Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Partners Advancing Values in Education, Inc.

  • Milwaukee, WI
  • http://www.pave.org

Mission Statement

PAVE is an independent, non profit organization, founded in 1992, whose mission is to make excellent educational opportunities possible for all families in Milwaukee.

PAVE knows that great schools are, at heart, well run organizations that allow teachers to teach, and kids to learn, at their fullest potential. We unlock the potential of great schools by helping school leaders overcome those organizational hurdles that too often hinder great teaching. No other organization in Milwaukee – or nationally – focuses on building schools as strong organizations. We support the growth of 44 schools in Milwaukee serving over 18,000 kids. And our success in helping schools reach their potential shows that PAVE's work is needed now more than ever. PAVE's network schools have seen improvements in their academic results, and now significantly out-perform their peer schools.

Our network schools, through PAVE's help, make bold, strategic decisions to improve student learning. They draw outside resources, both financial and human capital, into the school and direct those resources to support student learning. They seek out, recruit and retain the most talented teachers, and make personnel decisions focused on student learning and outcomes. They cultivate powerful partnerships that improve learning, and hold outside partners accountable. They improve and expand their buildings through leveraging building financing options, including PAVE's participation in low-interest loans.

PAVE strengthens its network schools by:

-Coaching and mentoring school leaders and board members to help them overcome organizational challenges, attract outside resources and increase school enrollment.

-Recruiting, training and connecting leaders from throughout the area to serve as volunteer board members for PAVE's network schools. To date, we have recruited and trained over 70 local leaders for board positions with network schools.

-Providing high level training for volunteer board members and school leaders, helping them become better organized and able to wisely allocate and leverage resources, attract and retain high quality teachers, attract community support, hold school leadership accountable for results.

-Providing targeted financial investments to help excellent schools serve more students.

Our results to date:

-According to an independent researcher, PAVE network schools have made significant gains in the critical functions of board governance that drive excellence in the classroom, such as board diversity and engagement, strategic thinking, and building a culture of accountability.

-PAVE's network schools significantly out-perform the average for similar schools outside of the PAVE network, and of Milwaukee Public Schools as a whole. The 30 schools that have been a part of the network since 2012 have moved from the city average in performance to beating the average by nearly 10 points in math and reading.

Main Programs

  1. Board Corps
Service Areas

Self-reported

Wisconsin

PAVE's 44 network schools serve 18,000 mostly low-income students from the city of Milwaukee. Nearly all are located in the city of Milwaukee in high-need neighborhoods.

The challenges facing Milwaukee schools are significant. Milwaukee has the fourth-highest concentration of poverty among large cities in the United States, and faces significant disparities in health, income and educational outcomes. Milwaukee faces one of the the widest gaps in academic outcomes among African American students and white students in the United States.

Milwaukee has long been a national leader in the reform of educational models to meet the city's significant needs. Of the city's 120,000 school age children, nearly 40% attend private schools using public vouchers, or public charter schools.


ruling year

1987

Principal Officer since 2016

Self-reported

Dave Steele

Keywords

Self-reported

Milwaukee, nonprofit organization, K-12 education foundation

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Also Known As

PAVE

EIN

39-1590212

 Number

1577815208

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (T02)

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

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?

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

Board Corps

The purpose of PAVE’s Board Corps is to attract the best and the brightest candidates, people of extraordinary talent, skills and abilities who have a passion for excellence in education, to serve as board members for schools.
Developing exceptional school boards will draw on the diverse strengths of the whole community. PAVE has created a process that is designed not only to train board members, but also to identify, recruit and connect them to schools that are the best possible matches for the school. A candidate that completes the entire process will be awarded a Board Corps Member Certificate. Schools can be confident that the potential board member has received instruction in the best practices in board governance and the Board Corps member can feel confident that he or she will be able to contribute substantively to improving education in Milwaukee

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Budget

250,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Wisconsin

PAVE's 44 network schools serve 18,000 mostly low-income students from the city of Milwaukee. Nearly all are located in the city of Milwaukee in high-need neighborhoods.

The challenges facing Milwaukee schools are significant. Milwaukee has the fourth-highest concentration of poverty among large cities in the United States, and faces significant disparities in health, income and educational outcomes. Milwaukee faces one of the the widest gaps in academic outcomes among African American students and white students in the United States.

Milwaukee has long been a national leader in the reform of educational models to meet the city's significant needs. Of the city's 120,000 school age children, nearly 40% attend private schools using public vouchers, or public charter schools.


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PARTNERS ADVANCING VALUES IN EDUCATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Partners Advancing Values in Education, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dave Steele

BIO

Dave Steele was unanimously selected by PAVE's board of directors in April 2016 as the organization's second President & CEO, after an extensive national search. Steele had previously served PAVE for 11 years, first as Director of Capital Investments and later as Director of School Partnerships. Under Steele's leadership, PAVE expanded the scope and reach of its services to 54 Partner Schools throughout the city of Milwaukee and first-ring suburbs. Steele led the development of high impact partnerships with each of these schools, their boards of directors and leaders, based on shared goals of student achievement, financial stability, and parent and community partnerships.

A native of the South Side of Milwaukee, Steele holds a masters degree in urban planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a bachelors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has studied non-profit management at Harvard Business School's Social Enterprise Initiative. Steele serves as co-leader of Milwaukee Succeeds 3rd Grade Reading Network. He resides in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood and is the father of two young boys.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Cory Nettles

Generation Growth Capital

Term: July 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?

Yes

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?

Yes

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, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

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

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
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
PAVE understands that diversity and inclusions are critical to its success in achieving its mission. We strive for diversity and inclusion among our board, staff, relationships with consultants and other vendors. We work to build diversity on the boards of schools in our network through purposeful recruiting and training practices that build diverse boards, and encourage inclusivity of diverse viewpoints.