Educational Institutions

EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY INC

  • Vero Beach, FL
  • www.edfoundationirc.org

Mission Statement

The Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to enhance our community's investment in our schools with the goal of achieving excellence for students and educators.

Main Programs

  1. The Sneaker Exchange
  2. The Great Ideas! Grants Program
  3. Backpack Program
  4. Indian River Regional Science & Engineering Fair Program
  5. Vision for Reading
  6. Teacher Recogntion and Development
  7. STEP into Kindergarten
  8. Algebra Counts 2
Service Areas

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Florida

Indian River County, Florida

ruling year

1992

Executive Director since 2005

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Mrs. Cynthia C. Falardeau

Program Manager since 2003

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Mrs. Mary S. Miner

Keywords

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Indian River County Florida Schools

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EIN

59-3118402

 Number

3983094645

Physical Address

2926 Piper Drive, Building #13

Vero Beach, 32960

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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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WHAT WE DO:
• Bring the community into our schools.
• Engage stakeholders in the process of supporting public education.
• Follow the Superintendent of Schools lead to identify and prioritize unmet funding needs.
• Involve local philanthropists in investing in our schools to build a more vibrant community.

HOW WE DO IT:
• Operate as a separate and independent 501c3 to gain funding sources not otherwise available to the school district.
• Function as both a funding source and as a service provider.
• Meet the basic and innovative needs of students and teachers.

WHY IT MAKES A DIFFENCE:
• We are not a special interest group – we listen to the community.
• We involve multiple funding groups to support district-wide grants.
• We increase community engagement and trust in our schools.
• We have the Superintendent's back to make learning the priority.

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

The Sneaker Exchange

The Sneaker Exchange Program provides students in need K-12 with a new pair of socks and sneakers to participate in all school activities.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

74,589.00

Program 2

The Great Ideas! Grants Program

The GIG Program funds innovative teaching concepts designed to increase literacy and academic achievement. Classroom and school grants are funded throughout the year. Grant amounts range from $500 to $35,000 to help fund a project that benefits several classrooms or an entire school.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

105,481.00

Program 3

Backpack Program

Provide students in need with backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

None

Budget

25000.00

Program 4

Indian River Regional Science & Engineering Fair Program

This regional program was created by the Education Foundation to serve a specific need in our education community. Prior to the establishment of the IRRSEF in 1992, there simply was no regional science program available to all students in Indian River County. It took the vision of the Education Foundation to make this program a reality. Over the last 24 years, the Foundation has continued to expand the IRRSEF program to include the following:
1. Technical and financial assistance for local school fairs
2. Teacher development and training programs in the area of science
3. Science enrichment outreach programs for students and parents
4. Recognition and awards for students for their scientific achievement
5. Student internships to encourage their interest in science
6. Scholarships for participation in state and international competitions
7. Scholarships for college

This comprehensive program is the driver of science curriculum in public and private schools in Indian River County. It is the one academic program that combines all educational disciplines together. The program offers every student in Indian River County an opportunity to advance their skills and receive recognition and college scholarships.

The 2016 regional fair awarded over 1 million in college scholarships and academic awards to children in grades Pre-K through 12th.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

63686.00

Program 5

Vision for Reading

Vision for Reading” addresses a critical problem in our schools. Experts estimate that vision problems are prevalent in 25% of all school children in the United States. Most of us assume schools are addressing the vision problems of children by performing vision screenings. However, traditional screening methods fail to identify 60-90% of vision problems in young children. Research has shown that, of children in the 7 to 15 years old age group, only 10% of the children who needed glasses actually had them. The National Parent Teacher Association estimates that more that 10 million children in this country suffer from vision problems that may contribute to poor academic performance.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

8,718.00

Program 6

Teacher Recogntion and Development

This program provides professional development to teachers and administrators to increase student academic proficiencies.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

7,973.00

Program 7

STEP into Kindergarten

The Education Foundation, in partnership with the School District of Indian River County (SDIRC), seeks to increase Kindergarten readiness rates for 4 and 5 year old children by offering a comprehensive instructional program for 29 days. This proposal seeks to replicate the 2016 STEP Into Kindergarten Summer Program (Ready, Set, Grow!) in order to reduce the summer slide. The priority will be given to low socioeconomic, homeless, migrant, and/or low scoring students in order to promote a positive transition into Kindergarten. Presently, the School District’s Title I Part A Program plans to fund eleven classrooms for a two week period in June. This program provides funding for three additional classrooms in June and funding for eleven classrooms to continue the STEP Into Kindergarten Summer Program for a four week period into July, in order to offer a comprehensive six week program for students (165 students out of 210 students who participate in the June program would be able to participate in July)

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

218,000.00

Program 8

Algebra Counts 2

“Algebra Counts 2” increases children’s mathematical proficiencies that lead to increased graduation rates. Preparing children for post-secondary success is our mission. It is an investment that provides them a pathway towards achieving excellence that builds a more vibrant community.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

96,805.00

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 Education Foundation of Indian River County operates both as a funding source and as a service provider for the school community.

    We work with the school system to develop, evaluate and secure funding for new, innovative projects, generated both by the system itself and by community organizations.

    In addition, we seek to support the students' opportunities to achieve school success and to develop the skills needed to meet the challenges of higher education and the pursuit of vocational interests.

  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Education Foundation of Indian River County (EF-IRC) meets quarterly with the Superintendent of Schools and the school district's leadership team to identify unmet funding gaps. A prioritized list is created. The EF-IRC then seeks to obtain foundations and philanthropists in the process of supporting public education.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Founded in 1991 by Mrs. Marion Block, Miss Alma Lee Loy and Mr. Dan Richardson, the Education Foundation of Indian River County, Inc. is a charitable, non-profit organization that is dedicated to working through funding initiatives designed to enrich educational opportunities for children enrolled in public, private, parochial and home schools throughout Indian River County.

    Over the past 25 years the Education Foundation has diligently worked to build many programs. All of these programs have been carefully designed to answer a wide variety of needs in our community: the county science fair, school supplies, sneakers for children, teacher grants to fund “thinking out-of-the-box" curriculum and teacher recognition. These efforts have established the Education Foundation as the premier resource for pairing stakeholders with local educators in Indian River County. This valuable relationship allows us to continue to work on the front lines in our educational system, providing important resources and programs to ensure that children are not left behind on their academic journey.

    Our efforts bring the lifelong gift of education. You know that through the years we have given students and teachers the basic supports of school supplies, sneakers, and glasses to build a foundation for learning.

    Most recently we are working collaboratively on larger projects to give children the opportunity to develop a love for science, engineering, mathematics, technology and exploration. We also have invested heavily in expanded services at the Pre-Kindergarten level to advance school readiness, and technology expansion at all levels. In addition, we have supported the career academies at Sebastian and Vero Beach High schools.

    We know our work has a lasting impact on community through the additional opportunities it brings to our students' futures.

    This Education Foundation is unique in that it is the only one of ten in the state of Florida that does not fall under the umbrella of the local public school system. This structure allows us the ability to channel resources directly into the classroom, eliminating the bureaucracy that comes with traditional funding sources.

    The Education Foundation's entire financial resources are dedicated to funding unmet needs in the local school system. The Foundation exists to serve the School District of Indian River County.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Executive Committee reviews the annual independent audit and reviews the following check-list:

    1. Are goals and objectives being achieved or not?

    2. Have the goals been achieved? If not, then why?

    3. Have deadlines for major projects been completed?

    4. Do personnel have adequate resources (money, equipment, facilities, training, etc.) to achieve the goals?

    5. Are the organizational goals and objectives still realistic?

    6. Should the organizational priorities be changed to put more focus on achieving the goals?

    7. Should the goals be changed (be careful about making these changes -- know why efforts are not achieving the goals before changing the goals)?

    8. What can be learned from our monitoring and evaluation in order to improve future planning activities and also to improve future monitoring and evaluation efforts?

    Member of the Executive Committee and the Executive Director meet with the Superintendent of Schools to review program and project services to the School District of Indian River County. The list of prioritized needs is then re-reviewed. This allows for new goals and action plans to be developed. It also allows the Education Foundation to determine where funding and program services need to be increased and/or decreased to meet the needs of our students.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Accomplishments and Current Focus:

    We are making an impact on public education in the following ways:

    • Graduation rates – by increasing the pass rate of Algebra I end of course exams.

    • Kindergarten readiness rates – by extending the school year for struggling 4 year olds.

    • Technology investments – by providing students with “real world" learning applications.

    • Student learning support systems – by fulfilling the basic needs of children to keep them on a path of learning – backpacks filled with school supplies, sneakers, and eyeglasses.

    • Collaboration – by working with other non-profits to advance the community literacy goal – Moonshot Moment.

    • Community Involvement – by engaging local stakeholders and organizations to avoid duplication of efforts.

    Major Goals:
    • Expand the impact and mission of the Education Foundation to increase services and programing.
    • Develop a clear “Big Vision" for the Organization through strategic planning that detail what we want to become.
    • Create a fundraising effort that will align our efforts to be as important and vital as the Vero Beach Museum of Art, the Human Society, IRM Hospital Foundation.
    • Reorganize the structure of the Board to strengthen and diversify the membership. This includes recruiting representatives from a variety of professions and communities. “Hands on" members will be enlisted to help with programming.
    • Enlist and re-engage past board members who have significant capacity to lead and invest in the vision. We need their leadership to reach out to established and potential funders. We also require their “hands-on" involvement to become energized about the impact of our efforts.
    • Establish a culture of philanthropy that will allow the Education Foundation to secure major gifts and planned gifts. This will require a change in the beliefs of board members. We need them to witness and experience how their giving translates into changing lives. This will enable them to assist with the stewardship process of engaging donors.
Service Areas

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Florida

Indian River County, Florida

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THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY INC

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mrs. Cynthia C. Falardeau

Program Manager

Mrs. Mary S. Miner

BIO

Cynthia Falardeau currently serves as the Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Indian River County. She has served in this role for the past 11 years.

Prior to her career with the Education Foundation, she worked for Jacobson's and Burdines department stores as a retail executive. As an active volunteer in the community, she became interested in shifting her career towards the non-profit world while serving as President of the Junior League of Indian River County.

A self described, “Children's Advocate," she serves on various local and state-wide boards. She is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Indian River.

In her free time she enjoys writing about being the parent of an amazing kid (Wyatt) who has special needs. Her husband, Jim, is her biggest cheerleader. Thanks Jim's encouragement Cynthia's articles have been published locally, nationally and internationally on CNN.
Cynthia also enjoys competing in triathlons and is an Ironman.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Educated Children are the Foundation of our Community. You are so important to the work we do.

The Education Foundation of Indian River County exists to fulfill unmet funding gaps, operating both
as a funding source and as a service provider for the school community. Together with our donors,
we seek to support the students' opportunities to achieve school success and to develop the skills
needed to meet the challenges of higher education and the pursuit of vocational interests.

Our efforts are rewarded when we see our students succeed and give back to our community.
We invite YOU to invest in the students and the success of your community. TOGETHER, we will increase the following measurable outcomes:

• Graduation rates – by increasing the pass rate of Algebra 1 end of course exams.
• Kindergarten readiness rates – by extending the school year for struggling 4 year olds.
• Technology investments – by providing students with “real world" learning applications.
• Student learning support systems – by fulfilling the basic needs of children to keep them on a path of learning – backpacks filled with school supplies, sneakers, and eyeglasses.
• Collaboration – by working with other non-profits to advance the community literacy goal – Moonshot Moment.
• Community Involvement – by engaging local stakeholders and organizations to avoid duplication of efforts.

We are honored by your belief in what we do and pledge our dedication to utilizing every dollar to make Educated Children the Foundation of our Community. Thank you for making a difference in the life of a child.

With gratitude,
Gail Kinney
President


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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Cathy Filusch

Retired Educator

Term: July 2016 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?