Educational Institutions

Futures, Inc.

  • Daytona Beach, FL
  • http://futuresvolusia.org

Mission Statement

We engage business and civic leaders to promote and achieve educational excellence for Volusia County Public Schools.

Main Programs

  1. Teacher Mini-Grants
  2. Tomorrow's Leaders
  3. Take Stock in Children
  4. Recruitment & Retention Initiatives
  5. School District Education Foundation Matching Grants Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Volusia County School District in Florida

ruling year

2005

Executive Director since 2014

Self-reported

Ms. Cynthia Ramirez

Keywords

Self-reported

Education,Volusia,Foundation,FUTURES,scholarships,teachers,principals,grant funding

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Also Known As

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools

EIN

59-2560862

 Number

7568161947

Physical Address

3750 Olson Drive

Daytona Beach, 32124

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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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FUTURES' programming provides a wide array of mechanisms designed to engage our business community within our school district. This includes engagement of business leaders who provide financial resources to fund Teacher Mini-Grants or purchase Take Stock in Children scholarships as well as non-financial resources such as volunteering as mentors or providing time off for their employees to mentor or speak within classrooms on pertinent topics such as financial literacy.

The School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program facilitated by FUTURES requires annual documentation through qualitative and quantitative measurements/testing to document the advances students are achieving through the tutoring, literacy and STEM programs funded with these grants. Area businesses and individuals invest the private match dollars required within this dollar for dollar matching program.

Staff recognition programs celebrate the amazing staff and leaders within the district and provide celebratory events honoring them which otherwise would not be possible using tax dollars.

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

Teacher Mini-Grants

FUTURES provides the opportunity for Volusia County School District teachers to apply for up to two $1,000 grants for specific classroom projects. Grants are funded by corporate sponsors, individuals, charitable foundations and general operating revenues generated by FUTURES. Teachers submit their grant requests through www.FindItFundItFlorida.com/Volusia. Once the grant is deemed curriculum suitable it is then fully or partially funded and/or made available for community viewing for potential funding on the website typically in late September/early October.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

70,000

Program 2

Tomorrow's Leaders

TOMORROW'S LEADERS is a leadership training opportunity for high school juniors presented by FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools. Through a six-month program of highly structured activities, participants become familiar with current issues, community resources, and other factors influencing the direction of Volusia County's future. Participation in TOMORROW'S LEADERS prepares students for constructive leadership and responsible participation in the affairs of Volusia County.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

10,000

Program 3

Take Stock in Children

FUTURES' Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Program is a college tuition scholarship program for low income, at-risk students who are selected in the eighth grade through an application process. Once selected through a committee review process, TSIC students are paired with a mentor who meets with them for 30 minutes each week on school campus beginning in their ninth grade school year. FUTURES’ Take Stock in Children scholars must maintain a weighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 and maintain good citizenship (no drug, alcohol, crime or gang activity). Upon achieving these goals and graduating high school, they are awarded a Florida Prepaid college tuition scholarship.

You can assist this program by mentoring a high school student, purchasing scholarships so additional students may be added each year or through a financial investment to assist with the operational costs not covered by other funding sources. The cost of scholarships is dependent on Florida Prepaid tuition rates at the time of purchase. FUTURES participates in the Stanley Tate Project STARS (Scholarship Tuition For At-Risk Students) which provides a dollar for dollar matching grant for the purchase of scholarships. FUTURES is able to combine individual donations to purchase scholarships. FUTURES’ share of the scholarship cost in 2016 exceeds $8,500 each. Join us in changing TSIC students’ lives forever by investing today in their future!

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

200,000

Program 4

Recruitment & Retention Initiatives

FUTURES offers several programs within this category in an effort to assist the Volusia County School District recruit and retain top talent. Programs include a New Teacher Recruitment Reception held the night prior to an all day VCS Job Fair; New Teacher Pre-Service Breakfast and lunch; First Year Teacher Awards; Principal of the Year Awards; Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Awards; and Teacher of the Year banquet for more than 900 attendees.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

40,000

Program 5

School District Education Foundation Matching Grants Program

FUTURES has applied for SDEF state matching grant funding from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) which oversees this important legislatively funded program. The SDEF Program in essence doubles the private money raised by schools/departments to fund specific programs in the following categories:
• Tutoring Programs for Low Performing Students
• Literacy
• STEM Education

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

92,663

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    • To motivate and encourage creative, innovative educational programs
    • To help students prepare for the workforce of tomorrow
    • To encourage and grow business and civic involvement with the school system
    • To recognize outstanding achievement by students, teachers, and support staff
    • To raise the level of public understanding and support of our public school system
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Annual review of all programs to ensure effectiveness in meeting the above stated goals.
    Timely reporting of program outcomes to Board of Directors for evaluation of program/event.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Thirty-two member Board of Directors is very active in the facilitation and oversight of programs.
    Board of Directors chair the committee structure which oversees each program and is responsible for oversight/review/evaluation of each program.
    Financial oversight of actual results to budget at monthly Board of Directors meetings to ensure revenues and expenses are kept within check.
    Fundraising from events has been streamlined into 1-2 major events annually.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Solicitation of feedback from constituents involved in the programs, i.e. all Tomorrow's Leaders must complete a seminar evaluation after each session.
    Financial resources continue to grow which allows for expansion of various programs.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Teacher Mini-Grant Program was taken to an online web portal for the elimination of paper processing which tremendously reduced staff time spent copying and compiling grant requests for a selection committee to review. Teacher feedback on the ease of use for the portal has been extremely positive for www.FindItFundItFlorida.com/Volusia.

    Selection into the Tomorrow's Leaders Program continues to be highly coveted by high school juniors. The Take Stock in Children graduated 18 students and inducted 15 new students for the 16-17 school year. Additional students could be accepted if additional scholarship funding was available.

    FUTURES would like to expand its endowment program but has been unable to commit staff resources this past year.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Volusia County School District in Florida

Social Media

Funding Needs

1. Take Stock in Children scholarships 2. Teacher Mini-Grants 3. Student development programs (Tomorrow's Leaders and Turn Around Programs)

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

Videos

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Financials

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FUTURES INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Cynthia Ramirez

BIO

After a 25 year career in commercial banking, Mrs. Ramirez joined FUTURES as its Executive Director in May 2014. She previously served on FUTURES' Board of Directors for 12+ years and was Board President in 2005-06. As a Volusia County native and product of Volusia County Public Schools, her dedication and passion for supporting the Volusia County Public School District is evident in her service to and leadership at FUTURES.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John Guthrie

Halifax Health

Term: July 2016 - June 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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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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