Educational Institutions

Jacksonville Public Education Fund Inc.

  • Jacksonville, FL
  • www.jaxpef.org

Mission Statement

Inform and mobilize the community to advocate for universally high-quality public schools for all children in Duval County, Jacksonville, FL.

Main Programs

  1. Fiscal Agency
  2. ONE by ONE Engagement
  3. Quality Education For All
  4. Data and Policy Research
  5. Learning Center
  6. EDDY Awards
  7. Issue Advocacy
  8. Teacher Roundtable
  9. PowerUP Jax
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Jacksonville (Duval County)

ruling year

1988

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Trey Csar

Keywords

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education, reform, advocacy, research, data, engagement

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Also Known As

Jacksonville Public Education Fund

EIN

59-2756660

 Number

6509800621

Physical Address

40 East Adams Street Suite 110

Jacksonville, FL 32202

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

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

Self-reported by organization

Our community has seen significant change in its approach to public education, and optimism for our school system is strong with a unified plan for change. Graduation rates have increased, and through our programs, people from all over the city are working together to promote greater involvement by community, businesses, parent, faith, and civic leaders to collectively turn aspirations into reality.

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

Fiscal Agency

Jacksonville Public Education Fund is a 501 (c)3, not for profit organization that provides services as a fiscal agent to community groups, nonprofits, and schools in Duval County.

A fiscal agent is an organization that agrees to accept and be responsible for grant monies and other donations on behalf of a recipient. As such, we take responsibility for receiving and safeguarding the funds of our clients and providing other services that facilitate the disbursement of funds between donor and recipient. The Jacksonville Public Education Fund only acts as a fiscal agent for funds that align with the mission and vision of the organization.

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Program 2

ONE by ONE Engagement

ONE by ONE began in 2010 as a campaign to empower the public in Duval County to define their priorities for building an excellent public school system. In January 2013, community delegates agreed on four priorities for public education in Duval County: Educate the whole child, Employ great teachers and leaders, Institute policy and political reform, and Secure family and caregiver involvement.

The ongoing work of the program includes:

Quarterly convening of the a Delegate Network to deepen learning, dialogue and action.

An annual ONE by ONE Convention

An Annual Community Progress Report created by delegates to show measurable progress in public education around the four priorities and community commitments.

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Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

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Program 3

Quality Education For All

The Quality Education For All fund will invest $50 million in public schools over five years. JPEF will serve as the intermediary, providing grant management and technical assistance.

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Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

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Program 4

Data and Policy Research

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund produces regular policy briefs called inBRIEF.

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Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 5

Learning Center

One-stop source for information about public schools in Duval County. From seeing academic performance indicators for each individual school to comparing district performance to the state-wide average, you can find it all on our website in easy-to-use visualizations and charts.

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Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 6

EDDY Awards

This work seeks to recognize, elevate and empower Duval County's best public school teachers. The Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year is announced each year at the EDDY Awards, and offers unique programming to elevate the teaching profession throughout the year.

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Program 7

Issue Advocacy

Our advocacy efforts are the product of our combined efforts to research best policies and practices and listening to the community to learn what our schools need. Examples include Schools For the Future Academy, a new, innovative school for students who are two or more years overage for their grade. And through our new Advocacy Center, we aim to amplify the voice of the community, connecting you with decision-makers in our community.

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Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 8

Teacher Roundtable

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s Teacher Roundtable elevates the voices of Duval County’s best public school teachers while empowering them to help each other and educate the community about the importance of high-quality instruction in public education.

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Program 9

PowerUP Jax

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund runs a $500 competitive grant to fund innovative projects that raise student achievement. Lead sponsor Community First Cares Foundation believes in seeding innovation and rewarding creativity among public school teachers.

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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 Jacksonville Public Education Fund works to inform and mobilize the community to advocate for universally high quality public schools in Duval County, Florida.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategies for this work revolve around four key levers of change:

    1. VISIONARY LEADERSHIP: Support and build the capacity of key district and civic leaders to effectively lead education improvement efforts. Identify and equip emerging leaders with the knowledge and skills to become strong advocates for public education. Inform and mobilize the community to become active during elections.

    2. INFORMED & ENGAGED COMMUNITY MEMBERS: Create and distribute easy to understand and action-oriented data products. Create opportunities and tools for the community to discuss, debate and get involved in improving public schools. Make sure public education is at the top of the public agenda.

    3. ALIGNED ORGANIZATIONS: Assess organizational capacity and interest for structured collaboration related to education. Identify and effectively partner with community organizations to advance education priorities. Formalize structure for organizational collaboration around education improvement.

    4. STRATEGIC INVESTMENT: Serve as an effective intermediary for philanthropists interested investing significantly in public education. Identify and create opportunities for private investment of varied amounts in public schools and effective programs. Advocate for targeted public- sector investment in strategic school improvement efforts.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Jacksonville Public Education Fund has four main capacities. They are: Advocacy & Communications, Community Mobilization, Data & Research, and Grant-Making.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    VISIONARY LEADERSHIP: Annual public opinion poll measuring the percentage of people who agree with the following statements: School district is "on track." School district is improving year over year. School Board provides high-quality leadership for our public school system. Superintendent provides high-quality leadership for our public school system

    INFORMED & ENGAGED COMMUNITY: The number of community members signed up with JPEF to receive more information. Community members increase their engagement (as measured by JPEF's engagement ladder scoring system). Annual public opinion poll measuring the percentage of people who agree with the following statements: It is important to me to be involved in decisions made at the district level affecting education. The materials and information available to me on pending education issues are clear, complete and understandable.

    ALIGNED ORGANIZATIONS: Annual Inter-organizational Collaborative Capacity Index. Number of Collaborative Impact participants. Number of business and faith-based partners

    STRATEGIC INVESTMENT: JPEF is investing significantly in DCPS (as measured by the amount of money granted to DCPS or other school-related programs). Community members are investing in innovative school-level projects (as measured by the amount of money invested and the number of investors). Public dollars are leveraged in response to private investment (as measured by the amount of public funds to support or match private investment).
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    2009: The Jacksonville Public Education Fund was established. Community leaders invested in improving public education and identified the need for a high-capacity local education fund.
    2010: ERS study looked at resource use. One of the first initiatives of JPEF was the proposal and co-funding with DCPS of a year-long study by Education Resource Strategies of resource use in the district. The study saved the district millions and continues to be used.
    2011: In September 2011, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund launched its first major community mobilization initiative. The ONE in THREE art exhibit was seen by more than 75,000 viewers, and nearly 1,700 people participated in the ONE by ONE community conversations.
    2012: Setting the stage for new transformational leadership. The Jacksonville Public Education Fund served as a strong advocate in informing and engaging the community around the 2012 school board elections, and around the school board's search and selection of Superintendent Nikolai P. Vitti. JPEF wrote a white paper and solicited community feedback on the superintendent search, and built a coalition to conduct a voter education campaign around key issues in the school board election. That year, School Facts Jax was also launched. This was on our new website which made academic performance data easily accessible to the community. New tools on jaxpef.org made getting information and acting on it easier than ever.
    2013: The Quality Education for All Fund was announced. The Jacksonville Public Education Fund was named as the intermediary to help leverage this $50 million investment in human capital, a partnership between the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and DCPS to improve teaching and leadership in 36 historically low-performing schools and influence systemic change over the long term. The Annual public opinion poll was also released. Keeping a finger on the pulse of the community is crucial, so the first Annual Public Education Opinion Poll was conducted in fall 2013. The data - which showed growing support for the district initiatives and leadership - has been used by the media and in the annual ONE by ONE Community Progress Report. In addition, ONE by ONE priorities were fueled by unprecedented alignment.
    2014: Local best practices were spread nationally. The ONE by ONE approach has been adopted by communities including Newark and Baltimore. JPEF staff were invited to give presentations about local work nationally, including at Grantmakers for Education, SXSWedu, and Yale University Conferences. The ONE by ONE movement also evolved into a new, ongoing form of community mobilization, attracting 400 people to what has become the annual ONE by ONE Convention - more than twice the attendance in the first year and with greater diversity. The hundreds of ONE by ONE delegates who pledged to take action on the key priority areas continued to build their leadership and knowledge.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Jacksonville (Duval County)

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Funding Needs

JPEF is consistently raising funds to support its various activities, and expects to need to raise approximately $1 million per year to sustain its initiatives.

Affiliations + Memberships

Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF)

Chamber of Commerce

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

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Operations

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Jacksonville Public Education Fund Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Trey Csar

BIO

Trey Csar is the President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, the local education fund in Duval County, which works to find systemic solutions to long-term educational challenges such as improving low graduation rates, eliminating the achievement gap and increasing the public's investment and involvement in public schools.Before coming to JPEF, Trey worked as a youth organizer in San Francisco, working to involve students throughout California in advocating for better educational opportunities for their fellow students. He taught in an inner-city elementary school in Houston with Teach For America and served as an assistant principal at KIPP New Orleans West (NOW), a school set up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to work with low-income students who evacuated to Houston from the New Orleans area.Trey has a master's degree in education policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and bachelor's degrees from the University of Florida in Journalism and Business Administration.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"It's hard to believe that a few years ago, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund was just emerging from an idea to a reality. In those years, our organization has emerged from an innovative proposal to a high-performing, high-capacity organization that is seen as a model around the country for what a local education fund can do. And most importantly, our community has seen significant change in its approach to public education. A few years ago we were a city weary over the state of public education, and fragmented in our approach to improvement. Today, the optimism for our school system is strong and there is a unified and fast-moving plan for change. And we have seen positive indicators that it's working - the graduation rate has increased 18.2 percentage points since 2009, growing faster than other urban districts across the state. Yet, it is not time to set the cruise control. Instead, with a clearer sense of direction of the road ahead, keeping our foot on the accelerator is vital to keep the momentum going. The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is committed to keeping our eyes on the long-term horizon, accelerating the pace of transformation and creating the conditions for positive change. We are powered by a firm belief in the potential of every child, and by a faith in our community's potential to make sure that all children can receive a high-quality public education. Working together like an orchestra - all playing our part, using our talents where they are needed most - we can continue to keep public education a community priority. And when every child is prepared to succeed in Jacksonville, will be the vibrant city we know it can be."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rev. Torin Dailey

First Baptist Church of Oakland

Term: Jan 2015 - Dec 2016

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
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
Yes
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
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity