Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Frisco Education Foundation, Inc.

  • Frisco, TX
  • www.friscoeducationfoundation.org

Mission Statement

To provide financial resources to maximize student potential in the Frisco Independent School District through educational programs, student scholarships and grants for innovative educators.

Main Programs

  1. Mindbender Academy
  2. Scholarship Program
  3. Grants for Great Ideas!
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Frisco Independent School District boundaries including Frisco, Plano, Little Elm, and McKinney, Texas

ruling year

2000

Director

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Allison Miller

Keywords

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EIN

31-1689773

 Number

0914610341

Physical Address

5515 Ohio Dr.

Frisco, TX 75035

Also Known As

Frisco Education Foundation

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Foundations (T30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Mindbender Academy

Mindbender Academy is open only to FISD
middle school students, and debuted in June 2008. This week long camp encourages campers to explore the world of high technology, engineering, math, art and science. Each day covers an exciting new
subject with hands-on projects. Curriculum is designed by FISD staff and corporate employees, experts in the above respective fields.

Frisco ISD is strong in core math and science curriculum. Under the direction and oversight of the Frisco Education Foundation in partnership with Frisco ISD a standing
committee of dedicated professionals, community
members, and Leadership Frisco class members has been
established to oversee this program.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$60,000

Program 2

Scholarship Program

High School Scholarship Program for Frisco ISD graduating seniors for higher education. Scholarships funded by and through the Frisco Education Foundation.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

$600,000

Program 3

Grants for Great Ideas!

“Grants for Great Ideas!” is a program offered to FISD staff to enhance the overall learning
environment for students in FISD at the district, campus and classroom levels. Such projects are not otherwise funded by the district and would not be possible without the grant award. These grants impact students across the district.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

100,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Frisco Independent School District boundaries including Frisco, Plano, Little Elm, and McKinney, Texas

Funding Needs

Scholarship Program-as Frisco ISD continuest to be one of the fastest growning school districts in the nation, we are graduating more seniors each year. The Frisco Education Foundation's goal is to increase our Scholarship Funding Awards to keep up with such growth, impacting more students. Currently, we award appoximately $600,000 in scholarship funds and have a goal of $1,000,000.00 in Scholarship Award Funding by 2018. Grants for Great Ideas! Program-for the past several years Frisco ISD has hired a little over 600 new teachers, and staffing four new campuses to serve our rapidly growing student population. On average, 2500-3000 new students enroll in Frisco ISD each year. Currently, FEF allocates $100,000.00 for grant awards. In order to meet the growning needs of the district and enhance the overall learning environment for as many children as possible, FEF has a goal to increase our allocations for awarding grants $250,000.00 by 2018. Impacting more students and assisting more educators. Mindbender Academy Program - to grow our capacity to handle more students, secure more volunteers, funding, and corporate partners. Currently the camp is limited to 400 FISD middle school students out of the 7,000+middle school population, 100 volunteers, 10 Corporate Partners delivering the camp, and runs for one week. Our goal is to run the camp for two weeks, hosting 800 unique campers during all 4 sessions, engage at least 10-20 more Corporate Partners to particpate in the delivery of the camp,increase our volunteer team, all the while keeping the registration cost affordable for our families. Funding needs to deliver the camp would increase to approximately $150,000.00

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FRISCO EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Aug 01-Jul 31
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Frisco Education Foundation, Inc.

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Director

Allison Miller

BIO

Allison Miller always dreamed of being a teacher, of impacting the lives of young people. Although not from the classroom, this Frisco Independent School District employee and Director of the Frisco Education Foundation and Partners in Education Program has worked to fulfill her dreams and those of others in many ways.
Allison joined the Frisco community during the 1990s. She worked in several marketing positions, always attempting to balance parenthood, her children's activities, PTA meetings and a career. She was employed with companies and volunteered with organizations who were involved with the school district, working for the Frisco Chamber of Commerce before joining Frisco ISD in 1999. She worked at Frisco High School, where she got to know many students and staff members before going to the Administration office as a secretary in the superintendent's office in 2005-2006. She became the Director of the Frisco Education Foundation and Partners in Education Program for FISD in 2006 and continues in that position today. But her work with the Foundation started in 2000 as a FEF board member. As an active member, she helped raise funds, served on the scholarship committee, assisted with media, and worked tirelessly at events such the Gary Burns Fun Run.
Allison has always been active in the community. She was a member of the first Leadership Frisco class in the late '90s and later went on to chair that committee for the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. She was selected for the Chamber's 2005 Golden Eagle Award for her work with the chamber and in the community. Her network is extensive and she is never afraid to ask for donations in the name of FISD students!
So, although not a teacher, her work in Frisco ISD and with the Frisco Education Foundation has impacted the lives of thousands of FISD students who need a little help to achieve their dream of a college education, of scores of teachers who want to do something special in their classroom, through educational programs, and of business people who want to be involved in making a difference for students.
On March 7th, 2012 Allison was awarded the Texas PTA Lifetime Membership Award. This is one of the highest honors the PTA awards.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mj Pritchard

Frisco Chamber of Commerce

Term: Aug 2015 - July 2017

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