Chatham Education Foundation

Reach Higher

Chatham, NJ   |  www.chathamedfoundation.org

Mission

Support educational excellence in the School District of the Chathams through parent and community donations

Notes from the nonprofit

The Chatham Education Foundation’s vision is to be the leading partner for the School District of the Chathams for collaborating on innovative ideas to enrich education, support future-focused initiatives, and establish a sustainable source of funding through an endowment.

Ruling year info

1997

President

Sally Allen

Main address

PO Box 81

Chatham, NJ 07928 USA

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EIN

22-3285022

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The School District of the Chathams per-pupil budgetary cost is below peer schools and the NJ and the Morris county average. When the Board of Education annually reviews the school budget, one consistently stated desire is to hire more teachers, fund additional teacher development, and provide new innovative programs to introduce new leading edge technology. However, the school district is often forced to forgo some of these needs in its budget because it cannot raise enough revenue through local tax levies, and has therefore had to rely on private funding to supplement its stretched budget.

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?

Support educational excellence in the School District of the Chathams, NJ

Chatham Education Foundation supports initiatives that would not otherwise be funded through the traditional school district budget.

Grant-making is structured around four principal goals:
1. Innovative Learning Spaces
2. Supporting Educator Growth
3. Fostering Student Well-being
4. Supporting Student Learning

Within those broad outlines, Foundation grants support the arts, classrooms of the future, literacy, professional development, social studies, social-emotional support, the future-focused education speaker series, and initiatives in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

Where we work

Our results

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

Average number of dollars received per donor

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Support educational excellence in the School District of the Chathams, NJ

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

To learn how to give and for a list of our generous donors, please see www.chathamedfoundation.org.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Adolescents, Children, Preteens, Young adults

Related Program

Support educational excellence in the School District of the Chathams, NJ

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For details on grants awarded, please see www.chathamedfoundation.org. Pre COVID, grants averaged $104,000 per year. Thus far in the 2021-22 school year, $55,723 in grants have been awarded.

Number of endowments

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

Young adults, Adolescents, Children, Preteens

Related Program

Support educational excellence in the School District of the Chathams, NJ

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our growing endowment has reached over $1.3 million. For a description of the endowment, how to give, and a list of endowment donors, please see www.chathamedfoundation.org.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Chatham Education Foundation’s vision is to be the leading partner for the School District of the Chathams for collaborating on innovative ideas to enrich education, support future-focused initiatives, and establish a sustainable source of funding through an endowment.

In addition to annual grant funding of $100,000, Chatham Education Foundation established an endowment to address increasing strains on the School District of the Chathams. A Permanent Endowment, by producing a reliable stream of income, will bring increased stability and longevity to grant funding, as well as the ability to increase the absolute level of grants. A Term Endowment will help the school district deal with inevitable budget shocks resulting from unpredictable New Jersey State funding levels. We hope that Chatham Education Foundation donors will contribute to the endowment and continue their history of strong philanthropic support for our schools.

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees consists of volunteers from all corners of the community and operates independently of the Board of Education, parent-teacher organizations, and booster groups.

Chatham Education Foundation completed fiscal year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 with net income of $193k, down 7% from last fiscal year. This is due cancellation of our Casino Royale event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Net assets at the end of the fiscal year were a record $865k, up 35% from the prior fiscal year. Assets include an endowment with $801k market value. As a result of new endowment agreements and strong operating financials, the endowment has been built while maintaining significant levels of grant-giving to the school district.

For school year 2019-20 the Foundation funded 18 grants to teachers and administrators for a total of $57k, down from a more typical $100k/year level due to COVID-19 :

• $24k to K-5 schools: Washington, Milton, Southern Boulevard, Lafayette
• $12k to Chatham Middle School (grades 6-8)
• $10k to Chatham High School (grades 9-12)
• $10k for school district grants including TEDx teacher training and 3D printer supplies to manufacture personal protective equipment during COVID-19

Grants covered a wide array of curricular areas and projects, from furniture to support 21st century learning to technology, math and science to English.

All students and educators in our school district are positively impacted by donations made to Chatham Education Foundation. Our generous donors proudly help us Reach Higher!

Financials

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Chatham Education Foundation

Board of directors
as of 9/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sally Allen

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 09/12/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/09/2021

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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.
  • 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.