Educational Institutions

Thompson R2-J Education Foundation

  • Loveland, CO
  • www.thompsontef.org

Mission Statement

EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES FOR STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS IN THOMPSON SCHOOL DISTRICT

Main Programs

  1. Help Kids Succeed school supply drive
  2. Field Trip Transportation
  3. Adapted Physical Education
  4. Homeless Assistance
Service Areas

Self-reported

Colorado

Thompson School District serves students in the communities of Loveland, Berthoud, and south Fort Collins, Colorado

ruling year

1991

Executive Director since 2012

Self-reported

Ms. Kim Akeley-Charron

Keywords

Self-reported

Education, K-12, child development, Thompson School District,

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Also Known As

Thompson Education Foundation

EIN

84-1158256

 Number

0741467108

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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 goal of Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) is to support and cultivate educational opportunities for the students and staff of Thompson School District. With over 35 restricted cash funds for programs and 10 endowments directed to this goal, TEF fills critical gaps in funding for our school district, its students and its staff.

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

Help Kids Succeed school supply drive

Provides supply filled backpacks for low-income students to have the tools they need to be successful in the classroom

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

23,000

Program 2

Field Trip Transportation

Provide the funds to pay the curriculum-based field trip transportation costs for each 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade student in the district.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

15,000

Program 3

Adapted Physical Education

Provide funds for real-world experiences (ex. skiing, fishing, bowling) for K-12 students with adaptive physical education needs due to physical, mental or behavioral impairment.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

10,000

Program 4

Homeless Assistance

Provide funds for the school district's homeless student liaison to more quickly address needs associated with ensuring homeless students can be in school each day. (ex. glasses, gas cards, grocery cards, shoes/clothes)

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

12,000

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?
    Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) will continue to supports its mission to cultivate educational opportunities for the students and staff of Thompson School District. In this role, the foundation remains responsive to district identified needs and, in many cases, acts as a liaison between the community and the district.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    In addition to the restricted cash funds and endowments held at Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) for specific programs, the TEF board of directors has a priority to increase the unrestricted fund to better sustain the foundation and respond to topical and emerging needs within the school district as necessary. The foundation went through a rebranding process and messaging campaign in 2013 that continues through today. The positive results of that campaign continue to be felt in community contacts, increased donations in all areas and the creation of new program funds. Currently, the board of directors is undertaking a strategic planning process to be completed by December 2015. The eventual impact of the strategic plan is to provide a road map for the organization to follow for the next three years, informing the future as we move forward.

    TEF works with First National Bank and its wealth management department on its investment holdings.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) board of directors are individuals who are connected to the Loveland/Berthoud/Fort Collins community served by the Thompson School District. Director identities include educators, members of the finance and banking fields, two lawyers, local business leaders, and ex officio members that represent the school district administration. Many of the directors currently have school-aged children and others have children who have graduated from the district. The executive director has over 16 years of nonprofit experience and deep ties to public education in addition to serving as a board director for 3 years prior to the executive director appointment. The office assistant has worked part-time for the foundation since February 2003.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) has a goal to raise unrestricted dollars in an amount sufficient to sustain the organization, separate from the restricted cash funds and endowments, for two years.

    When complete, the strategic planning process will allow for further elaboration of this answer. Until this year, progress was measured by the strength of each individual restricted account fund. While important, this measurement doesn't provide a full picture of the organization's impact and success.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The current executive director was hired as the foundation's first full-time employee in July 2012. From the 2012-2013 fiscal year to the 2014-2015 fiscal year, funding revenue has increased by 74%. This increase strengthens the foundation and allows us to take next steps like strategic planning, adding resources for students and achieving the goal of a two-year sustainable budget. When complete the strategic planning process will highlight program gaps and illustrate areas of new accomplishment.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Colorado

Thompson School District serves students in the communities of Loveland, Berthoud, and south Fort Collins, Colorado

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Financials

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Thompson R2-J Education Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Thompson R2-J Education Foundation

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Kim Akeley-Charron

BIO

Kim Akeley-Charron grew up in northern Maine and received her BA in Art History from the University of Maine at Orono before moving to Colorado in 1992. Named the Executive Director of Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) in July 2012, she is committed to continuing the foundation's support of the Thompson School District as well as to its own financial and organizational growth. Previous to TEF, she spent nine years as the Events & Marketing Coordinator for the City of Loveland's Cultural Service Department, managing a performing artist series, an outdoor concert series and other special events.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Darren Gunn

Kibbey Fishburn Funeral HOme

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2012

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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?