Oakland Public Education Fund

The Oakland Public Education Fund leads the development and investment of community resources in Oakland public schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive.

aka Oakland Schools Foundation   |   Oakland, CA   |  www.oaklandedfund.org

Mission

The Oakland Public Education Fund leads the development and investment of community resources in Oakland public schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive.

Ruling year info

2003

Interim Executive Director

Ms. Alexandria Medina

Main address

P.O. Box 71005

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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EIN

43-2014630

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Oakland Public Education Fund

The Ed Fund is the only organization focused on raising money for all Oakland public schools. We create and support partnerships that lead to great outcomes for kids. We rally people around our public schools.

Population(s) Served

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.

Number of volunteers

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Oakland Public Education Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of volunteers who participated in a given year

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of A to Z grants awarded to Oakland educators in a given year

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Oakland Public Education Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The dollar amount of A to Z grants awarded to Oakland educators

Number of fiscal sponsor applicants sponsored

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

Oakland Public Education Fund

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Over the past decade, with support from community partners across civic, philanthropic, and business sectors, the Oakland Public Education Fund (Ed Fund) has helped schools and the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) increase resources needed to develop high-quality educational programs. Our mission is to lead the development and investment of community resources in Oakland’s public schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive. We focus on those furthest from opportunity, because kids who come to school with less need more.

We address the resource disparity among Oakland schools and students in several ways: the A-Z Fund, fiscal sponsorship for schools, and donations of materials and supplies to meet immediate needs. The A- Z Fund raises money to distribute back to schools that have high rates of students in poverty and do not have strong parent fundraising infrastructure. We raise funds for this program through an annual gala, online campaigns, local events, and philanthropic partnerships.

Our fiscal sponsorship services provide infrastructure to underresourced schools. We provide them with a way to conduct online fundraising and help them manage their resources through the Ed Fund.

Finally, we are a nimble partner in responding to material needs of students. We have mobilized donors and volunteers to provide coats to newcomers, backpacks to low-income students, and for other time-sensitive campaigns.

We have a strong relationship with the Oakland school district which enables us to leverage our respective strengths in fundraising, communications, and community engagement. Additionally, we possess active and reciprocal partnerships with leaders in the technology sector, including Salesforce and Intel. Our tech partners have brought more traditionally underrepresented students into the STEM field through increased exposure to computer science, quality math instruction, and mentoring.

We also mobilize people to support Oakland schools through the Oakland Schools Volunteer (OSV) program. In a school environment where employee attention is stretched in many different directions, community involvement is an essential resource for enabling students to access a great education. OSV is the single entry point for community members wanting to volunteer in Oakland schools. Since its inception, OSV has screened, trained, and placed over 520 community members in Oakland public schools to serve as weekly tutors or classroom aides, as well as cleared over 2,500 parents/guardians to volunteer in their children’s school. We have also engaged over 1,500 community members in our onetime volunteer events, which include: Back to School Support, the African American, Latinx, and Asian American Literature Read-In
Weeks, and Computer Science Education Week.

OSV also houses Oakland’s Adopt-a-School Program where we match local businesses with schools to support them through group volunteer projects that give employees a way to have hands- on experience at the school site and develop a personal connection to Oakland schools. Some of the ways that schools have benefited from this program are back-to-school clean up days, teacher appreciation events, career days, eyeopening field trips, and mentorship. The Ed Fund serves as the intermediary between the business and the school site. This is an important role to prevent the breakdown of partnerships like these due to neither entity having the time or staff to dedicate to organizing events. We bridge this gap by assigning Ed Fund staff to convene representatives from the school and business partner to plan events for the year and
provide the logistical support needed to ensure their success.

The Ed Fund has a strong track record of successful implementation of programs, events, funder cultivation, and business development. Our staff is organized into three principle areas: operations/finance, development, and programs. Each of these teams works together to achieve the goals of resource equity, stronger partnerships, and community engagement.

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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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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 recent months significant changes were made to both the board and to senior leadership of the organization based on months of in depth focus groups and interviews with key stakeholders, community partners, and funders.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    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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Oakland Public Education Fund

Board of directors
as of 8/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Marjorie Goux

Clif Bar & Co

Term: 2020 - 2022

Helen Bulwik

Pacific Art Group

Rupa Gupta

Sown to Grow

Betsy Merzenich

Hirsch & Associates

Loraine Binion

UC Berkeley

Tom Low

Pivot Partners

Betsy Beros

Jordan Real Estate Investments

John Palmer

Orrick

Cari Jacobs

Torch

Wilbur Hobbs

Community Bank of the Bay

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 ? 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 05/19/2020

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
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
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: 05/19/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.