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WILLIAM S HART EDUCATION FOUNDATION

aka WiSH Education Foundation   |   Santa Clarita, CA   |  http://wisheducationfoundation.org

Mission

THE WM. S. HART EDUCATION FOUNDATION IS DEDICATED TO QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS. THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF OUR CARING COMMUNITY AND CORPORATE PARTNERS, WE FUND PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES THAT GO BEYOND WHAT TAX DOLLARS PROVIDE AND HELP ELEVATE AND PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE. WISH IS THE OFFICIAL PRIVATE-FUNDRAISING ORGANIZATION FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE WILLIAM S. HART UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT'S EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Amy Daniels

Main address

21380 Centre Pointe Parkway

Santa Clarita, CA 91350 USA

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EIN

45-4705593

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

WiSH bridges the gap in state education funding. We take requests from admins and teachers across the district to provide for the tools for success that district funding does not allow for. We've funding everything from outdated culinary textbooks to art supplies; microscopes, graphing calculators and other STEM supplies; graphic arts tablets and musical instruments, just to name a few. We've started a biomedical pathway at one of our high schools, provided concussion software for our student athletes's safety and bought mannequins for use in our schools across the district. We have put $50,000 into our school libraries and provided students with math and English intervention software - our funding and support has touched a broad range of programs. It's shocking how big the gap truly is.

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?

STEAM with an emphasis on student wellness

Funding science, technology, engineering and math while still recognizing that academic excellence is also found in the arts. As such, it deserves our full support in addition to all other programs under our purview. After the Saugus High School shooting and the pandemic closures, WiSH funded wellness centers on campuses district wide, understanding the need to support student wellness. It is a core mission of our foundation now.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Anything that is not funded by tax dollars alone. When we receive an ask, we first determine that the program cannot first be paid for by existing programs funded by state education dollars or special federal programming. We began funding STEM programs and then included the Arts. We added wellness in 2019 with the increase of anxiety on our campuses; that program has grown exponentially to include music and the arts. We also fund special education and will review any ask that comes from our District admin, school admin and teachers.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

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 adolescents receiving a wellness checkup

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

Adolescents, Young adults

Related Program

STEAM with an emphasis on student wellness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

WiSH has now funded 16 wellness centers and resources on our campuses district wide. Every student has access to them throughout the day. They have become very popular centers of campus.

Number of children who have a sense of their own feelings and an ability to express empathy for others

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

Adolescents, Young adults

Related Program

STEAM with an emphasis on student wellness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

WiSHs funding focus is STEAM with an emphasis on wellness, allowing us to support all student programs including the arts, special education and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.

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.

Our hope is to never say "no" to a classroom in need.

We have expanded our board and brought on people that are highly motivated, creative leaders. They are allowing us to broaden our exposure and bring on more unique ways of funding. We started a program of school family giving during the registration process in August, which has been successful, and we are currently working to provide expanded giving opportunities for district staff during the on boarding process. After COVID we focused on new programs to address needs for wellness, distance learning and underserved populations.

We have grown our board and brought on motivated, connected people who are proactive and responsible leaders. It's bringing us to a new level of organization and exposure. We restructured this year to allow us to get more work done by the people best able to handle those areas most efficiently.

We have had a great deal of exposure and as a result, have had a larger number of corporate supporters, making our reach even greater.

As mentioned above, WiSH has directed over $500,000 in goods and services to the schools in our district, serving 23,000 students. Our funding has reached every single student in our district through the funding of STEM and literacy, and provided funding for programs that students choose to excel in, such as music and the arts. Because there is little we don't fund in our schools, the next level is simply giving more and never having to say "no."

2020, though an incredibly difficult year for so many, forced us to work overtime to creatively meet the changing needs of our stakeholders. As a result, we had our very best year ever through both new revenue streams and funders who were impressed by our adaptation and response.

2021 allowed us to finalize our wellness centers on all campuses; 2022 is here and we have already begun replacing consumables and adding more resources to those centers, providing essentials to our hardest hit students, and broadening the umbrella of student wellness to help a greater number of students.

Financials

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Operations

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

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WILLIAM S HART EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dawn Begley

Boston Scientific

Term: 2019 - 2023


Board co-chair

Alexander Hafizi

Santa Clarita Magazine

Term: 2023 - 2025

Cherise Moore

Hart School District

Mariam Nasiri

California Credit Union

Ed Masterson

SOS Entertainment

Maria Slotsve

Landscape Development Corp.

Damien White

Farmer's Insurance

Christy Alben

Alben Travel

Michelle Malynn

Education Advocate

Tom Engman

KKAJ CPA

Selina Thomas

6 Degrees Consulting

Donna Siegel

College Click

Dawn Begley

Boston Scientific

Alexander Hafizi

Santa Clarita Magazine

Amy Daniels

WiSH

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 1/25/2024

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
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

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.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.