Educational Institutions

Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, Inc.

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.RPSeducationfoundation.org

Mission Statement

Established in 2001, the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that partners with Richmond Public Schools to improve student learning and achievement in preparation for success in college, career, and community.The Foundation's role is to increase private philanthropy coming into Richmond Public Schools to support new and existing evidence-based programs and enrichment activities that enhance the student learning experience. In 2010 the Foundation completed a restructuring process designed to increase its impact. Since then the Foundation has raised more than $5 million to support RPS programs. The Foundation is a bridge that helps donors contribute to the building of a 21st Century approach to public education. In addition, the Foundation fosters the participation of community partners who complement on-going work and help to create innovative and exciting ways to motivate students. We have three primary areas of concentration in Richmond Public Schools:Student Success - support of enrichment activities that enhance student learningTeaching Innovation - assistance through classroom resources and professional developmentPost-Secondary Learning - scholarships for graduating seniors going to college or career trainingThe overall goal of the Foundation is to help Richmond Public Schools boost student retention, increase on time graduation rates, and support college and career readiness.

Main Programs

  1. Student Scholarships
  2. Teaching Innovation & Excellence
  3. TechConnect
  4. Mentoring and Reading Student to Student
  5. RVA FUTURE
Service Areas

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Virginia

We serve students, their families, teachers, and the public schools in the City of Richmond, Virginia.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Ms. Adele C. Johnson

Keywords

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education, school, richmond, legacies, foundation

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EIN

54-2025186

 Number

5340242320

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

ic Foundations (Pub)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Oun)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation depends on the generosity of companies, foundations, and individuals to support and enrich the educational experience of RPS students. Through fundraising efforts and collaboration the Foundation raises and invests private funds to enrich the educational experience of RPS students, promote student success, and inspire teaching innovation. 2015 Foundation Highlights Literacy skills up by 2.4 reading levels for first graders participating in MARSS Program (Mentoring and Reading Student to Student) according to PALS testing Sixty-one grants of up to $1000 awarded to teachers for classroom enhancements Scholarships presented to 42 students attending college and post-secondary career training 700 middle school students stayed after school for year-long enrichment activities 1600 middle and high school students viewed the historical movie, Selma Eight RPS alumni were honored for their outstanding professional accomplishments and community service Supported four fundraising who partners successfully solicited hundreds of thousands of dollars for student programs

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

Student Scholarships

Funding their futures - Student Scholarships Each year, Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation partners with corporations and individuals to establish scholarships that are awarded to graduating seniors. The General RPS Education Foundation Scholarship Application offers students the opportunity to apply for MULTIPLE SCHOLARSHIPS through ONE SIMPLE APPLICATION. These scholarships were created to assist RPS graduates who are planning to pursue continuing education at a four year college/university or community college. Funds are paid directly to the educational institution and can be used for tuition, books, or other approved school related costs.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Teaching Innovation & Excellence

Supporting Innovation & Excellence in Teaching Teachers and students benefit from teacher grant program In Richmond Public Schools, there are innovative teachers striving to inspire students and give them the skills they need to be successful in college, career and beyond! But they can't do it alone. Each year RPS Education Foundation provides teachers with the opportunity to gather much needed resources to improve their own skills, purchase supplies to create innovative learning spaces, and improve the overall learning experience of their students through the Teaching Innovation & Excellence (TIE) Grants. This year, 134 teachers applied and 48 teachers were awarded thanks to the generous support of our donors!

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 3

TechConnect

Reaching forwardFree laptops for middle schoolers! TechConnect is a new program launching in the 2015/16 school year to serve up to 240 middle school students —from each of the two pilot school sites at Henderson and Boushall middle schools. Three 10-week sessions offered at each site in conjunction with after school programming offer a fun and adventurous learning opportunity. Students will discover more about computers technology and will also use computers to fulfill their school assignments. Students will participate in an orientation that includes class expectations, requirements, internet, social media safety, and a pre/post-survey of the student's technology knowledge. The weekly classes will include training such as: * Keyboarding/word processing * Animation * Research methods * Video creation * Microsoft Office tools * Coding * App creation * Gaming * Digital Portfolios * Presentations (i.e. Prezi) Students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of concepts through assignments, quizzes, and surveys. Additionally, upon successful completion of the 10-week course each participant will receive a laptop computer to take home! Jose participates in our TechConnect program, a technology class for middle school students. Jose's mom said her son is one of four children and when it's time for homework she gets a little frantic about being able to help each of them. Receiving the new laptop from TechConnect will allow Jose and his siblings to access research materials, prepare projects, and write papers much easier than in the past. Through TechConnect students are introduced to basic computer software while encouraged to be curious and experiment so they can learn at their own speed. This program helps students become familiar with technology and fosters innovation.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 4

Mentoring and Reading Student to Student

Developing leaders and readers First graders increased reading skills an average of 2.2 with high school mentors. The quality of life for a child and the contributions the child makes to society as an adult can be traced back to the first few years of life. If this formative period includes cognition, language, motor skills, adaptive skills and social-emotional functioning, the child is more likely to succeed in school and later contribute to society. That's why Mentoring and Reading Student to Student (MARSS) was created — to help students improve their literacy skills and discover a love of learning that will influence the rest of their lives. This program operates in Woodville and Stuart Elementary Schools where first graders are matched with high school students from Armstrong, Franklin Military and Community respectively. They read together in pairs twice weekly. Elementary students receive books to take home every week and the high school students earn a small stipend plus a $500 contribution (for each semester of participation) toward an advanced education fund available at graduation. The anticipated goals of the first, second, and third years of MARSS were realized with all students — first graders increased reading skills on an average of 2.2 grade levels and high school mentors demonstrated leadership and responsibility.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 5

RVA FUTURE

RVA Future Centers offer an exciting new opportunity aimed at increasing the number of Richmond Public Schools graduates accessing quality post-high school college and career opportunities, by providing a strong system of support, information, and assistance to RPS high school students. The long-term vision is to provide meaningful non-financial and financial support to all RPS high school students, before, during and after graduation, to bolster students' long-term educational and economic success after high school. This is a collaborative initiative between the City of Richmond (via the Mayor's Office of Community Wealth Building), Richmond Public Schools, and the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, where this initiative is based. Each of the five comprehensive high schools have an RVA Future Center staffed by a dedicated professional to create, organize, and implement career/college activities focused on student success beyond high school. In partnership with the RPS School Counseling Department, RVA Future Centers help to identify the gaps, determine metrics for success, and develop a coordinated plan for effective service delivery. Long range impact will be to create a stream of qualified/educationally prepared talent for the Richmond workforce and improve the quality of life in the Richmond community by investing in future generations.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

We serve students, their families, teachers, and the public schools in the City of Richmond, Virginia.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation's top most pressing need is the in-kind and financial support of initiatives that enrich the educational experience of RPS students, promote student success, and inspire teaching innovation and excellence. Donor support support makes possible programs such as:RVA FutureTechConnect Mentoring And Reading Student to Student (MARSS)Post Secondary Student ScholarshipsTeaching Innovation & Excellence Grants (TIE)Support for specific school district selected programs and needsCapacity building & assessment activities to enable continuous improvement and future success of the Foundation's supported programs and partnerships.

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RICHMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS EDUCATION FOUNDATION, INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Adele C. Johnson

BIO

Adele Johnson is the Executive Director of the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation and is responsible for the organization's strategic direction, fundraising and the effective use of financial resources, internal and external relationship management, and program facilitation. She is the former Director of Community Relations for Capital One Financial Corporation where she was responsible for integrating components of their philanthropic activities in six major markets around the country. She led a team with responsibility for grants, sponsorships, board placement, and volunteerism that complement the company's mission to enhance opportunities for children and their families to achieve economic security. For the 13 years prior to her tenure at Capital One, Adele was president of the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council, a nonprofit organization that is a match-maker between major corporations and minority owned companies. Adele received a Bachelor of Science degree in urban planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has also earned executive education certificates from the University of Richmond, Dartmouth College and the University of Wisconsin and was in the 1992 class of Leadership Metro Richmond. Current and recent community involvement includes: * Board of Directors, Venture Richmond * Board of Directors, Fit4Kids * Executive Committee, CultureWorks . Board President, One Voice Chorus

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"An investment in education lasts a lifetime. We believe there is no better way to prepare for the future. In Richmond Public Schools there are smart, creative teachers and dedicated administrators. But they can't do it alone. They need help and support from the Richmond community. That's why the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation was established -- to support the school system by seeking monetary donations and other resources that will enrich the learning experience of ""our"" children so they will graduate ready, ready to go to college…ready to pursue a career…ready to be your employee… ready to be a productive member of our community. The private sector fundraising efforts of Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation have come a long way over the past five years. With the continued support of caring community members we will strive to meet our goal to boost student retention and increase on-time graduation rates. As our work continues to enrich the learning opportunities for RPS students and teachers we invite you to join us. Adele JohnsonExecutive Director Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Brendan J. McCormick

70 Douglass Communications, LLC

Term: July 2013 - June 2017

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