BALDWIN COUNTY EDUCATION COALITION INC

One Voice. Every Child.

Summerdale, AL   |  www.betterbaldwin.com

Mission

To engage community shareholders in public education and to advocate with one voice for the success of every child in Baldwin County.

Our core business is to mobilize resources (financial, volunteer and in-kind) and support Baldwin County Public Schools.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Mrs. Terry Burkle

Main address

PO Box 932

Summerdale, AL 36580 USA

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EIN

45-3122332

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Born out of need for emergency funding during the economic recession in 2009 the Education Coalition was formed by seven education foundations to advocate for an emergency penny sales tax referendum. Recognizing the strength in a united voice, the Foundations formed the Coalition to focus on system initiatives that would impact every child, including advocating to obtain adequate funding to meet the needs of the district. Our efforts to help stabilize funding for our public schools resulted in five referendums over a seven-year period. As the fastest growing and third largest school system in the state of Alabama, 45 campuses and almost 32,000 students, supporters of the Coalition recognize K-12 education as the "foundation" for building a qualified workforce and the single best investment for a healthier and stronger Baldwin County.

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?

Community Engagement

Community engagement is essential to the Coalition’s mission and core business and is the bulk of what we do. It’s impossible to effectively mobilize resources (volunteer, financial, or in-kind services) without informing and connecting all citizens to create awareness and increase the level of support for our public schools. Our engagement efforts involve serving on various education committees; presenting to civic groups, individuals and organizations; hosting community learning forums; media appearances; and facilitating community conversations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Education Coalition seeks funding to host the annual Gulf Regional Innovative Teaching Conference that provides teachers and school administrators with the tools they need to be exemplary educators. Approximately 1,200 educators attend the week long conference that offers more than 100 sessions on a wide-range of topics.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

Partners in Education is a nationally validated program connecting students, teachers and administrators with business, government, volunteer and civic leaders. The program is an effective method for engaging citizens in the teaching and learning process, increasing public awareness about education issues and fostering ownership for school and student success. The Coalition launched the Faith-Based Initiative in January 2019 to establish formal partnerships between churches and the schools in their local communities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Academics

The Coalition works hard to obtain adequate funding to implement best practices and meet the needs of the district by pursuing grant opportunities and advocating for tax referendums that increase the level of funding for our schools. The cost of project development and writing grants is approximately $15,000 annually however, grants revenue is often more than 1000% of cost.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Academics

A confidential school-based "care closet" available to students with identified need and stocked with tangible items (most of us have readily available in our own homes) essential to enhancing academic success. The Coalition coordinates this county-wide effort to stock each school (45 campuses) with necessary items so students can concentrate and focus on what's most important, learning. It also eliminates the need for our counselors and social workers spending their valuable time soliciting for these items for their school. Items range including school supplies, hygiene, clothing, household, health, snacks and funds to cover the cost graduation, prom and other school related fees.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Community Engagement

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2017, the Coalition established a web-based form that allows citizens to register and volunteer at each school in the district. A link to the form is available on each schools website home page.

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Academics

Related Program

Teacher Professional Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of teachers attending the annual teacher conference steadily increased and was not held in 2020 due to COVID restrictions. The number is rounded to the nearest hundred.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Academics

Related Program

Program Grants and Funding

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2017, the Coalition began aligning grant requests with the districts strategic plan for academics.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

While each education foundation provides programs and services to meet the specific needs of the schools in their local community, the Coalition focuses on systemic initiatives and best practices that improve student achievement and impact every child, hence our motto: One Voice. Every Child. Our core business is to mobilize resources (financial, volunteer and in-kind) in support of Baldwin County Public Schools. Our collective impact is $1.2 million annually, much of which is made possible through program grants and the very generous support of the business community.

The following five GOALS guide our work:

1. Inform, engage and connect all citizens to our public schools to create awareness and support for the district.

2. Obtain adequate funding to support and implement best practices and meet the needs of the district.

3. Increase capacity through training and mentorships.

4. Recognize exemplary instruction and leadership.

5. Advocate with a united voice on initiatives concerning education and nonprofits.

The following strategies are used to achieve each goal:

1. Inform, engage and connect all citizens to our public schools to create awareness and support for the district.
- Host learning forums
- Coordinate Baldwin Partners in Education Program
- Coordinate Faith-Based Initiative
- Speaking engagements with Chambers of Commerce, Civic Organizations & Education Enrichment Foundation partners
- United Way of Baldwin County's Day of Caring for Education
- Coordinate Web-based volunteer forms for every school (48 campuses)

2. Obtain adequate funding to support and implement best practices and meet the needs of the district.
- Annual Investor Campaign
- Sponsorship Opportunities for events and programs
- Grant Writing
- Support letter to Municipalities, County Commission & State Legislators

3. Increase capacity through training and mentorships.
- Host Gulf Regional Innovative Teaching Conference
- Host Advanced Cognitive Training
- Support other teacher professional development opportunities throughout the school year
- Provide Standards for Nonprofit Board Governance Training to all Education Foundation Partners

4. Recognize exemplary instruction and leadership.
- Host Teacher of the Year Banquet
- Coordinate Monthly Employee of the Month Program
- Coordinate Annual Baldwin Proud Future Teacher Scholarship Program

5. Advocate with a united voice on initiatives concerning education and nonprofits.
- Alabama STEM Council Board Service
- Alabama Association of Nonprofits Board Service
- Assist communities in 3 Mill Special Tax District Referendum

As a Coalition of seven education enrichment foundations serving 48 campuses in all corners of the county geographically, each foundation is a trusted voice and very engaged within their local community. This true grassroots network is much more effective for the advocacy and engagement work of the Coalition.

Each foundation and the Coalition is comprised of a volunteer board of directors. The Coalition provides annual Standards for Excellence in Nonprofit Board Governance training, an ethics and accountability code for the nonprofit sector, for all new board members or any existing board member wanting a refresher. This training increases the capacity of each organization to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their community. The Coalition's executive director is a twenty-year veteran of nonprofit management and the Coalition celebrated ten-years as an organization in 2019.

2010
- Advocated and led the Vote YES Campaign, an emergency three-year (2010-2013) penny sales tax referendum.
- Led YES WE CAN Baldwin County Community Engagement Initiative, 85 community conversations collecting the voice of close to 1,300 citizens.

2011
- Published YES WE CAN Community Agreement, results of community conversations defining the schools we want.
- Developed a Co-Owned Strategic Plan focusing on five priorities for action.
- Wrote bylaws, filed incorporation papers and formalized the Baldwin County Education Coalition.
- Hosted first annual Education Summit.

2012
- Received 501C3 approval from the IRS as a charitable organization.
- Advocated and led Invest in Progress Campaign – extended penny sales tax an additional five years (2013-2018).

2013
- First contract for services with Baldwin County Public Schools.
- Hired Executive Director.
- Hosted first Annual Golf Classic.

2014
- Began hosting Business Advisory Council
- Began hosting the Gulf Regional Innovative Teaching Conference – over 1,200 teachers attend annually.

2015
- Advocated and led the Build Baldwin Now property tax referendum. Three existing mills renewed, all others failed.
- Organized and facilitated the Community Advisory Task Force – 24 concerned citizens dedicated to thoroughly examining and recommending actionable steps regarding the future of our public schools - 17 recommendations in five priority areas.

2016
- Advocated and led Supporting Our Schools Campaign to renew 3 additional mill of ad valorem.

2017
- Advocated for the Vote FOR One Mill Campaign to renew 1 mill ad valorem.
- Awarded Impact 100 Grant - $97,000 for Guided Reading Short Reads and Teacher PD.
- Hosted Building A Legacy of Literacy Summit to create awareness and increase support for Guided Reading.
- Began hosting Annual Teacher of the Year Banquet to recognize every schools Teacher of the Year.

2018
- Coordinated the Strategic Plan Steering Committee – six meetings over two months to update the districts strategic plan.

2019
- Launched Faith-Based Initiative – an effort to connect churches with the schools in their local communities. Currently 68 official partnerships.
- Launched Annual Investors Campaign to increase funding for programs.
- Launched Round Up for Child Literacy Initiative. Obtained first restaurant partner, PS Taco Company. Patrons will be asked to round up to the nearest whole dollar. BCEC is the named charity.
- Awarded Impact 100 grant - $101,000 to grow literacy-building classroom libraries in every elementary school in Baldwin County.

2020
- Survey of Stakeholders to determine needs to benefit our schools, examined existing programs
- Appointed to the Alabama STEM Council

2021
- Launched Palm Project to provide tangible resources to students in need
- Established reserve account to cover three months operating
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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 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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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BALDWIN COUNTY EDUCATION COALITION INC

Board of directors
as of 02/03/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Lesleigh Smith

Performance Contractors

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Gail Quezada

Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce

Term: 2019 - 2024

Gale Croft

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama

Shannon Norris

Kids Kount

Jenny Williams

Baldwin County Sewer Service

Brandy Robertson

Engineering Design Technologies

Angie Dunnam

Coastal Alabama Community College

Miranda Schrubbe

Daphne Family Practice

David Johnson

Retired, Baldwin County Public Schools

Lilly Casolaro

Social Worker, Baldwin County Public Schools

Linda Spangrud

Spangrud & Associates

Cindy Long

The Wharf, Orange Beach

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/9/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/03/2022

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

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.