Educational Institutions

Center Education Foundation

aka Center Education Foundation   |   KANSAS CITY, MO   |  www.centereducationfoundation.org

Mission

Our Mission is to enhance resources for educational success of all children within the Center School District by actively involving the entire community. We further our Mission by supporting programs that encourage: • Physical health and well-being • Innovative learning opportunities • Early childhood skills development • Readiness for post-secondary educational and vocational success

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Mr. Rick Chambers

Main address

1221 W 103RD ST STE 164

KANSAS CITY, MO 64114 USA

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EIN

43-1861979

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Public school districts are underfunded from tax dollars largely due to the cost of a wide variety of mandates from state and federal legislation. Tight budgets restrict teachers from providing all of the enriching educational experiences that they would like to create for their students. The Center School District in South Kansas City Missouri has all of these challenges. In addition, high poverty rates among our student families create significant challenges for students and teachers, with students bringing lots of trauma based emotions to the classroom.

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 Grant Program

We provide grants to teachers in the Center School District to allow them to provide experiences for their students that enhance learning and academic achievement. Teachers apply for grants via a standard form. Applications are reviewed by a Board sub-committee and then approved by the Board of Directors.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Students
Budget
$50,000

Around 200 students in the Center School District are considered homeless by the definition of the federal McKinney-Vento standard. In 2019, a community collaborative was formed under the leadership of Serve the World Charities to focus resources to help families develop the skills and resources to succeed in permanent housing. Using a Collective Impact model, the program provides access to a wide variety of support services as well as intensive one-on-one case management to identify and overcome the family's barriers to success.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Budget
$50,000

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Charting impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The primary goal of the Center Education Foundation is to provide resources that enable teachers to maximize the positive impact that they have on student learning, helping students prepare to be successful in post-secondary education and, ultimately, in well-paying, high demand careers. The goal is to help teachers overcome the resource gap between funds from public sources and the need for rich and high impact learning experiences. In addition, our goal is to provide resources and work with community organizations that address the social and emotional needs of students to help them be ready to learn when they are at school. This can include helping to address issues of persistent poverty, housing instability, and family and community dynamics that impact student mental health.

When the Center Education Foundation was created in 1999, we quickly realized that the single best way to impact student learning in the Center School District was to support the work of classroom teachers. Our primary strategy since that time has been to provide funds through a competitive grant program that teachers can request to enhance student learning opportunities. As the Foundation has grown, our ability to help teachers has also improved. We currently award over $50,000 per year with 40-50 grants covering a wide range of academic areas. The ages served by grants range from birth to high school seniors. Academic areas addressed including technology, art, science, math, social studies, literacy, school libraries, physical education, travel experiences, music, behavior, and safety net supports. All grant recipients are required to provide feedback to the Foundation on how the funds were expended and how the program impacted student learning.

The Foundation consists of a volunteer board of alumni and community leaders who raise funds and administer the grant program. An Executive Director provides the day to day support for the Foundation's activities. Funds are raised through a variety of community sources, including corporate partners, alumni, individual donors, and Center staff who donate through a payroll deduction program. The grant review process is conducted by a volunteer group of educators who do an initial screening of requests and make recommendations to the Foundation Board. The Board makes the final funding decisions. Funds are given to the School District to be disbursed to support the teachers per normal district financial procedures.

The primary measurements are the feedback reports received from teachers on the impact that their grants have on student learning. In some cases this will include data driven measurements such as assessment reports. In other cases the measurement is based on testimonials from students and teachers impacted by the grant programs and projects. One of the measures that we have used over time is the steady growth in the number of grant requests submitted to the Foundation. In our early years, we received less than ten requests per year. In the past three years, we have averaged over 70 requests totaling over $90,000. This is also an indication of our potential to grow our impact as we continue to explore new sources of revenue.

Over the past three years, we have awarded over $170,000 in classroom grants to Center teachers. As we move forward, we expect to continue to expand our impact by developing new sources of revenue so that we can approve more of the grant requests that are submitted. In addition, we are expanding our mission to work with a community-based program called Impact Center to address some of the outside needs of our students and their families. The immediate goal of Impact Center is to end homelessness for Center students by providing a wide variety of support resources to help homeless families get into and stay in dignified, permanent housing. Longer term, we expect this group to also address the larger problem of housing instability for our families.

Financials

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Center Education Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/30/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William Gotfredson

Aaron Racine

Monaco, Sanders, Racine, Powell & Reidy

Kathi Shaw

Kathleen Shaw, CPA

Lisa Hardwick

Missouri Court of Appeals

Ted Beckett

Beckett & Hensley

Martha Capehart

Retired

Alan Farris

Landmark National Bank

John Grossnickle

UMB Bank

John Parker

Q10 Capital Advisors

Selina Rios

City Year

Reggie Stockman

Stockman Law Firm

Cathy Stoetzer

Husch, Blackwell

Rick Sanford

Platinum Realty

Larry Mattson

Retired

Keywords

Education, K-12