Educational Institutions

PALO ALTO PARTNERS IN EDUCATION

  • Palo Alto, CA
  • www.papie.org

Mission Statement

PiE raises money to help all Palo Alto Unified School District students reach their fullest intellectual, social, and creative potential.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Support of PAUSD Schools
  3. Teacher and Staff Innovation Grants
Service Areas

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California

Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) is the nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation wholly focused on fundraising to enhance educational excellence for every student in the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). Partnering with parents, school staff, and community members, PiE works to help preserve PAUSD's outstanding schools and programs.

ruling year

1988

Executive Director since 2015

Self-reported

Linda Lyon

Keywords

Self-reported

Funding Palo Alto K-12 Public Education Support and Enrichment

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Also Known As

PiE

EIN

77-0186364

 Number

3897492550

Physical Address

25 Churchill Av

Palo Alto, 94306

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (B11)

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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Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) provides funding to the Palo Alto Unified School (PAUSD) district annually to enhance the District's support and enrichment programs available to every PAUSD student. All students are affected by the available of classroom aides, reading and math specialists, instructional assistants, experiential sciene programs, art programs, a variety of elective in middle and high school including science, arts, language and music support, and guidance as well as college and career counseling. All of these programs are paid for in part or in full by generous annual donations to PiE.

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

- Direct Appeal Campaign

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Support of PAUSD Schools

PiE districbutes funds raised from parents, community members and businesses to all eighteen Palo Alto Unified School sites on a per-student basis annually. Schools use PiE donations to enhance support and enrichment programs like aides, hands-on science, art and music, electives, and counseling.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

$5,500,000.00

Program 3

Teacher and Staff Innovation Grants

This program, in existence with our predecessor organization since 1988, grants funds to Palo Alto Unified teachers and staff members for innovative programs that affect students at all schools.

Category

Population(s) Served

None

Budget

$150,000.00

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of Instructional Aide hours provided.

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Support of PAUSD Schools
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
PiE funds instructional aide time in every elementary school in PAUSD.

2. Percentage of Elementary Art program funded.

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Support of PAUSD Schools
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
PiE funds 100% of the Spectra Art program in every PAUSD elementary school.

3. Number of electives available at Middle Schools.

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Support of PAUSD Schools
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Thanks to PiE's support, the three middle schools in PAUSD are able to offer additional electives including Biotechnology, Broadcast Journalism, Industrial Technology, Marine Biology and Music.

4. Number of additional counseling hours provided at Middle Schools.

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Support of PAUSD Schools
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
PiE funds additional counselors in the three PAUSD middle schools.

5. Number of additional support staff available to High School students including teacher advisors, counselors and mentors.

Target Population
Adolescents (13-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Support of PAUSD Schools
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
PiE supports the mental health and wellness programs at both of PAUSD's high schools.

6. Number of additional electives available at High Schools.

Target Population
Adolescents (13-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Support of PAUSD Schools
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Because of PiE's funding, both high schools in PAUSD are able to offer additional electives including Biotechnology, Computer Science, Engineering, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Music.

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?
    PiE's goal is to successfully raise funds to help enhance Palo Alto Unified school experiences for all students, and to unite the community behind the importance of accessible, outstanding public education for all PAUSD students. Our mission statement, which guides our work, is: PiE raises money to help all PAUSD students reach their fullest intellectual, social, and creative potential.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    PiE's activities are shaped by the following organizational values, adopted by its Board of Directors and affirmed in 2014:

    - Education Matters - We believe that a prosperous society has its roots in a strong, well-funded public school system.
    - Funding Matters – We believe consistently well-funded schools are able to prepare our graduates to meet the challenges and opportunities of our world.
    - Partnership – We join forces with parents, the school district, PTAs, boosters, principals, teachers, students, businesses and the extended community to make PAUSD schools the best they can be.
    - Equity and Excellence – We are dedicated to the founding ideals of equality as we strive to provide the best educational experience possible.
    - Academic and Personal Growth – We support schools in their efforts to nourish our children's intellect, self-expression, social skills and engagement with the larger world.
    - Broad Support – We welcome all donations, large and small, and recognize that broad community involvement sends a powerful message of caring about the growth and future of all children in our public schools.
    - Volunteer Diversity – Volunteers from all backgrounds strengthen PiE and our schools.
    - Integrity – Fundraising efforts are conducted with honesty and adherence to the highest degree of ethical standards.
    - Efficiency – A foundation run primarily by dedicated volunteers like ours maximizes the contribution to schools and minimizes overhead.
    - Innovation – We are committed to innovation in addressing our District's funding needs, and to facilitating the Districts's innovation in teaching.

    Within this value framework, PiE works to raise funds to support all students within the Palo Alto Unified School District. We ask parents, community members, and businesses to contribute to PiE to enhance PAUSD's educational excellence, and we report on our impact and efforts in a transparent and trustworthy way to our community. We embrace diversity, and rely on the outstanding talents of our dedicated volunteers to help communicate our message to our community.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Partners in Education relies on a dedicated group of amazing volunteers to achieve our goals. Starting with our Board, which varies between 24 and 30 members, we recruit these talented folks from all across the Palo Alto Unified School District community. In addition to our Board, each of whom serves for a two-year term with the possibility of one additional term's service, our organization recruits chairs for every school site to help communicate our message to parents. In 2015-16 we have more than 70 dedicated volunteers working at the 18 school sites in PAUSD. Our efforts are also enhanced by the wise counsel of our 25-member Advisory Council, who are drawn from a wide range of schools and local businesses to provide PiE with additional insight and wisdom.

    Finally, PiE employs a full-time Executive Director and 1-3 additional part-time staff to ensure that its operations are run professionally and competently.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    PiE measures its impact in several ways.

    First, PiE requested and was granted a separate account number within the Palo Alto Unified budgeting system for all PiE-related activities. PiE regularly receives reports of school spending assigned to this account, and can measure and monitor how funds are being used at every school site based on this data (within the constraints of the accounting system used by the district office).

    Second, PiE meets twice annually with the principals of each of its 18 schools to discuss spending and impact. Using this method, PiE is able to quantify how its funds augment the operations at each school site, enabling classroom aide hours, reading and math specialists, science and technology programs, art programs, additional electives in areas ranging from Marine Biology to ceramics plus elective support for music and languages, and more than one-third of the available counseling time at the district for middle and high school students, lowering the student-to-counselor ratio from nearly 400 to 1 to approximately 250 to 1, and providing additional resources for College and Career Counseling for all high school students.

    Finally, PiE measures its impact by the magnitude of it support and the success of its fundraising. Starting from raising just over $1 million annually, PiE is now raising more than $6 million from some 4,500 donors every year. This considerable increase is an indicator, we believe, of our community's dedication to public education and its trust in PiE as a vehicle to help enhance this important community value.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In the past five years, PiE has:
    - Gone from raising $2.8 million to $6 million annually
    - Increased donors from just over 3,000 to over 4,500
    - Increased schools volunteers from 32 to 75
    - Increased Board size from 20 to 30
    - Improved its annual audit process and adopted the full slate of required policies and procedures for a nonprofit of our size, including Conflict of Interest, Whistleblower, Gift Acceptance, Document Retention, and others
    - Improved its relationship with the Palo Alto Unified School District to allow for better transparency and communication of impact for all donors
    - Successfully transitioned to a new Executive Director

    What we hope to continue to improve is participation rates by parents at all levels. We are also working to become more inclusive and more diverse as our community demographics change, to raise additional funds as needed to pay for valued programs, to improve our stewardship efforts and donor satisfaction, and to ensure that our infrastructure can adequately support and enhance our community efforts with outstanding staff, expert database management, and other resources as needed.

    PiE's vision is this: PiE is committed to educational excellence for every student in the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). We work in partnership with parents and the community to raise funds to provide an educational experience beyond what is possible with public dollars.

    Every day to work to achieve this vision in every way possible.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) is the nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation wholly focused on fundraising to enhance educational excellence for every student in the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). Partnering with parents, school staff, and community members, PiE works to help preserve PAUSD's outstanding schools and programs.

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Financials

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PALO ALTO PARTNERS IN EDUCATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

PALO ALTO PARTNERS IN EDUCATION

Leadership

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Executive Director

Linda Lyon

BIO

Linda Lyon has an extensive background in nonprofit fundraising and management. Before joining the team at PiE, Linda lead the South Bay Division of California for the March of Dimes, expanding their fundraising and surpassing revenue targets. When Linda opened the Palo Alto office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, she worked with technology companies to develop new applications to better locate and protect children and to reduce the risk of exploitation online. She successfully forged partnerships with many companies including Palantir, Google, Facebook, Twitter, MeetMe, Tagged, Stanford University's School of Engineering and LinkedIn.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Colleen Gormley

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

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?