Educational Institutions

Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.

  • Sarasota, FL
  • www.edfoundation.net

Mission Statement

We invest in the success of every student and teacher through high impact initiatives supported by our community partners and donors. Every student will be prepared for tomorrow's world.

Main Programs

  1. Texcellence
  2. Evening of Excellence Student Art Program
  3. Classroom Grants
  4. Student Achievement: Science Fair, Academic Olympics, Achievement GAP initiatives
  5. Middle School Excellence Iniatiative
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Sarasota County public schools

ruling year

1984

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Susan M. Scott

Keywords

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Education, Sarasota, public schools, K-12, students, graduation, high school, elementary school, middle school, schools, Florida, Venice, North Port, Booker, Riverview, literacy, technology, computers, reading, teachers

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EIN

59-2320858

 Number

0188249294

Also Known As

Education Foundation of Sarasota County

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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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In the 2014-2015 School year, the Education Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary and invested over $1 million in Sarasota County Schools. The Classroom Grants program received a record breaking 426 grant applications for funding of up to $1,000 each from local teachers; a 41% increase over last year. Over $213,000 in classroom grants for innovative projects was distributed."If it were not for the Education Foundation, my class would not have many of the necessary materials for learning. My school would not have many of the necessary materials for teaching. The Education Foundation is crucial to our county's students and teachers." Tamara Purdin, Lamarque ElementaryIn 2015-16 we will raise $300,000 for Classroom Grants to meet the ever growing demand for this program. Texcellence program added high school interns and tutors at the existing Digital Learning Labs, and opened 11 additional DLLs, serving over 4,800 children last year, and over 29,000 since it's inception.Students participating in Digital Learning Labs increased the number of hours using technology resources (for homework, self-directed learning and scholastic research) by 69%.58% of DLL participants increased their Math grades and 56% of DLL participants increased their Reading grades. The average grade point increase was 8 points, almost 1 whole letter grade!In 2015-16 Texcellence will increase the number of interns and tutors at existing DLLs and open an additional 7 Labs, for a total of 30 in Sarasota County Schools, Libraries and youth serving organizations. In 2014-15 we launched the $1 million Middle School Excellence Initiative with a 2 year $500,000 grant from the Helios foundation. MSEI provides professional development to train teachers how to effectively teach with and implement the TechActive classroom currently utilized in all middle school STEM classes.In 2015-16 we will expand the MSEI to include the development and implementation of a college and career readiness component

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

Texcellence

The Texcellence Program is designed to ensure that every student in Sarasota County public schools has access to computers and internet outside of the classroom regardless of socio-economic status. Over 4,000 students and their families benefit each year from technology that they would not otherwise have access to. Without these basic resources, students cannot complete homework, research projects or access their schools' websites. Through the Texcellence Program, students have the opportunity to master 21st Century skills so they can be successful in the classroom and beyond. The Home Computer Program provides refurbished computers and educational software to qualified students. 23 Digital Learning Labs at schools, youth serving organizations, and libraries provide computer and internet access to under served students in a safe and supportive environment. Each lab is equipped with a digital literacy training program to help both students and parents become digitally proficient.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$200,000.00

Program 2

Evening of Excellence Student Art Program

Since 1995, the Education Foundation's annual Evening of Excellence has showcased the most accomplished high school artists in town. Art teachers from every public high school submit their best student work. Over 300 pieces are juried by a distinguished panel of art professionals and displayed in a public gallery at the Ringling College of Art and Design. The twenty-five top scoring pieces are framed by local galleries, professionally photographed and featured in a full page ad in the Herald-Tribune's Sunday edition. Ultimately, art patrons and business and community leaders gather for the Evening of Excellence gala on the last Friday in February - a hugely popular, sold-out event with a lively social hour, elegant dinner and brisk auction of the student work. As our guests of honor that evening, the Best of the Best student artists and teachers are recognized for their talents and contributions.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$225,000.00

Program 3

Classroom Grants

Since 1990, the Education Foundation has awarded over $3 million through competitive teacher grant programs. Awards of up to $1,000 are available for materials, equipment, supplies and experiences through the Classroom Grants program, helping teachers implement innovative new techniques to keep students motivated and engaged.The 2014-15 Classrrom grant application cycle had a record breaking 456 applications submitted from Sarasota County teachers. This 41% increase in the 25th year of the Classroom Grants Program reinforces the continued and growing need for support that goes beyond what tax dollars can provide.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$300,000.00

Program 4

Student Achievement: Science Fair, Academic Olympics, Achievement GAP initiatives

The Education Foundation funds multiple County wide academic achievement initiatives including:Sarasota Regional Science, Engineering & Technology Fair- over 800 students submitted 667 projects in over 20 categories-projects were judged by over 160 volunteer judges- students went on to compete at the regional and international levelAcademic Olympics-10 teams from local high schools compete in College bowl style matches-scholarships are awarded to team chosen MVPsTeacher of the Year-celebrates exceptional teachers in our schools- provides professional development and continuing education for teachersPALS volunteers in schools- provides recruitment, training, and placement of over 9000 volunteers in schoolsGAP initiatives- provides funding for newly identified needs that arise for at risk populations through out the school year

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$105,000.00

Program 5

Middle School Excellence Iniatiative

The Education Foundation created the Middle School Excellence Initiative (MSEI) in partnership with Sarasota County Schools. The mission of the MSEI is to create and support a college & career readiness environment for Middle School students in Sarasota County through enriching and relevant programs based on 21st century skills. In 2014-15 The Education Foundation launched the 41 million multi-year initiative with a 2 year $500,000 grant from the Helios foundation. MSEI provides professional development to train teachers how to effectively teach with and implement the TechActive classrooms currently utilized in all middle school STEM classes.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$250,000.00

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?
    Goals

    AN INVESTED AND INVOLVED COMMUNITY

    STUDENTS ARE INSPIRED TO ACHIEVE THEIR HIGHEST POTENTIAL

    ALL STUDENTS ARE PREPARED FOR SUCCESS AFTER GRADUATION

  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We will implement and administer programs and initiatives that are responsive to community expectations of an exceptional public education by providing Compelling and results oriented opportunities for donors to express their passion for education.

    We will Inspire students to Achieve their highest potential through
    o Innovative programs and technology
    o Rigorous and relevant learning environments
    o Exceptional and engaging instruction
    o Support for Teachers and their professional development

    we will strive to prepare all students for success after graduation through
    o Programs that promote college and career readiness
    o Classroom environments that model the 21st Century workplace
    o Student and teacher experiences that connect learning to lifelong success
    o Opportunities that stimulate curiosity and career aspirations
    o Initiatives that develop involved, responsible citizens
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have the knowledge, expertise and capability to develop, implement and administer sustainable solutions for students and teachers in our community.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Education Foundation uses measurable outcomes tied to student performance, improvement and achievement in all programs.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Education Foundation has increased community engagement and awareness about the needs of students and teachers in our schools. We have made great progress toward our goals through existing programs and services. WE will continue to work toward expanding our programs and community partnerships to reach even more of the students in our schools who do not have equitable access to the tools they need to succeed.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Sarasota County public schools

Funding Needs

Classroom Grants- total budget $300,000-$1,000 will sponsor an individual named grant for a Sarasota County teacher. -$10,000 will sponsor a School-wide grant/initiative-Gifts of any amount can be made to support the Classroom Grants program Volunteer grant readers and evaluators in the fall and springTexcellence & Digital Learning Labs- Total Budget $266,000-$250 will provide a computer and educational software-$500 will provide a 6 week coding class in a DLL-$2,500 will provide a 6 month internship and valuable work experience for a high school student-$15,000 will support a fully outfitted Digital Learning Lab with computers, interns, tutors and coding classes for 1 year.Volunteer math and reading tutors to assist students in the DLLSMiddle School Excellence Initiative- Budget $500,000-$20,000 will support the development of College and Career Readiness program-$30,000 will implement the program at one middle schoolAcademic Achievement- $100,500The Foundation underwrites various county wide programs to support and promote academic achievement in students and professional development for teachers in Sarasota County Schools.-Academic Olympics-$11,500 -Science Fair- $37,000 -Teacher of the Year- $23,000 -PALS Volunteers in Schools- $12,000 -Achievement GAP- $17,000

Affiliations + Memberships

Florida Public Relations Association

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)

Consortium of Florida Education Foundations

Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

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EDUCATION FOUNATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Susan M. Scott

BIO

Susan Scott became the Executive Director for the Foundation on January 9,2012. Ms. Scott was Sarasota County government's deputy administrator from 2003 to 2010, overseeing financial planning, human resources and technology, then communications director until July 2011. At the county, she developed and implemented a series of initiatives that received national attention, including a collaboration of nonprofits that allocated millions of dollars in federal funding for housing. From 1998 to 2003, Scott served as vice president of institutional advancement for Ringling College of Art and Design. There she led communications and marketing, development, admissions, financial aid and career services. She established a development operation that raised millions of dollars for the school, including a major Kresge Foundation challenge campaign. From 1988 to 1998 Scott was market area president for First Union Bank in Manatee and Sarasota Counties, relocating to the area after seventeen years as a bank manager in Louisville, Kentucky. Scott is a graduate of the University of Louisville, with additional certification from Harvard's Graduate School of Education and the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jason Swift

Jon F. Swift, Inc.

Term: July 2015 - June 2016

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