Educational Institutions

Pinellas County Education Foundation Inc

  • Largo, FL
  • www.pinellaseducation.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Pinellas Education Foundation is to enhance and improve educational opportunities in Pinellas County Schools, located in Pinellas County, Florida.

Our vision is that every student will be prepared for life after high school, whether the choice is to attend college, to enter the workforce, or to obtain technical training. Founded in 1986 by Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Gus A. Stavros, the Pinellas Education Foundation has raised more than $140 million to support the students and teachers of Pinellas County Schools and is consistently ranked among the top public school education foundations in the United States.

The Pinellas Education Foundation is passionately committed to providing all students with the opportunity to be successful. It is our belief that we must have a superior educational system to ensure that our school children remain competitive in an increasingly global marketplace. Involving the private sector in our efforts to improve education is vital to our success. The Pinellas Education Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501 © 3 organization.

The Pinellas Education Foundation is a coalition of business and community leaders who work together to improve the quality of public education. They do this by advocating for public education reform, creating programs to improve student and teacher performance, and raising funds for scholarships, grants and teacher recognition. Some of the most successful Foundation programs are Youth Connect, the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program, Enterprise Village and Finance Park, Teach for Excellence Classroom Grants, and the Frances Stavros Career Education Scholarships.

Main Programs

  1. Take Stock In Children Scholarship Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Pinellas County Schools is the seventh largest district of Florida's 67 public school systems and 26th largest out of more than 16,000 districts in the United States.

Attracted by the mild, sub-tropical climate and miles of white sand beaches, 946,848 people have made Pinellas County their home. Pinellas' diverse communities range in population from more than 252,000 in St. Petersburg to slightly more than 100 in Belleair Shore. Pinellas County's 24 municipalities also includes: Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Clearwater, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Largo, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Pinellas Park, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, St. Pete Beach, Seminole, South Pasadena, Tarpon Springs, and Treasure Island.

Pinellas is also well connected with regional access provided via Interstate-275, two international airports, and the largest port in Florida.


ruling year

1986

President since 2017

Self-reported

Dr. Stacy Carlson

Keywords

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public education, advocacy, scholarships, teacher recognition, career education, innovation, hands-on learning, solutions, integrity, excellence, financial literacy, career planning, economic educati

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Also Known As

Pinellas Education Foundation

EIN

59-2688253

 Number

5964316691

Physical Address

12090 Starkey Road

Largo, FL 33773

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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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In 2016 the Pinellas Education Foundation continued to execute on its mission to enhance educational opportunities across Pinellas County. Pinellas County has the largest scholarship program for at-risk students in the state of Florida. Our Take Stock in Children scholarship program resulted in 165 seniors graduating from High School in 2016. As contrasted with their peer group who struggle with a success rate in the low 30 percent, students in the TSIC program successfully graduate from High School 96% of the time. Our Enterprise Village and Finance Park programs delivered relevant and hands-on educational experiences to nearly 23,000 students. Fifth-grade students who visited Enterprise Village applied math, reading and writing skills from the classroom to operating a business for a full school day. In 2016, Finance Park students practiced managing a household budget and made purchase decisions based upon their randomly selected life profiles.

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

Take Stock In Children Scholarship Program

Through the support of businesses, civic groups, a myriad of organizations and individuals who care enough to invest their resources in the future of our school children, the Take Stock In Children (TSIC) Scholarship Initiative, in partnership with Take Stock in Children, is giving low-income students the opportunity to work toward the attainable goal of a college education. While TSIC provides those necessary college tuition funds, this comprehensive program offers so much more including mentors who provide inspiration and guidance and school-based ambassadors who monitor student progress and enhance student learning through enrichment activities.
Donor contributions are matched dollar-for-dollar by the Florida Prepaid Foundation. That means that every contribution, no matter the size, will be doubled in value. Currently, the cost of a full scholarship is $6,500, which will be fully matched to fund one deserving student's college education.

Students in grades 6th - 10th may be nominated for a Take Stock in Children Scholarship. If selected, they will earn a Florida Prepaid Scholarship by fulfilling a contractual obligation to attend school regularly, maintain at least a "C" in all classes, study for tests, complete homework assignments and remain crime and drug free. To be eligible for a TSIC Scholarship students must be on their school's approved free/reduced lunch list. TSIC contributions only fund student tuition through the Florida Prepaid College Scholarship plan, which funds up to 4 years of college tuition support. TSIC contributions will be matched with Education Foundation funds, thereby doubling a sponsor’s investment. There are approximately 40,000 students in Pinellas County who are eligible for TSIC Scholarships.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$1,277,516.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Pinellas County Schools is the seventh largest district of Florida's 67 public school systems and 26th largest out of more than 16,000 districts in the United States.

Attracted by the mild, sub-tropical climate and miles of white sand beaches, 946,848 people have made Pinellas County their home. Pinellas' diverse communities range in population from more than 252,000 in St. Petersburg to slightly more than 100 in Belleair Shore. Pinellas County's 24 municipalities also includes: Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Clearwater, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Largo, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Pinellas Park, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, St. Pete Beach, Seminole, South Pasadena, Tarpon Springs, and Treasure Island.

Pinellas is also well connected with regional access provided via Interstate-275, two international airports, and the largest port in Florida.


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Financials

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PINELLAS EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Operations

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Pinellas County Education Foundation Inc

Leadership

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President

Dr. Stacy Carlson

BIO

Stacy Carlson, Ph.D. joined the Pinellas Education Foundation as President in March 2017. Dr. Carlson most recently served as the president and CEO of the Florida Philanthropic Network in Tampa where she cultivated relationships with key statewide partners to bring the philanthropic voice into conversations and decisions impacting Florida. She was responsible for executing strategic planning for the organization with a particular emphasis on member development, fundraising, advocacy, educational programming and organizational capacity. Prior to the Florida Philanthropic Network, Carlson worked for the Helios Education Foundation in Tampa, serving as the Vice President and Program Director of College and Career Readiness in Florida and Arizona. There, she fostered relationships with collaborative partners resulting in more than $40 million in grants and served in leadership roles on behalf of the organization such as the Chair of the Florida Education Foundation Board appointed by the Florida Commissioner of Education, the Chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network Education Affinity Group, Co-chair of the National Collaborative for Student Success and Co-chair of the Grantmakers for Education Annual National Conference.

Dr. Carlson has also served as the Executive Director of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations in Tampa. She began her career in the nonprofit education industry at the Hillsborough Education Foundation. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida, her master's degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University and her Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Florida's College of Education.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Gary Regoli

Achieva Credit Union

Term: July 2016 - June 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?

No

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?