Educational Foundation of Lake County Inc.

Leesburg, FL   |  edfoundationlake.com

Mission

The Educational Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that is the direct support organization for Lake County Public Schools. Our mission is to serve as the connection between our community and public education, evaluating needs and securing resources to enhance the quality of education.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Ms. Carman Cullen

Main address

2045 Pruitt Street

Leesburg, FL 34748 USA

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EIN

59-2764174

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Lake County Schools’ graduation rate jumped 4.4 percentage points, increasing from 86.8 percent in 2018-19 to 91.2 percent in 2019-20, according to data provided by the Florida Department of Education. The ultimate goal of the district is to maintain the graduation rate of 90 percent or above.

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?

Take Stock in Children (Lake and Sumter Counties)

Educational Foundation of Lake County, Inc. overseas the Take Stock in Children program for Lake and Sumter Counties on behalf of the respective school districts for Lake County, Florida and Sumter County, Florida.

Take Stock in Children, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, transforming Florida one student at a time. Working in every county throughout Florida, our mission is to break the cycle of poverty for low-income, academically qualified students by providing opportunities for a post-secondary education. This program offers college scholarships to students, provide caring volunteer mentors, and instill hope for a better life. Comprehensive services begin in middle school, continue through high school, and include students' transition into college and career.

Our program helps to ensure that students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to complete their post-secondary education and to successfully enter the work force.

Take Stock in Children is active in over 800 schools throughout the State of Florida. Students are selected between the 6th and 9th grades, many from minority families, and must meet our low-income and at-risk guidelines. Students are selected in their local communities by highly engaged committees that are comprised of education and civic leaders, as well as corporate sponsors. Take Stock in Children partners with community education foundations, community colleges and school districts throughout the State of Florida to deliver our program services to students.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

The Educational Foundation of Lake County will sponsor the 22nd annual Back to School Backpack Fair in July 2019 for low income students enrolled in a Lake County public school. As of January 1, 2019, 67.51% of students in Lake County Schools qualify for free or reduced lunch.The Foundation believes it is important that all students begin the year with the supplies they'll need to have a successful school year. To facilitate this belief, the Foundation works with the school district's Food Service Department to identify students in grades PreK to 5th grade who receive free lunch. Once the students are identified, a letter is sent to the parents notifying
them of their child's eligibility to receive a free backpack and supplies for the upcoming school year. In addition to the normal "mailouts", this year the Foundation will incorporate telephone "RoboCalls" targeting families in need. This increased awareness should help us reach more students, benefiting more families. The Backpack Fair will be held the end of last week of July, 2019. For
maximum participation and convenience, the fair is held in three locations throughout Lake County. School guidance counselors volunteer at the fairs to help distribute the supplies and backpacks. In addition to offering free school supplies, the fair draws Vision Quest for free vision screenings and the Dental Society for free dental screenings. Any qualifying student that is
unable to attend the July Backpack Fair remains eligible for the supplies, which they can pick up from their school guidance counselor the first week of school. Local donations allows the Foundation to focus on supplying backpacks and grade appropriate supply kits so each student can begin the year with the tools they need to succeed.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

The Cambridge University’s Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) program is a set of challenging college-level classes for high school students. The AICE program gives students the opportunity to receive an international diploma and 100% Bright Futures funding for college. AICE not only prepares students to enter a university with up to 45 hours of college credit, but it also provides them with the skills required to be successful once there.

A study done by the Director of Admissions found that AICE program graduates attending the University of Florida had an average end-of-freshman year GPA of 3.46 whereas students coming from other acceleration mechanisms such as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) had an average GPA of 3.12 and 3.10 respectively. AICE classes and the diploma structure allow students to tailor their coursework to their interests and strengths. Students must complete at least one AS level course from each category in addition to choosing three on their own and completing the required Global Perspectives Course. First year courses being offered include; English Language, Global Perspective, Biology, Math, Spanish, Drama and General Paper.

Leesburg High School is the only school in Lake County that currently offers the AICE program. First year courses being offered include; English Language, Global Perspective, Biology, Math, Spanish and Drama.

Students at Oak Park Middle and Carver Middle can apply for the program when they are in the eighth grade. In order to be considered for the program, students should meet the following requirements:
Be enrolled in Algebra 1 and score a level 3 or higher on the EOC prior to entering 9th grade, have only A’s and Bs their 1st and 2nd quarter Report Cards and Score a level 3 or higher on 8th grade Florida Standard Assessment in Science.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The Educational Foundation of Lake County opened its first Applemart store in August 2005 in Leesburg. This was a product of a school supply drive throughout the summer and purchases of school supplies. This teacher store operates as an avenue for teachers to shop for free for supplies, clothing items, and shoe gift cards for their students. Its purpose is to help meet the needs of students whose families cannot afford to purchase supplies. Since Applemart’s inception, the foundation has secured two other store sites, both donated for use, and now runs three Applmart stores in the district in key locations to make travel to the stores more convenient for teachers. The stores are run by a team of volunteers who stock inventory, clean, and assist the teachers during the operating hours. The average teacher’s visit is valued at $75. The stores are also available for the district social workers to receive any supplies for the students who are in need by way of family disaster or emergency, or special needs made known to them. The social workers are invited to come to Applemart at any time during the week. They do not have to wait for the open times to shop, thereby being able to service the students’ needs immediately. The foundation board of directors was asked funding the past fiscal year to allot additional money for the budget to buy more supplies as the stores’ shelves keep becoming empty. The program is more than necessary for our students. A grant received for Applemart will be used entirely to purchase supplies as there is no overhead or labor cost.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Take Stock in Children - Non Profit Oraganization of the Year 2011

Sumter County Chamber of Commerce

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 perform at average or above on standardized testing

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

213 students that participated in the ACT reading prep program scored a 19 or higher on the ACT exam. This score replaced the Florida Standard Assessment score to enable these students to graduate.

Number of high school seniors who graduate from high school on time

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

213 students that participated in the ACT reading prep program scored a 19 or higher on the ACT exam. This score replaced the Florida Standard Assessment score to enable these students to graduate.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Provided $148,631 directly to teachers through innovative classroom grants and CTE programs.

Number of students that received a Career and Techincal Education certification in high school

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

Children and youth, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of students that received a certification in a Career Technical Education field increase by 1% from 2018 to 2019.

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.

Increase the number of students that receive a certification in their chosen field through Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at the middle and high school level. Increase the number of classroom libraries throughout the school district. Increase the number of students that graduate from high school.

Provide grant opportunities for teachers to increase the number of CTE programs available at their respective middle or high school. Provide grant opportunities for teachers to purchase books to increase the quality and quantity of their classroom libraries. Support the ACT Reading Prep Program, which is a verified solution to the challenge of seniors unable to earn a high school diploma because they are unable to meet the reading requirement for graduation.

Our partnership with the Lake County School district allows us access to students and teachers to discover what is needed to help improve graduation rates. The Funding used to execute these programs comes from a diversified planning strategy that consists of grants, fundraising events, corporate and individual contributions to the program. Our board of directors consists of 33 community leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to assist with the programs that the Foundation offers.

For the School year 2019-20, The Educational Foundation of Lake County invested $985,543 into our schools:
• $385,000 in scholarships was provided to high school students to use for college or career education. .
• $75,700 was invested in career and technical education programs in our schools where students could earn a professional certification in their chosen field.
• $200,075 worth of school supplies were distributed to students.
• $46,000 was invested in the ACT Reading Preparation program that assists high school students in jeopardy of not graduating due to low performance on the Florida Standards Assessment Test.
• $63,025 in teacher supplies was donated to our Apple-Mart Stores, where teachers can shop for supplies for their classroom at no cost to them.
• $72,931 was provided directly to teachers through innovative classroom grants.
• $64,000 was dedicated to recognition events that included the celebrations of the Lake County Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year, Hall of Fame, Volunteer of the Year and Employee of the Year.
• $10,477 was invested in the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Program at Leesburg High School where select students can earn an International Diploma.
• $28,000 was invested into our district’s Robotics programs.
• $25,000 was invested to provide students with technology needed for distance learning.
• $6,565 was provided to stretch seniors face masks to wear during their high school graduation ceremonies.
• $5,000 was invested to increase instructional impact through authentic literacy programs.
• $3,700 was invested in a food assistance program through student services.

Financials

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Educational Foundation of Lake County Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. James Myers

Bowen, Schroth, Mazenko, & Broome, P.A.

Term: 2018 - 2020

Brenda Peterson

Fairwinds Credit Union

Rich Billings

Citizens First Bank (retired)

Peggy Fuller

Lake County Schools (retired)

Lillian Lockette

Suntrust Bank (retired)

Dick Bowersox

Roe-Rich Corporation

Allan Seabrook

United Southern Bank

Diane Kornegay

Lake County Schools Superintendent (ex-officio)

Stuart Klatte

Lake County Education Association

Bill Mathias

Lake County School Board (ex-officio)

Sean Parks

Lake County Board of County Commissioners (ex-officio)

Kristy Parsons

Caliber Home Loans

Mike DeGraw

CenturyLink

Margo Odom

Embarq (retired)

Davis Talmage

Lassiter Ware Insurance

Jerry Miller

Duke Energy

Barbara Wilson-Smith

Lake County Schools (retired)

Pam Burtnett

Florida Education Association

Jim Miller

ERA Grizzard Realtors

B. Grassel

Lake County Education Association (retired)

Peggy Campbell

Lake County Schools (retired)

Janet Bolivar

Bolivar Consulting

Cathy Blankenship

US Postal Service (retired)

Gregg Collier

Raymond James / Collier Financial Solutions

Peyton Grinnell

Lake County Sheriff (ex-officio)

Sandy Stura

Lake County Schools (retired)

Bobby Rhodes

ECO Construction

Rosanne Brandeburg

Insight Credit Union

B.E. Thompson

Early Learning Coalition of Lake County

Rich Yoder

United Airlines (retired)

Kate Smith

Lake County Sheriff's Office

Joe MacLaren

CFE Federal Credit Union

James Myers

Bowen, Schroth, Mazenko, & Broome, P.A.

Joe MacLaren

CFE Federal Credit Union

Joe MacLaren

CFE Federal Credit Union

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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/24/2020

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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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data