Educational Institutions

Lafayette Education Foundation, Inc. (LEF)

  • Lafayette, LA
  • www.lefoundation.org

Mission Statement

Lafayette Education Foundation promotes and supports excellence in education by:
Developing supportive relationships between the private sector and the Lafayette Parish public school system.
Providing private sector support to launch creative education initiatives,
Implementing strategies to stimulate optimism and inspiration among educators, parents and students.
Encouraging and facilitating lifelong learning initiatives.

Main Programs

  1. Grants Program
  2. LEF Teacher Awards
  3. Leader In Me
  4. Reading Initiative Leveled Texts Program
Service Areas

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Louisiana

Lafayette Education Foundation proudly supports all Lafayette Parish Public schools thru our grants program.  We also support all Lafayette Parish Public, Private and Parochial schools with our teacher awards program.

ruling year

1989

Principal Officer since 2010

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Becky A. Credeur

Keywords

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education, teacher, LEF,

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EIN

58-1849198

 Number

8133280666

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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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The mission of the Lafayette Education Foundation (LEF) is to promote and support excellence in education by funding innovative approaches to literary, learning, and leadership and by recognizing outstanding educators in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.

Over the past 26 years, LEF has awarded over $2 million in grants to teachers and schools in the Lafayette Parish School System. Among our most successful programs is The Leader in Me (TLIM), based on the principles in Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. LEF also takes pride in having provided over $150,000 in funding for Matching Struggling Readers with Books that Fit, a program designed to increase the number of students reading on or above grade level by third grade.

In addition, since 1999 LEF has recognized the exemplary performance of over 4,000 educators in both public and private schools through our Teacher Awards program, and awarded $374,000 to Teacher Awards finalists.

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

Grants Program

Grants are one of LEF's primary tools to promote excellence in education is by facilitating the Grants Program. This program is an extremely effective method of putting academic dollars directly into the classroom. Individual teachers are able to apply and receive mini grants of up to $1,000. School site grants of up to $5,000 are awarded for large scale projects involving an entire school, grade level or curriculum. By awarding grants directly to teachers, LEF encourages educators to create innovative and exceptional classroom strategies for learning.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Other Named Groups

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$36,000.00

Program 2

LEF Teacher Awards

LEF Teacher Awards is a special awards event complete with limousines and red carpet. The Academy Awards style event was designed to honor Lafayette Parish School teachers for their contribution to providing excellence in education. There are four categories in which top finalist are chosen, elementary, middle, and high school, as well as, inspirational. Educators are nominated by the community: a parent, student, fellow teacher or anyone in the community who has witnessed the educator's impact. Nominees must be active academic educators in Lafayette Parish public, private or parochial schools in grades K-12.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

22000.00

Program 3

Leader In Me

Based on Steven Covey's 'The 7 Habits of Highly effective People', The Leader in Me is ubiquitous leadership development-meaning everywhere and all the time.  Educators use an integrated approach and make leadership training part of everything they do.  This model impacts everything-the traditions, events, organization, cultures, instructional methodologies, and curriculum of the school. 

     The teachers will tell you, "It's not doing one more thing; it's doing what you're already doing in a better way."  The goal of The Leader in Me is not to make every child a CEO.  It is to create a well-rounded student who knows their strengths.  The Leader In Me has a domino effect with the fact that the students bring their leadership skills home and their families have the opportunity to learn these new skills as well.

     Currently, LEF is partnering with Plantation Elementary, J.Wallace James and Juddice Middle School.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Other Named Groups

Adults

Budget

$30,000.00

Program 4

Reading Initiative Leveled Texts Program

Leveled texts books encourage literacy through leveled reading instruction that respects students' unique learning paths and supports each one's needs.  Leveled text refers to reading materials that represent a progression from more simple to more complex and challenging texts.  Progressions of leveled texts are important because they encourage teachers to select materials that are just right for students.  For effective reading instruction to occur, struggling readers must have opportunities to read comfortable texts rather than experience constant frustration with texts that are too difficult.

   LEF works closely with the instructional supervisor at Lafayette Parish School Board, as well as principals and reading facilitators at the elementary schools.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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?
    The primary aim of the Lafayette Education Foundation is to ensure academic success for all students in the Lafayette Parish School System.


  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We accomplish the aim by focusing on four aspects of the educational process:

    --Literacy: Funding programs that bring students up to their appropriate reading level and keep them on track as they progress through the school system

    --Learning: Funding programs that address impediments to academic success such as different learning styles, learning disabilities, and cultural diversity (including the need of more and more students to learn English as a second language).

    --Other factors: Funding programs that address social, economic, emotional issues that impact a student's ability to attend school or to focus on the tasks required for academic success.

    --Teacher Morale: Sponsoring programs that recognize outstanding performance by teachers and encourages them to remain in education.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Lafayette Education Foundation was established in 1989 and now has a 26-year track record of success as a public-private partnership in support of public education in Lafayette Parish.

    Since 1989, we have created and steadily built an endowment fund of almost $2 million. In addition, we have developed a broad base of individual, corporate, and foundation support for our mission.

    The board of directors has a healthy balance of dedicated and enthusiastic leaders from business, the community, and education to help govern the organization and ensure that we have the appropriate resources to fulfill our mission.

    Over 26 years, we have developed excellent working relationships with the local school system, school principals, and teachers.

    Our current executive director brings to the organization 25 years of non-profit management and fund development experience, and an equally long track record as an educator.

    There is currently no other organization in Lafayette Parish that has a similar mission.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    By the number of students who achieve an on-grade or better reading level

    By the number of students who remain in school until graduation

    By the number of students who graduate from high school on time

  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have achieved great success in developing a small number of highly visible and impactful programs in Lafayette Parish. Those include our classroom grants, our school-impact grants, and our models grants, as well as our Teacher Awards program.

    Each teacher who receives a grant from the Lafayette Education Foundation (LEF) completes and submits an end-of-the year impact report to indicate the level of success of their funded projects. These impact reports are key monitors of the effective use of funds entrusted to us by the public.

    In addition, we have identified from successful grant projects a number that can be replicated in other schools, and in some cases, across the entire school system.

    What we have not yet developed is the ability to conduct longitudinal studies to determine the long-range success of projects funded by LEF.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Louisiana

Lafayette Education Foundation proudly supports all Lafayette Parish Public schools thru our grants program.  We also support all Lafayette Parish Public, Private and Parochial schools with our teacher awards program.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

LEF needs grant partners for classroom and school grants.  Last year, we were only able to fund 1/3 of the grant requests.  An additional $20,000 would greatly impact this program. Leader In Me additional funding to get another school on board with this leadership culture required $10,000 a year for three years. Reading initiative:  at least 15 schools are in need of additional funds for leveled texts books for their resource libraries.  These books are used to assist students to read new texts daily to improve their reading level.  The average cost needed is $3,000 per school.

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LAFAYETTE EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Lafayette Education Foundation, Inc. (LEF)

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Becky A. Credeur

BIO

Currently in third year as Executive Director at Lafayette Education Foundation.  Experience includes six years at another non-profit organization as fund development and later executive director; Fourteen years in the non-profit sector community, serving on executive committees on several of these organizations.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"I am very proud of the fact that Lafayette Education Foundation has stayed true to our mission to promote and support excellence in education.  We have a diverse board of directors who are passionate about our organization and impact we make in our community.  With the help of educators, LEF has identified best practices which address the main areas reportedly affecting student learning: Positive School environment, Confident reading skills, Relevance between school and the real world."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Scott Sudduth

Chase Bank

Term: Aug 2012 - Aug 2013

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