Educational Institutions

Foundations, Inc.

  • Mt. Laurel, NJ
  • www.foundationsinc.org

Mission Statement

Foundations, Inc. is committed to improving the quality of educational opportunities by transforming the best in research and theory into the best in practice and partnerships. We create meaningful learning experiences in all settings that foster skills needed for youth to become self-sufficient members of society. Foundations, Inc. works in three main areas:

School: We give new and existing schools the governance and instructional expertise they need to improve academic performance and operations. Our programs and initiatives apply the latest research and technology to teaching and learning.

Afterschool and Out-of-School Time: As a national leader in afterschool education, Foundations works to improve the quality of afterschool time by providing training and technical assistance, professionalizing the field and building systems to maintain a skilled workforce.

Community and Family: We understand what it takes to educate students for the 21st century. To foster learning and support the development of children and youth, strong relationships among schools, families and communities are vital. Our Community Education Initiatives help thousands of students succeed in school and prepare for success in life. We partner with families, schools, businesses, government, leading faith-based, youth-serving and community-based groups—and harness their collective power— to help build brighter tomorrows for underserved children and youth.

Main Programs

  1. Afterschool Education
  2. School Services
  3. Community Education Initiatives
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Intensive presence in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Rhonda Lauer

Keywords

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education,afterschool,instructional coaching,school leaders,charter schools,technical assistance

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EIN

52-1801849

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Urban, Community (S31)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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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Foundations, Inc. is a dynamic organization that was established in 1992 with a mission to improve the quality of education in underserved communities. Nationally recognized for its work providing training and high quality materials for the afterschool field, Foundations, Inc. also provides technical assistance to advance effective instructional approaches and to support charter school governance and operations. Committed to improving the quality of educational opportunities by transforming the best in research and theory into the best in practice and partnerships, we create meaningful learning experiences in all settings that foster skills needed for youth to become self-sufficient members of society.
While Foundations, Inc. has expanded its capacity-building work nationally, our direct program management and community-building efforts remain focused in the Philadelphia region. Foundations, Inc. has integrated the best of its local programs into the comprehensive model of the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology (PCAT).

Launched in 2009, PCAT is a vibrant learning environment where youth and older community members are exposed to new learning opportunities that build real-world knowledge and skills to help participants identify and advance along their chosen academic or career paths. .

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

Afterschool Education

The Center for Afterschool Education aims to make high quality afterschool experiences the norm for all children and youth. The Center strengthens the educator workforce by making professional development widely available and accessible through workshops, conferences, online training, coaching, and published guides.  Field-wide, the Center advances professionalization, system-building, and linkages with career development through higher education. To stay grounded in practice, the Center manages select pre-school through secondary afterschool programs.
Since 1998, Foundations has sponsored the Beyond School Hours® conference annually to advance the goal of developing quality afterschool programs for children everywhere. The conferences bring together individuals from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other countries to exchange new ideas, discuss educational trends and “best practices,” and learn about successful afterschool programs. Most important, the conferences focus on improving the quality of programs.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$2,493,118.00

Program 2

School Services

Foundations’ School Services include a range of programs and activities, all geared toward strengthening the quality of academic content and delivery. Improved instruction, school leadership, and business services are among the areas of focus. Foundations’ strategies include comprehensive school assessment, parent and community engagement, job-embedded professional development, data-driven instruction, and supplemental programming, including content-rich afterschool opportunities.
Since 1998, Foundations has provided services at the earliest stages of development to charter and other new schools. Foundations’ services in the early stages of new school development include consultation to individual founding groups, informational workshops, assistance in the drafting and compilation of charter applications and planning grants, and coaching of founding groups in preparation for public hearings. 

Foundations believes that comprehensive assessment is the first step to school improvement. The On-site School Assessment School Improvement Process (OSASIP®) was developed by Foundations to examine designated areas of school operations and provide feedback on strengths and weaknesses, along with specific recommendations for school improvement.

Since 2002, Foundations has managed a set of under-performing schools in the School District of Philadelphia through its Neighborhood School Network (NSN).  There are a total of 3,700 students enrolled in three elementary schools and one comprehensive high school in the NSN, where the focus has been on building a culture of success through promoting academic rigor, staff professional development, parent and community engagement, and engaging extra-curricular programs.

Building on Foundations’ successful coaching and mentoring practice since 2000, the Center for Coaching at Foundations is dedicated to transforming teacher practice and school culture through coaching, so that instruction is consistently rigorous and engaging, and all students achieve at high levels. Launched in 2008, The Center for Coaching provides tools, training, and technical assistance in support of instructional coaching and mentoring. 

Foundations also provides financial guidance to schools with significant need.  Through its School Business Services, the organization aims to enhance educational opportunities by allowing school administrators to focus on instruction and student performance while maximizing financial resources.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$4,736,236.00

Program 3

Community Education Initiatives

Coordinating educational initiatives among a variety of partners committed to improving the quality of life in Northwest Philadelphia, Foundations’ Community Education Initiatives are administered through offices on Ogontz Avenue and at Martin Luther King High School. The initiatives include:

KidZone Philadelphia, launched in 2006 to support children’s healthy development in Northwest Philadelphia. KidZone was designed to build awareness and connect families to the full range of services they need to help their children be successful in school and life.

Northwest University Scholars, a three-year project to keep 7th, 8th, and 9th graders successfully engaged in school and on track toward graduation and productive adult lives. Northwest University Scholars provides vital support and new resources to 250 area youth, including mentoring, afterschool and summer programs, employment and entrepreneurship programs and college-related experiences.

The Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology (PCAT), employing new thinking and creative solutions to prepare young people between the ages of 14 and 21 to thrive in the workplace of the 21st century. Now in its pilot phase, PCAT has launched several programs at Martin Luther King High School, including Seeds for Learning, an urban farm and marketplace program, and the Technology is Power Seminar (TIPS), which currently provides training for ICDL Certification in an afterschool setting. 

“Lights On Wednesday Night,” bringing together students, parents, educators, and mentors for fun-filled programming with an educational theme.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$1,648,632.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Intensive presence in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Funding Needs

General operations and project support.

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Financials

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FOUNDATIONS INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Foundations, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Rhonda Lauer

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"At Foundations, everything we do is channeled toward one common goal: improving academic achievement for underserved children and youth. The first step is getting young people in the school door – a task that may sound easy, but is not. According to a recent report by the National Center for Children in Poverty, an estimated one in ten kindergarten and first grade students nationally are chronically absent.    

Children miss school for many reasons, particularly those living in poverty. Some lack clean clothes or reliable transportation; others become disengaged or too far behind to catch usuccessfully transitioning from middle to high school, and acquiring essential academic and life skills to go with that all-important high school diploma.

   

We must ensure that our young people graduate from high school equipped with more than basic academic skills. To succeed in the global marketplace, they must be adept team players and users of technology, be able to communicate ideas effectively, think critically and creatively, solve problems, and act responsibly. Foundations is piloting programs in arts, technology, entrepreneurship, and horticulture that keep students engaged and enthusiastic about school, and provide ongoing opportunities to acquire vital 21st century “applied skills.”  

   

There is no one way to educate children. Every child is different; every learning style is different. But we can offer our children and youth a variety of opportunities, both in school and out, that excite them about learning and keep them coming in that school door every day."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Robert S. Schwartz

President, Food Sciences Corporation

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?

No

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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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