Educational Institutions

Winter Park High School Foundation Inc

  • Winter Park, FL
  • https://www.ocps.net/lc/east/hwp/school_info/Pages/TheFoundation.aspx

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help improve the quality of Winter Park High School's educational program.

Main Programs

  1. Circle of Distinction
  2. Friends of Winter Park High School
  3. Picnic in the Park
  4. Raise the Curtain campaign

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Service Areas

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Florida

The Foundation raises funds exclusively for theWinter Park High School and the Winter Park 9th Grade Center.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer

Self-reported

N/A N/A

Keywords

Self-reported

WP High School Foundation, High School Foundation, The Foundation for WPHS, WPHS Foundation, The Foundation

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EIN

59-3108692

 Number

7432729005

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

le Organization Support (Pin)

Alumni Associations (B84)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Foundation is an integral part of the success of the school. Its purpose is to maximize every student's educational experience, support an atmosphere that will attract the best and brightest teachers and staff, satisfy unmet resource needs through private contributions, and engage our community to invest in and protect our valuable asset. In recent years, the WPHS Foundation led campaigns to purchase new band equipment, classroom computers and new auditorium seating for the Ninth Grade Center. Each year, the Foundation raises fund for a "Teacher's Wish List" or classroom needs depending upon the needs of the school. During 2008 - 2009 school year, the Foundation raised and distributed $59,000 for classroom needs. This contribution will assist WPHS administration in retaining teaching staff during this critical budget year. Strictly a voluntary organization, the Foundation is comprised of parents, business leaders, teachers, administrators and WPHS advocates. The Foundation provides funding for the ""teacher wish list""—a detailed list of items that teachers need to educate and support students, but for which tax-payer funding is unavailable.

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

Circle of Distinction

The WPHF Circle of Distinction was established in 2006 by the WPHS Foundation to honor out-standing alumni who have earned significant distinctions and achievements. Inductees are recognized at a variety of high school events throughout the year; nominations are welcome ANYTIME. Nominations may be made by anyone and for any graduate from WPHS High School. The Nominating Committee willmake the final selections. All nominations submitted will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and remain on file with the WPHS Foundation for future consideration. Criteria for nominations: * Nominees may be living or deceased. * The nominees have realized distinctive achievements in their personal life or in their chosen field(s) that includes such areas as business, education, science, public service, community service, military, industry, arts.Nominees must have graduated from WPHS. Staff or educators must have served in Orange County Public Schools for a minimum of 10 years

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 2

Friends of Winter Park High School

Historically, Friends of Winter Park High School have assisted the school in maintaining the level of educational excellence at Winter Park High School through donations to the Winter Park High School Foundation. These funds supplement educational necessities not provided by the school system. In past years, contributions from Friends of WPHS have enabled the publishing of the Winter Park High School Profile, which is sent to colleges on behalf of all applying students. In addition, contributions provided the funds to purchase computers and software, television production equipment, educational films and funding for teacher continuing education seminars. This year, we will focus on providing classroom supplies, teacher training, and equipment to help maintain the school ""A"" rating. As a FRIEND OF WINTER PARK HIGH SCHOOL, we ask donors to give a tax-deductible donation of $30 or more. All funds raised go directly to the support of Winter Park High School and its' students and faculty. Donors of $250 or more are recognized at a Donor Appreciation Event in the spring.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 3

Picnic in the Park

WPHS Foundation sponsors annually hosts Picnic in the Park which is held in Central Park on Park Ave. in Winter Park. Each year the event is attended by dozens of WPHS Alumni many of whom live in the are and some who come from afar to visit with former classmates and friends.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 4

Raise the Curtain campaign

The WPHS Foundation is currently in the first year of a multi-year fundraising campaign for making sound and lighting renovations to the Ann Derflinger Auditorium at the main campus. Each year the auditorium hosts hundreds of assemblies, meetings, rehearsals, concerts, shows, competitions, and special ceremonies. With a seating capacity of over 1,100, it is one of the largest and most requested performance venues in Winter Park and Orange County Public Schools as a whole. It is truly a space that benefits and serves the entire community. Since the construction of the auditorium over 40 years ago, there have been very few resources for maintaining and updating the technical and cosmetic aspects of the space. Tough economic times and related budget-cutting have exacerbated the issues. As a result, a great deal of the lighting and audio equipment has become non-functional and even obsolete. Some seating and spatial elements have fallen into disrepair. While we as a school community have persevered with the philosophy that ""the show must go on,"" the time has come for us to consider seriously updating the facility to reflect the forward vision of the school in making the space more worthy of the caliber of events to which it plays host.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$500,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The Foundation raises funds exclusively for theWinter Park High School and the Winter Park 9th Grade Center.

Funding Needs

Volunteers with these five skills are most needed: 1) Bookkeeping and financial management 2) Marketing and promotions - updating our web page 3) Fund-raising - creating direct mail and email fund-raising campaigns 4) Not for profit administration background - updating this web page! 5)Leadership and relationship builders - WPHS Alumni preferred by not required.

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Winter Park High School Foundation Inc

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Principal Officer

N/A N/A

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" Winter Park High School, a large urban high school located in Central Florida, is undergoing a significant demographic and socio-economic changes. Due to the ever-changing political landscape in our state's educational system, Winter Park High School has experienced large numbers of transfer students as a result of our neighboring schools' poor performance on state mandated high stakes tests. Our free and reduced-price lunch numbers increased from 14.7% to 19.7%. This trend continues although data for our most recent school year is not yet available. To complicate matters, budget shortfalls continue to plague the school. As overall enrollment begins to decline, the states current financing mechanism which provides funding on a per student basis, is insufficient to cover the costs needed to comply with the states constitutionally-mandated minimum class size requirements. In addition, rising personnel costs, increased supplies and textbook needs, and overtaxed services have created a negatively impacting phenomenon on the student and teaching population. Also, an urban legend is that Winter Park High School students have personal resources to supplement the financial shortfalls. Recent demographic data from the Housing Urban and Development Commission reported that over 50% of the households in the Winter Park community are considered in the poverty range. Statistics, trends and changing student populations are all indicators that action must take place to address these important issues. Financial needs are not being met by the existing school budget. Outside funding sources must be explored and secured in order to impact the negative trends developing at our school. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Thomas Dance

Accenture

Term: Aug 2012 - Aug 2013

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