Educational Institutions

Lancaster Education Foundation

  • Lancaster, PA
  • http://lancasteredfnd.org/

Mission Statement

The mission of the Foundation is to support teaching excellence and student success in the School District of Lancaster.

The LEF was founded in 1989 by community leaders who wished to support teaching and learning in the School District of Lancaster. LEF began raising monies to support innovative and creative programs in the classroom. Students benefit directly.

Main Programs

  1. Venture Grants
  2. Adopt-an-SDoL Classroom
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Lancaster City and Lancaster Township, Lancaster, PA.

ruling year

1990

Principal Officer since 2014

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Paul E Richer II

Keywords

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Support for public education through community giving

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Also Known As

Lancaster Education Foundation

EIN

23-2583874

 Number

8491025103

Physical Address

251 S. Prince St., 3rd Floor

Lancaster, 17602

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Community Foundations (T31)

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?

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

Venture Grants

LEF offers Venture Grants, ranging from $100 to $5,000 to teachers for innovative programs - either in the classroom or for a school-wide initiative.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Adopt-an-SDoL Classroom

This program is an opportunity for individuals, businesses, or groups to contribute $250 to “adopt” a district classroom. The $250 will be given to the teacher to purchase items needed to enrich the classroom environment. The donor has the option of selecting a specific classroom or just specifying a certain age group.

Category

Population(s) Served

Male Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

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?
    To support teaching excellence and student success in the School District of Lancaster Pennsylvania as the district strives to set the standard for urban education.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Lancaster Education Foundation seeks balanced financial growth, expanding partnerships with individuals and businesses, as well as achieving sustainability.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Lancaster Education Foundation is a key part of the School District of Lancaster support system. Through continued annual and endowment growth the Foundation's board of directors has stabilized its staff and increased the hours of the position of the Coordinator of Alumni Affairs. All staff members expanded their knowledge through professional development opportunities.

    The Foundation's community relationships and partnerships continue to grow, including alumni partnerships that allow School District of Lancaster students to increase their academic experience as well as employment and mentorship experiences. By honing in on four areas of focus, the foundation is in a position to take advantage of new opportunities as they arise. Examples are increasing scholarship opportunities, increasing funding for technology and training for teachers, and fulfilling grant requests for innovative projects and initiatives. Finally, the foundation's events are designed to bring attention to the issues facing the students of the School District of Lancaster or to celebrate their success.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The foundation's board of directors closely monitors the growth of the four focus area as well as the overall total support provided to the School District of Lancaster or its partners. The Superintendent of Schools is a full member of the board of directors and the district's development coordinator attend all board meetings to coordinate short and long term planning.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Continued growth in donors is evidence of the inclusion of long-term inclusion of our internal and external stakeholders in their giving plans.

    Continued growth in scholarships is a reflection of the perceived value of district graduates as they pursue post-secondary education.

    Continued growth of the endowment is evidence to engaging district alumni and business community of the foundation's mission and vision.

    The foundation seeks to increase its media and social media coverage to effectively communicate the foundation's case for support.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Lancaster City and Lancaster Township, Lancaster, PA.

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Financials

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LANCASTER 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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Lancaster Education Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Paul E Richer II

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Barbara M Boben

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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