Educational Institutions

Foundation for Orange County Public Schools Inc

  • Orlando, FL
  • www.foundationforocps.org

Mission Statement

The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools serves the 10th largest public school system in the nation and supports almost 200,000 students and 14,000 educators across the county. The Foundation aligns its focus with the plans of the Orange County School District and the School Board, and is committed to increasing literacy and collaborating with the school district to meet education needs and accelerate student achievement. Founded in 1987 by business and community leaders, the Foundation supports Orange County Public Schools by connecting schools with the community and providing financial, programmatic and other resources for learning enhancement. Today, the Foundation is the professional steward of responsibly collecting, managing and distributing donor funds to benefit students throughout the Orange County public school system. The Foundation strives to achieve four primary goals: Literacy First: Improve student literacy through reading at critical points along the educational pathway as identified by professional educators. Quality Teaching: Increase opportunities for teachers and administrators to participate in high quality professional development. Learning Support: Increase resources and rewards for teachers who develop innovative and enriching approaches to helping students learn. Engagement: Increase business and community participation. In addition to supporting programming guided by these four goals, the Foundation also supports district-wide initiatives focused on ensuring all children are ready to learn, accelerating academic achievement, and improving graduation rates.

Main Programs

  1. Read2Succeed
  2. Teacher Grants
  3. Teach-In
  4. Middle School Morning Book Clubs
  5. School and District Funds
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The Foundation supports almost 200,000 students and 14,000 teachers in 186 schools throughout Orange County. The Orange County public school system is the 10th largest in the nation and the 4th largest in Florida.

ruling year

1987

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Mrs. Cynthia Williams

Keywords

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Foundation for OCPS, OCPS Foundation, OCPS, Orange County Public Schools, Read to Succeed, Read2Succeed, Teacher Grants, Orange County Schools

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EIN

59-2788435

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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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LITERACY FIRSTRead2Succeed ProgramRead2Succeed provided individualized reading instruction to 336 first and 526 second grade students at 55 elementary schools.1st graders: 395 students - 52% - increased average vocabulary scores by 57 points as measured by comparing pre- and post-vocabulary test scores.2nd graders: 320 students - 60% - increased scores for correct words per minute by an average of 32 words as measured by comparing pre- and post-program passage scores for oral reading fluency.Middle School Book Club ProgramEleven county schools operated 13 Middle School Book Clubs reaching a total of 132 reluctant readers.76 students - 72 % - improved reading Lexile scores, with 37 of these students making gains above the expected average growth.123 students showed an increased interested in reading. LEARNING SUPPORTTeacher Grant ProgramTeacher grants awarded more than $194,000 in classroom grants for STEM, civics, fine arts, classroom libraries, technology, and professional development to 181 teachers for equipment and materials that directly impact classroom learning. QUALITY TEACHINGSTEM Teachers Professional Development38 teachers from 27 middle schools participated in three all-day chemistry trainings held at Jackson Middle School in Orlando. Trainings provided teachers with Flinn chemistry kits and student-led activities (labs and design challenges) to use in the classroom, taught them how to deconstruct standards and gave teachers a better understanding of how to use them, and encouraged collaboration and sharing among peers. A lesson on safety precaution for chemistry labs was also included as part of these workshops. ENGAGEMENTTeach-In164 schools participated, welcoming more than 3,500 volunteers who gave more than 7,500 volunteer hours. School & District FundsThe Foundation managed 35 school and 19 district funds to help schools build their capacity and district programs to serve unmet needs. These funds raised $759,819 during the 2015 fiscal year.

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

Read2Succeed

Read2Succeed engages hundreds of volunteers each year to provide reading fluency and vocabulary assistance to at-risk first and second graders. Volunteers and reading assistants meet with low performing students for between 30-45 minutes per week from October to May in order to deliver reading curriculum. Research shows first and second grades are critical years - when reading becomes fundamental to the future development of higher level thinking skills and understanding of advanced concepts. It's also a significant social and emotional period in a child's life, when positive encouragement and confidence-building are essential. Read2Succeed addresses both of these elements, with a focus on building up our children's confidence and ability. Last school year, Read2Succeed assisted 573 students with over 100 volunteers and reading assistants at 49 schools. In the current 2013-2012 school year, Read2Succeed has served 840 students with 136 volunteers and reading assistants at 44 schools. Demand for this program is high and additional volunteers are being trained in order to serve students currently on the wait-list for the program.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

USA

Budget

114,585

Program 2

Teacher Grants

The Foundation's Teacher Grant Program awards nearly $175,000 annually to teachers for innovative projects, equipment and supplies in key areas such as math, science, energy education, civics, arts education, classroom libraries and health. During the 2013-2014 school year, 265 teachers received grants that impacted more than 30,000 students in 90 schools. Funders for the 2013-2014 school year included Progress Energy, State Farm, The Bond Foundation, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, PNC, the Kent Foundation, proceeds from Orange County's Top Talent, and Orange County's Council of Mayors, and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

$175,000.00

Program 3

Teach-In

Thousands of people go back into the classroom on a day in November - not to be taught but to teach. In conjunction with American Education Week, the Foundation coordinates Teach-In every year, bringing business leaders and citizens into schools to talk to students about academics, careers and the future. It's a day to inspire, open up a world of possibilities and get our young people to think about life after school. And, it's a testament to the value, importance and role we all play in helping our children succeed. In the 2013-2014 school year, 4,000 volunteers delivered 6,700 presentations to students in 176 Orange County schools.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 4

Middle School Morning Book Clubs

Research shows that as students enter middle school years, their interest, competence and motivation in reading declines. The goal of Middle School Book Clubs (MSBC) is to strengthen students' literacy skills while simultaneously encouraging reading for enjoyment. Middle school years are perhaps the toughest for students as they go through major social, emotional and physical changes. Students also face tremendous pressures to perform academically. The MSBC program is designed to increase student reading achievement in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment during these critical years. The program launched in the spring 2012 at three county middle schools. In the current 2013-2014 school year, the program is serving approximately 240 students with 16 bookclubs at 12 county middle schools.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Budget

$45,000.00

Program 5

School and District Funds

The Foundation provides district and school support by matching teacher and school needs with investors who want to make a sustainable difference. The Foundation also manages funds for district programs and individual schools. During the 2012-2013 school year, it managed approximately $1,400,000 for 55 district and school funds.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Homeless

Budget

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 Foundation for Orange County Public Schools works to support the success of the teachers and students in the district's public schools. The Foundation's 2012-2015 Strategic Plan focuses on four goals: Literacies First: Improve literacies of students through reading at critical points along the educational pathway as identified by professional educators.Quality Teaching: Increase opportunities for teachers and administrators to participate in high quality professional development and certification programs.Learning Support: Increase resources and rewards for teachers who develop innovative and enriching approaches to helping students learn.Engagement: Increase family and community participation with the schools. The Foundation for OCPS is working closely with the district to support the district's Philanthropic Strategic Plan for 2012 - 2015. This is a non-traditional fundraising campaign designed to build sustainability for a number of initiatives that can elevate Orange County Public Schools into one of the nation's leading urban school districts. The Philanthropic Strategic Plan focuses on the following 3 Initiatives: Ensuring All Children Are Ready to Learn;Improving Academic Achievement; and,Ensuring Graduation for our students. The Philanthropic Strategic Plan seek to secure funding support to allow the district to raise an additional $26,000,000 annually to support 8 major program expansions to meet the 3 above-listed Initiatives. The Philanthropic Strategic Plan's programmatic goals include:Expansion of full-day prekindergarten. Hiring of licensed nurses at all district schools.Implementation of literacy tutoring for our lowest performing students.Expansion of current literacy improvement programs.Expansion of Science, Technology, Math and Engineering instructional programs and teacher training.Offering low-cost computers and internet service to low-income student families.Expanding City Year - Americorps volunteer academic support programs to additional Orange County schools.Opening 8 suspensions centers throughout the district that will provide suspended students with a safe haven while serving their suspensions.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Orange County School District has recently hired an experienced Director of Funds Development to deepen and broaden the district's current pool of individual, private, public and corporate donors. This director is working closely with the Foundation's executive director, Cindy Williams, to raise increased funds which will allow the complete funding of the 8 initiatives outlined above. A three year Philanthropic Strategic Plan containing funding proposals and program descriptions for each of the 8 program initiatives has been assembled. Foundation and school district staff actively working together to move these initiatives forward with full funding.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    With almost 200,000 students and 186 schools, OCPS is the 10th largest school district in the nation and the fourth largest in Florida. The district has made tremendous academic strides over the past 12 years. In 2000, only 27 percent of the district's traditional schools earned an A or B grade under Florida's school grading system. In 2012, 77 percent of the district's traditional schools earned a grade of A or B, notwithstanding markedly higher FCAT cut score requirements for these grades. The number of students enrolled in high rigor Advanced Placement (AP) courses has tripled over the past decade, and enrollment in challenging honors courses has become the norm rather than the exception. Most significantly, the graduation rate from the district's traditional high schools rose from 49 percent to 91 percent over the past 12 years. OCPS students have access to a wide range of academic programs, including: * International Baccalaureate (IB) magnet programs at 10 middle and high schools; * Twenty-six magnet programs in fields as diverse as theater and performing arts, international studies, law and finance, science and technology, engineering, veterinary science, foreign language, criminal justice, medical technology, and foreign language; * A full complement of AP and honors courses at each middle and high school; * A total of 262 career and technical education programs, many of which begin in middle school; * Online and virtual education courses in 32 different disciplines. The Foundation for OCPS maintains impactful partnerships with many local organizations including: Orlando Magic Youth Foundation; Orlando Sentinel Family Foundation; Lockheed Martin; Duke Energy; Enterprise Holdings; PNC Foundation; State Farm; Walt Disney World; Publix; and Universal Orlando.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Literacy Initiative Read2Succeed - This program measures the number of 1st and 2nd grade students achieving significant learning gains on standardized reading assessments after receiving weekly literacy tutoring for 8 months. We expect that 75% of participating 1st and 2nd graders will improve vocabulary skills and reading fluency as measured by standardized test results. Middle School Morning Book Clubs - This program measures the percentage of participating students testing at grade level on reading standardized assessments. We expect that 75% of participants will score a passing grade on the state mandated achievement tests in reading at the end of the school year. STEM Instructional Program Expansion Bridge to STEM - This program measures improvement in student attitudes towards STEM education and career fields through pre- and post-tests and surveys. We expect at least 70% of participating students will show both improved attitudes and learning about STEM education after regular program participation. Engineering is Elementary - This program measures the percentage increase in knowledge of engineering vocabulary, materials, their properties and uses in the design process. The Foundation expects that 70% of program participants will show growth in each of these areas.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Over the past 3 years, the Read2Succeed program has grown dramatically from serving 175 2nd graders in 2011-2012 to serving over 800 1st and 2nd graders in 2013-2014. Approximately 700 students remain on wait-list for the program due to lack of funds to hire additional reading assistants. We are currently raising funds to enable the program to serve all registered students. The Foundation also plans to expand Read2Succeed to kindergarten students to deliver 3 sequential years of individualized reading support to low-performing young students in order to help them reach target reading by 3rd grade. The Morning Middle School Book Clubs program was piloted in 4 schools during the spring of 2012. In 2013-2014, the program is operating 16 clubs at 12 schools. The program is terrifically popular with students and teachers who both claim that it inspires a love of reading in reluctant students, many of whom had never read a book from cover to cover prior to joining the club. The Foundation seeks to expand this program to all of Orange County's 35 middle schools. The Licensed Nurses in Every School initiative aims to staff each of Orange County's 184 schools with a licensed nurse. The goal has only been partially met because the district currently lacks sufficient funds to complete all desired health staff upgrades and is actively pursuing fundraising activities for this purpose. - 46 elementary schools & 17 middle & high schools are staffed by registered nurses (RN's) or licensed practicing nurses (LPN's). - 36 middle & high schools need to be upgraded from LPN's and health assistants to RN's. - 77 elementary schools need to upgraded from SHA's to LPN's. Funds are actively being sought to implement the following two program initiatives within Orange County: The district seeks to open 8 suspension centers to provide suspended and truant students with a safe haven instead of being left unsupervised. Presently, only two faith-based centers provide safe-haven locations for suspended students. The Full Day Prekindergarten initiative seeks to expand full-day prekindergarten classes in 12 high-risk schools which only offer half-day programs. Expanding this program will increase opportunity for four-year-old children to attend a full-day, full-year PreK program with teachers offering early learning environments.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The Foundation supports almost 200,000 students and 14,000 teachers in 186 schools throughout Orange County. The Orange County public school system is the 10th largest in the nation and the 4th largest in Florida.

Funding Needs

At a time when public funding for education has lagged behind the rapidly changing educational landscape and the demands on educators to achieve more with less are increasing, Orange County Public Schools work hard to provide every student with a high quality education - preparing them for college, careers and positively engage with the community. The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools (FOCPS) works hand-in-hand with Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) to enable successful education - providing schools with support, teachers with tools, and students with care - not only to decrease the achievement gap, but to work towards erasing it. Here are just a few of the Foundation focus areas of improvement we are partnering with schools and area non-profits to: Increase third grade reading proficiency, as studies have shown a direct link to graduation rates.Support high performing educators enabling students greater opportunity to excel. Highly effective teachers increase student achievement.Share best practices among schools, educate parents, and give families tools to impact academic performance will help students at all levels, from kindergarten into post-secondary education.Promote parent involvement - because of the economic downturn, the number of homeless families has grown, causing a high district mobility rate.Increase graduation rate - state and national workforce projections predict that over 60% of Florida jobs will require some form of postsecondary education or training by the year 2020, yet currently, only 38% of working-age Floridians hold an associate's degree or higher.

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

Rollins College Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center

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FOUNDATION OF ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Foundation for Orange County Public Schools Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Cynthia Williams

BIO

Cindy Williams joined the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools as the executive director in November 2010. She came from the Diocese of Orlando, where she served as the director of institutional advancement for the Office of Catholic Schools. There she worked with 37 schools throughout seven counties to market the schools for enrollment, resources and image. Her professional background includes work with for-profit and non-profit companies. Most recently, she spent 10 years with Orlando Sentinel overseeing the company's philanthropic programs. This included working with the McCormick Foundation and managing the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, raising funds and distributing grants to local non-profit organizations that help meet the needs of children, families and the elderly. Before joining the Sentinel, Williams spent eight years working in educational, health care and social service environments. She returned to her alma mater as a development director, raising funds for the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. Before that she created the development department at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and navigated the organization through its first capital campaign. Williams began her career in the non-profit sector working for Hospice of Volusia/Flagler in marketing and development roles. Williams served as a Read2Succeed mentor for four years and served on the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County Board of Directors for five years. She earned her bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of Central Florida. She is married with two children.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools is committed to partnering with and supporting the school district in ways that will move the needle on student achievement. Public schools serve a unique place in our community, and the Foundation works hard to help connect our community with classrooms. Public education faces many challenges and organizations such as the Foundation are poised to make a difference in the lives of kids and teachers, and enrich the work of our public schools by engaging the community in that work.We have much to do. The struggle to create and maintain high-quality schools is in a constant state of flux and tension. But the benefits are clear. Only public schools look out to the community and open their doors to all who wish to enter. Public schools look to children and families, no matter their background, skill level, family income, or special needs, and say, ""come."" Public schools meet children—all children—where they are, with the goal of making them better people. And as our public schools teach those kids and awaken their talents, they offer them, and their families, hope."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Ormend Yeilding

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed

Term: June 2015 - July 2016

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