Educational Institutions

Broward Education Foundation Inc

  • Ft Lauderdale, FL
  • http://browardedfoundation.org/

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Broward Education Foundation to energize and engage the extended community to transform the lives of Broward County Public School students through the support of quality education.

Service Areas

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Florida

Broward County, Florida

ruling year

1985

President and CEO since 2014

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Mr. Thomas Severino

Keywords

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Education

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EIN

59-2359433

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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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This past year, Broward Education Foundation awarded over 368 grants to teachers totaling $187,700. Grants were awarded on a competitive basis and we received over 600 requests—the need is far greater than the funds available. Grants were awarded for teacher initiated projects ranging from Art & Drama to projects in science and technology. Thanks to the generous contributions from our major sponsors the Kids In Need Foundation, 3M Company, Dixon Ticonderoga, Elmer's Glue, Staples and Target as well as many other dedicated supporters more than $10 million in school supplies have been donated to the Tools for Schools Broward center since its founding. As a result of this partnership, 300,000 students and 15,000 teachers annually are able to receive free supplies. Each year the Broward Education Foundation Scholarship Celebration raises dollars to provide scholarships to deserving graduating seniors who dream of attending college.

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 envision a community where all Broward County Public School students can achieve his or her highest potential.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Through our community involvement and fund raising, the Foundation provides support for: Innovative teaching to increase student learning outcomes from pre-K to grade 12; Educational materials for Title 1 school students; Scholarships for qualified graduating high school seniors; and Fiduciary oversight for community members who join in our educational mission by establishing Foundation agency funds.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a partnership with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. We have a comprehensive program for Community Engagement. We have 33 community leaders on our Board of Directors. In FY16 we articulated a new 3-year Strategic Plan.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Teachers receiving funds through our Teacher Grant program must produce evidence that students are improving in their educational outcomes. Anecdotal evidence from teachers support the findings of our Tools for Schools Broward program -- that students are learning because of the educational materials we provide. Students receiving scholarship support support from the Foundation must follow compliance procedures with the Foundation to maintain an acceptable GPA and be fully enrolled each semester.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    There is a tremendous need for more teacher grants, more school supplies, and more student scholarships. The Foundation serves more than 300,000 students in the Broward County Public Schools. Levels of poverty in Broward County continues to increase and so the need for Foundation support for our students is critical.
Service Areas

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Florida

Broward County, Florida

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Financials

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Broward Education Foundation, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Broward Education Foundation Inc

Leadership

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President and CEO

Mr. Thomas Severino

BIO

Thomas Paul Severino, MSEd, MA

Thomas Severino has begun serving the Broward County Public School students and families as the President and CEO of the Broward Education Foundation since April of 2014.

Tom comes from Schenectady, New York. He is an alumnus of Iona College in New Rochelle, New York and received a B.S., Biology with honors. He also received a Masters of Science in Education from Iona.

Tom attended the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana graduating with a Masters of Arts in Theology. He is also a graduate of the Masters in Educational Leadership program from the University of South Florida.

Tom comes to Barry University after serving as the Director of the Diocesan Office of Development for the Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph.

His previous experience as a development officer included his tenure as the Executive Director of the Central City School Fund for the same diocese.

Tom has been an administrator and a teacher since graduating from Iona College. He taught university, secondary school, middle and elementary school. He was principal at St. Francis Xavier School, Kansas City, and at Tampa Catholic High School in Florida.

He has experience as a soccer coach and a swim coach. He served as a regent for Rockhurst University, a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Inclusive Education, a member of the Board of Directors for The Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy

Tom has permanent teaching certification in New York State in Biology and General Science and in Florida in Bible, Biology, and Chemistry. As an instructor of Theology, he has taught for Barry University and St. Leo College. Courses of instruction include Hebrew Scriptures, New Testament, Western Religions, Eastern Religions, Feminist Theology, and Introduction to Theology.

His first job was delivering the Union Star in Schenectady at age 11 earning $24 per week. His first volunteer position was as a school crossing guard - at age 10.

STATEMENT FROM THE President and CEO

"For more than 33 years, the Foundation has engaged the local and greater community to partner in transforming the lives of Broward County Public School students through quality education. Through our community involvement and fundraising efforts, the Foundation provides support for inspirational and effective student learning. One of our signature programs provides free educational materials for students in need. In addition, we encourage the ongoing success of our students though our scholarship awards for qualified graduating seniors. As faithful stewards of community resources, the Foundation provides fiduciary oversight for community members who join in our educational mission by establishing funds for quality educational programs.

The Broward Education Foundation, the second largest education foundation in the state, collaborates for continuous advocacy through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations for state funds for our students."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Christina Fischer

The FIscher Group

Term: Oct 2015 - Oct 2017

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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Diversity Strategies
Yes
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
Yes
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity