Educational Institutions

Howard County Public Schools Educational Foundation

  • Ellicott City, MD
  • www.brightmindsfoundation.org

Mission Statement

Support education, aspirations and the opportunity to succeed for all students within the Howard County Public School System.

Main Programs

  1. Bridging the Digital Divide
  2. Staff and Teacher Grant Program
  3. Driving Student Success
Service Areas

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Maryland

Howard County Maryland

ruling year

2006

Executive Director since 2009

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Patricia Sasse

Keywords

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Supporting peducation in Howard Countyublic

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Also Known As

Bright Minds Foundation

EIN

20-4840080

Physical Address

10910 Clarksville Pike

Ellicott City, 21042

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Bridging the Digital Divide

Disadvantaged students whose families cannot provide home technology are given their own laptop at no cost, along with training to teach them to access school student and parent portals, Word 365, Howrd County Library Online Resources and other relevant information.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$35,000

Program 2

Staff and Teacher Grant Program

Once yearly the Bright Minds board solicits applications from HCPSS staff across the county to request funding ranging from $500-$2000 for classroom enrichment activities tied to six categories selected to support the HCPSS 2018 Vision and to support the principles of equity and equality, innovation and skills for a lifetime.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$25,000

Program 3

Driving Student Success

There is no standardized after school activity bus program across the county. Buses are assigned for various programs using funds like Title I and academic achievement allocations. Together with a Howard County Councilman, Bright Minds has created an account for donations that will be used specifically to expand the number of buses available for schools and programs across the county. The program is in its infancy and will expand as donations expand.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$25,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

Howard County Maryland

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HOWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS EDUCAT FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Howard County Public Schools Educational Foundation

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Executive Director

Patricia Sasse

BIO

As the first Executive Director of the organization, Ms. Sasse has been tasked with developing and delivering the objectives of its main programs, including the Bridging the Digital Divide, Driving Student Success and the HCPSS Staff and Teachers Grant Program. Additionally, she manages the operation and administration of the organization, including overseeing finances and financial accounting, developing and maintaining operational procedures, legal documentation and reports, correspondence and interfacing with the community. Her job also entails fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and serving as liaison with the HCPSS. Ms. Sasse works together with the Bright Minds board of directors who provide governance and stewardship support to the organization, and also recruits volunteers to help with the programmatic and administrative tasks. Recently, the board has engaged in an organizational assessment and is working to determine what the future structure should be, if different.
Prior to this position, Ms. Sasse worked for the Social Security Administration in various capacities over her 33 year career, starting in the field and advancing through management, to several positions in Central Office working with SSA Executives to develop and deploy SSA's online presence. In 2006, Ms. Sasse retired from the Deputy Director position at the Baltimore Teleservice Center, the largest of the SSA toll free 800 number sites. In this position, she was charged with oversight of operational activities and led a management team that immediately supervised the 600+ frontline staff members to ensure that everyone was working towards high quality and courteous service delivery.
To prepare for her role in the nonprofit community, Ms. Sasse is a graduate of the 2010 Class of Leadership Howard County, whose mission is to empower leaders to transform the community. Ms. Sasse enjoys being able to bring the many skills learned over her varied career with SSA to the non-profit world, where she is helping to change lives.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Lisa Olivieri

Thomas and Libowitz PA

Term: July 2015 - June 2017

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