Educational Institutions

Vista Education Foundation

  • Vista, CA
  • www.vistaedfoundation.com

Mission Statement

The Vista Education Foundation (VEF) was established to serve as an alternative funding source to generate and distribute human and financial resources to the Vista Unified School District (VUSD) for programs, activites and projects that will support the arts, music, technology and scholarships.
The VEF will achieve its mission by directing resources toward the following goals: encourage all students to work at their highest potential and become contributing and responsible citizens in society; recognize teachers for innovative efforts and exemplary teaching; provide funding for activities and projects which support academic excellence; build public awareness and confidence in our schools and involve the community in assuring a quality education for the leaders and workers of tomorrow.
The VEF is a 501(3)(c) non-profit tax-exempt philanthropic organization of citizens; sharing a vision of enhancing education in the VUSD; works to increase private support for educational activities in the VUSD; benefits VUSD students and staff personnel by supporting activities not funded by tax dollars; fosters creative approaches to education through private grants and involement and awards foundation funds through a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business, community and educational leaders.

Main Programs

  1. Arts Program
  2. Technology
  3. Scholarship Program

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Service Areas

Self-reported

California

VEF services the students located in the geographic area of Vista Ca. These students may reside out side the city limits but are educated locally. We fund three areas. 1. Technology. 2. The Arts. 3. Scholarships.

ruling year

2004

President

Self-reported

Mr. Bradley D Peterson

Vice President

Self-reported

Mr. Garry G Garretson

Keywords

Self-reported

education, the arts, technology, scholarships

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Also Known As

VEF

EIN

84-1647372

 Number

0744797073

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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

Self-reported by organization

The VEF impact is felt in the community in many way, below is a list of a few.
1. Our Laptops for learning is helping non English speakers in our program increasing testing scores.
2. Our scholarship program continues to provide funds for higher level educational costs after high school graduation.
3. Our art's programs continues to help students perform at a higher level by providing resources that the district currently does not fund.
4. We are currently funding testing fee's to place students in higher education that may not be able to fully fund these placement tests.
5. Our technology program is opening new doors for school age children - a STEM robotics class serving at-risk kids, a grant to fund replacement video equipment, a digital cellular microscope.
6. Our "Guitars in the Classroom" provided guitars and lesson plans for 20 teachers so that they could use music in their every day teaching as a way to connect on a different level.

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

Arts Program

Fulfilling art teacher's requests for funds to purchase supplies for projects.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

Program 2

Technology

Schools request a grant for a specific item to be used in the classroom.

Category

K-12 (5-19 years)

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

Program 3

Scholarship Program

Providing Seniors scholarships that will help them with the costs of secondary education.

Category

Postsecondary Education

Population(s) Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

$10,000.00

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 VEF's aim is to support projects within our focus, art, music, technology and scholarships, within the VUSD. We have funded an art mural by giving them the funds for supplies; we have given funds to clean band instruments; given $10,000 worth of scholarships to graduating seniors and funded $2500 for PSAT Testing in the last six months. Our goals are that every student be given the chance to have music and art in their curriculum, to learn about computers, have a chance to go to college. Our goals are only limited by the amount of funding that we have and we are continually adding fund raisers and looking for corporate partners.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our current strategies include working with the district to help impliment their technology program. We Listen to the district's long term goals and allocate resources based on needs and effective us of our resources. We currently have no paid staff so our over head is reduced and allows our funding to be directly used by teachers and students. We currently do not fund any educational staff but focus on quality supplies and provide resources to equipment repair. Our scholarships are currently donated to high school level groups and we let the educators place those resources where they think they will to the most good
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The VEF's board is made up of business people and educators all who volunteer their time and strengths toward our common goal. We are continually working on partnerships, our largest being the Vista Chamber of Commerce where we are just getting ready for our 3rd annual Hero's Awards where special people in our community are noted for their talents. This includes not only civic leaders but education people also - Teacher of the Year - Arts, Teacher of the Year - Technology, Teacher of the Year - Scholarships and Administrator of the Year. At this time the Hero's event is our largest fund raiser, although we hope to add several more during the year. We do not have a paid staff or offices at this time, the foundation is run out of the President's office.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    As our capabilities in fund raising rise, taking on corporate sponsors and networking, we will be able to raise more funds and fund more projects in the district.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

VEF services the students located in the geographic area of Vista Ca. These students may reside out side the city limits but are educated locally. We fund three areas. 1. Technology. 2. The Arts. 3. Scholarships.

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Operations

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

Vista Education Foundation

Leadership

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President

Mr. Bradley D Peterson

Vice President

Mr. Garry G Garretson

BIO

Mr. Peterson has been a member of the Vista Community for over 20 years. He is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones in downtown Vista where he has been for 19 years. His two daughters went to school in VUSD and he continues to support the district working with the Vista Education Foundation (VEF)

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Bradley Peterson

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?

No

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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place