Educational Institutions

Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools, Inc.

  • Sanford, FL
  • www.foundationscps.org

Mission Statement

The Foundation enhances the quality of education in Seminole County Public Schools and ensures that today's students become tomorrow's successful, productive citizens. The Foundation focuses on three funding initiatives for the school district: 1) Programs that remove the barriers that keep kids from coming to school ready to learn 2) Provide resources in the classroom to enhance student performance and 3) Support our high performing school district by recognizing and rewarding our top performing educators and support staff. Since inception The Foundation has raised $30 Million to support our public school district.

Main Programs

  1. Grants for Great Ideas
  2. Take Stock in Children
  3. Arts Alive in Seminole!
  4. A Gift for Teaching - Seminole
  5. Families in Transition
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

All of Seminole County, Florida.

ruling year

1987

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Davia Moss

Keywords

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Foundation, Arts Alive, Golf "FORE" Education, Education, Seminole County Foundation

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EIN

59-2775956

 Number

5975803404

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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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Top accomplishments that contributed to our growth included hosting two marquis annual community fund raising events and increased contributed support with an annual giving program that includes employees, volunteers, individuals and businesses.TheGive One for the Kids employee giving campaign once again surpassed the $100,000.00 level. In addition, new donors were cultivated to include agency volunteers, individual donors and local businesses. The total raised through annual giving program is $250,000.The Foundation continued its two marquis fund raising events thatinvolve community leaders and reinforce support of Seminole County Public Schools. The 19thAnnual Arts Alive in Seminole Gala showcased our students' visual and performing arts achievement and raised approximately $97,000 to support arts education in the district. The 19thAnnual Golf ""FORE"" Education double-flight tournament has grown to be one of the largest and most successful tournaments in Seminole County which raised approximately $67,000 in unrestricted funds.Increased contributed support from individuals, agencies and businesses resulted in increased support to teachers and students of Seminole County Public Schools: Arts Alive Net proceeds, which exceeded $97,000.00, were distributed to every Seminole County Public school to enhance arts education. This support was critical in order to sustain some of the arts education components that aren't sustained through public funding. Increased support through the Annual Giving Program and the Golf ""FORE"" Education Tournament resulted in: 1. $203,000 in Grants for Great Ideas distributed to teachers, enhancing innovative learning in the classroom. 2. 84 at-risk students enrolled in the Take Stock in Children Scholar Program, which positions them to earn a 2-year scholarship upon successful completion their senior year. 3. $1,901,400 in school supplies distributed to schools last year through A Gift for Teaching - Seminole Store.4. Supported our A-rate, High Performing School District by hosting recognition events and training opportunities for employees such as Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration and Professional Development Conferences.

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

Grants for Great Ideas

What lessons and concepts do you remember most from your youth in school? Chances are, many of the learning experiences and resulting knowledge that you remember vividly from school are from the lessons which actively engaged you in uncovering that knowledge. Science class is a great laboratory for hands-on discovery and experimentation (you can probably smell the formaldehyde now), but experiential learning can and should take place in history class, and English, math, social studies, information technology and every classroom in the school. As with most schools across the nation, our school budget doesn't always cover the cost of ""special projects."" But our creative teachers still want to help their students go beyond reading, studying and memorizing, so they develop programs to stimulate these young minds and enable them to actually observe, question, get stuck, make discoveries and achieve. Since 1989, Seminole County teachers have been able to turn to the Grants For Great Ideas program to support their creative and innovative classroom ideas. With the generous support from the program's sponsors (which is matched by the State of Florida) nearly 2,300 grants totaling more than $1.42 million have been awarded. Grant awards of $500 or $1500 for a grade level or school-wide project provide teachers and administrators with resource materials and equipment to provide students with learning activities and knowledge they will enjoy for a lifetime.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$252,672.00

Program 2

Take Stock in Children

According to a study released in August of 2011 by Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce, people with a bachelor's degree make 84 percent more over their lifetime than high school graduates. More significantly, this report estimates that by 2018, 63 percent of American jobs will require some sort of post-secondary education. With proven results, Take Stock in Children offers our community a solution to help us build a savvy, skilled and productive labor force for the jobs of the very near future. Take Stock in Children's evidenced-based program is based on the understanding that at-risk students, while bright and curious, are very often lacking structure and encouragement at home. They become confused, misguided and unmotivated. Some get so discouraged by their environment, they fall victim to the dangerous cycles of substance abuse, violence and gang activity. The Take Stock in Children demonstrates that given extensive support, motivation and accountability, children will work hard to graduate from high school and attain a college degree. As a TSIC student, each child and his or her parent(s) or guardian enter into a contract which includes a 2 year college scholarship (with the opportunity to apply for an additional 2 years). Each student benefits from weekly visits with a caring volunteer mentor, life skills and career preparatory workshops and continued support through the first year of college.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Other Named Groups

Budget

$177,924.00

Program 3

Arts Alive in Seminole!

With shrinking budgets and greater demand for accountability through formalized testing concentrated on skills in reading, math and science, art in all of its forms has gradually lost funding and traction in many schools. And yet, years of research have revealed to us that arts education facilitates the advantages we want for our children to succeed in work and in life: academic achievement, social development, community engagement and equitable opportunity. In Seminole County, arts learning experiences are integral to a child's education. Drama, band, chorus, visual design, computer graphics and other creative expression teach students to ask that very important question ""what if"" and to develop their imagination and critical thinking abilities. Inquisitive thinkers not only thrive in the classroom, but employers tell us that creative problem-solvers are the type of people that get hired and excel in the workforce. Each year, Seminole County's most talented students bring their ""all"" to the stage at a dinner theater style performance known as Arts Alive in Seminole! This is the only formal gala sponsored by The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools and it is a jubilant evening filled with song, dance, music, wonder and well-deserved applause. More importantly, this event raises much needed funding to support dance, theatre, band, choral and the visual arts programs in our schools.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$168,000.00

Program 4

A Gift for Teaching - Seminole

A staggering number of students in Seminole County - 49% - qualify for the free/reduced meal program. In these young people's homes, their parents/guardians are struggling to put food on the table. Their budget simply cannot handle the expense of even the basic school supplies for daily classroom activities. Many come to school with the bare minimum tools, if anything at all. Ever shrinking school budgets cannot stretch to cover the cost of these items for the growing number of students who need them. Since the tools are essential to learning, the burden to provide them often falls to the teacher. Teachers spend an average of $1,000 of their own money on supplies for their students and classrooms each year. To alleviate this hardship, A Gift For Teaching - Seminole provides schools a creative, effective school supply resource in which teachers are invited to ""shop"" for free to equip their classrooms and their students. This program actively engages individuals and businesses in supply drives, surplus programs and funding activities to help ensure that each one of our community's students has the tools to learn and be successful in school. Our major funding event is our "Mardi Gras Morning Breakfast", held annually on Fat Tuesday. This event invites our community partners into the store to learn how the program creates better opportunities for our students, especially those most in need. Our annual goal is to raise unrestricted dollars for store management and operations. Since opening in March 2010, the Free Store has hosted more than 13,000 shopping visits and distributed $7,684,684 in supplies to our students, teachers and classrooms. With continued funding and the growth of community partnerships, A Gift For Teaching - Seminole will be able to not only supply the fundamentals, but to ensure that more classrooms have the tools that inspire students' imaginations and give teachers the encouragement to take their students on critical lessons in learning.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Homeless

Budget

$117,723.00

Program 5

Families in Transition

Families in Transition serves the educational needs of children in the Seminole County School System who are considered homeless. Families in Transition is serving those students who, by definition, "lack a fixed, regular and adequate residence; or have a primary nighttime residence that is temporary in nature; or is a place not designed or used ordinarily as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings." Currently approximately 2,000 students are deemed "Families in Transition".

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

250,000

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?
    1. Fund services that address the basic needs of 2,000 of our under served students to ensure they come to school ready to learn. (2,000 Families in Transition and 20,000 qualify for Free and Reduced Meals in a 64,500 student school district.) 2. Fund the margin of excellence by: a. Providing $1.8 Million in teaching/school supplies in the classrooms. b. Awarding $230,000 in classroom mini-grants and transformative educational grants in the district. c. Recognizing, rewarding and providing ongoing professional development opportunities to our educators and support staff. 3. Expand our individual donor base by 15% (the majority of our donors are currently businesses).
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    There are currently over 30 programs under The Foundation umbrella. The Foundation has developed an internal infrastructure and continues to adopt best practices in non-profit management -- thus helping us to sustain funding for all Foundation Programs. This year The Foundation is seeking to increase our funding to evolve and better align our initiatives with the highest needs of the school district.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Of the 5 full time staff, 4 have advanced degrees. Turnover continues to be minimal. We've grown a donor database to 12,000 constituents. We have a communications program to include 1,000 social media group members, 6,000 eNews subscribers and are in the process of developing a new website that is interactive. Although our fund raising events and annual campaign are well established, we plan to expand and evolve them to increase support while containing costs. The Foundation has an active board of 34 members, many of whom are executives or chief execs. by profession.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Foundation has developed key performance indicators at the agency level. Data is converted into dashboards where board and staff can track our revenue, expenses, and net assets against benchmark and compared to prior year. The Foundation is in the process of developing key performance indicators by program and reporting on those to the board monthly.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The school superintent, Dr. Walt Griffin, has shared a vision for a demand driven education model -- ePathways. The Foundation is seeking to align our funding for more ePathways initiatives. Funding will be larger and target more transformative projects with measurable outcomes.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

All of Seminole County, Florida.

Funding Needs

1. Currently there are over 20,000 students eligible for free and reduced meals. The Foundation helped 3,500 of the highest need students start the school year off on the right foot with backpacks and school supplies. $100,000 more is needed to meet the growing need. 2. $230,000 in grants was distributed to teachers, enhancing innovative learning in the classroom. $25,000 more is needed to award additional qualifying grant requests.3. Take Stock in Children is a solution to two of the most critical problems facing Florida - high school dropout rates and youth crime rates. The Foundation currently has 85 scholars active in the local program and is supporting over 250 graduates. Funding, 100% matched by The State of Florida, is needed to underwrite 2-year Florida Pre-paid Scholarships for graduates. 4. The Foundation manages scholarships for graduating Seminole County Public School students. Over $20,000 in scholarships was awarded last year. $90,000 more is needed to award additional scholarship applicants that meet scholarship criteria. 5. Programs such as Teacher of the Year and Business Partners Recognition Breakfast are Foundation-sponsored events. $35,000 more is needed to support these initiatives.

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THE FOUNDATION FOR SEMINOLE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Davia Moss

BIO

Davia is a dynamic leader known for her talent of leveraging organizational management, marketing and applied technologies to attain organizational objectives. Currently Moss serves as Executive Director for the Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools, raising funds and in-kind donations totaling $4.6 million. Prior to that, Moss served as Business Operations Manager for Seminole County Government - driving internal operational efficiencies, establishing a brand, and increasing awareness and participation with an audience of 400,000+ citizens. Moss also served as Business Development Manager for a Sungard company, the world's largest IT collocation and disaster-recovery operation. As Marketing Director of the Central Florida YMCA, she helped the organization become the fastest growing YMCA, which now serves over 90,000 members. From 2000 to 2006, Davia served as consultant and president of a marketing consulting firm, CRM2, working for clients such as Winter Haven Hospital, SunGard, and Seminole State College. Davia holds a BS in English from UCF, a Master of Public Administration from UCF, and an MBA from Florida Metropolitan University.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Seminole's public school district is well known as a major economic driver in the community. Businesses and families move here or choose to stay here, in part, due to the reputation of our high-performing public schools. Seminole County Public Schools has been designated by Florida Department of Education as an A-Rated district 16 years running. The Foundation partners with business and the community to fund the margin of excellence which helps sustain our school district's reputation. We also know that children can not learn at the same pace as their peers when their basic needs of food, clothing, and safety are not met. The Foundation funds programs that remove the barriers that keep our children from coming to school ready to learn."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Paul Cipparone

Cipparone & Cipparone, P.A.

Term: July 2015 - June 2016

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