Educational Institutions

Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools

  • Lincoln, NE
  • www.foundationforlps.org

Mission Statement

At the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, it is all about the kids. We care about making a difference in the lives of all students, and we believe that all students should have what they need to reach their full potential. We engage our community to inspire students and educators, and create educational opportunities that enhance academic and personal success.

We serve students and families in the Lincoln, Nebraska public school district.

Main Programs

  1. Fund-A-Need
  2. College Scholarships
  3. Student Emergency Needs
Service Areas

Self-reported

Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska

ruling year

1987

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Wendy Van

Keywords

Self-reported

children, education, financial support, fund a need, scholarships, Community Learning Centers, quality learning, Lincoln Public Schools, Teachears

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Also Known As

Lincoln Public Schools Foundation

EIN

36-3490560

 Number

7306142022

Physical Address

5905 O St

Lincoln, 68501

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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 Foundation for LPS provides 121 college scholarships, 127 classroom grants for new technology/experiences and 70 families receive emergency needs funds.

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

Fund-A-Need

Fund-A-Need provides a place for donors to connect with classroom needs. Lincoln Public Schools teachers use Fund-A-Need to promote the ideas and needs of their students. Individual donors browse through the proposals and select a proposal they want to fund.
To ensure the accountability of Fund-A-Need, the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools works closely with LPS to review all proposals. The Foundation provides the fiscal responsibility for individuals and corporations to give private funds with confidence to the Lincoln Public Schools. Donors receive thank you notes from the classroom and a receipt from the Foundation for their sponsorship.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 2

College Scholarships

Students can apply for around 120 college scholarships which are awarded each spring to advance their education at any two or  four year educational institution.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 3

Student Emergency Needs

The Foundation is able to provide small, same day payment for student emergency needs for such things as clothing, medicine, etc.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$5,000.00

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?
    1. To raise $1 million per year for enhanced opportunities for LPS students.
    2. To increase classroom grants for new technology and new experiences for students by 10% each year.
    3. To increase the college scholarships payout to $1,000 for student winners.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. To increase ways to engage donors including through social media, personal contact, electronic enews, print and events.
    2. To increase number of classroom requests by 10% each year.
    3. To work with donors whose scholarship is under $1,000 by sharing the increased cost of colleges in the area and encourage them to increase their scholarship which will increase the number of good applicants.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    1.Director of Community engagement manages print and social media needed campaigns.
    2.Development Officer for School Communities overseas the program.
    3. One full time person dedicated to the Scholarship Program.
    4. Director of Philanthropy works with donors to direct giving to student need
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    1. We measure engagement data on social media, direct mail response, event attendance and create an Annual Report that is distributed to the newspaper subscribers in Lincoln.
    2. We report and monitor results of all programs, like FAN and scholarships and as well as other funds our development team is working on at each Board of Director meeting.
    3. We publish the results of the Scholarship Program in an insert in the Lincoln Journal each May.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    1. $1 million goal has been reached each year.
    2. Fund A Need Classroom Grants are up 100% this year.
    3. One-third of scholarships are at or over $1,000 to date.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska

Social Media

Funding Needs

Operations, Fund a Need, Scholarships

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

National School Foundation Association - Member

Chamber of Commerce

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Financials

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THE FOUNDATION FOR LINCOLN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31

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Operations

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Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Wendy Van

BIO

Wendy Van started as President of FLPS effective February 13, 2014. Wendy comes to the position from the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation where she served as Vice President of Development. Most of Wendy's career has been spent in non-profit leadership and fundraising within the human services arena including positions at Friendship Home, St. Monica's and NET Television and Radio. She is active in several community and civic groups including TEDxLincoln and Rotary 14.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We make a difference in the Lincoln community by impacting the lives of our students who are tomorrow's community citizens/leaders."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Boyd Ober

Leadership Resources

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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