Albany Public Schools Foundation

Enhancing education since 1984

aka Albany Public Schools Foundation   |   Albany, OR   |  www.albanypsf.org

Mission

The mission of the foundation is to generate and distribute resources that enrich and enhance education opportunities for all students, encourage teachers to implement innovative education programs, and award scholarships to Greater Albany Public School District students.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Mrs. Aimee Addison

Board President

Mrs. Joanne Alford

Main address

PO Box 1772

Albany, OR 97321 USA

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EIN

93-0881300

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Albany Public Schools Foundation, in partnership with the school district, has identified needs including vocational technical training for students, music instruments at the elementary school level, a suicide prevention program and more. The focus for the coming few years is to expand vocational technical instruction at the middle school level. We are working with the district and the business community to provide enrichment opportunities for students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. In addition to this need, the Foundation has recently worked with Samaritan Health Services to fund the Sources of Strength suicide prevention program in all four middle schools and three high schools. We hope to continue these programs over the next few years and will seek funding to help sustain both of these initiatives as well as supporting k-12 music and art programs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Classroom Grants

The Albany Public Schools Foundation awarded more than $40,000 in classroom grants in the 2018-19 school year. Funded projects ranged from electronics, robotics, to materials for art, reading, music and physical education.

Budget for the 2020-2021 year is $50,000.

Primary funding for the Classroom Grant Program comes from proceeds of the iRun Race and iSwim program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Albany Public Schools Foundation presented $86,700.00 in scholarships to Albany Options, South Albany, and West Albany graduates in spring 2019.

Including the scholarships awarded this spring, the Foundation has awarded $441,644 in scholarships since 1990.

These scholarships are funded by endowments, memorial gifts, and annual donations.

We would like to thank the following for funding these scholarships:

Albany Chamber Pipeline / LBCC Scholarship
Albany Public Schools Foundation Scholarship
Central Willamette Community Credit Union Scholarship
The Bodkin Memorial Scholarship
The Teddy Brown Endowment
The M. Grace Howell Endowment
The Jeanne Linn Endowment
ATI Wah Chang
Friends and Family - Joseph Blickenstaff Memorial Scholarship
Friends and Family - Tod Surmon Memorial Scholarship
Friends and Family - Chris Lukesic & Sons Memorial Scholarship
Friends and Family - Jim Linhart Memorial Scholarship

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

This collaborative community effort provides funding for supplementary school wide programs in the areas of: fine and performing arts, health and wellness, and STEM (Science/Tech/Engineering/Math). Each Albany Public Elementary School may apply for funding for various programs which would not normally be available in the school budget. This is different than the classroom grant program in that the applicant is the school principal and the grant is for a school wide program. Some of the options include funding for a wide variety of artist in residence programs, Strings music programs, Girls on the Run Club, Robotics Clubs, Outdoor School, and more. The Foundation partners with The Greater Albany Public School District, The Corvallis Arts Center, Albany Parks and Recreation, and Calapooia Watershed Council to administer and fund this program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Student Assistance Fund helps at-risk and low income students achieve the college dream and provides needed essentials and enrichment opportunities for K-12 students. Program components include both a grant and scholarship arm to supplement a student's tuition, fees, books, and non-tuition essentials. A key component of this program is a designated counselor at each of the high schools who will provide assistance in the transition from high school to post-secondary education.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Albany Chamber of Commerce 2018

Albany Chamber of Commerce 2019

Albany Chamber of Commerce 2020

Albany Chamber of Commerce 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Scholarships are funded through bequests, endowments, matching funds and community donations.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 mission of the Foundation is to generate and distribute resources that enrich and enhance educational opportunities for all students, encourage teachers to implement innovative educational programs, and award scholarships to Albany Public School District students.

The Foundation works closely with the Greater Albany Public School District to assess the needs of the students and classroom teachers to promote enriched educational opportunities. After the needs are established, the Foundation works to provide funding for as many programs as possible. To generate the funding for these grant awards, the Foundation runs multiple fundraising events throughout the year.
There is dedicated work being put into creating sustainable funding sources for the future work that is needed. The sustainable funding committee is working to grow our planned giving program and expand funding sources by connecting with community organizations to form partnerships that help meet the needs of the students in the Greater Albany Public School District.

The people we serve not only include the Greater Albany School District students and teachers, but also APSF
donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the addition of the Development Director in 2014, the foundation has been able to substantially increase income from events and other fundraising campaigns. These monies have increased our capacity to support classroom grants and to set up a quasi-endowment to assure funds for classroom grants in the future. Increased income has also allowed us to increase our contributions to enrichment grants for a wide range of elementary school projects. The events have also allowed APSF to provide “matching" funds to encourage creation of new scholarships to graduating seniors. The events, increased public education about the needs of our schools and the kids that they serve.

In addition, APSF has more name recognition and a good image in the community which allows us to
attract incredible volunteers for board and committee work. We continue to be a working board; however, we now have more “workers" who move us forward with energy and passion. This project also had a number of unplanned benefits: Strategic planning training funded through a Meyer Memorial Trust grant and a comprehensive education about nonprofit accounting and endowment management - both sourced through our MMT funded consultant Heidi Henry, who also referred us to a retired CPA who has a deep understanding of accounting for nonprofits. Both have broadened board knowledge. Our Executive Director, Aimee Addison has also proactively served the board by involving board members in trainings provided through her membership in numerous fund-raising groups.

We are still in the early stages of fundraising this year, but have had increased effective collaborations with other organizations and have created some future partnerships which will continue to draw more funding towards our public schools.
New improvements to our organization:
-Public education/relations: We now have a printed brochure, trade show signage, a new Facebook page, a communications/marketing plan, and regular newsletters. We are continuing to increase the avenues that allow us to educate the public about our organization.
-We have utilize a quality donor software system which will allow us to identify and communicate more effectively with our donor base. We created an end of year giving communications plan which was successfully implemented in November/December utilizing this new donor software.
-We are in the process of a major overhaul of our financial software and systems to increase efficiencies in our workflow and provide improved accountability measures.
-Our Board is working with a professional strategic planning consultant in a series of training sessions to improve our processes and implement a strong strategic plan for the next 3-5 years.

Second year of Elementary Enrichment Grants that provided $75,000 in grants to schools (2021-22 school year) in the areas of fine and performing arts, music, health and wellness, and STEM.
Collaborated with businesses to build upon our classroom grants program. We were able to give out $71,405 in 2021-22.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The people who we serve are the students and teachers of the Greater Albany Public School District.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    One of our high school counselors came to the Foundation in 2018 with a request for support for homeless/low-income students who were facing tremendous challenges to attend college or trade school. The students had the opportunity to receive a post-secondary education but were lacking the basic items they would need, such as school supplies, dorm room supplies, and laptops. APSF sprang into action to help these economically disadvantaged students. The Foundation surveyed other Albany high schools and found this was a district-wide challenge. Once the results came back, we developed the Student Assistance Program to help a growing number of students with mentorship, basic needs support, and financial assistance.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Albany Public Schools Foundation

Board of directors
as of 08/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Eric Nelson

BBSI

Term: 2021 - 2022


Board co-chair

Erik Fedler

Central Willamette Credit Union

Term: 2021 - 2022

Eric Nelson

BBSI

Elaine Wells

Retired - School Administrator

Joanne Alford

Greater Albany Public School District

Monica Banks-Figueroa

Donna Banks Income Tax Services

Tracy Day

Greater Albany Public School District

John Donovan

Albany Helping Hands

Cindy Draper

Oregon State University

Fred Koontz

Retired

Chris Nelson

Retired - Educator / GAEA President

Jeff Precourt

Albany Democrat Herald

Bob Stalick

Retired - GAPS Superintendent

John Andersen

Boys and Girls Club

Erik Fedler

Mktg. Mgr. - Central Willamette Credit Union

Lynn Hubert

Retired / Republic Services

Dave Pautsch

Remax Integrity Real Estate

Suzanne Bodlovic

State Farm

Stephanie Hagerty

Samaritan

Stephanie Black

Retired, Allan Bros

Ilynn Winn

Retired, GAPS

Melissa Goff

Ex-Officio, GAPS Superinendent

Michael Brown

New York Life, Agent

Kelly Bussard

GAPS, Assistant Principal

Lindsay Jansen-Hostetler

GAEA, President

Will Summers

Retired

Jake Zilverberg

General Manager, Albany CDJR & Hyundai

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/25/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/25/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.