Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Seedling Foundation

  • Austin, TX
  • www.seedlingfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The Seedling Foundation provides children of prisoners with research-based programs proven to positively affect their life outcomes. The Seedling Foundation’s mission is to support children challenged by parental incarceration through innovative, research driven, school-based mentoring.

Main Programs

  1. Seedling's Promise
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Central Texas, including Travis, Hays, and Del Valle

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 2006

Self-reported

Mrs. Sari Waxler

Keywords

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school based mentoring, children of incarcerated parents,children of prisoners, at-risk children

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Also Known As

The Seedling Foundation

EIN

74-2841791

Physical Address

2800 South IH-35 Suite 170

Austin, 78704

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Urban, Community (S31)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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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Seedling Foundation improves public schools by providing highly trained and supported community mentors for students who have a parent in prison. In yearly independent program evaluations, Seedling's Promise mentoring program shows improvement in both academic and behavioral outcomes for these most "at-risk" students.  In the 2012-2013 school year, the goal is to create and foster 500 successful Mentor/Mentee matches and continue the 80% retention rate Seedling has achieved.

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

Seedling's Promise

School-based Mentoring Program for Children with Incarcerated Parents

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Population(s) Served

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Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Central Texas, including Travis, Hays, and Del Valle

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

Contributions;Grants

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Financials

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SEEDLING FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Aug 01-Jul 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Seedling Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Sari Waxler

BIO

Mrs. Waxler has been at the helm of the Seedling Foundation since 2006 when she accepted the offer to become the Foundation’s first Executive Director. Her first charge was the development of Seedling’s Promise, the Foundation’s new mentor program serving children of incarcerated parents. During that first year, the Foundation won a large federal grant to support the new program model. Since 2006, Seedling’s Promise has served close to 1,000 children, has had a presence in over 60 schools and in 4 school districts, and has developed partnerships with local and state government, businesses, organizations, and faith communities – all for the purpose of serving children. Mrs. Waxler has guided the Foundation through its growth and transition from the more regional Travis High School Education Foundation to the Seedling Foundation, whose College Admissions Mentoring Program, Campus Beautification projects, and Mentor Program touch the vast majority of AISD campuses.
Mrs. Waxler’s devotion to children, education, and our community’s public schools has spanned three and a half decades. Prior to joining the Seedling Foundation, she was employed by the Austin Independent School District and served that organization proudly as a teacher, school counselor, on the District’s Crisis Response Team, as the District’s High School Program Specialist in Guidance and Counseling, District Scholarship Coordinator, and Project Director of the highly successful $15 million GEAR UP grant (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).
Mrs. Waxler received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Texas (Cum Laude) and her Master’s Degree from Southwest Texas State University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

President Daniel J Rourke III

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Term: July 2012 - June 2015

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