Educational Institutions

School Foundation, Inc.

  • Florence, SC
  • www.theschoolfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The School Foundation promotes educational excellence in Florence, SC School District 1 through grants for innovative learning and through high impact initiatives designed to prepare all students for success.

Main Programs

  1. Grants, Start SMART and Start 2 Read initiatives
Service Areas

Self-reported

South Carolina

We provide grants for the 16,000+ students in Florence School District One. With our Start SMART initiative, we reach parents of young children in Florence and surrounding counties.

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mrs. Debbie Hyler

Keywords

Self-reported

educational excellence, public education, EEDA, grants, FSD1

Notes from the Nonprofit

To date, The School Foundation has given over $962,000 in high impact grants to the students of Florence School District One. With the launch of our Start SMART and Start 2 Read programs, we will reach thousands of parents and young children in Florence. It is our belief that learning begins before birth; therefore our Start SMART initiative was designed to give parents in our community the resources they need to prepare their children for kindergarten.

An integral component of the program is our Start 2 Read initiative, which sends a certified early childhood teacher to local businesses to distribute books to the parents/guardians of 1, 2 and 3 year old children. The teacher will share the book, give tips for effective reading aloud and distribute a take-home "reading tips" sheet.

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Also Known As

The School Foundation

EIN

57-1092759

 Number

2876096509

Physical Address

320 W. Cheves Street Suite 175

Florence, 29501

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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

With the implementation of our Start SMART initiative, our goal is to prepare all children in Florence, S.C. to be ready to enter kindergarten. Learning begins before birth and parents need to be properly schooled on how to interact with their young children. For additional information on our Start SMART initiative, please visit our website @ www.startsmartflo.org.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Grants, Start SMART and Start 2 Read initiatives

Grants target student academics and citizenship, teacher quality, school safety and district leadership and are designed to have high impact across the district. Our Start SMART and Start 2 Read programs reach parents and young children in Florence and surrounding counties.

Category

Education & Technology

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

None

Budget

119751.27

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 would like to see our Start SMART program become a model across the state of South Carolina so ALL children will be on track and ready for school.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    With the support of Senator Hugh Leatherman, we plan to bring Molly Spearman, newly elected Superintendent of Education, to Florence to visit our school readiness classrooms and tour our facilities. With their support, we can begin implementing our initiative statewide.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have the program, staff and leadership in place to implement our school readiness initiative statewide.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Test scores and lower drop out rates will help us monitor our program's success. Standardized test scores are expected to improve, and students will be on task in elementary school.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have implemented the Start 2 Read program in numerous businesses across Florence, and have developed the RN Beck Child Development Center. Our original goals were to increase the number of children entering kindergarten with early learning skills, encourage parents to read to their preschool age children at least four times a month, provide high quality training for teachers of young children in the Florence area at child care centers, home child care facilities, schools and private education centers, increase the number of high quality child development facilities throughout FSD1, provide child development information to all families with young children, increase community awareness of high quality preschool education at home and at school, and assist businesses as they seek to offer family/children friendly policies. Facilities have been renovated and we have hired a full-time director of school readiness, child care center managers and a full-time parenting specialist. Several programs have been implemented such as Parents as Teachers, Parent Child Home, and expansion of Child Development classes. We are making progress!
Service Areas

Self-reported

South Carolina

We provide grants for the 16,000+ students in Florence School District One. With our Start SMART initiative, we reach parents of young children in Florence and surrounding counties.

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Funding Needs

The School Foundation is in need of contributions to help defray the cost of grants to be distributed throughout Florence School District One.

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Financials

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THE SCHOOL FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

School Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Debbie Hyler

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jeff Helton

Honda of South Carolina Mfg., Inc.

Term: May 2008 - May 2014

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?

Yes

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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan