Educational Institutions

Jim Burke Education Foundation

  • Bakersfield, CA
  • www.burkeauto.com/community.html

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Foundation to provide opportunities for students to excel by enhancing educational development and improving learning opportunities through financial resources and support efforts for scholarships, grants, seed money for programs, advocacy, and matching funds.

Main Programs

  1. Dream Builders
  2. Teachers of the Year and Rising Star
  3. Mini Grants
  4. College Scholarship
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

The Foundation provides resources to enhance educational development and improve learning opportunities for local students. This is achieved through the recognition of excellence in education at our annual Teachers of the Year and Rising Star Awards Night. Mini Grants of $500 are given to local organizations committed to making a difference for youth and over $11,400 is awarded in college scholarships. Our successful student leadership program, Dream Builders promotes civic responsibility, youth mentoring, and career building skills through the yearly creation of significant community service projects.

ruling year

1996

President since 2014

Self-reported

Mrs. Renee Massey

Keywords

Self-reported

student leadership, scholarship, teacher recognition, nonprofit, education

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EIN

77-0387337

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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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Through community awards of Mini Grants, excellence in teacher recognition, and college scholarships the Jim Burke Education Foundation is improving and expanding opportunities for youth of our community. For the past 11 years our Dream Builder program has worked with achieving high school seniors to promote civic responsibility, career skills, student mentoring and the concept of “service over the self.”
A recent thank you note from Marbella Avalos, Golden Valley High School graduate and UCLA Freshman, expresses the impact that our leadership program has upon the 22 Dream Builders and 10 Ford Dimension students selected to participate each year:
“I would like to thank you for all of the wonderful opportunities you have blessed me with. I really appreciate the educational programs and what Ford does for the community. I have grown stronger as a person through this program. For me it has almost been as if a dream came true. You have recognized my accomplishments and my abilities, making me extremely thankful that you saw potential in me. The memories I have made with the Ford family will always be with me where I go. Thank you so much for this experience."

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

Dream Builders

Dream Builders is a leadership program, created by the Jim Burke Education Foundation, for high achieving high school seniors that focuses on civic responsibility, life skills and leadership development. Each Dream Builder's class is comprised of four teams each made up of eight student leaders. The development of the Dream Builders leadership skills begins as soon as they are accepted into the program. Mini projects that are “done in a day” are assigned so that the students can bond as a team and begin to identify each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Regular meetings are held twice a month so that the Dream Builders can become acquainted with community leaders who talk to them about the needs of the Bakersfield community, how some of them have been addressed and what still needs to be done. They also learn how to run effective meetings, set agendas, communicate effectively, and develop a framework and timeline for a project. Most importantly speakers such as Msgr. Craig Harrison, Tom Corson, Ruth Klein, and Chris Hunsicker, a life coach from the Ford Motor Company, emphasize the importance of civic responsibility, character, ethics and gratitude.
Within the first four months of the program the Dream Builders are divided into four separate teams and assigned a corporate sponsor and several community advisors. At this point they are asked to identify a community need that they would like to focus on and brainstorm possible service projects that would address the problem.
In December each team presents their project concept to a panel of judges for approval. The project must have a vision statement that identifies the need it will address, goals and objectives, and an action plan. Additionally, each team member must have a specific responsibility. A financial plan, material and supply needs are also required. Once approved, the actual projects begin in January and must be completed by the end of March.
During this time the student leaders meet on a weekly basis with their corporate sponsors and advisors to create their service projects. They are also required to collaborate with a nonprofit organization or agency to help in the project development. Teamwork becomes essential at this point along with time management, communication skills, and leadership development. Hundreds of hours go into these projects and team members quickly learn the importance of the word “commitment” and what it takes to juggle volunteering along with school activities, academics, sports, faith, and family commitments.
A community “Celebration of Excellence & Awards Night” is held in April featuring Keynote presentations by each team on their completed projects. A panel of judges evaluates and scores their performance. The Dream Builder teams compete for monetary awards (totaling $2,500)that they donate to a community organization or charity of their choosing.

Category

Service Learning

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

None

Budget

8500.00

Program 2

Teachers of the Year and Rising Star

Each year the Jim Burke Education Foundation recognizes teachers from Bakersfield high schools and junior highs. Each teacher is recognized and then one high school and junior high teacher is chosen as the teacher of the year. They are awarded a waterford crystal bowl as well as money to spend on their education or classroom and money donated to their school or department.
The Rising Star Award recognizes a junior high and high school teacher with less than seven years in the education field and awards them a Waterford crystal bowl and money to their school.

Category

Teacher & Faculty

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$3,583.00

Program 3

Mini Grants

Each year, nonprofits are encouraged to apply for the Jim Burke Education Foundation mini grants. Three or more organizations are awarded grants from $200-$500 to help with programs that they are trying to implement.

Category

Volunteer Programs

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

1500.00

Program 4

College Scholarship

Each year the foundation has area high school seniors apply for scholarships for college. They can receive either a $2000 renewable scholarship or a one time $1000 scholarship.

Category

Adolescents Only (13-19 years)

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

11400.00

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 primary goal of the Jim Burke Education Foundation is to continue to develop future community leaders as well as support adolescent education in Kern County. The development and implementation of the projects by the Dream Builders help develop more socially aware, community conscious students who understand that they have the ability to facilitate change in their community through teamwork and cooperation. Their motto is “service over self”. They are student leaders today, community leaders tomorrow. In order to continue to grow our program and assist youth, another goal of the foundation is to establish a $1 million endowment fund to support additional educational scholarships.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Jim Burke Education Foundation will continue to develop, mentor and support youth leaders through the Dream Builders program and student scholarships we award every year. We will also continue to honor and award monies through our Teachers of the Year & Rising Star Award Night, and Community Mini Grants.

    Through our yearly fundraiser and newsletter, we will continue to raise funds in hopes of reaching our $1 million endowment. It is also a strategy to continue to work with community minded companies to help increase the funds we award students.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Jim Burke Education Foundation has strong ties to the community and has far reaching alumni that help support our programs and will give us the capability to reach our endowment goal. We have a strong partnership with Jim Burke Ford and long term corporate sponsorship with great community companies such as Aera Energy LLC., Bank of the Sierra, Bright House Networks, and Dignity Health Mercy and Memorial Hospitals. We have been fortunate that many of our alumni have come back to make Bakersfield their home and continue to support and help us grow through their contributions and volunteer efforts.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our major indicator for progress is if we can make our million dollar endowment goal in the next five years. Our current assets are $686,576 and we believe that through our alumni and fundraising efforts, we will achieve this goal.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since the foundation's inception in 1994 we have increased the Foundation's financial support for student scholarships, Mini Grants and community educational programs such as the Superintendent's First in Class Award. Every year students and advisors review and critique our Dream Builders student leadership program. Through their observations we have learned how to help and better serve the youth we mentor. We constantly strive to modify our program format to improve communication and career skills for students. For example, an increase in community advisors at meetings and clear refined goals for students on how to develop their community projects has been implemented. The challenge of this program is taking already busy high school seniors and teaching them the importance of committing to a goal and seeing it through. We have seen over 350 students in the past 11 years grow and complete amazing community projects. Many have come back to us during and after their college years and told us how much the program gave them confidence and helped them in pursuing jobs and grants.

    Fiscally, we raise about $55,000 a year in contributions, fundraisers, and investment income. We intend to reach our endowment goal in the next five years through the continuation of our Ghost Party and corporate contributions.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

The Foundation provides resources to enhance educational development and improve learning opportunities for local students. This is achieved through the recognition of excellence in education at our annual Teachers of the Year and Rising Star Awards Night. Mini Grants of $500 are given to local organizations committed to making a difference for youth and over $11,400 is awarded in college scholarships. Our successful student leadership program, Dream Builders promotes civic responsibility, youth mentoring, and career building skills through the yearly creation of significant community service projects.

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Jim Burke Education Foundaion
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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Jim Burke Education Foundation

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President

Mrs. Renee Massey

BIO

Renee Massey is the Human Resources Director at Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center. Renee is a Ford Dimension alumni from East Bakersfield High School and brings a wealth of knowledge from the business sector.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"I believe the success of this foundation has everything to do with the character of the man who inspired its creation.
Jim Burke's vision and generosity set a bench mark for others to emulate. In 1994 as a tribute to Mr. Burke the Ford Dimension
alumni established the Jim Burke Education Foundation along with a $10,000 donation. The purpose of the foundation is to continue the spirit of Mr. Burke's generosity by contributing to the educational support of others in our community."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Renee Massey

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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