Educational Institutions

21St Century School Fund

  • Washington, DC
  • www.2.1csf.org

Mission Statement

The 21st Century School Fund (21CSF) was founded in 1994 on the premise that communities are responsible for creating healthy, safe, and educationally appropriate learning environments. Our mission is to build the public will and school district capacity to improve public school facilities. We envision good public schools as a reasonable expectation and a reality in school districts throughout the nation.

Main Programs

  1. Civic Engagement and Government Reform
  2. Innovation
  3. Research and Communication
  4. Building Educational Success Together
  5. Technical Assistance
  6. National Council on School Facilities
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

21st Century School Fund serves Washington, D.C. and other communities around the nation regarding PK-12 school facilities.

ruling year

1999

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mary Filardo

Keywords

Self-reported

education, community, schools, construction, facilities, education reform, joint-use, public-private partnership, school yards, equity, education reform, community engagement, school facility planning

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EIN

52-2139122

Physical Address

1816 12th ST NW

Washington, 20009

Also Known As

21CSF

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Urban, Community (S31)

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

For more than 20 years, the 21st Century School Fund has been improved the equity and quality of public school facilities for all students. The 21st Century School Fund has:
• Researched school facilities' effects on education and communities
• Created innovative tools to increase community engagement in public
school infrastructure and planning
• Advocated for policy reform to support efficient and effective use of
capital funds
• Provided technical support to communities

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

Civic Engagement and Government Reform

21CSF is a strong voice for effective policy and practice associated with facility planning and public management of funding. 21CSF advocates for civic engagement and municipal and school district capacity to: 

link education and facility improvements

create and maintain schools as centers of community

effectively manage school buildings and grounds, and

adequately and equitably fund facility maintenance and improvements

Category

K-12 (5-19 years)

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Innovation

21CSF is an innovator and tests different approaches to planning, delivery, and financing of high quality public school facilities. 21CSF has also worked to develop software tools to plan public school facilities and provide basic information on public schools to parents and the community. 
Projects include:

The Oyster Bilingual Elementary School public/private partnership 
A model to utilize public/private partnerships to rebuild New Orleans Public Schools
Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School public/private partnership
Schoolyard greening initiatives
FormatPro® a software interface for education facilities master planning
Public school information website for parents www.21csf.org/schoolcloseups(http://www.21csf.org/schoolcloseups)

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 3

Research and Communication

21CSF collects baseline data and conducts research and analysis on policies and practice related to public school facilities. 21CSF seeks to understand the nexus between educational quality, facility condition, and housing & community development. Communicating our findings is key. 21CSF is dedicated to providing school facilities research to practitioners and policy makers within DC and throughout the nation.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 4

Building Educational Success Together

21CSF founded and manages Building Educational Success Together (BEST). BEST is a structured network of education reform, community development, and civil rights organizations that collaborate to bring new ideas and energy to the considerable challenges of urban public education. For more information visit www.BestFacilities.org(http://www.BestFacilities.org) .

 

Current BEST Partners include:

21st Century School Fund; Washington, DC
ACLU of Maryland; Baltimore, MD
Advancement Project; Los Angeles, CA
Center for Cities and Schools, University of California; Berkeley, CA
Center for Innovative School Facilities, Innovation Partnership; Portland, OR
Designs for Change; Chicago, IL
Education Law Center; Newark, NJ
Healthy Schools Campaign; Chicago, IL
New Visions for Public Schools; New York, NY
National Council on School Facilities

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

Program 5

Technical Assistance

21CSF provides technical assistance to state, city and school district officials, community members, public school parents and public education advocates in the areas of education planning, including for facilities, enrollment and education improvement, community engagement, co-location, joint use and development partnerships such as public-private partnerships.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 6

National Council on School Facilities

Not available

Category

K-12 (5-19 years)

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The 21st Century School Fund's objective is to ensure that all communities have the public will and the public capacity for educationally appropriate, healthy and safe school facilities that serve as community anchors and are built and maintained in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The 21st Century School Fund's strategies include research, policy reform, advocacy, and technical assistance on PK-12 school facilities issues for community leaders, policy makers, and educational facility practitioners. 21st Century School Fund creates innovative technology tools to address PK-12 school facility planning and asset management challenges. 21CSF is helping to incubate the National Council on School Facilities—a nonprofit serving PK-12 state school facilities officials. The 21st Century School Fund in collaboration with its Building Educational Success Together (BEST) partners, is creating best practices and models around school facilities policy and practice that can be replicated broadly. Finally, 21CSF disseminates the importance of PK-12 school facilities through its newsletter, websites, social media, and other communications activities.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    - 21CSF has strong networks of community based groups and organizations dedicated to equity in education and ensuring that high quality school facilities are developed in all neighborhoods.

    - 21CSF is working with state facilities directors by supporting the development of the National Council on School Facilities to build capacity of state officials for equity in school facilities.

    - 21CSF partners with Center for Cities and Schools at UC Berkeley in researching policy and practice.

    - 21CSF collects data on school facilities nationally and analyzes it to inform communities, educators, industry and policy makers on the scale and needs for investment in education infrastructure.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    - Level of capital investment in public education infrastructure.

    - Level of operating funding for maintenance and operations of public school facilities.

    - Equity in the allocation of funds across districts and neighborhoods.

    - Levels of public engagement in advocacy and accountability for education infrastructure.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    - Initiated the community drive for public school modernization in the District of Columbia which has generated over $3 billion in public school facilities modernization of DCPS school buildings and grounds.

    - Developed model state and district policies on facilities.

    - Created a learning network of non-profit groups and organizations dedicated to equity and adequate for education infrastructure.

    - Developed innovative technology tools for educational facilities planning.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

21st Century School Fund serves Washington, D.C. and other communities around the nation regarding PK-12 school facilities.

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Financials

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21ST CENTURY SCHOOL FUND INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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21St Century School Fund

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mary Filardo

BIO

Mary Filardo, founded 21CSF in 1994 to provide D.C. and other urban communities with leadership, innovative financing solutions, research, and public policy analysis of school facility issues. She is a leading national authority on school facility planning, management and public private development. She has helped plan innovative projects in D.C. including — J.F. Oyster Elementary School public private partnership (2001), Thurgood Marhsall Academy Public Charter School campus development (2005) and Savoy and Thurgood Marshall Academy Sports & Learning Center (2009). 

She has written extensively on school facility issues and developed software to support long-range facilities master planning. In 1994 she advocated for and then led the first city-wide educational facilities planning process in Washington, D.C. in nearly 30 years, leading to the Preliminary Educational Facilities Plan in 1995, which laid the foundation for regular educational facility master planning in D.C. and more than $2 billion spent to improve and build DCPS and public charter school facilities.
 
In 2001 Mary founded the Building Educational Success Together (BEST) collaborative—a learning community of urban education reform organizations dedicated to building the public will and capacity to improve urban school facilities. She received a BA in philosophy and mathematics from St. John's College, a MA in Public Policy and Finance at the University of Maryland, and is a 1979 Truman Scholar from D.C.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Roger Newell

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

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?


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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
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
Yes
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity