Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

South Carolina Future Minds

  • Florence, SC
  • www.scfutureminds.org

Mission Statement

South Carolina Future Minds champions world class student achievement by promoting and celebrating educational excellence, encouraging collaboration and connecting private support to public schools.

Main Programs

  1. Teacher of the Year
  2. Teacher Appreciation Month
  3. SC Public Education Partners
  4. My First Library
Service Areas

Self-reported

South Carolina

State of South Carolina

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Trip DuBard

Keywords

Self-reported

romotes innovation, Organizing efforts to recruit, retain and support great teachers,Serving as a resource and initiator for other local education foundations supporting public schools in South Carolina, Operating as the conduit for private gifts designed to support projects endorsed by the state Department of Education

Notes from the Nonprofit

South Carolina Future Minds envisions all students in South Carolina being well prepared for work and post secondary education in a highly valued public school system.

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EIN

57-1036861

 Number

6403730199

Physical Address

234 W. Cheves Street

Florence, SC 29501

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Foundations (T30)

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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South Carolina Future Minds has created a charitable support for the state's 700,000 public school students and 50,000 teachers, across 1,200 schools in 80-plus districts.
SCFM has shown that this broadly based charity can provide easy, innovative ways for corporations and individuals to join to help public education. And we've provided an easy way for groups and organizations to work together -- even from outside South Carolina -- to improve the lives of South Carolina's teachers and students.

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

Teacher of the Year

THE SC TEACHER OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION IS THE LARGEST STATEWIDE
CELEBRATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION AND ITS 700,000 STUDENTS, 50,000
TEACHERS AND 1,200 SCHOOLS. THE CULMINATION OF AN EXTENSIVE PARTNERSHIP
BETWEEN SC FUTURE MINDS AND THE SC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THE EVENT
ANNUALLY ATTRACTS HUNDREDS OF LEADERS IN GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS AND
EDUCATION TO HONOR THE BEST TEACHERS FROM EACH OF THE 80-PLUS SC SCHOOL
DISTRICTS. THE TWO-DAY CELEBRATION INCLUDES AN ELEGANT DINNER, FOLLOWED
THE NEXT DAY BY THE INTRODUCTION OF ALL DISTRICT TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
BEFORE THE FULL STATE HOUSE AND SENATE. THE NEW SC TEACHER OF THE YEAR
RECEIVES A NEW BMW TO USE FOR THE YEAR, AS WELL AS A SABBATICAL YEAR TO
SUPPORT TEACHERS ACROSS THE STATE.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

None

Budget

Program 2

Teacher Appreciation Month

TEACHER APPRECIATION MONTH: SC FUTURE MINDS ENCOURAGES EVERYONE DURING
MAY TO THANK A GREAT TEACHER IN THEIR LIFE, AND PROVIDES SEVERAL EASY
WAYS TO DO SO. THE MONTH GENERALLY BEGINS WITH A PROCLAMATION FROM THE
GOVERNOR DURING A STATEHOUSE PRESS CONFERENCE. VISITORS TO
WWW.SCFUTUREMINDS.ORG DURING MAY CAN LEAVE AN ONLINE TRIBUTE FOR A
TEACHER, AND ONE RANDOMLY CHOSEN, HONORED TEACHER RECEIVES A FIVE-NIGHT
CARIBBEAN CRUISE FROM BOJANGLES. THE EVENT IS ALSO SUPPORTED BY
DARLINGTON RACEWAY, SECURITY FEDERAL AND SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS ACROSS
THE STATE.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

None

Budget

Program 3

SC Public Education Partners

SC PUBLIC EDUCATION PARTNERS CONNECTS BUSINESSES, EDUCATORS,
NON-PROFITS AND INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN STRENGTHENING PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
THE NETWORK IS DESIGNED TO FOSTER COLLABORATIVE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES,
PROMOTE PRIVATE SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND EXPLORE BEST PRACTICES
FOR INCREASING PUBLIC EDUCATION ADVOCACY. AN ANNUAL CONFERENCE EACH
FALL FEATURES ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DICK AND TUNKY RILEY "WHAT WORKS SC"
AWARD, GIVEN IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RILEY INSTITUTE AT FURMAN
UNIVERSITY.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

None

Budget

Program 4

My First Library

South Carolina Future Minds organizes donations to be used to supply 10 books each to 5K children in SC's most distressed schools for summer reading.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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?
    We want to
    --Improve student learning by attacting and retaining great teachers. We seek to elevate the teaching profession by creating easy ways for citizens to show their appreciation, respect and support of teachers, increasing morale and teacher retention.
    --Reduce "silos" and increase collaboration and impact among groups working to improve SC schools.
    --Make it as easy to support financially SC public schools as it is to support a college or university.
    --Overall, allow citizens to show their support and appreciation of public schools as easily as they can for other civically inclined organizations.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategies include
    --Working closely with major corporations to design programs that meet their charitable goals while improving public schools. Examples include Teacher Appreciation Month created with Bojangles' support, Spaghetti Night sponsored by Mueller's which has provided more than 20 tons of spaghetti to public schools, and "This School's Got Talent/STEM", free competitions open to any public school student.
    --Organizing events that bring key stakeholders together. These include the largest celebration of SC public education, the SC Teacher of the Year Celebration each year in Columbia. This event brings hundreds of leaders from education, business and government together each year to celebrate the state's best teachers. Also, the SC Conference of Public Education Partners, which brings dozens of groups together to build relationships and discuss best practices.
    --Creating easy online donation systems for public schools and districts, allowing charitable donations to flow to schools as easily as they do to any non-profit.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a committed staff and strong and supportive board. Perhaps more importantly, we also have strong collaborative relationships with state and local agencies, higher education institutions, corporations and key individuals. Taken together, this large support network generally helps us access resources that we may not initially have in-house.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We can see progress by the increasing use of our programs and offerings.
    We've seen steady growth in our student competitions; in participation in the Teacher of the Year Celebration and the SC Public Education Partners Conference; and in increased donations.
    Our efficient fundraising infrastructure is now being sought out to support local and state initiatives to improve schools; our expertise is sought to connect private support to public schools; and our influence and connections are sought to assist development in new projects for public education.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have successfully created a non-profit supportive of SC public schools, and have begun to create an environment where SC public education is seen as worthy of philanthropic support on a large scale.
    Although our impact is growing, we have much farther to go. As schools and leaders see and understand our capability and impact, SC Future Minds is being asked to do more and more.
    We believe that SC Future Minds will have increasing impact as we give private supporters an easy, efficient and effective way of improving life for our 700,000 students and 50,000 teachers.
Service Areas

Self-reported

South Carolina

State of South Carolina

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Financials

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SOUTH CAROLINA FUTURE MINDS INC
Fiscal year: Aug 01-Jul 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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South Carolina Future Minds

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Trip DuBard

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Nella Barkley

Crystal Barkley Corporation

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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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?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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