Educational Institutions

Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts Foundation Inc.

  • Natchitoches, LA
  • www.lsmsa.edu/foundation

Mission Statement

The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Foundation develops and manages resources to enhance the work of LSMSA.

Main Programs

  1. Richard G. Brown Fund for Faculty Advancement
  2. Annual Fund
  3. EXCEL
  4. Student Enrichment Fund
  5. Praecellemus Fund
Service Areas

Self-reported

Louisiana

The LSMSA Foundation supports the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, which serves students from the entire state of Louisiana.

ruling year

1984

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Katja Thomakos

Keywords

Self-reported

education, louisiana, public, gifted, math, science, arts, theater, performing arts, humanities, faculty

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Also Known As

LSMSA Foundation

EIN

72-1006260

 Number

2752223172

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Single Organization Support (B11)

Performing Arts Schools (A6E)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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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

Richard G. Brown Fund for Faculty Advancement

The Dr. Richard G. Brown Fund for Faculty Advancement provides grants to faculty members for professional development. The Brown Fund helps LSMSA develop and retain its university-quality faculty.

Category

General/Unspecified

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

Program 2

Annual Fund

Not available

Category

General/Unspecified

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

None

Budget

Program 3

EXCEL

The EXCEL Fund supports intensive tutoring and counseling for students who are at statistical risk for not graduating from LSMSA because they come from underperforming hometown schools. EXCEL students graduate at a higher rate than the general LSMSA population and have exiting ACT scores that are indistinguishable from the rest of the class.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

None

Budget

Program 4

Student Enrichment Fund

The Student Enrichment Fund is dedicated to enhancing the LSMSA Living/Learning environment by expanding educational opportunities for all students, such as providing travel support for academic competitions and field trips; funding mental health and well-being initiatives; and assisting students with financial need, such as room-and-board assistance and funding of last resort for small but critical expenses.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

None

Budget

Program 5

Praecellemus Fund

The Praecellemus Fund is designed to bring scholars, artists, and researchers to the LSMSA campus for presentations and short-term residencies. The primary goal is to spark in students a better understanding of their talents and training in the context of contemporary issues and thought.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our Goals:

    Intensify academic excellence at LSMSA by supporting educational and intellectual endeavors that go above and beyond a typical classroom experience;

    Support faculty and staff in their professional development and personal research, so that LSMSA teachers continue to be scholars and artists in their own right;

    Improve and expand LSMSA residential and instructional buildings, so that the LSMSA community inhabits a living-learning environment that is both safe and stimulating.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The LSMSA Foundation has recently focused on growth of infrastructure to best enable our organization to support LSMSA. This has included increasing full-time staff from one to two, as well as the purchase of the Blackbaud CRM database “eTapestry.”
    In order to best serve LSMSA, the Foundation strives to increase donations by a minimum of 7% each fiscal year. This is accomplished through a variety of fundraising activities and events, including an annual phonathon, fall appeal letter, reunion weekend, an alumni challenge competition, alumni networking events throughout the country, and other fundraising events that may arise.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Foundation is managed by a staff of two, full-time employees, and is supported through a strong network of volunteer board members. Board members serve on a minimum of one committee per year, including Development, PR, Endowed Funds, Technology, Legal, Executive, Finance, and Nominating.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Success is measured both by qualitative and quantitative aspects. Increased donations allow the Foundation to provide more support to LSMSA each year. The Foundation strives to increase donations by a minimum of 7% each fiscal year. The programs, projects, and equipment purchased for the school results in a sense of community, and improve the living/learning environment for LSMSA’s students, staff, and faculty.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Foundation saw a 7% increase in donations between the 2010 – 2011 fiscal year and the 2011 – 2012 fiscal year, as well as an 11% increase in donations between the 2011 – 2012 and 2012-2013 fiscal years.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Louisiana

The LSMSA Foundation supports the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, which serves students from the entire state of Louisiana.

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LOUISIANA SCHOOL FOR MATH SCIENCE AND THE ARTS FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Katja Thomakos

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

William C New

LSMSA Foundation

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