Public, Society Benefit

Rochester Education Foundation Inc

  • Rochester, NY
  • rochestereducation.org

Mission Statement

To provide resources and programs to improve learning and success for all Rochester City School students through partnerships with educators, business and the community.

Main Programs

  1. Give Back, Give Books-Teachers' Choice
  2. Spring for Music
  3. Last-Dollar Grants
  4. Rochester College Access Network
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Rochester, New York

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Patricia Braus

Keywords

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Resources, programs for Rochester city students.

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EIN

27-0132133

Also Known As

REF

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (B19)

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 REF's launch in 2005, the organization has provided more than 35,000 new books to city students and more than 1100 musical instruments. REF also supports summer music lessons for city students and support for performance opportunities.

REF leads the Rochester College Access Network, which helps provide access to college for Rochester city students. As part of this initiative, REF supports FAFSA Fest, which helps city students fill out and submit financial aid forms. The program was launched in 2015. The number of city students submitting financial aid forms increased 9.4 percent between March 2014 and March 2015.

Additionally, REF has provided paid summer internships to city students, last-dollar grants to graduates of Monroe High School, outdoor education at Wilson High School and the World of Inquiry School and summer reading and education opportunities at the Dr. Walter Cooper Academy, School No. 10.

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

Give Back, Give Books-Teachers' Choice

Program launched in 2006 has given more than 30,000 books to city students for home libraries and generated exciting and educational classroom activities supporting literacy. Educators can apply for up to 200 new books apiece to support evidence-based literacy activities including literacy circles, parent-student-teacher reading events, reading nights, events through which mystery readers come to school, art and literacy events and much more. Students use books in school and ultimately most books are donated to students for their home libraries.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$30,000.00

Program 2

Spring for Music

REF has distributed more than 900 musical instruments to students in the Rochester City School District at a time of limited resources. These instruments have helped to create string ensembles, to expand opportunities for students who could not play an instrument otherwise, and to provide high-quality instruments to talented young musicians. Musical instruments are donated to REF by donors who receive a letter documenting their donation for tax purposes.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

20,000

Program 3

Last-Dollar Grants

Students graduating from Rochester City School District receive a grant to support their expenses at college. The first school to have the program is Monroe High School, with support from the Monroe Class of 1960.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 4

Rochester College Access Network

Support access to college opportunities for city students

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

50,000

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to support the success of Rochester city students by providing resources and programs that empower students.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We have three primary programs supporting literacy, music opportunities and college access. Then we also are an umbrella program for smaller initiatives in the Rochester city schools providing everything from outdoor education to summer literacy support.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We work closely with educators, businesses and the community to raise resources and offer programs providing support to city students. Our capability includes the ability to collect more than 1100 musical instruments over the past decade, and donate them to the city school district. Additionally, we distribute books to be used in classrooms and then donated to students for home libraries through our Teachers' Choice program.

    Our Rochester College Access Network meets monthly, and offers FAFSA Fest, community events providing direct support to city students in filling out their federal financial aid forms.

    We also offer a website for city student college access information: rochesterCAN.org

  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We require teachers participating in our Teachers' choice program to complete a survey each year regarding the results of their receiving our books.

    We also survey music teachers periodically to determine the impact of our Spring for Music Opportunities program.

    We use federal statistics to determine how many Rochester students file financial aid forms annually. We use Google Analytics to determine the number of people using our RochesterCAN.org college access website.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We know from our surveys of teachers that the books we provide have resulted in higher motivation to read among many city students, and also we know that anecdotally many teachers tell us reading levels have improved after students received and read our books.
    However, our city students continue to have very low reading levels. We strive to help improve this, and work closely with RCSD educators.

    Our music opportunities program enables more students to play instruments, but we strive to provide music opportunities to all.

    Fewer than 50 percent of our city students file federal financial aid forms in their senior year. We are working to improve this.
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Rochester, New York

Funding Needs

Our focus is tangible support for Rochester city school students, who are most likely to be living in poverty. We seek support for the programs we offer, and welcome the opportunity to communicate with donors about specific ways to support city students. Support can include funds for new books for students, support for summer job internships, and support for special opportunities funded by donors for students.    We believe that support we can offer to Rochester students at all stages of their academic career can make the difference between success and failure.

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Financials

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Rochester Education Foundation Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Rochester Education Foundation Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Patricia Braus

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Rochester's students are the 7th poorest in the United States. We are pleased to be able to offer programs and resources to help students become successful adults. We welcome inquiries about our work and suggestions for how we can be most effective in our goals."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

George Tsanis

M&T Bank

Term: June 2014 - June 2016

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