Educational Institutions

THE EDUCATION FUND INC

  • Miami Lakes, FL
  • www.educationfund.org

Mission Statement

THE PURPOSE OF THE EDUCATION FUND IS TO RAISE FUNDS AND PROVIDE SERVICES TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PUBLIC EDUCATION IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE FUND OPERATES THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS TO ACHIEVE THIS PURPOSE IMPACT II $231,683 OCEAN BANK CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS 555,345 TEACHER MINI GRANTS 46,854 SPECIAL PROJECTS 22,2844 CITI POSTSECONDARY SUCCESS 326,656 TEACHER RETENTION/TEACH-A THON 74,762 COLLABORATIVE NUTRITION INITIATIVE 150,047 TOTAL 1,408,191

Main Programs

  1. Edible Garden Initiative (EGI), formerly Collaborative Nutrition Initiative (CNI)
  2. SmartPath to College
  3. Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials
  4. IMPACT II
  5. Teach-A-Thon
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The Education Fund serves all public schools, including public charter schools, in Miami-Dade County, Florida, the fourth-largest school district in the United States and one of the poorest with 75% of students on the federal free/reduced lunch program.

ruling year

1985

President

Self-reported

Ms. Linda Lecht

Keywords

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Education, Public Education, Innovation, Information, Investment

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Also Known As

Dir. of Communications & Grants

EIN

59-2468114

 Number

6406721034

Physical Address

6713 Main Street, Ste. 240

Miami Lakes, FL 33014

Contact

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

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Programs

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Program 1

Edible Garden Initiative (EGI), formerly Collaborative Nutrition Initiative (CNI)

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Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

Program 2

SmartPath to College

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Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

Program 3

Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Program 4

IMPACT II

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Program 5

Teach-A-Thon

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The Education Fund serves all public schools, including public charter schools, in Miami-Dade County, Florida, the fourth-largest school district in the United States and one of the poorest with 75% of students on the federal free/reduced lunch program.

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THE EDUCATION FUND INC FKA DADE PUBLIC EDUCATION FUND INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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THE EDUCATION FUND INC

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President

Ms. Linda Lecht

BIO

Linda Lecht, president for 28 years, has grown the organization from a staff of two with an annual budget of $80,000 to a staff of 12 and a current budget of $2+ million. A visionary leader, Ms. Lecht focuses on finding and funding solutions to the myriad challenges facing our local public school system and impacting our community. Ms. Lecht holds a bachelor of science from Duke University and a master's degree in public administration from the Wharton School of Business, Fels Center, at U-Penn. She continues to serve on various business and civic boards.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"The Education Fund's mission is to maximize every child's potential, ensure they graduate, and to provide each one with opportunities for success. For 31 years, we have acted on the belief that the health and prosperity of a community begins with the quality of its public schools. By preparing and inspiring public school leaders and teachers, we impact student achievement and parent participation. By maximizing student potential, particularly for children from financially disadvantaged homes, we raise the hopes and improve students' and families' futures.

We've increased the percent of students going to college or career/technical programs by 34%; we've improved children's eating habits by more than 50% and science scores by 73%. We've built 51 school edible gardens, including 11 Food Forests, giving more than 31,000 children food- based lessons, cafeteria meals with garden harvests, and more than 26,000 harvest bags for home. We help teachers share best practices. Thousands of business people better understand the teaching profession via our Teach-a-Thon. We create outlets and awards for creativity and team-building/critical thinking skill building.

We invest in schools so that teachers have the resources and skills required to teach, and administrators have tools to successfully lead schools. We inform. And, we bring innovations to bear upon our schools so that the latest research, related to helping our children succeed, is used, and used well."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Hector J Ponte

Wells Fargo

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