Educational Institutions

Bright Futures Fund

Creating Brighter Futures in Kansas City, MO

aka www.brightfuturesfund.org   |   Kansas City, MO   |  http://www.brightfuturesfund.org/

Mission

The mission of Bright Futures Fund is to provide financial assistance to families, students, and schools within the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. The Fund strives to ensure that high-quality, values-centered education is affordable to everyone.  The Bright Futures Fund works to break the cycles of poverty, by building new foundations of education and faith helping students in need receive a Catholic education. The overall goal of Bright Futures is to truly end the inter-generational cycle of poverty in the communities where our schools are located.  The primary purpose of Bright Futures is to offer positive education opportunities to youth in a safe, value-centered environment. We will further our tax-exempt purpose by providing financial assistance, in the form of monetary grants, to our schools within the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Such monetary grants shall be used to support such schools' general operating expenses and programmatic expenses as well as to provide student scholarships to reduce the financial burden of school tuition on the families of enrolled students.

Ruling year info

2016

Managing Director

Mr. Jeremy Lillig

Main address

20 West Ninth Street, Suite 200

Kansas City, MO 64105 USA

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Formerly known as

Strong City Schools

EIN

46-1012192

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Bright Futures Fund diligently works to reduce the inter-generational cycle of poverty in the neighborhoods where our schools are located. The schools are both in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri. Our students face significant challenges of poverty and other barriers to learning. The urban core has much higher levels of unemployment, drug usage, crime, language barriers, and other negative environmental issues. Demographics of students at our schools include the following indicators: • 94% of students participate in the free and reduced lunch program. • 98% of students receive tuition assistance for educational support. • 83% of students are of minority heritage, including 69% who are Hispanic/Latino. • 61% of students are English Language Learners. • 25% of students receive Title I services.

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?

Tuition Assistance Scholarships

We provide tuition assistance scholarships to 98% of our students. All families are served without distinction. Currently, $2,500 is the average amount of our scholarships. This covers approximately 48% of the average cost to educate a student at $5,200. Last year, we provided over $1,000,000 in scholarships. Our program's procedural process is that we utilize a sliding fee scale to determine the amount of tuition assistance we can provide each student. Our schools are more than an educational institution for our families. Our schools are an important participant in the local neighborhoods where we are located. We have several schools in some of the poorest communities in Kansas City. The urban core has much higher levels of unemployment, drug usage, crime, language barriers, and other negative environmental issues. Our schools are known to be something very good and positive in the communities. We provide a safe haven for over 400 students.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)

The St. Joseph’s Assistance Fund was introduced in 2013. It provides financial assistance, food and grocery store gift cards to school families experiencing a major economic crisis. The program was initiated in response to growing evidence of hunger among student families, and ongoing poverty-linked crises among school families every year. Helping student families in crisis with food and other basic needs reduces barriers to learning caused by hunger and family stress. Based on previous year's experience, we estimate that at least 100 school families facing an economic crisis will be assisted next school year. Household incomes of families served in the pilot averaged $18,000 per year, and school families often include undocumented immigrants who do not have access to public safety net services. Donated food and grocery store gift cards was provided to families in need throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Families

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 Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) developed

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

Children and youth (0-19 years),Minorities,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students per teacher during the reporting period

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

Children and youth (0-19 years),At-risk youth,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Tuition Assistance Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students per classroom during the reporting period

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

Children and youth (0-19 years),Minorities,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Tuition Assistance Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students at or above a 90% attendance rate

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

Children and youth (0-19 years),At-risk youth,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Tuition Assistance Scholarships

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who perform at average or above on standardized testing

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

Children and youth (0-19 years),Minorities,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Tuition Assistance Scholarships

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled

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

Children and youth (0-19 years),Minorities,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Tuition Assistance Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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

Children and youth (0-19 years),Minorities,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Tuition Assistance Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Bright Futures Fund’s mission is to end the inter-generational cycle of poverty in our urban core neighborhoods. We provide financial assistance for families, students, and schools. We strive to ensure that high-quality education is affordable to everyone. The Bright Future Fund’s primary purpose is to offer positive education opportunities in a safe, value-centered environment. We provide financial assistance to our schools. Grants will support general operating and programmatic expenses and provide student scholarships to reduce the financial burden of school tuition.

We provide tuition assistance scholarships for our students. We provide financial assistance to our schools. Grants will support general operating and programmatic expenses and provide student scholarships to reduce the financial burden of school tuition.

All of our teachers are certified. School excellence is demonstrated through: A) Accreditation by the Missouri Chapter of the National Federation of Nonpublic Schools; and by the national AdvancED organization, one of only 30 U.S. diocesan districts fully accredited by AdvancED and commended for a commitment to the underserved. B) Outstanding daily attendance of 96% despite poverty and other barriers to learning, a critical behavior with a positive impact on academic performance. C) Students scoring on average 2.21 grades above their current grade level on standardized tests.

Our primary purpose is to offer positive education opportunities to youth in a safe, value-centered environment. The students in our schools are in poverty but are not defined by it. They test above grade level, they perform service in the community and most importantly, they have hope. Our schools help students not only in academics but also in the community. Students are welcomed into a safe environment where they are free to learn without the stresses of familiar life that often exist. In receiving dignity, respect, and excellent education, students in our schools accomplish a great deal. We help transform neighborhoods of distress and despair into neighborhoods of promise through excellent education. We provide financial assistance from generous donors who believe a high-quality education should be available to anyone regardless of race, income or religion. The needs-based assistance helps families whose children attend two urban core Elementary Schools-Holy Cross and Our Lady of Hope but cannot afford the full tuition. The total pre-K-8 enrollment for our Bright Futures schools is 415 for the 2018-2019 school year. If we continue to provide a high-quality, values-based education for our students, they will excel. If they excel, they will continue to score than their peers on standardized tests, they will continue to have over 95% attendance rate and we will proudly continue to have a 100% graduation rate at our high schools.

We are now celebrating our 30th anniversary. Since our inception, we have provided over 27,000 scholarships to over 15,000 families, investing over $37,000,000 in urban core education. We obtained our 501 (c) (3) status from the IRS in 2014. The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph graciously provides our administrative costs. Therefore, 100% of the funds we raise we can apply directly to programmatic expenses.

Financials

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Bright Futures Fund

Board of directors
as of 5/12/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Frank Uryasz

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Term: 2018 - 2020

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