Educational Institutions

SPANISH FORT EDUCATION ENRICHMENT FOUNDATION

  • Spanish Fort, AL
  • www.sfeef.com

Mission Statement

To inspire the power of our community to enrich and support education for all Spanish Fort public school children.

Main Programs

  1. ACT Prep Seminar
  2. Elementary School Tile Project
Service Areas

Self-reported

Alabama

We serve all four area Spanish Fort public schools: Spanish Fort Elementary, Rockwell Elementary, Spanish Fort Middle, and Spanish Fort High Schools.

ruling year

2003

Executive Director since 2013

Self-reported

Sandy E. Cooke

President since 2014

Self-reported

Dr. Crysti E. Varden

Keywords

Self-reported

community, enrich, support, education

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EIN

43-1994062

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (B11)

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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Since its inception in 2003, Spanish Fort Education Enrichment Foundation (SFEEF) has established a tradition of innovation in our schools. Our foundation has contributed over $450,000 to the Spanish Fort schools. These funds have helped assist with many projects and educational opportunities, some of which include: $170,000 awarded to Teacher/Student grants; $15,000 for reading and diagnostic programs; $12,000 Snoezelen room for students with Autism and Learning disabilities; $16,000 in band start up equipment; $29,000 in technical equipment; $24,000 CIS Fund (240 teachers); $24,000 educational needs for all 4 Spanish Fort schools, $18,000 for security cameras at Spanish Fort High School; $31,175 LCD projectors/laptops for 13 ED departments; $10,000 Scholar’s Bowl, FCCLA, and Cross Country teams, and $14,000 in college scholarships presented every year since 2007. SFEEF's mission is to inspire the community to support us in our goals to enrich education for all of our Spanish Fort schools.

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

ACT Prep Seminar

This is a 6 hour seminar we host along with a third party to focus on improving ACT test scores by discussing test taking skills, refreshing grammar/math skills, and eliminating incorrect answers.

Category

Educational Testing

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

None

Budget

$100.00

Program 2

Elementary School Tile Project

In order to add personalized art to our two elementary schools, SFEEF has sponsored the tile project since 2013. SFEEF sells the tiles to students and provides the tiles and paint. The school's art teacher assists students with their artwork during school hours, and then the tiles are fired in a kiln to preserve the artwork. The tiles are hung in various places around the schools, such as the front office, student hallways, near the water fountains, etc., so that everyone can enjoy his/her artwork.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

None

Budget

$1,500.00

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?
    Our organization's goals include the following:
    *Involve community, parents, and business members to commit and participate in the educational enrichment of all Spanish Fort school children.
    *Secure funding for educational enrichment experiences in all disciplines for Spanish Fort schools children.
    *Manage and allocate resources in partnership with donors, our school district, parents, students and local community.
    *Sponsor teacher-student mini-grants to encourage creativity and excellence in the classroom.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We plan to accomplish our goals the following:
    *Host events, raise awareness through community meetings, participate in social media
    *Secure sponsorships for fundraising events, offer organizational membership opportunities, solicit grants
    *Through strong board governance and a strict allocation process
    *Offer annual Teacher/Student Grants that provide technical equipment, educational opportunities and educational programs
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    *Our board is comprised of 15 community business leaders and parents. Our board has been through rigorous board training from the Alabama Association of Non-Profits and is in the process of acquiring the Standards of Excellence Certification. Other capabilities are the over 100 community stakeholders memberships which allow board input directly from the community.
    *We also have a paid Executive Director and a Development Committee devoted to securing funding for our organization.
    *Our Governance Committee requires any proposals over $500 to be submitted, discussed, and then tabled for distribution following the next meeting of the board to ensure adequate deliberation.
    *We have a grants committee that develops policies and administers the grant awarding process.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    *Board make-up and composition, implementing governance procedures, % of attendance, # of policies and procedures updates, % of community memberships, increase community involvement through social media
    *Increase in sponsorships, decrease in spending, increase in membership, increase in in-kind sponsors, increase in # of event sponsors
    *Finance Committee should review procedures, increase # of business outreach events
    *# of teacher-student grant requests received, increase opportunity to provide information to faculty about grants
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    *80% of our Board members have participated in board training. We updated our website, mission statement, logo, and by-laws this year. Meeting attendance has increased to 95% this year. One-third of our board have advanced college degrees. Our social media campaign has tripled the community interest/membership in the last year.
    *We added new events this year and increased # of sponsors for each event. We added 4 new major in-kind sponsors this year. Through these in-kind sponsorships, we decreased our event expenditures. Our membership income increased by $2000 this year.
    *Financial committee meets annually to review financial procedures. Board members attend several community board meetings/events to develop relationships and secure funding.
    *The number of teacher-student grants submissions have increased. Our organization has hosted meals at the schools to develop relationships with teachers and to engage faculty. We also attend and speak and one faculty meeting at each school to promote teacher-student grant submissions.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Alabama

We serve all four area Spanish Fort public schools: Spanish Fort Elementary, Rockwell Elementary, Spanish Fort Middle, and Spanish Fort High Schools.

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SPANISH FORT EDUCATION ENRICHMENT FOUNDATION
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Operations

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Executive Director

Sandy E. Cooke

President

Dr. Crysti E. Varden

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Crysti E Varden

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?