Educational Institutions

Minnesota Independent School Forum, Inc.

  • St. Paul, MN
  • http://www.misf.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to strengthen Minnesota's K-12 independent schools through advocacy and advancement.

Main Programs

  1. Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

MISF serves member K-12 independent
schools located
in throughout Minnesota. Many of these schools are located in the seven-county metropolitan area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, as well as in several counties across Minnesota including: Benton, Brown, Kandiyohi, Martin,
McLeod, Mower, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pipestone, Polk, Rice, Sherburne, Stearns,
Winona.

ruling year

1976

Principal Officer since 1989

Self-reported

Mr. James B. Field

Keywords

Self-reported

Education, K-12, STEM, disadvantaged students, Minnesota

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2015, 2014 and 2013.
Register now

EIN

41-1267531

 Number

7432966810

Also Known As

MISF

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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

Accomplishments from 2007
to 2009:


Progress made sponsoring the Coalition for Kids in its
efforts to pass the state law, “Equity and Opportunity
in Education Tax Credit.”

Published the third edition of MISF’s highly-valued
resource handbook, “Guide to Laws Affecting Nonpublic PreK-12 Minnesota
Schools.”

Increased the dollars raised to help our member schools
provide more need-based scholarship aid to the economically disadvantaged
students they serve.

Launched DreamMakers, a program dedicated to finding
sponsors to financially and relationally support member school students
living in financial crisis.

Provided professional development and retreat
opportunities to member schools and the state’s nonpublic school
community.

Hosted the state’s first-ever private and independent
education awards ceremony displaying the education excellence found in our
high-quality schools.

Goals for the Future:
Promote a new membership model expanding to reach K-8 schools
across the state.
Continue legislative work to pass the state law,
“Equity and Opportunity in Education Tax
Credit.”

Provide ongoing professional development and retreat
opportunities to member and nonmember schools. Conferences will include
the annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Teacher Seminar,
the Minnesota Private and Independent Education Awards, and the annual
School Head Retreat.

Expand the MISF Mini-Grant program in which teachers from MISF member schools define a student engagement project and develop the curriculum and
lesson/unit plans that will follow a guided inquiry, team-based, multidisciplinary
approach and include a partnership with a community organization or
business to link classroom learning with real-world application.

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

Programs

MISF efficiently raises money on behalf of member high schools. All of these funds go back to schools unless directed by a donor to a particular program. Programs include MISF's STEM initiative (science, technology, engineering, math); scholarships for low-income students and students of color; professional development and conferences; statewide research. MISF also develops grants to support innovative education.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

MISF serves member K-12 independent
schools located
in throughout Minnesota. Many of these schools are located in the seven-county metropolitan area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, as well as in several counties across Minnesota including: Benton, Brown, Kandiyohi, Martin,
McLeod, Mower, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pipestone, Polk, Rice, Sherburne, Stearns,
Winona.

External Reviews

Source: greatnonprofits.org

The review section is powered by Great Nonprofits

Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

MINNESOTA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL FORUM
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

Sign in or create an account to view this information

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2015, 2014 and 2013
  • Board Chair, Board Co-Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Get all this now for free
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Operations

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

Minnesota Independent School Forum, Inc.

Leadership

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2015, 2014 and 2013
  • Board Chair, Board Co-Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Principal Officer

Mr. James B. Field

BIO

Since 1989, James Field has been president of the Minnesota Independent School Forum, an organization dedicated to enhancing and improving education in Minnesota. He also chairs the Minnesota Nonpublic Education Council, which recommends policy and guidelines to the state on behalf on nonpublic schools. Under his leadership, the Minnesota Independent School Forum has been recognized for its work in improving diversity in member schools by the President's Initiative on Race, which named MISF's work on "Promising Practice" in 1998. He has spoken extensively within Minnesota on the topic of private K-12 education issues. Nationally, Jim represents Minnesota's private education and CAPE (Council for American Private Education) in Washington, D.C.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Friends in Education,

The
Minnesota Independent School Forum (MISF) is the trusted voice for
private and independent education. Since 1976, MISF has raised over $20
million to deliver scholarships to low-income students, technology
improvements in the classroom, and programs and services that guide
administrators and educators in their day-to-day operations and future
planning. We are proud of the service we provide to our member
schools and the state-wide network of K-12 nonpublic schools in
Minnesota.

We
provide service to 530+ schools, serving over 7,000 educators and 84,000
students. Our school system is the largest in the state. In fact, we
represent over 10% of Minnesota's K-12 schools.

We
provide support and interpretation for a complicated system of state
and federal regulatory information, and we advocate for the needs of
our private and independent school community.

Did
you know that our system graduates ninety-nine percent (99%) of all
students and that over ninety-five percent (95%) of these students
advance to higher education?

We
are committed to creating access to a strong education by facilitating
scholarship and fundraising programs that support low-income students
and fund programs that place our schools on the cutting edge of
classroom delivery trends.

Please
take a moment to get to know MISF. We invite you to become a partner in
our mission to develop the world's future leaders, innovators and
urgently-needed problem solvers.

With respect,

James B. Field

President, MISF"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dennis Nigon

Rochester Catholic Schools

Term: July 2010 - June 2011

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices. Self-reported by organization


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

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?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

CEO OVERSIGHT

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


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD COMPOSITION

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


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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