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
  5. Support My School Donation Button
  6. Spaghetti Night
  7. This School's Got Talent/STEM
Service Areas

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South Carolina

State of South Carolina

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2016

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Ms. Caroline Mauldin

Assistant Director since 2009

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Ms. Debbie Jones

Keywords

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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

What started as a simple Friday night dinner has grown into a nearly 24 hour celebration for the Teacher of the Year winners from each of SC’s 80-plus districts.
The event includes:
A complimentary hotel room for each teacher.
A police escort (with sirens!) for teachers to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
A parade across a red carpet into the convention center, accompanied by the cheers of students, parents, supporters, and a thumping student band.
An elegant reception, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, attended by leaders of business, education, and government, all there to honor all teachers.
Dinner and participation by top state leaders and educators, featuring entertainment by the winner of “This School’s Got Talent”, the statewide talent contest organized by SC Future Minds and sponsored by Comporium.
On the day after, a breakfast in the teachers’ honor with free cruises and gifts from Bojangles’.
A Statehouse press conference at which the governor proclaims May as Teacher Appreciation Month, and
Special introduction on the floor of the State House of Representatives and from the balcony of the State Senate, to the applause of our state’s legislators.
BMW Manufacturing Co. of SC is the underwriting sponsor and provides the winning teacher a BMW to drive for the year, during which the Teacher of the Year works at the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement supporting teachers across the state.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

None

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Program 2

Teacher Appreciation Month

We all have a favorite teacher – someone who’s helped make a positive difference in the person we’ve become. Often, though, their influence was felt when we were too young to know the impact it would have.
May is Teacher Appreciation Month in South Carolina, and South Carolina Future Minds is joining with participating Bojangles’ stores to honor teachers and all public school employees in South Carolina.
During Teacher Appreciation Month, Bojangles’ will distribute gift cards to eligible school district employees in South Carolina for a free Legendary Iced Tea with any purchase not only during the month of May but all year long.
In addition to Bojangles’ efforts South Carolina Future Minds is reminding former students that during May this is the perfect time to reach back to let that great teacher know how important they’ve been in your life. Here are some great ways to do so, and most only take a few moments!

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Education

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Program 3

SC Public Education Partners

For the ninth year running, SC Future Minds brought together dozens of groups across South Carolina to network and brainstorm ways to improve public education across the state.
This year, the conference featured a series of conversations on opportunity gaps in South Carolina and how we are addressing them. The real energy of the conference came from Small Group Discussions, held at the end of the morning session, in which stakeholders shared their insights on the day’s topics.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

None

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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)

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Program 5

Support My School Donation Button

 Need more funding for your school or program? Who doesn’t! That’s why SC Future Minds has developed the “Support Our School” button, which allows your school’s supporters to make donations easily online. Principals have used this button to help students that cannot afford graduation supplies, to honor teachers or administrators, and to fund band trips and field trips. We can also provide the technology for district-wide fundraisers such as Color Runs, 5K races, and other fundraisers. Sign your school up for the Button today and start receiving donations immediately! http://www.scfutureminds.org/2013/08/start-accepting-online-school-donations-today/

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

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Program 6

Spaghetti Night

 We know from experience that a good meal is a great way to bring families and educators together! Thanks to our generous partner Mueller’s, every single SC public school can receive free pasta for a Spaghetti Night. Please sign your school up here: http://scfutureminds.wufoo.com/forms/m7x3w7/

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 7

This School's Got Talent/STEM

South Carolina’s students are incredible! Through our “This School’s Got Talent” and “This School’s Got STEM” competitions, we want to highlight the great work of your talented students. Our 2016 winners, “Off the Wall,” performed at the Teacher of the Year celebration—will your students be next?! The contest begins in January, so please encourage all of your talented students to enter; please also consider entering your class in our STEM competition. In advance of the 2017 competition season, we’ll be sending posters to every school in the state—please look out for them and help us spread the word!

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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?
    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

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South Carolina

State of South Carolina

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SOUTH CAROLINA FUTURE MINDS INC
Fiscal year: Aug 01-Jul 31
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Operations

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South Carolina Future Minds

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Caroline Mauldin

Assistant Director

Ms. Debbie Jones

BIO

Caroline is a lifelong advocate for equity and social justice, she has served as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of State and worked for leading social impact organizations including the Omidyar Network, Oxfam America, The Carter Center, and Accion International. She has worked and traveled extensively in Latin American and Africa. A native of Columbia, SC, Caroline holds a MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, a MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a BA from Tufts University. She serves on the boards of The Nature Conservancy (South Carolina), Loving America Street, and Charleston Legal Access, is a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and sings in the choir of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Charleston.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Nella Barkley

Crystal Barkley Corporation

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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