WILLIAM AND LANAEA C FEATHERSTONE FOUNDATION INC

aka Featherstone Foundation   |   Ellicott City, MD   |  www.thefeatherstonefoundation.org

Mission

To create sustainable solutions to bridge the opportunity divide among the Latino and underserved communities.

Notes from the nonprofit

Daily Record Newspaper: Foundation President Lanaea C. Featherstone receives VIP Award: Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 (2016)
Maryland Governor's Citationfor promoting economic growth across the state. (2016)
Community Service Award, Baltimore Gas and Electric (2016)
Community Service Awards, Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council(2016)
Nonprofit of the Year Award, Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2015)
Community Service Award,Latino Providers' Network (2015)
MELLFIN Family Engagement Award, English Language Learner Family Involvement Network. (2015)
Community Service Award, Winchester Homes (2008)

Ruling year info

2009

CEO

Mrs. Lanaea C. Featherstone

Main address

11101 Resort Road, #107

Ellicott City, MD 21042 USA

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EIN

26-3827474

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our overarching portfolio consists of programs that fit into two main categories: Economic Advancement and Equality. We exist to provide services that help immigrant families achieve equitable economic growth.

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?

Computer Literacy: Empowering Immigrants One "Click" at a Time

The Featherstone Foundation organizes its signature, eight-week, digital literacy program: Empowering Latinos, One “Click” at a Time.

Our robust computer literacy program taught the Latinx community digital literacy skills with the goal of increasing their employment opportunities and enhancing their ability to support their children academically. As a result of the course, our trainees achieved tremendous outcomes. For the first time, they learned to use the Internet, create resumes for professional development and improve their overall digital footprint.

During the course of the program, we served 22 adults from the following countries: El Salvador, (32%); Mexico (23%), Ecuador (14%), Honduras (14%) and 17% from other countries (Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru and Venezuela).

Population(s) Served

Our leading financial education workshops provide participants with practical skills that help shape critical personal finance decisions.

In observance of National Financial Literacy Month, the William & Lanaea C. Featherstone Foundation organized Mi Dinero, Mi Destino, a premier financial literacy workshop offered in Spanish. With seminars on budgeting, savings, credit, identify theft protection and home buying, the event provided the Latino community with the know-how, tools and best practices to make informed personal finance decisions.

Population(s) Served

The Featherstone Global Leaders’ Educational training program is organized for children ages five and up. Students participate in interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs - and Spanish. Our children also learn about electricity and the flow of energy.

The Featherstone Foundation’s Virtual Spanish Classes will take place via the Zoom platform every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10am -11am. Students will receive extremely engaging virtual lessons from a native bilingual professional. Class sessions will run for two weeks for a total of six classes. We invite all beginner students to register online here.

Learning languages enhances critical thinking; increases global awareness; promotes language fluency and increases employment marketability. The Program will help level the playing field by providing students with access to a foreign language, thus building their competitive advantage. Students who study languages are better equipped to handle the demands of our globalized world. In fact, those that speak languages often make better candidates for leadership positions. The Program has two main goals: (1) To inspire students to learn more about languages and culture and (2) To be informed and engaged citizens in our globalized world.

These instructors will provide a fun, engaging and interactive language immersion program that is aligned with the needs of today’s 21st Century learners. Professionally developed lesson plans, in Spanish, will include activities on daily life, cultural arts, climate action and geography that have real-world implications and applications.

At a time where our neighbors from all around the world are coming together virtually, the Featherstone Foundation is committed to helping the students in Baltimore City and the surrounding metro area continue to grow academically. In these unprecedented times, we hope that these classes will provide consistent, in-home academic enrichment for students.

Population(s) Served

Employment is a powerful driver that connects individuals to economic stability.

48 Participants
18 Countries
23 Languages

Problem: Underserved communities experience nontraditional challenges obtaining professional employment opportunities.

Solution:
We are an incubator of bilingual talent and pipeline for employers to tap qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Impact: Our graduates are now working at BB&T, Bank of America, Fulton Bank, Howard Bank, MECU, PNC, State Farm, Wells Fargo and other organizations, earning up between $9,000 and $42,000 more in wages, plus benefits.

Population(s) Served

Access to higher-education is a powerful driver that creates opportunities for underserved communities to achieve economic stability.

28 Merit-Based Scholarship Awards
23 Award Winners
10 Countries

Problem: Students from economically-challenged backgrounds face enormous financial challenges and succumb to an unfortunate reality that college is unaffordable and unattainable – even if they are top, academically performing students.

Solution: The Featherstone College Scholarship program makes higher education accessible for underrepresented, talented students and levels the playing field in higher education by providing equal access to opportunities.

Impact: Over the past three years, we have awarded 28 merit based awards totaling 58,000. First-generation college students are now attending Cornell University, University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland.

In Fall 2020, we will award an additional 13 merit-based scholarships to students in need of financial support. This year, we will provide $28,000 in awards that create access to higher education – and level the playing field for those communities that face enormous challenges. This scholarship aims to eliminate financial barriers to higher education and provide underserved communities with access to additional funding. These awards will be provided through our flagship Featherstone College Scholarships, Euodias E. Parker Scholarships, and for the first time ever, the Featherstone HBCU Scholarship.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Nonprofit of the Year 2015

Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

MELLFIN Family Engagement Award 2015

Maryland English Language Learner Family Involvement Network

Community Service Award 2008

Winchester Homes

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 employment placements defined as temporary or seasonal

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Creating a Global Workforce: Reaching New Heights

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Creating a Global Workforce: Reaching New Heights

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average change in income of clients served (in dollars)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Creating a Global Workforce: Reaching New Heights

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are so proud that our 2019-2020 graduates secured employment at Bank of America, BB&T now Truist, Fulton Bank, Live Casino, and PNC and other organizations, earning between $16,000 and $39,000 more

Number of employer partners offering jobs to clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Creating a Global Workforce: Reaching New Heights

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are so proud that our 2019-2020 graduates secured employment at Bank of America, BB&T now Truist, Fulton Bank, Live Casino, and PNC and other organizations, earning between $16,000 and $39,000 more

Number of clients receiving health care benefits as part of wage package

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Creating a Global Workforce: Reaching New Heights

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All participants that received positions in this cohort received benefits for the first time - or are eligible for benefits from the employer.

Additional revenue and wages generated attributable to the organization's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Creating a Global Workforce: Reaching New Heights

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The combined salary increase of the 9 individuals that received employment is $156,160

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Goal 1 - To expand current program offerings and deliver new, innovative programs.

Goal 2 - To create a robust board of directors that will effectively support and help grow the organization.

Goal 3 - To increase financial sustainability through strategic outreach and development activities, as well as earned income activities.

Goal 4 - To improve organizational capacity through development of internal resources.

1.1 –Expand current computer literacy program to reach greater number of beneficiaries
1.2 –Design new programs that are feasible to implement, mission supportive and valuable to beneficiaries
1.3 –Develop partnerships with other organizations

2.1 –Create an “ideal board" structure and board development strategy to guide assembly of full Board of Directors
2.2 –Create board member outreach plan / materials to target key gaps in current board
2.3 –Develop on-boarding materials / procedures
2.4 –Create board governance / succession plan that defines

3.1 –Create a 3 year financial strategy that includes costs, revenues and projections associated with all activities
3.2 –Create a fundraising strategy that defines key steps and target people / groups
3.3 –Create a marketing / branding strategy including materials
3.4 –Determine likely donor groups and individuals and cultivate

4.1 –Create an internal staffing plan that links to program and revenue plans
4.2 –Create priority list with associated costs for internal resources (office space, materials, tech, etc.)
4.3 –Link priority list / staffing plan to fundraising strategy, define how revenue increase will contribute to internal resources

Strength / passion of Executive Director as a visionary, relationship builder and leader
Services are replicable, and can possibly be monetized
Global expertise and experience
High need and demand for services offered to target population (and retention of participants)
Ability to do a lot with few resources
Organization has a strong reputation and good network of influential contacts / ties to the community
Holistic approach meets intersecting needs
Unique expertise / core competency as an independent organization

As of April 2020 -


Problem: Underserved communities experience nontraditional challenges obtaining professional employment opportunities.

Solution: Employment is a powerful driver that connects individuals to economic stability.
We are an incubator of bilingual talent and pipeline for employers to tap qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Impact: Our graduates are now working at BB&T, Bank of America, Fulton Bank, Howard Bank, MECU, PNC, State Farm, Wells Fargo and other organizations, earning up between $9,000 and $42,000 more in wages, plus benefits.

48 Participants
18 Countries
23 Languages


Problem: Students from economically-challenged backgrounds face enormous financial challenges and succumb to an unfortunate reality that college is unaffordable and unattainable – even if they are top, academically performing students.

Solution: Access to higher-education is a powerful driver that creates opportunities for underserved communities to achieve economic stability. The Featherstone College Scholarship program makes higher education accessible for underrepresented, talented students and levels the playing field in higher education by providing equal access to opportunities.

Impact: Over the past three years, we have awarded 28 merit based awards totaling 58,000. First-generation college students are now attending Cornell University, University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland.

AWARDS

Councilman Zeke Cohen Resolution: for “outstanding contribution to tomorrow’s workforce development (2020)
Maryland Governor’s Citation for promoting economic growth across the state. (2016)
Community Service Award, Baltimore Gas and Electric (2016)
Community Service Awards, Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council (2016)
Nonprofit of the Year Award, Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2015)
Community Service Award, Latino Providers’ Network (2015)
MELLFIN Family Engagement Award, English Language Learner Family Involvement Network. (2015)
Community Service Award, Winchester Homes (2008)

Lanaea C. Featherstone’s Awards
The Daily Record Newspaper’s “Leading Women Award” (2018)
Women on the Move Award, Associated Black Charities (2017)
The Daily Record Newspaper, VIP Award (2016)
Open Society Institute Baltimore Fellowship (2013)

Financials

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WILLIAM AND LANAEA C FEATHERSTONE FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 4/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William Featherstone

The Featherstone Foundation

Term: 2008 -

Johnny Yataco

The Washington Hispanic Newspaper

Kevin Olivas

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists

Luis Botello

International Center for Journalists

Lanaea Featherstone

The Featherstone Foundation

William Featherstone

The Featherstone Foundation

Peter Savage

Passport Health, Inc.

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 ? 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? 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