AURORA PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION

Aurora, CO   |  www.educateaurora.org

Mission

To cultivate community investment to enrich student opportunity.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Ms. Jill Ruiter

Main address

15701 E 1st Ave Ste 206

Aurora, CO 80011 USA

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EIN

74-2477363

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

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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?

College and Career Centers

A College and Career Center is a resource that we will establish in every Aurora Public high school to ensure all students have access to the resources and guidance they need to plan for a successful post-secondary future. Currently, College and Career Centers operate in four of the six district high schools. College and Career advisers guide students and their families through applying for financial aid and scholarships, completing college applications, preparing for college life and understanding the dynamics of work-force opportunities like internships and vocational programs. The Foundation works in close collaboration with district leaders, school principals and counselors to complement programs already in place and to strengthen the college-bound and work-force readiness-culture in each school. Goals include increasing graduation rates, lowering dropout rates, creating pathways to a variety of valuable post-secondary options and unlocking scholarship dollars for students.

An investment of $100 dollars into our College and Career Center can be turned into $10,487 in scholarships for a student.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The APS Foundation stewards a robust student scholarship program created through the generosity of individuals, families and organizations throughout our community. This scholarship program fosters the college-bound culture within the district.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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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 goals of the APS Foundation are to:
• Create a college and career bound culture in APS through the development of College and Career Centers in six APS high schools;
• Support our students, teachers and classrooms by facilitating philanthropic and community support for APS; and
• Continue to steward an effective scholarship program created through the generosity of our community.

OurCollege and Career Centers offer the following activities for students.
• Intrusive advising/mentoring
• One on One, small group and large group delivery methods,
• Parent engagement strategies,
• College and career exploration activities,
• FAFSA Support and Workshops,
• Credit recovery, night school,
• Find your future, Taste of Careers Tuesdays and Fridays,
• Alumni Engagement,
• Internship opportunities,
• Wrap around services,
• College enrollment support,
• Concurrent enrollment assistance, and
• College visits and partnerships.

The APS Foundation has been assisting APS students and families for 30 years, has deep partnerships with community and up to a 25 person board of directors who assist in the governance and operations.

Currently there are one full time and three part-time staff persons.

Here are some examples of how we have impacted APS students:

A higher percentage of students served by the CCC at Hinkley High School completed FAFSA's compared to those who chose not to use the services (85% and 29%, respectively). This suggests that working with the CCC to learn about FAFSAs and receiving assistance in completing them increases the numbers of families who submit the FAFSA for college financing.

Both Rangeview and Hinkley conducted organized college visits with students and 456 students participated in those organized visits. The support the CCC provides, helps students and their families to visit campuses so that they can decide which postsecondary institutions are suitable for them.

A number (548) of 2014 high school graduates were concurrently enrolled in high school and college courses before they graduated. Concurrent enrollment helps students persist through their college careers.

Hinkley graduates saw a $2.2 million increase in scholarships awarded to 2015 graduates compared to those who graduated in 2014. The CCC helps students identify potential scholarship opportunities and provides support while students complete the applications.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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AURORA PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 10/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Monica Colbert Burton

Rocky Mountain Mechanical Contractors Association

Term: 2020 - 2023

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/15/2021

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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

Race & ethnicity

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