Educational Institutions

PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION INC, The

  • South Bend, IN
  • http://www.edfo.org

Mission Statement

THE PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION ADVOCATES, PROMOTES AND FUNDS INITIATIVES TO ENRICH LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR THE STUDENTS AND STAFF OF SOUTH BEND COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION.

Main Programs

  1. Character Education
  2. Singapore Math
Service Areas

Self-reported

Indiana

The South Bend Education Foundation serves the public school students and staff of the South Bend Community School Corporation, in South Bend, Indiana.

ruling year

1996

Executive Director since 2003

Self-reported

Susan L Warner

Keywords

Self-reported

South Bend Education

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Also Known As

South Bend Education Foundation

EIN

35-1959196

 Number

7584198581

Physical Address

215 S. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

South Bend, IN 46601

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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 South Bend Education Foundation is committed to impacting the children of the South Bend Community Public schools through innovative programming. Historically, the Foundation funded training/coaching for 1189 teachers and the reading rate has increased an average of 50% to-date. Singapore Math and Character Education are the current projects making sure that students have every opportunity to be successful in life. The Teacher Grant Program funds $25,000 annually for innovative teacher grants. We continue to operate on a three-year Strategic Plan that is a working document for our board of directors to make certain the Foundation is on task with our goals. All financials are available on our website under "about us" so that you may review the annual fund and 990 for the last four years. We value the gifts of our donors and work to bring successful programs to South Bend youth.

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

Character Education

Community Need to be Addressed/Demand for Services: What is character education? Character education is an intentional effort to encourage students in K-12 to act on universally accepted values or civility skills such as honesty, fairness, caring, responsibility, respect, self-discipline, and commitment to excellence. At the classroom level, we are increasingly observing the need to work with our students on anger management strategies.

The Character Education Program goal fits well into the common goals of our entire community, due to the benefit to our educational community of teachers and students in creating a more just and civil society. The curriculum encompasses “Eleven Core Principles of Character Education,” that must be intentionally put into practice. In addition to the teacher and staff training, the community sessions are part of the twice-a-year training for parents, community members and our mentors in Character Education. The long-term goal of the national Character Education Program (abbreviated as CEP), is that the CEP training has a positive impact on the communities that chose to fully implement the program. This is a goal that has become more critical as politicians, countries and religions throughout the world struggle to work together and find common ground. The Education Foundation board of directors feels strongly that children must feel safe and cared for at school in order to learn and counteract any trauma they may have faced in their community.

To improve student skills, the Indiana legislature has passed a bill IC 20-10.1-4-4.5 entitled “good citizenship instruction” which mentions the values listed on the following page. The law directs the Indiana Department of Education to identify and teach “good citizenship instruction,” but does not provide additional funding.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$190,000.00

Program 2

Singapore Math

Purpose, Impact and Need for the Program in our Community:
“Singapore Math emphasizes problem-based development of mathematical concepts and use concrete illustrations to show how to solve multistep problems. The content framework covers topics in increasingly advanced detail in successive grades.”

Currently, math scores of the SBCSC third grade students lag behind their peers in math. Research from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)* provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. 4th- and 8th-grade students compared to that of students in other countries. TIMSS data have been collected in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011. Singapore students who took TIMSS in 1995, 1999 and 2003 were using the Singapore Math Series came in first (in the world) in mathematics.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$40,000.00

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?
    We operate on a three-year Strategic Planning cycle and every committee and agenda operates from the strategic goals:
    1-Page 1 Secure Funds for Programs and Grow Endowments
    2-Page 2 Implement Programs
    3-Page 3 Community Outreach
    4-Page 4 Governance

    All activities and goals fit into one of the four above goals.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Governance, Marketing/Dev., Mentoring, and Program committees operate on a one page strategic plan that is built from the Foundation's strategic plan. The plans are monitored and the agenda's for meetings are measured against the strategic plan to make certain the goals are being achieved.

    Events are built to include our community, with every school being matched with business and religious organizations to make certain we are including the entire community.

    Governance is the key to working together with a 29 member board of directors. An annual retreat, complete with reviewing our board building cycle takes place annually.

    We are #TeamSouthBend SBEDFO-FB Twitter: SBEDFO
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have met our programming goals with the support of our corporate and religious organizations.

    For example, the annual Community Fun Fair brings in over 7,000 throughout the day, with 34 "school-corporate" teams working together on a team to pull a vehicle. Meanwhile, on the concourse of the SB Cubs Four Winds Field, vendors are conducting blood pressure checks, giving away books, toothbrushes, etc. Student performances are entertaining on the field, and the KidsZone is entertaining children with games, while the parents receive free parent information. It's a great day, for a great community.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We measure everything we do, and that includes making certain our programs are funded and results are published to the public.

    Our events continue to grow in attendance. The programs are funded and we continue to ask for feedback.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    1-The Teacher Grant Endowment goal of $500,000 to fund and annual $20,000 in Teacher grants is $17,000 from our goal.

    2-The Mentor Endowment has just started with $30,000 balance, with the goal of $500,000. The Mentor program was secured under the umbrella of the Education Foundation just a few years ago with the goal of taking it from the SBCSC budget and providing sustainability to the program. We have written a strategic plan for the Mentor program and have doubled the number of mentors. To sustain the program, the endowment must be completed in order to retain quality staff for growing the program further. We are excited about the impact this program will have on the children of South Bend.

    3-Fully training/coaching all SBCSC staff in Singapore Math and Character Education.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Indiana

The South Bend Education Foundation serves the public school students and staff of the South Bend Community School Corporation, in South Bend, Indiana.

Social Media

Funding Needs

Program: Character Education: $190,000 Singapore Math: $40,000 Mentoring: $40,000 on-going annual

Affiliations + Memberships

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Financials

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THE PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION, INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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

PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION INC, The

Leadership

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Executive Director

Susan L Warner

BIO

What kind of difference will you make today? I have the rewarding job of helping children. I love hearing the ideas from community members who want to see our community thrive. As a Foundation, we must always be open to hearing these suggestions.

I was recently asked once again how I survived 12 years on the school board. I kept the following paragraph before me for all those years - from William Greider, "A democratic conversation does not require elaborate rules of procedure or utopian notions of perfect consensus. What it does require is a spirit of mutual respect-people conversing critically with one another in an atmosphere of honesty and shared regard. Those with specialized expertise serve as teachers, not commanders, and will learn themselves from listening to the experience of others. The respect must extend even to hostile adversaries, since the democratic objective is not to destroy them but to reach eventual understanding. At its core, the idea of democracy is as simple as that - a society based on mutual respect."

2003-Present Executive Director of South Bend Education Foundation
1999-2010 Penn-Harris-Madison School Board Trustee
2012 Non-profit Leadership Academy at Notre Dame
Past, Teachers Credit Union, Northwestern Mutual, AM General

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Richard Gates

President

Term: Jan 2017 - Dec 2018

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?

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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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Married to another race
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

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
Yes
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We utilize the board source demographics in our board recruitment cycle. This is shared with Governance Committee as they work to reflect our community.