Educational Institutions

The Valhalla Foundation

  • San Diego, CA
  • www.valhallafoundation.org

Mission Statement

WE NEED YOUR HELP TODAY! Since formation of the foundation in 2006, the California state budget crisis has caused Valhalla High School to suffer a budget crisis of crippling proportions. The Valhalla Foundation, works in partnership with private, public and corporate donors, state, local governments and our school district to provide part of the "shortfall funding" necessary to maintain a quality educational experience for our students and families.

Main Programs

  1. Luthier (Guitar Manufacturing) Program
  2. Mac Lab Training, Research and Development
  3. Performing Arts, Athletics, Science & Technology
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

East San Diego County and the outlying areas.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2006

Self-reported

Michael A. Joplin

Keywords

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scholarships, capital improvements, booster clubs,athletics, academics, vocational training, technical training, grants, partnerships, education, high school,secondary, students, performing arts, visual & media arts, endowments, gifts, contributions

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EIN

20-5546055

 Number

8510525976

Also Known As

NONE

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Community Recreational Centers (N31)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Since inception on 2006, we have partnered with private, public and corporate donors, state and local governments and our school district, The Valhalla Foundation has raised over $2 million in facilities capital improvements and is active in student booster club fundraising of over $500,000 per year in support of over 2,000 students and families annually.
 

The facilities improvements include a "Green Initiative" that prompted the installation of  two groundwater irrigation wells that allowed the Grossmont School District to save over 200 million gallons of drinking water every 10 years at a taxpayer savings of over $1.6 million.

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

Luthier (Guitar Manufacturing) Program

For many years the Guitar building program at Valhalla has been funded by the generous donation by Mr. Bob Taylor, President of world famous Taylor Guitars located in El Cajon, CA. Taylor has provided the mentors, parts, supplies and materials that allow Valhalla High School to train students to make a fully complete and playable quality guitar. More importantly, Taylor Guitars regularly hires students at their factory that show an interest and aptitude for guitar building.

 

The foundation has now been asked to participate in the funding of an additional $10,000 to support the growth of this program through the purchase of additional parts, materials and supplies for this wonderful and valuable course. Read more about this successful program here:   http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/dec/07/guitar-making-class-hits-all-the-right-notes/#comments(http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/dec/07/guitar-making-class-hits-all-the-right-notes/#comments)

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 2

Mac Lab Training, Research and Development

Mac Lab: Funds are needed to purchase supplies for students in The Mac Lab including books, software, hardware, etc. watch this video(http://maclab.guhsd.net/0809/donate.mov)   and see our web site: http://maclab.guhsd.net The Valhalla Mac Lab seeks $10,000 per school year (September through June) in order to acquire Mac specific hardware and software to continue its' dynamic and groundbreaking software program development and education.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 3

Performing Arts, Athletics, Science & Technology

Enhancing the educational experience at Valhalla High School, The Valhalla Foundation serves as the umbrella organization for over 30 booster organizations supporting various performing arts, athletics, science and technology efforts. The Valhalla Foundation seeks $80,000 in support of these efforts.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$200,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

East San Diego County and the outlying areas.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

For many years the Guitar building program at Valhalla has been funded by the generous donation by Mr. Bob Taylor, President of world famous Taylor Guitars located in El Cajon, CA. Taylor has provided the mentors, parts, supplies and materials that allow Valhalla High School to train students to make a fully complete and playable quality guitar. The foundation has now been asked to participate in the funding of $10,000 to support the growth of this program through the purchase of additional parts, materials and supplies for this wonderful and valuable course. Read here:   http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/dec/07/guitar-making-class-hits-all-the-right-notes/#comments(http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/dec/07/guitar-making-class-hits-all-the-right-notes/#comments)    Mac Lab: Funds are needed to purchase supplies for students in The Mac Lab including books, software, hardware, etc. watch this video(http://maclab.guhsd.net/0809/donate.mov)   and see our web site: http://maclab.guhsd.net The Valhalla Mac Lab seeks $10,000 per school year (September through June) in order to acquire Mac specific hardware and software to continue its' dynamic and groundbreaking software program development and education.  The Valhalla Theatre Arts Department (VTAD) is dedicated to the acquisition of performance and technical theatre skills through standards-based curriculum, hands-on projects, production and performance experiences. Students acquire the foundational knowledge of a theatre performer or technician. More importantly, students learn valuable skills in public speaking, self-responsibility, and working with a team. Course curricula are created with input from working theatre professionals. The award winning VTAD program needs $10,000 per year in additional funding to acquire performance royalties, set construction materials, costume materials and nominal artist-in-residence professional fees.

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THE VALHALLA FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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The Valhalla Foundation

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Principal Officer

Michael A. Joplin

BIO

The Valhalla Foundation was co-founded, by Michael Joplin who serves as Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Joplin has over 34 years experience in commercial banking and consumer finance administration beginning in 1974. His many years experience at Transamerica Financial Services, Bank of America, and founding two successful start-up thrifts and one successful independent bank, provided a valuable perspective when creating the national debt buyer, West Capital Financial Services Corit became one of the first successful issuer of BBB rated asset-backed notes collateralized by collections from $3 billion of charged-off credit cards accounts.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We are proud to be a qualified 501(c)3 Public Charity serving over 2,000 Valhalla students annually and the over 50,000 taxpayer families in the greater Rancho San Diego area. We provide quality, consistent and fully transparent financial information through annual audited financial statements and state and federal tax returns. The Valhalla Foundation continues to work hard at making Valhalla High School a GREAT school."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Michael A. Joplin Chairman

None

Term: Oct 2006 - Dec 2011

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