 2010-11,) EEF's accomplishments included:

Securing our largest individual contribution to date, $105,000 from a donor who prefers to remain anonymous.
Completing internal processes that help the Foundation track the impacts of its program at 23 school sites.
Helping convene an unprecedented meeting in our community, a Spring 2011 forum about public education in Escondido, sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce.
Experimenting with several new fund-raising event ideas and concluding that while they offered valuable input, deciding that we will not repeat them.
Launching a new program of "Staff Appreciation Lunches" at district schools. This enables EEF Board and staff to talk with teachers and principals about their needs and the Foundation's work. Both the Board and district staff seem equally enthusiastic about this positive time together.

Top Goals for 2011-12:

Increase number of Board members from 10 to 15 in one year and to 20 in 3-5 years.
Increase fund raising by 100% over last year.
Develop a shared vision and planning relationship with the Escondido Union School District and the PTA.
Reach out to parents of students in 23 schools, as potential donors and volunteers. This includes raising awareness of the Foundation's mission and the impacts of EEF programs in the schools among parents. 
Developing an earned income stream, based on offering unique services that build on program strengths within the school district.

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

Innovative Classsroom Projects

The Escondido Education Foundation awards innovation grants to teachers within the Escondido Union School District each year. Applications are released in the fall, winning grants are announced in December, and the teachers carry out their projects in the spring semester.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 2

Escondido Youth Media Festival

The Escondido Youth Media Festival is a district-wide event designed to encourage K-8th grade students to submit excellent works in digital media (video, audio and still photography) to an event that promotes this work to the community, and indeed to the world.

 

Produced in partnership with the Escondido Union School District, the Festival uses an online system for submissions and judging. The showing and awards take place at the beautiful California Center for the Arts, Escondido near the end of the school year.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Hispanics

Budget

$10,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Funding Needs

$10,000 for Innovation Grants to Teachers in 2012-13 $3,500 to sponsor one Project LIVE classroom (Video Production) Partners interested in creating comprehensive music and art instruction in the K-8 District. Cost: TBD Talented candidates for the Board of Directors. People interested in creating excitement around investing in today's young students, when the "ROI" is the greatest. $5,000 Seed Money to launch the Foundation's new earned income program - compensating the consultant that will develop core program materials and promotions such as ads, flyers.

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Escondido Education Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Escondido Education Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Katie Elena Ragazzi

BIO

Katie Ragazzi founded and led the Escondido Children's Museum, now known as the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, for almost ten years. She has participated with many local organizations and initiatives within Escondido and San Diego North since locating here in 1998, receiving awards from the North County Philanthropy Council, Downtown Business Association, and Latino Merchants Association.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Leading the Escondido Education Foundation for three years has given my own experience of public education, as a student (K- an MA in California public institutions) and as a parent of two, an entirely new dimension. Indeed, my experience of the newness of the idea of a non-profit raising funds to contribute to a public institution helps me as I speak to people about our mission.

 

I am personally motivated to make a difference in the lives of the young people who attend the Escondido Union School District because these 9 nine years are the most formative in their entire lives. The global citizens they will become will very directly reflect the learning habits, skills and knowledge they acquire while very young.

 

Perhaps the greatest challenge facing the Escondido Education Foundation is the sheer size of the district. Parents in 23 schools spread out around our city naturally tend to prioritize their child's needs and the events in their particular school. Our strategic focus of reaching out to parents this year is based on our achievements of building strong programs and fund raisers over the past two years. We want parents to know about what we do, how that benefits their children and families, and to invite them to get involved.

 

My positive experience with public education, my commitment to our community's children, and the confidence I have in our mission and programs makes working with our Board members a pleasure. To increase our ability to contribute to the school district means we must continue to bring new people onto the Board, to support them, and work every more effectively towards our ambitious goals.

 

Our mission of raising funds to support students equally throughout our district sets the bar high. Such thinking requires us to lift our eyes from the immediate and to contemplate work that takes place at a large scale, a public institution charged with preparing so many children for high school, college and a successful life. This kind of thinking is about our community as a whole, for our public school district is a microcosm of Escondido. Our organization must evolve to grow in both size and insight, so that we contribute as no other group can. We are seeking like-minded individuals to help with this work, which when you talk with young EUSD students, seems like the most important work in the world."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Carolyn Royer

Retired Middle School Teacher

Term: July 2010 - June 2012

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