21ST CENTURY SCHOOL FUND

aka 21CSF   |   Washington DC, DC   |  http://www.21csf.org/csf-home/

Mission

The 21st Century School Fund (21CSF) was founded in 1994 on the premise that communities are responsible for creating healthy, safe, and educationally appropriate learning environments. Our mission is to build the public will and school district capacity to improve public school facilities. We envision good public schools as a reasonable expectation and a reality in school districts throughout the nation.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Mary Filardo

Main address

1816 12th St NW 3rd Flr Thurgood Marshall Center

Washington DC, DC 20009 USA

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EIN

52-2139122

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Urban, Community (S31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

-Building Capacity in our nation's K-12 public infrastructure system -Showing the nation that school facilities matter because they are the largest infrastructure investment of state and local governments. -The need to stay engaged and invest because the school facilities management of complex and is changing enrollment -There is a lack of standards for K-12 public school facility stewardship -“Bad” school facilities are not just unhealthy, they are costing our country dearly in wasted utility expenses, healthcare costs for kids, lost days for students and teachers -Lack of solid, comparable (state to state and year to year) data is hindering our ability to act on the problem We need better information to help states and schools know where to spend their limited funds more effectively

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Civic Engagement and Government Reform

21CSF is a strong voice for effective policy and practice associated with facility planning and public management of funding. 21CSF advocates for civic engagement and municipal and school district capacity to: 

link education and facility improvements

create and maintain schools as centers of community

effectively manage school buildings and grounds, and

adequately and equitably fund facility maintenance and improvements

Population(s) Served

21CSF is an innovator and tests different approaches to planning, delivery, and financing of high quality public school facilities. 21CSF has also worked to develop software tools to plan public school facilities and provide basic information on public schools to parents and the community. 
Projects include:

The Oyster Bilingual Elementary School public/private partnership 
A model to utilize public/private partnerships to rebuild New Orleans Public Schools
Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School public/private partnership
Schoolyard greening initiatives
FormatPro® a software interface for education facilities master planning
Public school information website for parents www.21csf.org/schoolcloseups(http://www.21csf.org/schoolcloseups)

Population(s) Served

21CSF collects baseline data and conducts research and analysis on policies and practice related to public school facilities. 21CSF seeks to understand the nexus between educational quality, facility condition, and housing & community development. Communicating our findings is key. 21CSF is dedicated to providing school facilities research to practitioners and policy makers within DC and throughout the nation.

Population(s) Served

21CSF founded and manages Building Educational Success Together (BEST). BEST is a structured network of education reform, community development, and civil rights organizations that collaborate to bring new ideas and energy to the considerable challenges of urban public education. For more information visit www.BestFacilities.org(http://www.BestFacilities.org) .

 

Current BEST Partners include:

21st Century School Fund; Washington, DC
ACLU of Maryland; Baltimore, MD
Advancement Project; Los Angeles, CA
Center for Cities and Schools, University of California; Berkeley, CA
Center for Innovative School Facilities, Innovation Partnership; Portland, OR
Designs for Change; Chicago, IL
Education Law Center; Newark, NJ
Healthy Schools Campaign; Chicago, IL
New Visions for Public Schools; New York, NY
National Council on School Facilities

Population(s) Served

21CSF provides technical assistance to state, city and school district officials, community members, public school parents and public education advocates in the areas of education planning, including for facilities, enrollment and education improvement, community engagement, co-location, joint use and development partnerships such as public-private partnerships.

Population(s) Served

National Council on School Facilities is founded on the following guiding principles, which reflect the changing nature of the demands on today’s schools and the need for educational facility infrastructure to support these demands:
High-quality school district facilities support student learning, effective teaching, and efficient operations and administration.
All of our nation’s school facilities should be healthy, safe, sustainable, affordable, accessible to the community, and a source of civic pride.
The states play a vital role in support of the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of high-quality school buildings and grounds.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The 21st Century School Fund's objective is to ensure that all communities have the public will and the public capacity for educationally appropriate, healthy and safe school facilities that serve as community anchors and are built and maintained in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.

The 21st Century School Fund's strategies include research, policy reform, advocacy, and technical assistance on PK-12 school facilities issues for community leaders, policy makers, and educational facility practitioners. 21st Century School Fund creates innovative technology tools to address PK-12 school facility planning and asset management challenges. 21CSF is helping to incubate the National Council on School Facilities—a nonprofit serving PK-12 state school facilities officials. The 21st Century School Fund in collaboration with its Building Educational Success Together (BEST) partners, is creating best practices and models around school facilities policy and practice that can be replicated broadly. Finally, 21CSF disseminates the importance of PK-12 school facilities through its newsletter, websites, social media, and other communications activities.

- 21CSF has strong networks of community based groups and organizations dedicated to equity in education and ensuring that high quality school facilities are developed in all neighborhoods.

- 21CSF is working with state facilities directors by supporting the development of the National Council on School Facilities to build capacity of state officials for equity in school facilities.

- 21CSF partners with Center for Cities and Schools at UC Berkeley in researching policy and practice.

- 21CSF collects data on school facilities nationally and analyzes it to inform communities, educators, industry and policy makers on the scale and needs for investment in education infrastructure.

- Initiated the community drive for public school modernization in the District of Columbia which has generated over $3 billion in public school facilities modernization of DCPS school buildings and grounds.

- Developed model state and district policies on facilities.

- Created a learning network of non-profit groups and organizations dedicated to equity and adequate for education infrastructure.

- Developed innovative technology tools for educational facilities planning.

Financials

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Operations

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

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21ST CENTURY SCHOOL FUND

Board of directors
as of 11/14/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marni Allen

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Term: 2012 -

Mary Filardo

21st Century School Fund

Barbara Somson

Retired United Auto Workers

Mildred Musgrove

Retired DC Public Schools Educator & Administrator

Marni Allen

Swanee Hunt Family Office

Sarah Woodhead

DLR Group

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? No
  • Ethics and 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? No