Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Shaker Schools Foundation

  • Shaker Heights, OH
  • shaker.org/foundation.aspx

Mission Statement

The Shaker Schools Foundation provides resources to enrich the educational experiences of students of the Shaker Heights City Schools.

Main Programs

  1. Teacher enrichment grants
  2. Special Projects
  3. Student Awards
  4. Capital needs
  5. Summer Academy
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

The Shaker Schools Foundation serves the city of Shaker Heights, OH, and a small portion of the city of Cleveland, which is included in the Shaker Heights City Schools' attendance zone.

ruling year

1982

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Christine Auginas

Board President since 2015

Self-reported

Mr. Thomas Wise

Keywords

Self-reported

Shaker Heights City Schools

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EIN

34-1351470

 Number

0320030186

Physical Address

15600 Parkland Drive

Shaker Heights, 44120

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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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The Shaker Schools Foundation will celebrate its 35th Anniversary in November 2016.  In recent years, the Foundation and its projects have become more visible in the community, and that has enabled growth in both contributions and program support. Annually for the past three fiscal years, the Foundation has used its Annual Fund surplus to support meaningful projects that will benefit the entire school district. These include upgrades to the planetarium (housed at the high school), the creation of a distance learning center for students who have not succeeded in the high school, and the purchase of instruments for the marching band (which numbers 400 students) and the concert bands at the high school. We also continue to support the Shaker Schools through grants to teachers, awards to students, and funding for special projects.  We seek major gifts for our Legacy Fund, and host donor and community events to thank the former and gain visibility among the latter.

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

Teacher enrichment grants

Annually, the Foundation awards enrichment grants to teachers in the school district, based on their requests and the approval of their principals.

Category

Population(s) Served

None

Budget

$13,000.00

Program 2

Special Projects

Special projects are academic and co-curricular in nature. The Foundation provides funds to support a variety of projects, ranging from orchestra master classes to International Baccalaureate to technology.

Category

Population(s) Served

None

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 3

Student Awards

Each year the Foundation provides financial awards that recognize outstanding performance in academics, athletics, the arts, and community service.

Category

Population(s) Served

None

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 4

Capital needs

From time to time, the Shaker Schools Foundation partners with the school district on a capital campaign that benefits the entire district.

Category

Population(s) Served

None

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 5

Summer Academy

The Summer Academy project follows 25 rising 9th graders from the summer before high school through their graduation. These students have capacity, but are struggling in school. As rising 9th graders, they attend a six-week Academy that includes academics as well as opportunities for personal development. Students work on math, science, and language skills as well as goal setting, communication, self esteem, and time management. For the latter, they interact with artists and athletes, as well as participate in community service. As rising 10th graders, this cohort attends at three-week Summer Academy that incorporates academics with team building, community service, and college visits. For rising 11th and 12th graders, the Summer Academy will focus on preparation for their post secondary activities, as well as academics and experiences as interns. Each year we are adding a new group of rising 9th graders, so that at capacity, the Summer Academy program will serve 100 students. Throughout the school year, each Summer Academy cohort has an opportunity to meet biweekly with their teachers, to check progress and help with issues. These students' attendance, behavior, and grades are being monitored.

Category

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$70,000.00

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?
    The goals of the Shaker Schools Foundation are:
    1) Increase the permanent, unrestricted endowment (Legacy Fund)
    2) Increase the number of alumni donors
    3) Increase the number of donors from the Shaker community
    4) Increase the Foundation's visibility in the community
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1) Continue to solicit our long-time major donors and also reachout to more modest donors of 10+ years
    2) Create alumni ambassadors throughout the US and regional Facebook pages to encourage alumni to stay connected to Shaker; become more active in helping reunion classes to give back to Shaker
    3) Report on the district's needs and the many ways the Foundation contributes
    4) Use electronic media, local events, and our newsletter to communicate the Foundation's impact
    5) Steward all of our donors through personal thank you calls, letters, and regular communications
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Foundation has a skilled and dedicated paid staff and is served by a generous and committed board of trustees.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    1) The Legacy Fund will reach $1 million in cash
    2) The number of alumni donors will increase every year
    3) The number of donors in the Shaker community will increase, and their gifts will be larger, as well
    4) More donors will approach the Foundation with ideas of how they can participate in supporting the schools
    5) The school district will rely on the Foundation for increasingly substantial support
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    1) We have raised three-fourths of our cash goal for the Legacy Fund
    2) We have seven regional Facebook pages for alumni, and several reunion classes have made generous gifts to the Foundation; however, we have many more alumni to engage
    3) During FY2015, the number of donors and the size of their gifts continued to increase
    4) The Foundation's assets are growing, as are the number of programs we are funding
    5) An increasing number of school faculty and staff are approaching the Foundation for help in supporting enrichment projects.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

The Shaker Schools Foundation serves the city of Shaker Heights, OH, and a small portion of the city of Cleveland, which is included in the Shaker Heights City Schools' attendance zone.

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Funding Needs

The Shaker Schools Foundation particularly needs donations to its Annual Fund for the short-term, and to its Legacy Fund for the future.

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Financials

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SHAKER SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Shaker Schools Foundation

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Christine Auginas

Board President

Mr. Thomas Wise

BIO

The Executive Director of the Shaker Schools Foundation is an employee of the Shaker Heights City Schools.  Her reponsibilities to the Foundation are part of her position as Assistant to the Superintendent.  Ms. Auginas has been an educator for more than 40 years.   She began her career as a primary grades teacher, became a guidance counsellor, and then served as an elementary school principal for 15 years.  She has been with the Shaker Schools since 2000.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Thomas Wise

KeyBank

Term: June 2015 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
Yes
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity