Educational Institutions

LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY FOUNDATION

  • Espanola, NM
  • www.lanlfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The Mission of the LANL Foundation is "to inspire excellence in education and learning in Northern New Mexico through innovative programming, collaboration and advocacy."

The LANL Foundation serves the seven county region of North-Central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Taos Counties.

Main Programs

  1. Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund (LAESF)
  2. Inquiry Science Education Consortium (ISEC)
  3. Early Childhood Initiative & First Born Home Visiting Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

New Mexico

The LANL Foundation serves the seven county region of North Central New Mexico, including Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Taos Counties.

ruling year

1998

Chief Executive Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Jenny Parks

Keywords

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STEM Education Programmatic Foundation

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EIN

74-2853972

 Number

3314483167

Physical Address

1112 Plaza Del Norte

Espanola, NM 87532

Also Known As

LANL Foundation

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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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The LANL Foundation has made a significant impact in the lives of students in Northern New Mexico since 1998. Since 1999, the LANL Foundation - through the Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund (LAESF) has awarded over $5.5 million in scholarship awards to over 1,000 students, of which over 92% of recipients have graduated with an 4-year college degree.

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

Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund (LAESF)

The Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund is a merit based private scholarship fund that provides meaningful scholarship opportunities to qualified students in the seven county region of North-central New Mexico. Funds raised for this program come from donations by Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, retirees, and contractors. The LANL operator, LANS LLC, contributes a matching donation of $250,000 annually. Awards to students are based upon academic merit, rigor, and test scores. Students are also evaluated for community service, extracurricular activites, demonstrated leadership abilities, and special circumstances. Financial need and ethnic and regional diversity are also integral components of the program.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$750,000

Program 2

Inquiry Science Education Consortium (ISEC)

The Inquiry Science Education Consortium is a collective of public schools in northern New Mexico that is organized by the LANL Foundation with the intention of improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for elementary students.

Inquiry-based science programs across the nation have proven highly successful for closing student achievement gaps, particularly because they integrate the teaching of literacy and mathematics.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 3

Early Childhood Initiative & First Born Home Visiting Program

With expanding knowledge of human growth and development in the earliest years of life, combined with results from longitudinal studies of child development programs, we now know that children’s success in preschool and beyond is built on the foundation of relationships, experiences, and skills they develop in their first three years of life. The LANL Foundation believes that investing in newborns at birth, when they begin learning, can change lives of individual children today and for years to come.

Home Visiting: An Important Strategy for Early Learning

There are few events that have the potential to bring a family as much joy as the birth of a baby. However, a new baby can also bring expected changes and challenges. Many first-time mothers find themselves feeling isolated or depressed, new fathers may not feel prepared to deal with the demands of parenthood, and a new baby can add financial strain and stress to a family. How the birth of a child affects the individual family depends their coping skills and access to tools and supportive resources.
The LANL Foundation is a champion of Home Visiting as an effective strategy that builds stronger children, families, and communities. Home Visiting programs and caring, culturally sensitive professionals work with parents in the comfort of their home to share information related to their child’s healthy development, to strengthen the parent-child relationship, and to promote the importance of early learning that helps boost school readiness and academic achievement.
Through free, voluntary home visits, expectant parents learn how to care for themselves and their unborn child by accessing prenatal care, feel supported and confident in parenting practices, have up-to-date knowledge about child health and development, and connect with additional resources in their community. Parents who are struggling or at-risk have a mentor to guide them in building resilience in themselves and their child, which prevents Adverse Childhood Experiences and creates the foundation for strong relationships throughout life.

Importance of Home Visiting

The positive impact of home visiting is made clear to program staff every day. When a young mother on the Navajo Nation invites the home visitor to visit her at her mother’s home the following week so she doesn’t miss an appointment, or an educated mother struggling with maternal depression says she would have never made it through without the support of the home visitor, we know that we are making a difference in these families lives.
Parents are a child’s first teachers. That relationship plays a vital role in promoting the healthy physical, emotional, and cognitive development of children during the critical first three years of life. Since 2006, the LANL Foundation has supported Home Visiting in New Mexico by assisting with the replication of First Born®, a program developed by Vicki Johnson in 1997 to meet the needs of New Mexican families, first serving Grant County.
The LANL Foundation is honored to have had the opportunity to First Born from a single program to 10 sites serving 17 counties throughout the state in a ten-year period. As a testament to its success and reach, First Born served over 7,000 families with 23,630 home visits in 2015 alone. Within the next year, Rand Corporation is expected to release findings of a multi-year study that will determine First Born to be “evidence-based” as a result of the program’s positive outcomes for first-time families and their children.

Looking Forward

Moving away from direct First Born program management, LANL Foundation is now working to build infrastructure and continuous quality improvement within First Born programs throughout the state. The Foundation is also broadening its focus beyond one Home Visiting program model to support collaboration among all effective programs in New Mexico.

New in 2016, the Foundation convened a Home Visiting Collaborative to form relationships among partners, share research and promising practices, discuss issues, and support quality and consistency of data collection and reporting in conjunction with the NM Children, Youth and Families Department database to strengthen home visiting throughout the state.


First Born Program History &
LANL Foundation's Role in Replication

During 2005–2006, the LANL Foundation conducted research and consulted with early childhood development experts to identify a program that effectively serves the birth-to-three population and their families. The Foundation selected the First Born® Program (FBP) of Grant County, New Mexico, as the most promising model to meet the needs of children and families in Northern New Mexico.

First established by Vicki Johnson in 1997, FBP is a unique home visiting program designed to meet the needs of New Mexican families. Services are free and offered to all women pregnant for the first time and first-time families within the program service areas.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The LANL Foundation seeks to be a leader in education awareness, achievement, and reform in New Mexico in areas of early childhood learning, inquiry-based science and STEM learning, and scholarship. The Foundation's two-year short-term goal is to thoroughly assess its existing programs and to scour the landscape for innovative new ways of achieving excellence in education. If new ways are found to enhance learning in Northern New Mexico, the Foundation board and staff will seek into integrate these ideas into a new strategic plan beginning in 2017.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    All three current LANLF programs are substantiated with longitudinal, third-party evaluation data and for the most part, a significant impact has been made against the Foundation's goals and strategic plan.

    In 2015, the LANL Foundation Board of Directors and CEO decided to spend two years (2015-2017) evaluating all aspects of the Foundation, including each of its three core programs for "impact" and overall effectiveness, while also scanning the landscape to see what other programs are in existence that may have more return on investment than our current programs. By 2017, the Foundation will create a new strategic plan, incorporating lessons learned and from the intensive two-year evaluation process.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The LANL Foundation is in an exceptional space to meet its goals following the extensive two-year research and evaluation process. The staff and board of the LANL Foundation are seasoned professionals representing a diverse cross-section of the community we serve. Aided by third-party independent evaluation and data, the Foundation is continually making program improvements in real-time, leading to responsive and quality education support.

    Each program staff member is highly trained, backed by years of vocational and educational experience. So much so, that the LANL Foundation feels confident in saying that it has experts in the field of education serving the constituents of Northern NM.

    Leadership is paramount and the LANLF has incredible board and CEO leadership. Backed with careful and strategic planning, the Foundation is primed to devise a new strategic plan in 2017 with new goals for the future - goals everyone affiliated with the LANL Foundation fully expect to accomplish.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Using 3rd party independent evaluation data, the LANL Foundation hopes to move the needle in education and learning in Northern New Mexico. The evaluation metrics vary from program to program, and for a more detailed understanding of the LANL Foundation's programs, we urge readers to visit our website at www.lanlfoundation.org.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since 1999, the LANL Foundation - through the Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund (LAESF) has awarded over $5.5 million in scholarship awards to over 1,000 students, of which over 92% of recipients have graduated with an 4-year college degree.
Service Areas

Self-reported

New Mexico

The LANL Foundation serves the seven county region of North Central New Mexico, including Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Taos Counties.

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LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Operations

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Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer

Jenny Parks

BIO

Since 2015, Jenny Parks has served as Chief Executive Officer of the LANL Foundation where she guides its mission and oversees programs that invest in learning and human potential in Northern New Mexico. In this capacity, she manages a $2 million operating budget, $72 million Educational Enrichment endowment and $4 million Scholarship endowment. Prior to leading the LANL Foundation, Jenny served as President and CEO of the New Mexico Community Foundation, supporting underserved communities, strengthening nonprofits and growing philanthropy throughout the state. Jenny also served as Project Manager and New Mexico, Arizona and Utah State Director for The Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization, and has experience as a real estate attorney and commercial real estate developer in Austin, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Texas, School of Law and lives in Santa Fe with her husband and son.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Nan Sauer

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Term: Feb 2016 - May 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?