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GUILFORD EDUCATION ALLIANCE INC

Great communities have great schools

Greensboro, NC   |  www.guilfordeducationalliance.org

Mission

Guilford Education Alliance (GEA) is an independent nonprofit that galvanizes the community in support of a cradle to career pathway for all students with an emphasis on support for they PreK – 12 public school system.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Ms. Winston McGregor

Main address

311 Pomona Drive, Suite E

Greensboro, NC 27407 USA

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EIN

20-0328746

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Community Coalitions (S21)

Unknown (Z99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We collaborate with people and organizations to connect community resources with the needs of Guilford County Schools students, educators and families

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?

Teacher Supply Warehouse

The average teacher spends $990 - $1000 of their own money on classroom supplies. In truth – for many teachers, that number is low. The Teacher Supply Warehouse, a partnership between Guilford County Schools, Guilford Education Alliance and numerous community partners, is designed to help off-set that cost by offering new and gently-used supplies to GCS educators at no-cost. In 2018-19, the Warehouse served more than 3000 teachers – more than ever before. GCS educators can shop up to four times a year. If you have it, we guarantee a GCS teacher can use it! Businesses can donate outdated letterhead, binders and folders, items left over from a trade show, post-it notes, etc. to the TSW and then teachers are invited to “shop” for items they can use in their classrooms at no charge. The Warehouse also accepts donations of new supplies from businesses and individuals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through the Strategic Advocacy Project, GEA advocates to and on behalf of the community for strong investment in Guilford County Schools. We work to build a broad base of support for GCS by equipping the wider community with the information that they need to weigh in on the important policy discussions impacting public education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

GEA believes that community and school partnerships are key to public school success. The Education Summit is a yearly event that brings together those in our community – individuals, organizations and businesses – that spark possibility in Guilford County Schools and in our community. Together, we take time to explore the timely educational issues and how collectively, we as a community can lift up our public schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Through the Let’s Talk Education speaker series, GEA seeks to build a common understanding of educational issues grounded in research and experience because an informed community can advocate for all of its students. During these monthly talks, we bring local and state experts together with the wider community to talk together about the issues that shape education policy and planning.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Getting inside a school is one the best ways to learn more about public education in Guilford County. During this yearly event, GEA invites community members to spend the morning shadowing a GCS principal to experience how some of our community’s most dynamic leaders juggle a dizzying array of challenges. Then, join us for a lunch and learn program with school principals, other community participants and GCS leaders. Relationships between the community and our schools matter and this popular event helps build key community-school connections

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

: Do you have 45 minutes to spare? Participate in one of GEA’s Community Reader Days! We provide the book and you read it to a GCS elementary school class. It’s easy and it’s fun. You will leave the classroom inspired, we promise! In under an hour, you can let a GCC teacher and class know that Guilford County values public education. Help us build strong community-school connections being a Community Reader.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

People in our community are working to tackle complex challenges and support GCS students and schools in a variety of ways. GEA leaders and volunteers are involved in Ready for School Ready for Life, Triad Workforce Solutions Collaborative, Guilford Apprenticeship Partners, projects at local schools and more. Have an idea? Want to plug in? Call us. We can help.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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Continue to build a strong strategic partnership with GCS that leverages GEA's unique assets in support of our school system, by focusing on expanding connections between school and community leaders, and focusing programs and communication efforts on key GCS priorities.\r\n\r\n• Establish effective working relationship with the new superintendent, by first helping the new superintendent to have a smooth landing and entry into the community. \r\n• Provide increased opportunities for business and community leaders to build dialogue and working relationships with other key GCS leaders, including the superintendent's cabinet, other key central office leaders, and principals. \r\n• Align content of GEA's core programming (ELA, Ed Summit, Principal for a Day, Community Readers, TSW, weekly e-blast) with GCS priorities\r\n• Actively support successful roll-out of Say Yes to Education Guilford

Establish effective working relationship with the new superintendent, by first helping the new superintendent to have a smooth landing and entry into the community. \r\no Introductory reception/event\r\no Series of small group coffees, breakfasts and dinners\r\n\r\n• Provide increased opportunities for business and community leaders to build dialogue and working relationships with other key GCS leaders, including the superintendent's cabinet, other key central office leaders, and principals. \r\no Principal for a Day - [move to fall keeping Ed Summit in the Spring and ask participants to then serve as one of the GEA Hosts at the spring Ed Summit. ]\r\no CEC events that include more GCS senior leaders and provide time for connection and relationship building, not just issue briefings\r\n Duck Shack Social Events with Guest Speaker\r\n Regular small group breakfasts where principals and cabinet members share strategic plans or new initiatives and get feedback\r\no Through eblast and other communications, raise profile of school principals and key “people" at GCS. (16-17 budget presentation by Interim Superintendents focused on “the people" at GCS we can build on and support that) \r\n\r\n• Align content of GEA's core programming (ELA, Ed Summit, Principal for a Day, Community Readers, TSW, weekly e-blast) with GCS priorities\r\no Reading achievement initiative\r\no Teacher and principal recruitment and retention\r\no Achievement gap: Implicit Bias and Systemic Racism Training\r\n\r\n• Actively support successful roll-out of Say Yes to Education Guilford\r\no ED continue to serve on Operating Committee \r\no ED continue to participate in endowment fundraising\r\no ED to serve on Communication Working Group and utilize GEA communication tools to amplify Say Yes messaging\r\no Develop Say Yes Guilford Corporate Compact to engage the business and professional community in Say Yes programs.

Our Board, which includes the Chair of the Board of Education and School Superintendent, is closely and strategically aligned with our public school district. We don't deliver services to students and families, but rather engage the community in support of our schools. We raise money for strategic school system priorities not funded with public dollars. We provide direct support to district teachers. Advocacy is focused largely at the county level. We leverage information and resources from trusted state-wide partners to also engage in state issues, especially with the Guilford County delegation. We are also establishing an advisory board for the Teacher Supply Warehouse to engage a broader group of leaders in GEA oversight. \r\n\r\nWe are a lean organization with a small staff. Operating lean allows us to direct resources to priorities of the school system as we have in the past and are now with Say Yes. Staying lean requires us to leverage more volunteer, contract and partner support. Tapping experienced and generous contractors for special projects allows us big capacity for relatively low dollars.

GEA has engaged our community in support of quality public education. Community support has helped encourage our local delegation to keep school funding the same or increase it over the past five years when many districts suffered budget cuts. Bringing the community together has also resulted in attracting Say Yes to Education to expand to Guilford County.\r\n\r\n“Guilford Education Alliance has served as a critical convener and relationship broker in our community — playing a key role in successfully bringing Say Yes to Education to Guilford County," Kevin Lundy, Program Officer at The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, said in his successful nomination of GEA for the 2015 Nonprofit of the Year. \r\n “There is no question that really strong public education is critical for our whole community," said Nathan Duggins, GEA Vice Chair. “Whether that's tackling a tough issue like diversity in our schools or bringing something like Say Yes to this community — (the Alliance) has done it by bringing people together around a common table," Duggins said.\r\n“The school system is huge, and so it has to have structure to hold that size," McGregor says. “We can be a more lean and nimble partner and together, with the community's help, facilitate creative, innovative solutions to challenges."\r\n\r\nAs economic development work gets really connected through Business HighP and GSO Partnership SY to Ed is creating opportunity for community to connect to public schools. GEA is the community's resource to stay connected with education issues and how education is critically tied to economic development. We are building strategic relationships with elected leaders to help everyone understand perspectives. Policies issues are complicated. GEA helps provide information around the complex education and funding issues. We would like to reach an even wider audience.\r\n\r\nOne thing we hear from school leaders as top issue/challenge is attracting and retaining talent. While the state is increasing salaries, our local supplement is much lower than comparable areas like Charlotte and Raleigh which have much lower poverty levels. So in addition to competing with other states like Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee, Guilford County Schools also competes with other counties right down the road. Attention being paid to how to attract and retain teachers and principals. GEA is working to help create an atmosphere for educators to feel like they are making a difference and can help them be motivated to stay.

Financials

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

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GUILFORD EDUCATION ALLIANCE INC

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Phillip McCall

Rebecca Buffington

Community Volunteer

Patrick W. Chapin

President & CEO, Business High Point, Inc.

Brent Christensen

President & CEO, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce

Tawannah Allen

Associate Professor, High Point University

Phillip H. McCall, Jr.

Retired, Principal PArtner, Servant Leadership, LLC

Afi Johnson-Parris

Attorney, Fox Rothschild

Lolita Malave

Broker in Charge/Branch Leader, Allen Tate Realtors

Deena Hayes-Greene

Chair, Guilford County Board of Education

Joe Blosser

Chief Impact Officer, Earl & Kathryn Congdon Family Foundation

Natalie Folmar

Attorney, Tuggle Duggins

Sara Millard

General Counsel, Global Mortgage, Arch Capital Services, Inc.

Joel Mills

Chief People Officer, AdaptHealth

Whitney Oakley

Superintendent, Guilford County Schools

Bryan J. Pierce

Pastor, Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro

Patrick Tewksbury

VP, Global Indirect Procurement, VF Corporation

Frank K. Thomas

Pastor, Mount Zion Baptist Church of High Point

Cecelia Thompson

Exective Director, Action Greensboro

Eric Townsend

Director of Communicatoins, Elon University School of Law

Effie Varitimidis

Director of Constituent Services NC-06, US House of Representatives

Terrence Williams

COO, M. Edwards Group

Michelle Schneider

VP and Chief Philanthropy Officer, Cone Health

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/6/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/06/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.