Educational Institutions

The Asheville City Schools Foundation

  • Asheville, NC
  • http://www.acsf.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote educational success for all Asheville City Schools students by engaging and mobilizing the entire community to support enriching and innovative educational activities.

Main Programs

  1. In Real Life
  2. Teacher Grants
  3. Student Scholarships
  4. Volunteer and Outreach Programs
  5. Teacher Scholarships
Service Areas

Self-reported

North Carolina

The Asheville City Schools Foundation serves the student, families and community who live in Buncombe County and City of Ashevile.

ruling year

1989

Executive Director

Self-reported

Kate Pett

Keywords

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education support, public education fund, local education fund, youth development, education

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Also Known As

ACS Foundation

EIN

58-1836982

Physical Address

85 Mountain St.

Asheville, NC 28802

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

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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Each year we impact thousands of students attending our Asheville City Schools.  We provide grants to teachers (approximately 90,000), Scholarship to deserving graduates (approximately $125,000) and administrate innovative programs that align with best practices and meet a community need.

An example of a innovative program is our IRL (In Real Life) middle school program which provides a spectrum of high interest activies five-days a week specifically focused for middle school students.  Housed at Asheville Middle School, students receive a healthy snack and transportation to off-site 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

In Real Life

In Real Life

In Real Life (IRL) is a network of after-scho0l programs designed to provide safe, high-quality and fun learning opportunities to all Asheville City Schools middle school students. Responding to interviews of students, parents and community stakeholders which identified barriers to participation in after-school programs, IRL works hard to address these issues head on.

Transportation- IRL partners with the Asheville City Schools to provide transportation to and from different program sites and home at the end of the day to those students and families who need it.

Affordable Programs- IRL programs are affordable and accessible for all Asheville City Schools middle school students. IRL has full and partial scholarships available to students/families that need it. We will not turn anyone away based on financial need!

Clear Information & Registration Process- IRL strives to create one simple registration process to sign up for multiple programs for each programming session.

Youth Leadership- IRL strongly believes in the importance of involving youth directly in the leadership and management of the IRL programs. Youth provide input, make decisions and inform all aspects of the program. In IRL, youth have a voice and choice!

Community Partnerships- IRL partnered with over 20 local organizations and professionals to deliver a variety of high quality, fun and engaging programs that were informed by youth input and demand! IRL would not be possible without these partnerships!

According to several recent studies, students who participate in quality before and after-school programs show increased attendance in school, are two and a half times more likely to graduate from high school, and are 77 percent more likely to be engaged with and like school, all of which significantly contribute to improved academic achievement.

Category

Afterschool Enrichment

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

Program 2

Teacher Grants

Retaining and Training Excellent Teachers Grants are awarded each year so that excellent teachers can enhance their impact and effectiveness in the classroom and emerge as leaders in their schools. At the heart of every successful student experience is an inspired, passionate, and highly trained teacher. The Asheville City Schools Foundation supports and retains excellent teachers through the grants and scholarships described below. Each year, we provide more than $100,000 in funds directly to teachers and classrooms to implement excellent teaching, inspire new projects and increase student achievement and enthusiasm.

Category

Teacher & Faculty

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Program 3

Student Scholarships

Not available

Category

Elementary & Secondary Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

None

Budget

Program 4

Volunteer and Outreach Programs

Our Volunteer Outreach and Training Program engages community members in our students’ achievement and our schools’ success. We recruit dedicated and caring community members to invest their time and energy in ACS and our students by fulfilling a wide-variety of meaningful volunteer roles. We provide quality training to volunteers to enhance their positive impact.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

None

Budget

Program 5

Teacher Scholarships

The ACSF awards scholarships to teachers and staff members because we know that highly trained teachers inspire high achievement among their students. These scholarships allow teachers to further their educations and pursue advanced degrees and certifications, to stay current and expand their strategies by attending conferences and professional development, and to increase the students they reach by taking on new responsibilities and roles within the Asheville City Schools.

Category

Teacher & Faculty

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

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?
    Over the next three years, Asheville City Schools Foundation will rally the community to become highly engaged in our schools and the academic achievement of our students.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    • Advocacy: Asheville City Schools Foundation is a respected community voice and advocate for public education.
    • Grant Making: Asheville City Schools Foundation grants support and promote teacher effectiveness and student achievement.
    • Fund Development: Asheville City Schools Foundation strategically fundraises in a way that enhances the community’s understanding of our mission and work.
    • Parental and Community Involvement: Asheville City Schools Foundation fosters community, parent leadership and volunteerism at each school to ensure student success.
    • Organizational Capacity: Asheville City Schools Foundation strives to have an active and diverse Board, and the necessary staff and infrastructure to meet its goals.
    • Student Success: Asheville City Schools Foundation provides the leadership for quality out-of-school time for young teens in Asheville City Schools.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    For over twenty-five years, the Asheville City Schools Foundation has served Buncombe County as a champion for excellent public education and a leader in innovation that enhances student achievement. Our work directly touches the lives of more than 4,000 students and their families each year. As a critical friend of the Asheville City Schools, we are in a unique position to challenge current practices and structures that are less effective, while at the same time obligated to help create new opportunities structures that ensure that all children succeed. Since 2000, Asheville City Schools Foundation has provided over $800,000 directly to teacher-led projects at schools and $1 million to students through scholarships.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Annually, ACSF serves more than 4,000 students, half of whom are living in poverty. We employ these strategies to enhance educational success: 1) teacher grants and scholarships; 2) volunteer placements to work with struggling students; 3) collaborations that address the achievement gap, like In Real Life (IRL) After school Programs; 4) scholarships for college-bound students; and 5) advocacy for public education.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    1) In 2014, ACSF awarded more than $140,000 directly to teachers and classrooms to extend professional development opportunities and enhance learning.
    2) In 2014-15, ACSF placed 430 volunteers serving as tutors, mentors, classroom assistants, and other needed supports. Over 2000 students were impacted and 100 students received one to one academic support. All volunteers received high-quality training throughout the year.

    3) Public education is an essential strategy for promoting equity and assisting youth in escaping poverty. After school time directly impacts student’s chances of success in school and life. This year, IRL has served 217 unduplicated youth, and is projected to serve 33 more in the upcoming spring session.
    4) In 2014, the ACSF awarded 62 scholarships to 49 college-bound seniors totaling $116,000. Additionally, 36 scholarships were renewed for students already in college, totaling $330,800.
    5) Advocacy is a key focus. ACSF launched the grassroots organization, Western North Carolina for Public Education, a coalition of concerned citizens, parents, and educators who advocate for children and teachers to receive the necessary resources to succeed.
Service Areas

Self-reported

North Carolina

The Asheville City Schools Foundation serves the student, families and community who live in Buncombe County and City of Ashevile.

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Financials

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

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The Asheville City Schools Foundation

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Executive Director

Kate Pett

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Debby Maugans

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BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?