Educational Institutions

Holmes County Education Foundation

  • Millersburg, OH
  • http://www.hcef.net

Mission Statement

The Holmes County Education Foundation strengthens our community by helping Holmes County residents pursue further education opportunities.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarship Program
  2. Alternative Grants
  3. Professional Development Grants
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

Holmes County, Ohio residents.

ruling year

1990

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Darla A. Stitzlein

Keywords

Self-reported

scholarships, grants, post-secondary education, non profit, public charity

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EIN

34-1631041

 Number

5330745441

Physical Address

114 North Clay Street

Millersburg, 44654

Also Known As

HCEF

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Public Foundations (T30)

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

Self-reported by organization

Since 1989, the Holmes County Education Foundation has awarded more than $7 million in grants and scholarships to more than 2,500 students.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

Scholarship Program

Our scholarship program application period is January through April annually.  Scholarships are awarded primarily to Holmes County, Ohio residents demonstrating financial need.  The scholarships may be renewed for an additional three years if the student returns the application by the deadline, performs four hours of community service and maintains an accumulate GPA of 2.0.

Category

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

421,775

Program 2

Alternative Grants

Grants provided to community nonprofit organizations such as the public library to help them meet their bookmobile program needs.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$7,552

Program 3

Professional Development Grants

Grants to nonprofit or public agency staff to participate in leadership development courses.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$900

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Average financial aid award per FTE student

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
Scholarship Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

2. Number of entrance scholarships and awards and exit scholarships

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
Scholarship Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    (Vision) To be the community leader in providing our residents with need-based financial aid to pursue further education opportunities that lead to achieving degree attainment.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    (Values)

    Stewardship We are accountable to internal and external stakeholders for the finances and operations of the organization, and, through prudent management of entrusted funds, we are committed to maintaining the high quality of our grant-making and services.

    Sincerity We respect our donors and carry out their wishes while maintaining the confidentiality of both the donors' and grant recipients' financial matters.

    Compassion We are genuinely interested in bettering the lives of our students and our community.

    Community We maintain an active concern for Holmes County residents, and within the Foundation's means we are committed to meeting their educational needs for their own and the County's long-term well-being.

    Trust We are committed to earning and maintaining the trust of the community by accurately reporting our activities and ensuring an open door policy.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our organization has gained the trust and respect of our local community over the last 27 years. The leadership team and staff work hard to promote the positive impact that our funds have on the futures of our students. We invest donors' funds wisely and aim to meet the financial needs of those students who otherwise could not attend a higher education institution.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We use the local high school graduating senior college-going rate data to gauge the higher education plans of the student body annually. When the foundation was created in 1989, our local college-going rate was 47%. In 2015, the college-going rate of our students was 58%. We are seeing an increase in the number of students attending college and we believe that our financial aid assistance is contributing to this increase.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have accomplished providing more than $7 million in scholarships to more than 2,500 students in 27 years. We believe that many students and their families still believe that a college education is unattainable and too costly. We need to reach more students with our message and help them access college and pay for it.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

Holmes County, Ohio residents.

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Funding Needs

Funds are needed annually to disburse for our scholarship program. Funds are also needed to maintain the historic Cary House in which the Foundation office is located.

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HOLMES COUNTY EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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

Holmes County Education Foundation

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Darla A. Stitzlein

BIO

17+ years in current position.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"I have had the opportunity of directing this wonderful organization for the last 17+ years.  What a great feeling to assist a donor with their philanthropic goals and then see a student benefit from the donor's generosity.  It's a win-win for all involved."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

John Waltman

Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston

Term: Aug 1989 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?

N/A

CEO OVERSIGHT

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

N/A

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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

N/A

BOARD COMPOSITION

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

N/A

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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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Full-Time Staff and Volunteers.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Full-Time Staff and Volunteers.

Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
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