Educational Institutions

Gloucester Education Foundation

  • Gloucester, MA
  • www.thinkthebest.org

Mission Statement

The Gloucester Education Foundation drives innovation, encourages creativity, expands student opportunities and empowers educators to strengthen teaching and learning in the Gloucester Public School District.

Main Programs

  1. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  2. Arts in the Schools
  3. Literacy and Language
  4. Other Educational Initiatives
Service Areas

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Massachusetts

The Gloucester Education Foundation supports the seven schools within the Gloucester Public School District in the City of Gloucester exclusively.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Ms. Christina M. Raimo

Keywords

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GEF, Gloucester Ed Foundation, think the best, Gloucester Education Fund, five in five

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EIN

57-1224669

 Number

7222628471

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Tun)

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

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Accomplishments: 1.) The Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF) celebrated its tenth year of grant making in the Gloucester Public Schools with a major fund raising gala in November. The event netted $116,000, $81,000 of which will be directed toward the renovation of the music rooms at Gloucester's O'Maley Innovation Middle School. 2.) GEF provided grant writing assistance to the Gloucester Public School District resulting in more than $166,000 in funding for science equipment for two major new initiatives: a broad-scale project in life science that will introduce the use of sophisticated microscopy to students and teachers at the O'Maley school, and a new biotechnology lab at Gloucester High School that will prepare students for the life sciences workplace. 3.) GEF provided funding for a Districtwide study examining ways to close the gender gap in STEM learning; 4.) GEF secured and provided funding in the amount of $212,000 for three positions at Gloucester High School that will support the integration of technology into teaching practice over the next two years; 5.) GEF implemented a new Board succession structure that will ensure continuity of organizational leadership. Goals: 1.) Secure necessary additional funding for completion of music suite at O'Maley Innovation Middle School; 2.) Implement major funding initiative for science and technology programming at the elementary and high school levels; 3.) Identify and increase ongoing support from, existing and new donors, including the identification of 15 new individual donors and 3-5 new organizational donors; 4.) Recruit a minimum of 3 new board members with capacity for and interest in fund raising; 5.) Commence development of operations manual and procedures in anticipation of retirement of Executive Director in 3 years.

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

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

The Sea Initiative, described earlier in the section relating to GEF's background, enabled the GPSD to improve its science and math curricula and implemented a number of innovations, including the STEM Center at the O'Maley Innovation Middle School,and an extensive collaboration with MIT. More recently, GEF introduced 3-D printing technology into the curricula at Gloucester High School and O'Maley, and provided funding and volunteer support that resulted in a new robotics program at Gloucester High school, which is now part of the school-day curriculum. GEF also funded a new high school computer science program, the addition of a wet lab at the middle school, and a broad program in teacher training in technology at the high school. GEF has also provided curriculum and state-of-the art technology resources to the high school program for Advanced Placement and Honors Chemistry and training equipment for students in the electrical technology program to study solar and wind energy.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$200,000.00

Program 2

Arts in the Schools

In the face of ongoing economic challenges, programs in the arts are often the first to suffer. Support from GEF provides enrichment in the arts, including after-school music in the elementary and middle schools; ballroom dance for all fifth-graders, culminating in the popular Mad Hot Ball every spring; support for professional drama coaches for school productions; funding of art supplies at all levels; digital cameras and a new iMac editing lab for the high school photography program; collaboration with the Cape Ann Museum on the Arts History of Cape Ann, curriculum; an annual District-wide Arts Festival, celebrating and showcasing the work that GPSD students create throughout the year, and a visiting artist program, Artistic Bridges. Recently GEF is funding a pilot, JamHub silent Music studio, helping students at the Beeman Elementary School learn about music composition and is providing support for the O'Maley music room and theater..

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 3

Literacy and Language

GEF's literacy programs are focused at the elementary and middle school levels. GEF has been funding an elementary summer literacy programs focused on maintaining student learning and reading proficiency during the critical summer months. GEF in the past partnered with local family foundations to help support the expansion of the Bay State Reading Initiative (BSRI), an intensive coaching program in literacy for teachers and principals that stresses the use of data to improve students' reading skills. At the middle school, GEF supported a pilot program that brought a part-time curriculum coordinator to work with teachers across grade levels to improve student writing. Currently, GEF is supporting Word Generation at O'Maley, an all-school program aimed at increasing students' facility with academic vocabulary.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 4

Other Educational Initiatives

In addition to our major program areas, GEF each year funds other programs that help preserve ongoing District initiatives or bring resources that is beyond the District's scope to provide. Examples include the addition of Soundfields amplification systems in every kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade classroom; specially adapted bicycles for students in special education, helping them increase balance and strengthening their self-confidence and independence and support for ongoing programs--from glassware for high school chemistry to repairs for science equipment in the elementary school classrooms. And, while funded by the federal government, 21st Century Community Learning Center dollars have been introduced to Gloucester for the first time through the collaborative efforts of GEF and the District, as well as new resources in STEM through a grant-writing collaboration that resulted in funds from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$10,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

The Gloucester Education Foundation supports the seven schools within the Gloucester Public School District in the City of Gloucester exclusively.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

1.) Funds to complete renovation of music room at O'Maley Innovation Middle School ($50,000 - $120,000) 2.) Increased annual operating funds, above and beyond programs funding, by $50,000 per year.3.) Increased organizational endowment level from $250,000 to $1.5 to strengthen sustainability of operations 4.) Comprehensive marketing plan, including re-invigorated website, social media plan, and targeted marketing to parents, newcomers to Gloucester and businesses.5.) Funds to support STEM programming K-12 ($1 million).

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GLOUCESTER EDUCATION FOUNDATION, INC.
Fiscal year: Apr 01-Mar 31
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Operations

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Gloucester Education Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Christina M. Raimo

BIO

Christina M. Raimo is a nonprofit management professional with more than 35 years' experience in educational, health and human service organizations. Prior to joining GEF in 2012, she was Executive Director of the New England office of Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic), a national nonprofit that provides services to children with reading disabilities. Prior to that, she was Director of Development for Project Bread-the Walk for Hunger and Assistant Director of Development with the Schepens Eye Research Institute, a Harvard-affiliated opthalmic research organization, Earlier in her career, Ms. Raimo held a number of positions in communcations with Boston area nonprofit institutions, including Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Charles River Hospital in Wellesley and Laboure College in Boston.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" I joined the Gloucester Education Foundation in June of 2012 as GEF's first paid and full-time Executive Director. That this position was even available is remarkable. Gloucester is not a wealthy or large community, and like many surrounding local education foundations, GEF had been operating on volunteer manpower alone. But the leadership of GEF recognized the need to build upon their early success and, with the help of a generous donor, acted upon their firm commitment to bring GEF to the next level of growth. I am deeply honored that the Board chose me to wear this mantle. One of the first activities I undertook upon my arrival was to meet with our Board members, past and present, and many of our supporters and educators, to learn what people were thinking about GEF. One thing came through loud and clear: GEF is making an enormous difference in the educational experiences that the children in the Gloucester Public School District have, and we are a valued and important part of the fabric of this community. The sheer number of enriching programs and activities that GEF has funded is impressive, and the scope of some of the key initiatives is downright astonishing. Every elementary student today in Gloucester has the opportunity to study string instruments, learn from real-world theater professionals while working on their school plays, participate in Math Olympiads, take part in fun summer programs while maintaining their literacy skills, and even learn ballroom dancing! In middle school, Gloucester children learn science and technology in a state-of-the-art STEM center (connected to a functioning wind turbine on top of their school), participate in after-school music instruction, and take part in an array of enriching programs out of school through the O'Maley Academy. Gloucester High School students can avail themselves of instruction in ceramics or digital photography, learn high-level physics by working with robots, use 3-D printers to learn about engineering and design, study chemistry using state of the art sensor equipment, master the use of CAD software in vocational education programs, study computer science, learn about solar and wind energy installation, and explore video design and editing in a new "creation lab" in the school's library/learning commons. All because of GEF. The tangible benefits Gloucester students receive, plus the sheer drive and determination of our dedicated Board, is a source of pride and extreme gratification to me personally. Helping children gain an education is one of the most important undertakings in life. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. June Landergren Steel

Retired

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2018

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