Lancaster Education Foundation

aka Lancaster Education Foundation   |   Lancaster, PA   |  www.lancastereducation.com

Mission

The mission of the Foundation is to support teaching excellence and student success in the School District of Lancaster.

The LEF was founded in 1989 by community leaders who wished to support teaching and learning in the School District of Lancaster. LEF began raising monies to support innovative and creative programs in the classroom. Students benefit directly.

Ruling year info

1990

Principal Officer

Ann S Womble

Main address

445 N Reservoir St

Lancaster, PA 17602 USA

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EIN

23-2583874

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Community Foundations (T31)

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Programs and results

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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?

Venture Grants

LEF offers Venture Grants, ranging from $100 to $5,000 to teachers for innovative programs - either in the classroom or for a school-wide initiative.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

This program is an opportunity for individuals, businesses, or groups to contribute $250 to “adopt” a district classroom. The $250 will be given to the teacher to purchase items needed to enrich the classroom environment. The donor has the option of selecting a specific classroom or just specifying a certain age group.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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.

To support teaching excellence and student success in the School District of Lancaster Pennsylvania as the district strives to set the standard for urban education.

The Lancaster Education Foundation seeks balanced financial growth, expanding partnerships with individuals and businesses, as well as achieving sustainability.

The Lancaster Education Foundation is a key part of the School District of Lancaster support system. Through continued annual and endowment growth the Foundation's board of directors has stabilized its staff and increased the hours of the position of the Coordinator of Alumni Affairs. All staff members expanded their knowledge through professional development opportunities.

The Foundation's community relationships and partnerships continue to grow, including alumni partnerships that allow School District of Lancaster students to increase their academic experience as well as employment and mentorship experiences. By honing in on four areas of focus, the foundation is in a position to take advantage of new opportunities as they arise. Examples are increasing scholarship opportunities, increasing funding for technology and training for teachers, and fulfilling grant requests for innovative projects and initiatives. Finally, the foundation's events are designed to bring attention to the issues facing the students of the School District of Lancaster or to celebrate their success.

Continued growth in donors is evidence of the inclusion of long-term inclusion of our internal and external stakeholders in their giving plans.

Continued growth in scholarships is a reflection of the perceived value of district graduates as they pursue post-secondary education.

Continued growth of the endowment is evidence to engaging district alumni and business community of the foundation's mission and vision.

The foundation seeks to increase its media and social media coverage to effectively communicate the foundation's case for support.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Lancaster Education Foundation

Board of directors
as of 12/28/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marcy Radcliffe

Candace Roper

School District of Lancaster

Marcy Radcliffe

Damaris Rau

School District of Lancaster

Barbara Boben

Lancaster Education Foundation

Erin Bavington

William Zee

Christine Carrigan

Robin Goodson

Annette Plaza

Jane Appleyard

McCaskey Alumni Association

Eric Baytala

Margaret Hazlett

Jen Kopf

Adam Schott

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 12/28/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/24/2020

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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 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.