Educational Institutions

Belton Educational Foundation

  • Belton, MO
  • www.BeltonFoundation.org

Mission Statement

Belton Educational Foundation will provide funding to enrich educational opportunities and encourage innovation to maximize the learning potential of every student attending the Belton School District.

Main Programs

  1. Math/Science Technology Initiatives
  2. Nutritional Program
  3. Mental Health Programs
  4. Scholarships
Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

Belton, Missouri

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2016

Self-reported

Ms. Krista Watkins

Keywords

Self-reported

Education, Cass County, Literacy, Math, Science

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EIN

43-1942967

 Number

1799328254

Physical Address

110 W Walnut

Belton, MO 64012

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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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In 2015, the Belton Educational Foundation awarded $49,747 in grants to schools within the Belton School District. The Foundation also awarded $18,510 in scholarships to graduating seniors to assist these students in furthering their education. In addition, the Foundation works with the Belton School District to secure funds for the ACCESS Mental Health Initiative, a program which provides school-based mental health services.

In 2016, the Belton Educational Foundation, awarded just under $30,000 in teacher grants for innovative projects, and awarded just under $15,000 in student scholarships for graduating seniors. Additionally, in August, the Foundation provided 49 new teachers with $100 each to assist them in getting their classroom ready for students, prior to the start of school.

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

Math/Science Technology Initiatives

Teacher/School Grants (in the following areas): Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Communication, Special Initiatives, Teacher Enrichment, New Teacher Support, Excellence in Teaching Award

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$41,000.00

Program 2

Nutritional Program

With over 50 percent of the students in the Belton School District receiving free and reduced lunch, having access to nutrition can be a struggle for some of our children. As a result, the District has partnered with Harvesters to provide the BackSnack program each week to over 200 of our students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The program provides nutritional kid-friendly food to students over the weekend. Funding for over 50 percent of the BackSnacks is provided by local donors. In addition, the Foundation has established two Pirate Pantries. One pantry is located at our middle school and the other is located at our high school. The Pirate Pantries serve approximately 60 students each week.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$20,700.00

Program 3

Mental Health Programs

The Foundation has secured over $300,000 in funding from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the district, through Pathways Behavioral Healthcare, will provide four full-time therapists and one part-time therapist for students and their families, during school hours in our school buildings. The ACCESS program will continue during the 2016 - 2017 school year. As a result of this program, teachers and counselors in the district have expressed a decrease in negative behaviors that disturbed the learning environment and caused trauma to other students in the district.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 4

Scholarships

We provide scholarships to students attending college or who have been selected to participate in special leadership opportunities.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$14,600.00

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 Foundation continues to work to grow our endowment to ensure the perpetuity of the Foundation and its programs for generations to come.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Continuous donor development.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Creating awareness and building strong relationships within the community.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Community involvement within our district.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We continue to create awareness surrounding the Foundation's mission.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

Belton, Missouri

Funding Needs

$5,000 to fund New Teacher Support, plus additional funding for Innovative Teaching Grants, and funding for Pirate Pantries (nutrition).

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BELTON EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Belton Educational Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Krista Watkins

BIO

Krista Watkins has over ten years of corporate, legal, and educational experience. She possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Missouri State University and a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Belton Educational Foundation helps the teachers of the Belton School District make an impact on each students every day. You will find technology, books, and programs funded through the Foundation in every building across the district. As a result of the generosity of our donors, our students have more opportunities, options, and additional learning experiences. The Foundation plays a key role in connecting our community members, businesses, and alumni to our district by offering opportunities to have a positive, deliberate impact on the current generation of Belton students. The Foundation welcomes you to make a difference in the lives of tomorrow's leaders. Many of us are familiar with annual calls from the various universities we attended, but how many of us remember our roots? How many of us donate to the educational institution where we spent most of our childhood? In some cases, a full 13 years (K-12 grades). It was in those halls where we first discovered our talents, passions, and abilities. Now there is a new generation walking those halls and we have the opportunity to help them discover who it is they will become. We have the opportunity to help them make their current dreams a reality, by helping to provide an exceptional education. As the world becomes a more competitive place every day, it demands that we provide our students with an education that has more opportunities, more options, and more learning experiences than you or I ever had. It is up to us to ensure that students from Belton have the tools they need to succeed in this world. Over the years, the Foundation has generated over $1.3 million in support of education in Belton. It is our hope that you take the opportunity to participate in providing the tools our students need to make a difference in today's world."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Kenneth Southwick

Community Volunteer

Term: Jan 2015 - Jan 2017

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