Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation Incorporated

Our Students, Our Future!

Anoka, MN   |  www.ahef.us

Mission

AHEF cultivates equitable and innovative experiences for students through partnerships with compassionate people who have generous hearts.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Theresa (Tess) DeGeest

Main address

2727 N Ferry Street

Anoka, MN 55303 USA

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EIN

41-1691433

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (B11)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

AHEF strives to address the opportunity gap for Anoka-Hennepin's more than 38,000 students, where public funds end but student and school needs continue. As a non-profit supporting the largest school district in the state of Minnesota, AHEF aims to level the playing field for our students. AHEF does this by cultivating equitable and innovative experiences for students through partnerships with compassionate people who have generous hearts. Our vision is that students feel connected and are joyfully engaged in discovering who they are while making a positive impact on our community.

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?

Grants to staff, teachers for in and outside of the classroom.

AHEF donors fund grants to Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools' teachers and staff to create and enrich opportunities for their students, pre-K through Adult Basic Education, so that they make grow.

Population(s) Served

Donors to AHEF ensure Anoka-Hennepin students can participate in afterschool activities. These funds cover the cost of after school activities fees when an Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools' middle or high school student's family is otherwise unable to do so.

Population(s) Served

AHEF donors ensure Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools' students who otherwise aren't able to afford to take these college credit-earning exams, still have the chance to earn the college credits.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Charities Review Council Seal of Approval 2017

Awards

Excellence in Business Award for Nonprofits 2017

Metro North Chamber of Commerce

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 donors retained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

855 donors were retained from 2018-19 into 2019-20, representing a 77% donor retention rate.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Using a 3 year estimate for grant awards with re-usable tools (i.e. books, technology, curricula, etc.), estimate grants impacted 29,100 students in 2019, representing 77% of the student population.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Grant requests are evaluated for breadth and depth of impact on students and fit with AHEF's strategic priorities.

Number of grants requested by school teachers and staff.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric reflects both need for additional resources in schools and classrooms and perceptions of whether AHEF is a known and meaningful resource for teachers and staff.

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.

1. Advancing Talent and Opportunity Development. Increasing opportunities for all students, respective to academics, athletics, and arts, beyond what has traditionally been referred to as “Gifted and Talented” for high achieving students.

2. Expanding Career and College Readiness. Preparing students for life after graduation.

3. Enriching Early Childhood Education. Focusing on pre-K through Grade 5.

Through AHEF, our donors create and expand opportunities for students to engage and grow their talents with funding for after school activities grants and college credit exams (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and CLEP testing grants) for students who otherwise would not be able to afford to participate or earn these college credits.

Donors fund classroom and school grants to bring innovative ideas and materials to the staff and students.

Donors are helping close the achievement gap by closing the opportunity gap for students across our district by funding opportunities for students to joyfully engage in discovering who they are in and outside of the classroom.

Donors fund district-wide grants that help move the needle for all students where publicly provided dollars stop but the needs of students continue. In this way, AHEF helps bridge the funding gap.

AHEF leverages the experience, skills and perspectives of twenty board members who represent the students, staff, parents, businesses and communities in our district. Of these board members, five are high school students, one from each of our district's five high schools. AHEF believes that intentionally and overtly including student voices on our board is essential to their and our long term success.

With a staff of two and an annual budget of approximately $250,000, our foundation is small but mighty. The executive director and office manager have been with AHEF for more than nine years and leverage relationships within the foundation, district, businesses and communities based on this longevity.

AHEF has a strong, collaborative partnership with the Anoka-Hennepin School District's board, management, teachers and staff. These relationships ensure that resources are well stewarded and that the impact of donor investments are celebrated. AHEF benefits from the direct financial support of nearly 900 district employees, which represent 20 percent of district employees. Over time, this support has grown both in the number of employee donors and in the total amount donated each year. Given that our teachers and staff see the immediate needs of our students, it is not surprising that they are core donors.

AHEF also has strong partnerships with numerous area businesses, elected officials, civic organizations, and foundations. We are active members of three area Chambers of Commerce and partner with local Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, and American Legion clubs.

AHEF networks with other public school district foundations across the state of Minnesota, is a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and a member of an Anoka County non-profit group that shares best practices, a non-profit community calendar, and works to educate our communities that we as non-profits are more collaborative than competitive. The overarching message is that together we weave a web of support for our families and communities.

Our longer-term goals include deepening and widening our base of support for our students and schools by continuing to cultivate personal, meaningful relationships that are donor and student centric.

By growing our organizational capacity over the past several years, we have grown our ability to serve more students, more deeply. 29,100 directly benefited from our donors' generosity in 2018-19. Our goal though, is for every student to know that they have access to opportunities through AHEF so that no needs go unmet.

We also measure progress by seeding new programs and initiatives that then demonstrate positive impact on students. In several cases, initially grant-funded programs have been adopted by the schools and/or district based on their effectiveness and positive value on student success. For example, this was the case for a grant to provide leadership development opportunities for struggling middle school students in alternative settings and for a district-wide, advanced, honors orchestra for 6-8th grade students. In these ways, our donors are cultivating innovation for not just our students, but also our staff.

We continue to work to better define our accomplishments so that we can also better define the unmet needs of our students and schools.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, input from teachers and staff,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In 2018, we launched a second grant cycle to be more responsive to teachers and the needs their students had in the Fall. Previously, we awarded all grants in the Spring for the next school year. The intention was to ensure that teachers and staff had time to integrate their grant projects into the curriculum. However, teachers shared with us that they didn't always know what needs their students would have in the next school year, especially for elementary teachers who may switch grades. So, we began offering smaller, classroom grants that teachers could apply for by October 1 with funds awarded by October 20. This increased agility and responsiveness means students needs are being met in a more timely manner.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation Incorporated

Board of directors
as of 3/11/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mike Broos

Retired, Anoka-Hennepin Schools

Term: 2017 - 2019

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 01/07/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/17/2019

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.