Educational Institutions

Greater Excellence in Education Foundation Inc.

  • Bel Air, MD

Mission Statement

Greater Excellence in Education Foundation enhances educational opportunities for all students by providing resources to find success in college, work and life.

Main Programs

  1. College and Career Pathways
  2. College and Career Pathways

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ruling year


chief executive

Debora Merlock

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at risk youth, education, community, leadership development

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Physical Address

3809 Hebron Terrace

Abingdon, 21009


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Leadership Development (W70)

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?

Impact statement

·         Provided 1000 students with books and learning materials to increase reading achievement in the summer months through the Books in Hand program.
·         Supported 40 middle school students in developing leadership skills and personal action planning for post-secondary success with the 6th Annual Youth Leadership Academy serving 240 students of the past six years.
·         40 students throughout the county attended a SAT Prep Workshop to learn test taking skills as well as evaluate areas of strengths and weaknesses to improve results.
·         Held the “Get Plugged in to YOUR Future” career expo where 200 students learned about a variety of career opportunities by connecting to business leaders and attending workshops on resume writing,   scholarship applications, academic planning, etc.
·          Held the Finding YOUR Future Education Conference attended by 163 students from throughout the county who learned how to set goals for academic achievement, improve SAT scores, how to demystify the college process, find money for college, learn about workforce readiness and how to stay safe with social media.
·         $20,000 awarded to Edgewood area schools to support funding of parent involvement and student achievement such as kindergarten orientation, JumpStart, Books in Hand, Science Program, College Preparedness, and Family Reading Night.


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

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Program 1

College and Career Pathways

School-based mini grants for innovative learning in the classroom; parent academy to support learning at home and strenghten family-school partnerships; College Pathways program to provide parents and students the tools and resourses to make college a reality, summer leadership academy to give students leadership skills and goal setting strategies; and promote a positive image of the Edgewood schools, highlighting outstanding curricual and extracurricular programs, through various media tools.


Children & Youth (0-19 years)


Population Served




Program 2

College and Career Pathways

The program provides parents and students with the resources to connect the value of learning to post secondary success through leadership programs, personal goal planning, college coach mentors, scholarship writing, reading programs for struggling readers and access to school supplies for students in need.





Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Charting Impact

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

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    GOAL 1: To enhance academic excellence of all students.

    GOAL 2: To provide educational and social resources to build support for students at risk for success in college, work and life.
    GOAL 3: To encourage community and business involvement in student success in a positive and supportive manner.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Greater Excellence in Education Foundation
    2015-2016 Strategic Goals and Objectives

    Board Development

    Goal Area 1: Evaluate board composition and leadership

    Strategic Objectives:
    • Implement a board analysis to determine board assets based on skill and social capacity
    • Assess the ongoing health and effectiveness of the board and make necessary changes
    • Identify potential board members who can contribute effectively to board governance and the financial stability of the organization
    • Implement a board leadership succession plan


    Goal Area 2: Develop and implement an effective communication plan that achieves awareness, recognition, and support of the Greater Excellence in Education Foundation throughout the community.

    Strategic Objectives:
    • Identify appropriate channel to outsource strategic communication to foundation stakeholders
    • Develop communication plan
    • Identify messaging strategy for each audience
    • Identify and target marketing opportunities for the foundation
    • Evaluate current marketing materials

    Fund Development

    Goal Area 3: Establish a sustainable funding base by having better community relations, reaching our financial goals while fulfilling operational and programmatic objectives, and by maintaining a focus on the annual budget.

    Strategic Objectives:
    • Create fund development plan to achieve the funding goals of the foundation
    • Build realistic budget and utilize multiple funding strategies
    • Reach funding goals
    • Create an endowment for reliable source of income in perpetuity the organization can count on for annual distributions for its charitable work
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Board members, Executive Director and Stakeholders have:
    • Passion for education
    • Family (stakeholder) support
    • Foundation/district partnership
    • Breadth of programs
    • Mission focused
    • Institutional knowledge
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    3000 students in need will begin school with the needed school supplies for learning

    1500 students in need will have home libraries to enhance literacy

    2000 students in need will have technology at home for 21st century learning

    Students attending leadership programs will have an increase in school attendance, grades, and good behavior

    Classrooms will have materials for enhanced learning initiatives outside of school system budget

    Educators will no longer feel the need to spend money out of pocket for classroom supplies because they can shop for free at the Tools for Schools Resource Center
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Tools for Schools Resource Center has been established and the community is embracing a centralized donation center for school supplies for students in need. A centralized donation center ensures that all children and classrooms receive the school supplies most needed.

    Each year, 40 middle school students and 30 high school students participate in a summer leadership conference to enrich 21st century soft skills and create goal plans for post secondary success

    We are progressing toward more students receiving technology.

    Our goal is to provide all students with needed school supplies but have only reached 1/3 of the students.

    Our goal is to build home libraries for all children in need. Studies show children with home libraries are better readers and comprehend at or above grade level.

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Affiliations + Memberships

National School Foundation Association - Member



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Debora Merlock


"We feel it is imperative that students have the support necessary to meet the high rigor demands of America's emerging workforce. This support prepares them early in their education to value learning, connect with post secondary career goals and strengthens their college and workforce readiness attributes. 
GEEFs programs and initiatives address the challenges students and parents face in underserved communities.  These challenges can be a detriment for students in order to have the social resources they need to believe that a strong future is possible and the pathway to get there. 
 With your involvement, we can further improve our children’s academic success for their well being and ensuring America's continued economic leadership and prosperity."



Warren Hamilton

J. Vinton Schafer & Sons

Term: July 2015 - June 2016


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