Educational Institutions

The Foundation for Leon County Schools, Inc.

  • Tallahassee, FL
  • www.foundationforlcs.com

Mission Statement

THE FOUNDATION FOR LEON COUNTY SCHOOLS IS AN INDEPENDENT, NOT-FOR-PROFIT, COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION WHOSE PURPOSE IS TO HELP TEACHERS AND STUDENTS EXCEL IN PROGRAMS THAT GO BEYOND WHAT TAX DOLLARS CAN PROVIDE

Main Programs

  1. Teacher Mini-Grants
  2. School Wellness Programs
  3. Fiscal Agent for Support Organizations
  4. Professional Development and Teacher Retainment
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

We serve 46 public schools in Leon County.

ruling year

1989

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Sheila Costigan

Keywords

Self-reported

Education; community; teacher support; public school advocacy; wellness

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Also Known As

Foundation for Leon County Schools

EIN

59-2852594

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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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Accomplishments: Increased public school support by 30 percent. Grown our support organizations. Grown our membership base. Goals: Increase pubic awareness about the Foundation. Increase our donor base. Increase our programs. Increase Board of Directors participation. Increase our volunteer and advocacy base.

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

Through a competitive application process, we reward teachers for innovative instruction through our teacher mini-grant program. Since 1989, we've awarded nearly 2 million dollars in classroom resources and programs. We are unique in that we receive matching grant dollars from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation and the Department of Education (DOE) for this program.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$64,000.00

Program 2

School Wellness Programs

Because wellness programs are not funded by tax dollars, the Foundation for Leon County Schools holds an annual event at which they raise dollars to help schools find the resources they need to build healthier students and employees. With our premier partner, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, we host an annual community event, Stomping Out Type 2 Diabetes, at which we raise much needed awareness about the risks associated with Type 2 Diabetes and raise dollars to combat childhood obesity. These dollars are then awarded to schools. Additionally, at our annual event, the Florida State Medical School and Tallahassee Diabetes Center do free diabetes screenings and help distribute wellness information to the community.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 3

Fiscal Agent for Support Organizations

Because many volunteer organizations want to support educational programs and scholarships, the Foundation acts as a fiscal agent for 5 organizations. Through our valuable partnerships, we are able to give student scholarships, increase programs for gifted students, assist homeless students with shelter and resources, and encourage at-risk students to stay in school, graduate, and continue post-secondary educations.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

100,000

Program 4

Professional Development and Teacher Retainment

Because the school budget has been reduced considerably in the past 5 years, the Foundation assists the District in providing professional development and training for teachers and administrators in the following areas: Florida Standards and STEM/STEAM. We allocate dollars for trainers, resources, and teacher stipends that relate to these trainings.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$45,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

We serve 46 public schools in Leon County.

Funding Needs

We need more: investors in public education. volunteers for our events. community visability. We also need to continue to advocate our legislators for funding.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

United Way of the Big Bend

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Financials

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THE FOUNDATION FOR LEON COUNTY SCHOOLS 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.

The Foundation for Leon County Schools, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Sheila Costigan

BIO

Ms. Costigan was a Leon County School Teacher for 20 years before she was elected to the School Board. While serving for 6 years on the Board, she worked for Brandt Information Services as their marketing director.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Considering that Florida ranks last in per capita spending for education, the Foundation for Leon County Schools was established to ensure quality education remains available to our community youth. The good news: Leon County residents understand that without quality public schools, our economic development would suffer. That's why the voters of Leon County just extended the Half Penny Sales Tax Referendum to help fund much needed capital and technology improvements in our public schools. Additionally, the business community understands that our public schools graduate well educated students that become part of a vibrant workforce, and that's why so many business and community leaders support the Foundation. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dave Vincent

JRA Architects

Term: July 2013 - June 2014

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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