Foundations in Education

Transforming Lives Through Education

aka Foundations   |   Bridgeport, CT   |  www.foundationsineducation.org

Mission

Foundations in Education is committed to strengthen and transform the mission of Catholic education in the Diocese of Bridgeport by supporting innovation in academic and extra-curriculum programs, fostering opportunities for the professional development of school leaders and providing tuition assistance to families in need.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Ms. Holly Doherty-Lemoine CFRE

Main address

238 Jewett Ave

Bridgeport, CT 06606 USA

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EIN

47-5130557

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Catholic education has been an option for families and a gift to children who otherwise may have limited education opportunities. We believe children should have options and their future should not be dictated by the zip code they are born into, thus relegated to a local underperforming public school. Foundations in Education seeks to address the following challenges: (1) Affordability – through tuition assistance, Foundations in Education aids families in need financial assistance, so their children can choose to attend a Catholic school within the Diocese of Bridgeport; 2) Innovation - Foundatins in Education promotes innovation in the classroom through a competitive grants program for teachers; (3) Leadership Development- Foundations in Education supports teachers and administrators through leadership and professional development grants and students through our Leaders of Tomorrow scholarships.

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?

Bishop's Scholarship Fund

Bishop's Scholarship Fund awards $2,500,000 in tuition assistance to more than 1,300 students from low income families so that they may choose a values based Catholic education to help form, inform and transform students as life long learners and future leaders.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

A program of the Bishop's Scholarship Fund. Leaders of Tomorrow are eligible students selected by their principal as students of strong academic, exemplary character and who demonstrate leadership potential.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Innovation and Leadership Grants promote innovation in Catholic schools within the Diocese of Bridgeport through a competitive grant process. These grants for teachers and administrators are intended to encourage new and creative projects or initiatives in the classroom and to provide best in class programs for students. Projects may be piloted and are intended to be scaled for broader impact in subsequent years.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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 students served

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Bishop's Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We support students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, so they may benefit from a vlues based and excellent education.

Amount of funds awarded for tuition assistance

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Bishop's Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, we received a donoation of $1,000,000 in COVID emergency tuition assistance for families impacted by the pandemic.

Number of Innovation and Leadership projects funded by grants

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Innovation and Leadership Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, all teachers and staff in the Dioceseof Bridgeport Catholic Schools received recongition awards for their leadership and sacrifices throughout the pandemic, in addition to our annual grants.

Amount of funds awarded through Innovation and Leadership Grants

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Innovation and Leadership Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Foundations in Education’s commitment to education is two-fold: (1) To provide tuition assistance, ensuring that all families who wish to send their children to Diocese of Bridgeport-sponsored Catholic elementary schools of their choice are able to do so regardless of their financial situation; and (2) To provide grant funds to encourage innovation in the classroom and professional leadership development among teachers and administrators to help guarantee an even brighter, more stable future for our Catholic schools.

Measurements of success for these two programs include the following:

Bishop’s Scholarship Fund desired outcome:
• Provide tuition assistance grants to students with a defined calculated need, providing them access to an excellent academic experience.
• Retain 80% of the student recipients in the school system through graduation from elementary school.
• Achieve 97% advancement to the next grade level at the successful completion of the school year for all students benefitting from tuition assistance.

Innovation and Leadership Grants program desired outcome:
• Provide a minimum of $125,000 each year to fund grant awards
• Ninety percent of projects will continue beyond the awarded year
• A minimum of 50% of grant applicants will be awarded

Fundraising efforts are ongoing, with individual contributions and proceeds from the Annual Gala raising the majority of the funds for the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund and the Innovation and Leadership Grants program. The Diocese contributes annually to the Bishop's Scholarship Fund as well.

In the winter of each year, the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund program invites applications from families in need of tuition assistance. Foundations in Education as well as school principals communicate with families about the Fund and tuition assistance to build awareness and support families during the application process. Awards are made based on need and with respect to the Feeral Poverty Level measures.

The educational demands of today must be addressed in a new and comprehensive way. In order to accomplish this, educators are challenged to engage this next generation of learners in a more personalized and targeted manner. Our extraordinary teachers are encouraged to implement creative projects and initiatives that will benefit students at multiple grade levels. Their lessons, done well, will have a long-term impact on students’ learning.

Foundations in Education is led by an exceptional Board of Trustees. Our programs and efforts, including tuition assistance and grant awards, fundraising,and communications activities are managed by a team of four employees headed by an award-winning Executive Director.

In February and March each year, families in need of tuition assistance fill out and submit an application through FACTS Management Company, providing all necessary financial documentation. All applications are vetted and considered by the Scholarship Committee of the Board of Trustees, which assigns awards to each qualifying family and pays the school on the family’s behalf.

Each September, Foundations in Education invites the teachers and administrators of Diocesan-sponsored Catholic schools to submit grant requests for projects aimed at innovation in the classroom or professional development opportunities focused on expanding instruction for students and encouraging leadership stability in the system. The Innovation and Leadership Grants Committee of the Board of Trustees considers each application and decides which projects will be granted awards. The award implementation period is from July 1 to June 30 each year.

Since our inception, the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund program has provided needed tuition assistance to students through the issuance of more than 8,200 awards:
• $2,111,052 was awarded to 1,573 elementary and high school students in 2015-2016.
• $2,240,793 was awarded to 1,255 elementary school students in 2016-2017.
• $2,582,000 was awarded to 1,302 elementary school students in 2017-2018.
• $2,540,250 was awarded to 1,380 elementary school students in 2018-2019.
• $2,798,800 was awarded to 1,456 elementary school students in 2019-2020.
• $3,705,053 was awarded to 1,276 elementary school students in 22020-2021.
• $2,422,700 was awarded to 1,200 elementary school students in 2021-2022.

The Innovation and Leadership Grants program awarded nearly $600,000 in 104 grants since our inception. These grants are intended for innovative projects or initiatives that benefit students and that will have a long term impact on student learning. Many of the projects were adapted to distance learning during the 2019-2020 school year. With the ongoing flexibility in instruction required to accommodate different learning styles and environments, the need for creative instruction solutions is greater now than ever before.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, all faculty and staff (800+) in Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Schools were recognized with a monetary gift in recognition of their selfless and heroic care for their students throughout the COVID upheaval.

Financials

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Foundations in Education

Board of directors
as of 06/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas MCInereny

Bluff Point Associates

Term: 2019 - 2023

Thomas McInerney

Bluff Point Associates

David Cappiello

Capitol Hill Group

George Coleman

Early Childhood Sysstem Development Specialis

Lisa Ferraro Martino

Timothy FitzPatrick

Parsons & Whittemore

Michael Hanlon

Diocese of Bridgeport

Leslie Lopez

Consultant

Andrea Maldon

Retired, Lone Pine Capital

Anne McCrory

Diocese of Bridgeport

Thomas McDevitt

Edgewood Capital Advisors

Dr. Julia McNamara

President Emerita, Albertus Magnus College

Mcihele Mitola

Children's Scholarship Fund

Joseph Purcell

Morgan Stanley

Geoffrey Raker

Tailwind Capital

Bernard Reidy

US Trust, Bank of America

Barbara Ripp

Henry Rondon

Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference

Michael Shea

Retired, Global Imaging Systems

Jennifer St. Victor-de Pinho

Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ

President, Cor Jesu Academy, St Louis, MO

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 6/28/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
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